Name: Corellian Engineering Corporation S-100 Stinger-class starfighter
Manufacturer: Corellian Engineering Corporation
Length: 11.5 meters
Skill: Starfighter Piloting - S-100 Stinger-class starfighter
Crew Skill: Starfighter Piloting 5D, Starship Gunnery 4D+2
Consumables: 1 Month
Cost: 465,000 credits (new), 310,000 credits (used)â€“3997 BBY
150,000 credits (new), 90,000 credits (used)â€“3976 BBY
Cargo Capacity: 30 kg
Hyperdrive Multiplier: x2
Hyperdrive Backup: None
Nav Computer: Can Store 4 Jumps
Atmosphere: 375; 1,150 km/h
Assault laser cannons (2)
Fire Arc: Front
Fire Control: 1D
Atmosphere Range: 100-200/1/2km
Proton torpedo launchers (2) Standard load: 4 torpedoes each
Fire Arc: Front
Fire Control: 2D
Atmosphere Range: 50-100/200/600m
Description: The Corellian Engineering Corporation S-100 Stinger-class starfighter, 11.5 meters in length, was both a military- and civilian-use snubfighter. Single-seat craft, with only 30 kilograms' worth of storage capacity, Stingers nonetheless carried Class 2 hyperdrives. The fighter's design consisted of a long, narrow primary hull housing the cockpit, from which sprouted two outriggers, each of which held one of the craft's engines and a vertical fin ending in a laser cannon. The laser cannons were augmented by two proton torpedo launchers with a magazine of four torpedoes each; this armament was considered light according to the standards of the time, as were the Stinger's deflector shieldsâ€”although they were more than a match for Krath CX-133 Chaos fighters, their stock weapons could not compare to other Republic starfighters. However, their light defensive capabilities were more than made up for in agility; Stingers were capable of speeds up to 1,150 kilometers per hour in atmosphere, and were considered among the most maneuverable vessels in the galaxy, being able to turn very quickly with a skilled pilot at the controls.
The S-100 Stinger-class fighter, considered one of the most reliable fighters of its heyday during the Great Sith War, was a popular fighter for nearly a century, before newer craft with greater power-to-mass ratios, capable of better speeds with more armor, were developed. Because of their light armament off the manufacturing line, the Republic authorized the S-100 with stock armament for civilian purchase, although their value depreciated considerably between the time of the Great Sith War and the Mandalorian Wars. Nonetheless, the Stinger was considered the starfighter of choice by many Jedi until the release of the Aurek tactical strikefighter, despite the development of the Star Saber XC-01 starfighter prior to that point. Following the Sith War, the fighter was popular among planetary defense forces.
Having been in production by Corellian Engineering Corporation for some years at the time of the Krath Holy Crusade of 3997 BBY, S-100 Stinger-class starfighters were in use by the Galactic Republic as well as the Jedi Order, many of the pilots of which found it to be their preferred starfighter. At the time, Stingers were also available for civilian purchase, due to their light stock armamentâ€”although freighters and transports were thought to be preferred by civilians due to the minimal protection and limited utility of the fightersâ€”and were priced at 465,000 credits off the line.
While members of the Jedi Order based on the Jedi library world of Ossus prepared for a raid on the Krath capital of Cinnagar in the Empress Teta system, Jedi pilots were testing new Star Saber XC-01 starfighters, which had been engineered by the Republic for the Krath conflict. Finding the Star Saber to be sluggish in relation to the controls of the tried-and-true Stinger fightersâ€”and suffering the loss of one Star Saber in test flights due to control issuesâ€”the Jedi were leery of immediately putting the craft into battle; Jedi Knight Shoaneb Culu claimed she'd prefer to pilot her "little Stinger." However, as there were not enough S-100 fighters on Ossus to be used as escorts for the Onderon warbeast transport slated to conduct the raid, Jedi Knight Dace Diath, having both served as a test pilot on the new craft, elected to fly a Star Saber on the mission.
After arriving undetected at Cinnagar, the S-100s and Star Sabers strafed the Krath citadel, and then flew cover for the Onderon transport, engaging Chaos fighters in the skies above the city. The transport disgorged its payload of Jedi and Beast Riders from Onderon on drexl war beasts, which stormed the Krath complex in the hopes of extracting the undercover Jedi, Ulic Qel-Droma, who had managed to infiltrate the ranks of the Krath. Meanwhile, the Jedi fighters continued their aerial assault, with Culu managing to destroy several anti-air emplacements and Chaos fighters in her Stinger. Ultimately, though, the mission failed, as Qel-Droma decided not to return to the Jedi; he turned to the dark side of the Force, being named a Dark Lord of the Sith.
Following the Great Sith War, S-100 Stingers continued to see use among the Republic and Jedi forces, continuing to be a mainstay of the Jedi pilots until the development of the Aurek tactical strikefighter, ubiquitous during the Mandalorian Wars twenty years later. They also continued to see civilian useâ€”although their market value had depreciated to 150,000 creditsâ€”and became popular with planetary defense forces in an era when the Republic Navy provided more heavy firepower in times of war.