The Alpha-3 Nimbus-class starfighter was a sharp and wedge-shaped fighter. Manufactured by Kuat Systems Engineering, the same company that made Jedi starfighters, V-wings were agile and fast, with the ship having a top speed of 52,000 kilometers per hour and maximum acceleration of 5,200G's. Cutting-edge technology was used to give the V-wing maneuverability, and the starship had two vertically placed ion engine thrusters, allowing for surprisingly fast pitch-turnings. Thrusters were placed at the end of the starfighter, but, like a number of ships made for the Republic, the V-wing was too compact to hold a hyperdrive. However, the V-wing did possess a powerful reactor.
To maximize power for speed and agility, Kuat produced the starfighter without a pressurized cockpit. This required pilots to wear sealed flight suits equipped with life-support systems. This flight suit also allowed a pilot to eject. A single clone trooper pilot flew the ship, and an independent Q7-series astromech droid backed up the clone. This astromech helped in-flight maintenance and navigation. Close to the astromech were two deflector shield heat sinks. Also included in the ship were repulsorlift vanes, at least one reactant tank, shield projector units, the power lines to the shield projectors, and forward sensors.
Much like the larger Star Courier of Sienar Fleet Systems, the V-wing had folding radiator wings and laser cannons. The wings, which were located at either side of the V-wing and reached above and below the craft, were the ship's most distinguishing feature and on articulated collars, which let the wings move ninety degrees for landing. During intense activity, the radiator panels on the wings helped heat disposal. The wings radiators remained unfolded while the ship was in flight position. The laser cannons could swivel on and had a rapid fire capability by being placed on both of the wing struts/hubs. The cannons had a power feed and capacitors. There was at least one sub-model, the Alpha-3B "Besh."
Role in combat
The V-wing starfighter served as a support ship in the Republic Navy during the Clone Wars. The Galactic Republic's warships and carriers deployed furious swarms of V-wings, and the fighters were used to defend fortress worlds and part of fleet actions. Because of the ships's lack of a built-in hyperdrive, the V-wing required transportation into combat zones by carriers such as the Venator-class Star Destroyer. Because of the V-wing's maneuverability, it was more agile than the Republic's Aggressive ReConnaissance-170 starfighter. The ship was also a clone trooper pilot's best choice for a dogfight against the Vulture droid starfighters and droid tri-fighters used in the Confederacy navy.
Because of its twin laser cannons, the V-wing was a deadly and surprising enemy. They were also a frustratingly elusive target and could be part of a mixed strike-force when used with Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptors and Aggressive ReConnaissance-170 starfighters.
Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wings were first deployed by the Galactic Republic in the final days of the Clone Wars. Streamlined mass productions techniques let this ship take the V-19 Torrent starfighter's place as the preferred compact space superiority starfighter. V-wings served in the Battle of Coruscant against the Confederacy of Independent Systems and continued to see use under the Galactic Empire. V-wings were also utilized as escort fighters for Emperor Palpatine's personal Theta-class T-2c shuttle. Some even took the V-19 Torrent starfighter's place in guarding Kamino's cloning facilities. Others were security for the Imperial-occupied Confederacy capital Raxus, and were even seen on Ryloth and Daro, where they chased the Bad Batch's Marauder after rescuing Gregor from training the first batch of TK Troops. V-wings continued to be used by the Empire at least up until 14 BBY, where Wilhuff Tarkin utilized the starfighters in the Berch Teller campaign.
Behind the scenes
Notes and references
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 58 (Starship Fact File: Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing)
- Collapse of the Republic
- Star Wars Complete Vehicles, New Edition
- TIE Fighter Owners' Workshop Manual
- "Republic, Rebel, and Resistance Starfighters" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Shadow Fall
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- Poe Dameron 21
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: Complete Vehicles
- Star Wars: X-Wing Second Edition – Nimbus-class V-Wing Expansion Pack (Card: )
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Aftermath"
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Common Ground"
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Rescue on Ryloth"
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "War-Mantle"
- Tarkin (novel)
- Star Wars: Visions – "THE TWINS"