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The Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing starfighter,[7] also known as the Alpha-3 Nimbus or V-wing starfighter, was a starfighter model manufactured by Kuat Systems Engineering.[1]

CharacteristicsEdit

The Alpha-3 Nimbus-class starfighter was a sturdy, wedge-shaped starfighter manufactured by Kuat Systems Engineering, the same company responsible for both the Delta-7 fighter and its successor, the Eta-2 Actis-class interceptor.

Much like the larger Star Courier of Sienar Fleet Systems, the V-wing had folding radiator wings, two ion engines, and laser cannons. The V-wing did not have a built-in hyperdrive, and required transportation into combat zones by carriers such as the Venator-class Star Destroyer. 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.[4]

HistoryEdit

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An Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing flying over the Federal District during the Battle of Coruscant.

Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wings were first deployed by the Galactic Republic in the final days of the Clone Wars[2]—serving 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.[8]

In the following years, V-wings were gradually replaced by TIE/ln space superiority starfighters. The Alpha-3 Nimbus was little more than a single pilot fuselage pod sitting on vertically stacked ion engines flanked by deployable, heat radiating, stability foils. The V-wing was designed for speed and agility, at the expense of a reliable life support system or hyperdrive. The pilot instead relied on a sealed flight suit in case of ejection.[9]

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