The clone Z-95 Headhunter was a model of starfighter produced jointly by Incom Corporation and Subpro Corporation. A variant of the popular Z-95 Headhunter, it was designed specifically for use by the Grand Army of the Republic's clone pilots.
The Republic Navy employed the Z-95 starfighter in several capacities, including escort and starfighter combat against enemy forces from the Navy of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, particularly at the lengthy Battle of Umbara. where they broke through the Separatist blockade and provided escort to gunships, as well as engaging a Separatist fleet in space.
They would later participate in the Battle of Kadavo, where they provided escort to Plo Koon in his starfighter and Wolfpack gunships in a attempt to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi, Rex and Zygerrian slaves, who were being held captive by Zygerrian keeper Agruss in the Kadavo slave processing facility. During the battle, they engaged HH-87 Starhopper's piloted by Zygerrian pilots, with Warthog's ship being damaged by one of them. Plo Koon used his starfighter to destroy both Starhoppers, saving Warthog and their fellow wingmen but were unable to destroy the defense towers of the Slave Process facility. However, with the help of Anakin Skywalker, who was able to hijack one of the defense towers and destroy 3 of them, Coburn's ship was able to get close range and rescue the slaves before the Gunships can destroy the facility.
During the Attack on Obi-Wan Kenobi's fleet, Z-95 Headhunters participated in defending the fleet from Grievous. One Z-95 was piloted by clone pilot Killer, who provided cover fire for his wingman Engle, who was making bombing runs on Separatist warships in his Y-wing starfighter. Unfortunately, Killer was killed in the ensuing battle while Engle crash-landed on Obi-Wan's ship, although the latter survived and Kenobi helped him get to safety.
Z-95 Headhunters also participated in the Defense of Cato Neimoidia where they were led by Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano in an attempt to liberate the planet from Separatist control. In the ensuing battle, Anakin punched a hole against the Vulture Droids to clear a path for the Z-95's and several of them engaged in dogfights against Droid Tri-fighters, with one of them being shot down. Unfortunately, Anakin and Ahsoka were called off from the attack so they could investigate an attack on the Jedi Temple, while the Republic continued the assault on the planet.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "A multi-purpose starfighter, the Z-95 has spawned countless variants, with the Republic making its own mark on the Headhunter's large production run with a clone trooper-specific model."
- ―StarWars.com Encyclopedia entry for the clone Z-95 starfighter
The clone Z-95 Headhunter was developed for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series and was first appeared in the episode "Darkness on Umbara" which aired in October 2011. The episode guide for "Darkness on Umbara" on StarWars.com initially designated the craft as the "Z-85 Headhunter," implying that it was the predecessor of the Z-95 Headhunter, but this was later changed to "Headhunter starfighter." The starfighter's entry in the StarWars.com Encyclopedia and later the Databank referred to it as a "Clone Z-95 starfighter" and clarified that it was one of many variants in Headhunter line.
The starfighter was designed by the television series' crew with the intention of avoiding similarity to the T-65 X-wing starfighter from the original trilogy of Star Wars films. Instead, it more resembled artist Colin Cantwell's original model for the X-wing starfighter.