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Energy torpedo Manta

A Manta droid subfighter firing energy torpedoes.

The energy torpedo was a variant of normal plasma weapons. It was made of fusion plasma which was shot into a magnetic bottle at the target. The magnetic field which contained the plasma could not hold it together more than a minute, but the speed of the energy torpedo allowed it to cover a huge distance in a short time.

An energy torpedo was a kind of missile with an unlimited supply of ammunition. Lacking electronics, these torpedoes could only fly in a straight line and had to be "dumb-fired". The huge weight of the launcher and extended recharge time prevented the energy torpedo from becoming a standard weapon. The recharge time of a light torpedo was 30 seconds, medium ones had a recharge time of 45 seconds and the large energy torpedo launchers needed one minute to recharge. The speed of an energy torpedo was 20% the speed of light in addition to the firing ship's movement in the direction of launch.

Trade Federation Vulture droid starfighters and Manta droid subfighters were equipped with two energy torpedo launchers.