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The Fang-class starfighter, also known as Fang fighter, Protectorate fighter, or as the Protector Fang Fighter, was a starfighter manufactured by SoroSuub Corporation and MandalMotors and used by the Mandalorian Protectors.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

The Fang fighter was equally lethal in atmospheric and space combat.

Fang fighters were fast[4] and highly maneuverable[17] starship designed specifically for combat. The craft's narrow attack profile[13] and swivel-mounted wings that provided vectored-thrust control gave the fighter unmatched agility.[17]

The Fang fighter was designed and manufactured by MandalMotors,[7] and SoroSuub Corporation[1] Possessed of a frame that was considered elegant yet aggressive in design, the Fang fighter had a thin, angular silhouette and a cranked-delta platform that gave the vessel an unmistakable profile. The fighter's fuselage took the form of a small, elongated hexagon with a low-profile canopy that covered the vessel's midship-mounted cockpit; the starfighter's aft section was dominated by a single, large, high-output ion engine. Two articulated S-foil wings were mounted to the fighter's fuselage, each capable of rotating and able to be raised or lowered, and possessed of a large, additional ion engine. The Fang fighter featured a sophisticated vectored thrust system, advanced flight controls, and automated vernier thrusters.[7]

Fang fighters could accommodate a single pilot,[10] with no room for other passengers, and enough consumables for one[7] to three standard days.[1] They possessed an array of close range sensors, a class 2 hyperdrive, and an onboard navigation computer. The Fang fighter's S-foil wings housed the majority of the starfighter's weapon systems, which comprised of a pair of forward-mounted laser cannons. Just forward of the cockpit, mounted in the fighter's underside, was a retractable torpedo launcher that carried a single proton torpedo, offering the vessel a degree of tactical flexibility.[7] The hidden launcher allowed a pilot to launch a devastating salvo before their quarry realized the vessel was carrying ordnance.[8] Fang fighters typically cost between 120,000[7] to 185,000 credits.[1]

Role[edit | edit source]

The Fang fighter was custom-built for starfighter combat,[4] and the vessel's narrow attack profile[13] and pivot wing technology could be used to achieve unmatched agility,[17] making the Fang fighter well suited to executing deadly head-on charges such as the Concordia Face Off maneuver.[13] The Fang fighter was designed to build upon the successes of the Kom'rk-class fighter, a model considered to be the Fang fighter's spiritual older sibling.[7]

History[edit | edit source]

The Fang fighter was manufactured by MandalMotors[7] and Sorosuub Corporation[1] during the Imperial Era, and during this time it found significant use among the forces of the Mandalorian Protectors of Concord Dawn, and as such, purchased the majority of the line. This led to the Fang fighter becoming known colloquially as the "Protectorate starfighter."[7] Favored by the Concord Dawn Protectorate's elite pilots,[13] Fang fighters became a common sight throughout the Concord Dawn system and across the Mandalore sector.[7]

A Mandalorian Protector in the cockpit of a Fang Fighter

All Mandalorian Protector Fang pilots were personally trained by Fenn Rau, leader of the Protectors during the Age of the Empire.[5] The ships were deadly weapons when piloted by these Mandalorians, and they were even able to destroy an entire unit of Phoenix Cell's RZ-1 A-wing interceptors. Eventually, the Mandalorian Protectors sided with Phoenix Cell and supported their rebel movements.[11] After some time, a civil war ignited in Mandalorian society between Clan Wren, House Kryze and House Vizsla against Clan Saxon and the Galactic Empire. Clan Wren dispatched a contingent of Fang fighters to support the Rebel Alliance during the Battle of Atollon against the Galactic Empire, and were vital to the Alliance's survival.[14]

Several Fang fighters were sold to other parties on the open market, and a number of former Protectorate fighters came into the possession of the Black Sun, a criminal syndicate that subsequently resold the hard to obtain vessels to collectors and mercenary pilots.[7] Over time, two Fang fighters came into the possession of Kad Solus[18] and Teroch.[19]

At some point following the Battle of Yavin, the Fang fighter became a standard starfighter asset of the Rebel Alliance, who had acquired Fang fighters for use as powerful anti-vehicle air support during the Galactic Civil War. They were prominently used during the Battle for Tatooine and similar operations launched by the Tatooine rebel cell.[15]

In 35 ABY,[20] several Fang-class fighters were part of a fleet assembled by Lando Calrissian to assist the Resistance during the battle against the Sith Eternal forces over the planet Exegol.[16] At least two Fang fighters were struck with Darth Sidious' Force lightning which disabled until they were able to regain power after Sidious was distracted and killed by the Jedi Rey.[16]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Fang fighter made a simultaneous first appearance in "The Protector of Concord Dawn,"[11] the thirteenth episode of the animated television series Star Wars Rebels' second season,[21] and in the comic Kanan 10.[12] Both the episode and the comic were released on January 27, 2016.[22][23]

In a December 2016 update for the mobile game Star Wars: Commander, Fang fighters became available for use by players in their bases.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Dawn of Rebellion
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
  3. Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 FFGXWMG.png Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameProtectorate Starfighter Expansion Pack
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 StarWars-DatabankII.png Fang Fighter in the Databank (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Starships and Speeders
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 No Disintegrations
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 FFGXWMG.png Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameProtectorate Starfighter Expansion Pack (Card: Zealous Recruit—Protectorate Starfighter)
  9. FFG.png Fearless on Fantasy Flight Games' official website (backup link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 FFGXWMG.png Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameProtectorate Starfighter Expansion Pack (Card: Fearlessness)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "The Protector of Concord Dawn"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Kanan 10
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 FFGXWMG.png Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameProtectorate Starfighter Expansion Pack (Card: Concord Dawn Ace—Protectorate Starfighter)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
  15. 15.0 15.1 Star Wars: Commander
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 FFGXWMG.png Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameProtectorate Starfighter Expansion Pack (Card: Concord Dawn Veteran—Protectorate Starfighter)
  18. FFGXWMG.png Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameProtectorate Starfighter Expansion Pack (Card: Kad Solus—Protectorate Starfighter)
  19. FFGXWMG.png Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameProtectorate Starfighter Expansion Pack (Card: Old Teroch—Protectorate Starfighter)
  20. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker as taking place one year after the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Therefore, the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker must take place in 35 ABY.
  21. StarWars.com The Protector of Concord Dawn Episode Guide on StarWars.com (backup link)
  22. Star Wars Rebels : The Protector of Concord Dawn. Screener (2017-02-08). Archived from the original on June 12, 2016. Retrieved on September 4, 2017.
  23. MarvelLogo.svg Kanan (2015) #10 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
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