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"We need to add some pressure on those who are sent to rescue our enemies on Christophsis. Send the Hyena bombers to hit Senator Organa on the surface."
―Admiral Trench[src]

Hyena-class Droid Bombers, also known as Hyena-class bombers, Hyena droid bombers or Hyena bombers, were droid starfighters manufactured by Baktoid Armor Workshop. They were designed for heavy ordnance bombing runs. Based on vulture droid designs, Hyena bombers had wider and sturdier hulls with huge wings to gain stability during flight. Like vulture droids, it could transform its shape into walking mode.[5] These were used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, against the Republic forces during the Clone Wars.[8]

Hyena bombers were heavily used in multiple battles during the Clone Wars, conducting bombing raids on enemy fortifications, or taking out vehicles.

Description[edit | edit source]

Hyena bombers in walker mode

The Hyena-class Droid Bomber was a model of droid starfighter that was the technical successor to the smaller, less sturdy, and more lightly armored Variable Geometry Self-Propelled Battle Droid, Mark I, also known as vulture droids. Like its predecessor, it was designed to be cheaper and easier to construct than equivalent starships driven by organic pilots, also making it more disposable. The space that would usually be taken up by a pilot was instead used to carry a hefty armament of ordnance, including light laser cannons, proton torpedos, concussion missiles, and proton bombs.[9]

One of the Hyena-class bomber's greatest strengths was its versatility. The bomber was slower and less maneuverable than a vulture droid, but was still light enough to perform the role of a starfighter rather than a bomber if required, working alongside vulture droids and making good use of its laser cannons. The bomber's droid brain was made versatile enough to handle this switching of roles, and could use its own initiative in battle or follow precise orders blindly, even including suicide runs. The integrated droid brain also allowed the bombers to execute physically demanding maneuvers that biological pilots would not be able to withstand, making it a tough opponent for biological pilots not at the top of their game.[9]

Hyena-class bombers were able to fly in both deep space and atmosphere, but were also capable of entering "walker mode" like their predecessors. In walker mode, the bomber's wings would split to fold beneath the body and become legs, allowing it to walk in an upright configuration. While walking, the bombers towered intimidatingly over most ground troops and gave Separatist tacticians yet another deployment option for the versatile craft.[9]

History[edit | edit source]

Proof of concept[edit | edit source]

Baktoid technicians work on a Hyena-class bomber prototype

The Hyena-class Droid Bomber was designed and constructed in initially limited numbers by Baktoid Armor Workshop for use by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. The bombers quickly proved their worth at the Battle of Christophsis, where Separatist Admiral Trench used Hyena-class vessels to run repeated and deadly bombing raids on Republic-controlled areas of the planet Christophsis. The battle allowed the speed and efficiency with which the bombers could strike and return to base to be fully demonstrated, and it was not long before the Hyena-class started to show up in Separatist flight wings across the galaxy.[9]

As Hyena-class bomber became a serious player in the increasingly deadly aerial arena of the war, the addition of the light bomber to compliment and fly alongside the other droid starfighters of the Confederacy navy added a new dimension for the Galactic Republic's strategists to deal with. Throughout the war the Hyena-classes's ordnance proved devastating to Republic forces on a number of occasions, and their versatility and efficiency when used alongside vulture droids gave the Separatists the upper hand in a number of key battles.[9]

This lead to Republic commanders making their destruction a top priority and targeting the bombers from the outset of any battle in order to reduce the havoc they could wreak on vulnerable ground targets or strongholds. This singling out of the vessels was seen as a nod to the proficiency of Baktoid Armor Workshop and the ships they produced, being as near to a compliment as any military leader could pay another.[9]

Priority target[edit | edit source]

Bombardment carried out by Hyena-class drones

The model was still relatively rare compared to the innumerable hordes of vulture droids deployed by the Separatists, but the bombers were highly desirable to the Confederacy's commanders and so saw action across many of the battlefields of the Clone Wars. Separatist leader Wat Tambor made use of Hyena-class bombers during the Battle of Ryloth, using the droids to target populated villages on the planet as part of a campaign of cruel shock tactics.[9]

At the Battle of Sullust, the T-series tactical droid TJ-912 had a Hyena-class bomber carry out a suicide run on the hangar of a Republic starship in order to kill the personnel inside, although the attempt was ultimately thwarted. At the Battle of Malastare, Hyena-bombers proved that even upon failing in their objective the bombers could cause large amounts of damage to the enemy when RX-200 Falchion-class assault tanks targeted a Hyena-class squadron and disabled their primary weapons, forcing them to abandon their compromised primary aerial assault strategy and instead launch kamikaze runs on the Republic's armored columns. While this did prove successful, the tactic was nonetheless frowned upon.[9]

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Separatist battle droid models
AQ-series battle droid · B1-series battle droid (631 · AAT Driver Battle Droid · B1 grapple droid · B1 recon droid · B1 repeater blaster droid · B1 rocket launcher droid · B1-series rocket battle droid · B1 supervisor droid · Firefighter battle droid · Heavy Battle Droid · Jungle battle droid · OOM-series battle droid (OOM command battle droid · OOM pilot battle droid · OOM-series security droid)) · B2-series super battle droid (B2-ACM Trooper · B2-HA super battle droid · B2-RP super battle droid · B2 grapple droid · B2 super rocket trooper) · B3 battle droid · BX-series droid commando (BX-series droid commando captain) · C-8 saboteur droid · D1-series aerial battle droid · IG lancer droid · IG-100 MagnaGuard · Unidentified battle droid model
Heavy infantry
Infiltrator demolition droid · Droideka (Droideka Sharpshooter) · DSD1 dwarf spider droid · LM-432 crab droid · LR-57 combat/retail droid
Specialized droids
Millicreep droid · Pistoeka sabotage droid · SD-K4a mini-assassin droid · SD-K4 assassin droid · Separatist probe droid
Droid tanks
IG-227 Hailfire-class · NR-N99 Persuader-class
Droid walkers
Harvester v Octuptarra tri-droid · OG-9 homing spider droid
Droid starfighters
Droid tri-fighter · Hyena-class Droid Bomber v Vulture droid starfighter (Unidentified vulture droid variant)
Decimator · Droideka Sentinel · Droideka Oppressor · HMP droid gunship · J-1 proton cannon · S-43 enforcer droid · ST-series military strategic analysis and tactics droid · T-series military strategic analysis and tactics droid
Confederacy of Independent Systems starship classes
Space stations
Automated vulture droid deployment station · DS-1 Death Star Mobile Battle Station · InterGalactic Banking Clan gun platform
Dreadnoughts, battleships
Lucrehulk-class · Providence-class (Carrier)
Battle cruisers, heavy cruisers, destroyers
Bulwark-class · Fantail-class · Recusant-class (Support Destroyer) · Subjugator-class
Frigates, cruisers
Diamond-class · Munificent-class (Munificent-class C3)
Assault ships, corvettes, light cruisers
Commerce Guild corvette · C-ROC Gozanti-class · Hardcell-class (Battle Refit) · Separatist Gozanti-class · Trident-class
Support ships
Core ship (Battlesphere) · Lucrehulk-class LH-3210 · DH-Omni Support Vessel · Umbaran support ship
Light craft
C-9979 · Droch-class · Firespray-31-class · G9 Rigger-class · H-2 executive · HMP Predator · Maxillipede · Punworcca 116-class · Separatist drop ship · Settie-class · Sheathipede-class · Sheathipede-class Type B · YV-865 Aurore-class
Starfighters, bombers
Belbullab-22 · Commerce Guild bomber · Droid tri-fighter · Ginivex-class · Hyena-class · Mankvim-814 · NovaSword · Rogue-class Porax-38 · Scarab-class · Tempest Zero · Vulture-class (Unidentified vulture droid variant) · Zenuas 33
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