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The T-65XJ3 X-wing starfighter was a starfighter used by the New Republic and the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances.


This version of the venerable starfighter retains the third proton torpedo launcher from that standard XJ X-wing while increasing the number of torpedoes carried to twelve.[1] It also incorporated backup shield generators that proved useful against the Yuuzhan Vong "shield grab" attack.[2] Additionally it boasts improved targeting systems, maneuverability, avionics, and laser cannons, which fired blue rather than red lasers.[1] It could also use the R7-series astromech droid.[source?] Compared to the earlier series of X-wing starfighters, the XJ was a great improvement.[1]


Shortly before the invasion of the Yuuzhan Vong, the New Republic deployed the first of the XJ-series X-wing. Originally, it was issued to elite squadrons aboard Star Destroyers and the New Jedi Order, which resulted in the craft being one of the first to face the deadly coralskippers.[1]

In 27 ABY, the XJ3 X-wing was introduced. Among the improvements it introduced was a mechanism to bring the shields down, then back up to keep them from being overloaded by dovin basals, a launcher (on Jedi craft) for their shadow bombs, and Stutter-fire lasers that helped to get past the dovin basal shields of the Yuuzhan Vong ships.[1] It was deployed primarily to Admiral Traest Kre'fey's ships and to the Jedi, who used them quite effectively.[source?]

By the time of the Killik/Chiss conflict, the XJ3 X-wing, along with the StealthX, was the primary fighters used by the New Jedi Order.[source?]



Notes and references[]

X-wing starfighter variants
T-65 series
T-65 X-wing · T-65A2 X-wing · T-65A3 X-wing · T-65AC4 X-wing · T-65B X-wing · T-65BR Recon-X · T-65C-A2 X-wing · T-65D-A1 X-wing · T-65 Advanced X-wing · TX-65 Trainer-X · Tandem X-wing
XJ series
XJ X-wing · XJ3 X-wing · XJ5 ChaseX · XJ6 X-wing · XJ7 X-wing
StealthX · X-83 TwinTail starfighter
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