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BARC speeder
Production information
Manufacturer

Aratech Repulsor Company[1]

Model

Biker Advanced Recon Commando speeder[1]

Class

Repulsorcraft

Cost

8,300 credits (1,150 used)[1]

Technical specifications
Length

4.57 meters

Maximum speed

520 km/h[1]

Armament

Twin light Blaster cannons[1]

Crew

Pilot (1)[1]

Passengers

1[1]

Cargo capacity

5 kg[1]

Consumables

None[1]

Usage
Availability

Military[1]

Role(s)
  • Reconnaissance
  • Patrol
  • Cavalry
Era(s)
Affiliation

The Biker Advanced Recon Commando (BARC) speeder was a powerful speeder bike model used by the Grand Army of the Republic as a reconnaissance craft during the Clone Wars. It was manufactured by Aratech Repulsor Company. A civilian variant, Police BARC speeder also saw extensive use on Coruscant.

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Characteristics

Younger than the 74-Z speeder bike employed at the Battle of Geonosis, it was actually more closely designed after the Ripper speeder bike manufactured by Aratech's competitor, Mobquet.

Originally designed for exclusive use by the Advanced Recon Commandos, the vehicle proved so effective that it came to be used by the rest of the army. These speeders were painted in the red-and-white colors of the Galactic Republic.

They were powered by repulsors and a turbine engine mounted on the frontal prong. The speeder was controlled via twin steering vanes atop the bike, and pedals fitted below. Two blaster cannons protruded from the bottom of the forward prong, while two more were fixed on either side of the vehicle's rear.

The speeders were capable of flying at high altitudes and were sometimes used as escorts for LAAT/i gunships carrying important passengers.

History

Jedi Master Shaak Ti once flew a BARC speeder during the initial stages of the Battle of Coruscant, using it to transport her and Stass Allie to the Supreme Chancellor's residence to see Palpatine to safety. Stass Allie later led a BARC speeder patrol during the aftermath of the Siege of Saleucami, where the Jedi Knight performed reconnaissance missions on the battlefield. Later in that battle, Commander Neyo and his wingman, astride BARC speeders, executed Order 66 by firing the bike's blaster cannons on Allie's speeder, killing her.

BARC speeders on Christophsis.

During a mission to capture Shu Mai, Presidente of the Commerce Guild on Felucia, Aayla Secura and Clone Commander Bly were assisted in the assault on the Presidente's headquarters by a squad of 327th Star Corps troopers riding BARC speeders. Aided by ARC-170 starfighters, these elite biker troops defeated Vulture droid starfighters during the battle.

Troops under the command of Jedi Generals Yoda, Luminara Unduli, and Quinlan Vos later rode their speeders into combat on Kashyyyk, moving alongside Infantry Support Platforms and powerful A6 Juggernauts.

Following the war, BARC speeders continued to be used by the early Galactic Empire, although they were seemingly phased out afterward, and replaced with the older 74-Zs for military use

On Kashyyyk, many speeders were left behind, following the formation of the Empire, and were used during the Galactic Civil War by native Wookiees and visiting pilots. Some others, also obtained from Kashyyyk, came into the hands of some spacers for personal use.

Appearances

A Clone cold assault trooper on a BARC speeder during the Battle of Orto Plutonia.
  • The Clone Wars: Shadowed
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Hidden Enemy"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Trespass"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Legacy of Terror"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
  • Brothers in Arms
  • Star Wars Republic: The Siege of Saleucami (First appearance)
  • Evasive Action: Reversal of Fortune
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars Republic: The Hidden Enemy
  • Star Wars Republic: Into the Unknown
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Dark Times: The Path to Nowhere
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
  •  Star Wars Galaxies – Rage of the Wookiees

Sources

Notes and references

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This article uses material from the "BARC speeder" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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