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This article is about the Mandalorian starfighter created in 40 ABY. You may be looking for the ancient Basilisk war droids after which the fighter was named.
Bes'uliik
Production information
Manufacturer

MandalMotors

Model

Bes'uliik

Class

Starfighter

Technical specifications
Length

15 meters

Width

8 meters

Height/depth

4 meters or less

Hyperdrive rating

Class 0.4

Hull

Mandalorian iron armor

Armament
  • Blaster cannons (4)
  • Additional weapons mounts (2)
Crew
  • Pilot (1)
  • Up to two more crew depending on configuration
Usage
Role(s)

Starfighter

Year introduced

40 ABY

Era(s)

Legacy era

Affiliation

Mandalorians

"The kind [of surprise] that makes you look up and run for a bomb shelter. With a MandalMotors logo on the fuselage."
Goran Beviin

The Bes'uliik was a cutting-edge starfighter created by MandalMotors after the Yuuzhan Vong War, the first prototypes of which entered service with the Mandalorians in 40 ABY, during the Second Galactic Civil War.

Contents

Characteristics

"Now tell me it's not gorgeous."
Jir Yomaget

A Bes'uliik was originally designed for a crew of three, or two with an increased weapons/fuel loadout,[1] although the earliest production prototypes were flown by single pilots.[2] The fighter was designed to be versatile, capable of being everything from a planetary-attack bomber to a long-range "hunter-killer".[3]

The spaceframe measured fifteen meters long, with a wingspan of a little over half its length.[3] The hull was a plain, clean-lined "V"-shape with a squared-off tail and a dark gray finish with high-tech baffled exhausts to enhance its stealth capabilities.[3] The four blasters and two additional weapons mountings were all located on the underside of the fuselage.[3]

The cockpit hatch hinged at the top for entry and the bottom edges for ejection, but there were also side hatches, and on the prototype, these bore the mythosaur logo stenciled in a lighter gray color.[3] Inside, the cockpit made use of advanced display technology, and control systems that could be activated simply by where the pilot was looking.[3]

The fighter was also able to tilt vertically on its tail section, to land and take off in a tiny area, approximately eight-by-four square meters.[4]

Late in the design process, the design was modified to add a protective layer of beskar armor, the legendary Mandalorian iron. The designers considered applying this as either as an outer skin or part of a laminated composite spaceframe.[4] The initial prototype was completed with an ultra-thin beskar outer skin, but there was also some discussion of a heavier layer of solid hull armor.[5] Although this would render the fighter heavier, there were also hopes that a new alliance with the Verpine engineers of the Roche Asteroid Belt would extend to a technology exchange, enabling the designers to lighten the underlying spaceframe structure to compensate,[5], or to improve fuel economy.[6]

History

"Shab, a Mando-Verpine assault fighter. That'll cause some sleepless nights on Coruscant."
Medrit Vasur

The Bes'uliik was originally designed as the Kyr'galaar, a name which seems to have meant "death-hawk"[7] It was conceived after the Yuuzhan Vong War as a single development prototype combining all the new ideas being produced by MandalMotors designers—a necessarily economizing approach, as their energies were focused on reestablishing commercial production of existing designs.[4]

In 40 ABY, when a lode of beskar was found 100 kilometers north of Enceri,[8] it was realized that the powerful armor could also be applied to the new fighter. This was originally hinted to Mand'alor Boba Fett by his lieutenant Goran Beviin soon after the discovery,[9] and formally suggested by Jir Yomaget of MandalMotors when he showed Fett the new design shortly afterward.[4] It seems to have been at around this time that the name was changed to Bes'uliik, or "iron beast", in honor of the ancient Basilisk war droids of the Mandalorians' warrior past (the name of which was Bes'uliik in the original Mando'a).[10]

Fett and Yomaget decided that, for export versions, the fighter's armor and capabilities would be significantly reduced,[4] but half of the production run would be retained for "defense" of Mandalore and the Mandalore Sector, with the full capabilities of the prototype,[10] and possibly with even heavier armor.[5]

The first Bes'uliik was quickly completed and put into testing,[5] and very soon after, four spaceworthy (and even combat-ready) prototypes were complete.[11] At this point, these fighters were deployed as a combat flight, led by Fett in person, to destroy factories on Murkhana in a punitive raid on behalf of their Verpine allies—and also to display the new fighter's capabilities to potential buyers.[12] The extent of Mandalorian confidence in the new fighter's abilities can be gauged by the fact that Fett gave Murkhana advance warning of exactly what they were going to target. At first Murkhana targeted the small group of ships with just a several squadrons of fighters. Then they realized how powerful the ships were eventually having the entire fleet bombard upon the small group most of the shots ricocheted off harmlessly allowing Fett and his team to easily accomplish the raid with little to no damage.[13]

Appearances

Sources

Notes and references

  1. Sacrifice, pages 180-181
  2. Sacrifice, pages 273-274, 361-364
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Sacrifice, page 181
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Sacrifice, page 182
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Sacrifice, page 273
  6. Sacrifice, page 274
  7. Sacrifice, page 180. The name kyr'galaar does not appear to be directly translated in any canon source, but the meaning can be inferred from the use of the component elements kyr and galaar, found in the Mandalorian lexicon available at StarWars.com (September 2006 version) and KarenTraviss.com (March 2007)
  8. Sacrifice, page 161
  9. Sacrifice, page 162
  10. 10.0 10.1 Sacrifice, page 183
  11. Sacrifice, page 341
  12. Sacrifice, pages 361-664
  13. Sacrifice, page 362
Mandalorian starship classes
Transports
Mandalorian dungeon ship - Meteor-class Q-Carrier
Shaadlar-type troopship - Stathas-class freighter - Tra'kad
Assault ships
Jehavey'ir-type assault ship
Carriers
Mandalorian carrier
Starfighters
Basilisk war droid - Bes'uliik - Gladiator assault fighter - StarViper-class attack platform
Patrol ships
Pursuer-class enforcement ship
Gunships
Teroch-type gunship
Corvettes
Crusader-class corvette
Battleships
Kandosii-type dreadnaught - Keldabe-class battleship
Kyramud-type battleship
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