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Ginivex-class starfighter
Production information
Manufacturer

Huppla Pasa Tisc Shipwrights Collective[1]

Model

Ginivex-class starfighter[1]

Class

Starfighter[1]

Technical specifications
Length

9.3 meters

Width

2.25 meters

Height/depth

14.4 meters (sail open)

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

1,250 km/h

Hyperdrive rating

Class 1.0

Hyperdrive system

Equipped[1]

Shielding

Unique to Ginivex-class

Navigation system

Limited navicomputer with 5-jump memory

Armament

Double laser cannons (2)[1]

Crew
Cargo capacity

50 kg

Consumables

1 week

Usage
Role(s)

Starfighter

Era(s)

Rise of the Empire era

Affiliation

Confederacy of Independent Systems[1]

"General Kenobi, a ship is approaching that matches the one Commander Skywalker followed into hyperspace. I have batteries standing by."
Captain Fordo to Obi-Wan Kenobi

The Ginivex-class starfighters, more commonly known as the Fanblade starfighters, were six starfighters constructed by the Geonosian Huppla Pasa Tisc Shipwrights Collective for Separatist agent Asajj Ventress and her cohorts on Rattatak.

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Characteristics

The Ginivex-class were shaped like fans, that could stretch out a solar sail, similar to the one on Count Dooku's personal transport. They resembled aggressive Geonosian air patrol skimmers and as a result the Ginivex-class starfighters were informally dubbed "Fanblades" for their most distinctive feature. The slim, elegant vessel had an iridescent fan-like wing extending from its dorsal and ventral surface. The wing could fold inward to hide flush with the ship's body.

Asajj Ventress's Ginivex-class starfighter.

The Fanblades were armed with four laser cannons, two primary and two secondary. The two secondary cannons could swivel to the correct position, regardless of whether the fan was open or closed. In combat mode, these laser cannons had an enlarged firing arc. When the boom arms were shut, these cannons still pointed forward due to a limited hinge joint that locked them into place.

Though this combat mode greatly increased the fighter's target silhouette, the exotic material of the fan served as a transmission plane for deflector shield energy. With shields fully energized, the Fanblade was a tough target to hit. However, the energy output made the fighter stand out like a beacon on sensors.

In a manner similar to the sail found on Dooku's solar sailer, the fan also served as an alternate form of propulsion, though the ship was equipped with standard sublight and hyperspace drives. When not in combat mode, the starfighter lost the benefit of enhanced shields, but was difficult to target due to its tiny silhouette. Also, ion bafflers incorporated into its sublight engines made it very stealthy. At the head of the ship was the bulbous cockpit, designed only for use by humanoid occupants.

History

When Asajj Ventress became a disciple of Count Dooku, she had the sextet of fighters moved to her headquarters on Rattatak. Through the course of the Clone Wars, Asajj would have two of these fighters stolen from her, one by Anakin Skywalker on Yavin 4 and the other by Obi-Wan Kenobi on Rattatak. Dooku later gave her a third, Last Call, though this was destroyed on Phindar by Palleus Chuff. The Separatist officer Vulpus also used one for his meetings with General Grievous.

During the Battle of Coruscant, near the climax of the Clone Wars, Senator Padmé Amidala heard a rumor of Fanblade fighters taking part in the attack, but it is unclear as to whether or not this was actually the case.

Appearances

  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 7" (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 10"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 11"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 20"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars novel (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Republic 60: Hate and Fear
  • Star Wars Republic 62: No Man's Land
  • Star Wars: General Grievous
  • Jedi Trial
  • Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
  • Boba Fett: Pursuit
  • Labyrinth of Evil (Mentioned only)

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5  Geonosian fanblade starfighter in the Databank
Starfighters of the Confederacy of Independent Systems
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