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Hyena-class bomber
Production information
Manufacturer

Baktoid Armor Workshop[1]

Class

Bomber[1]

Cost

23,000 credits[1]

Technical specifications
Maximum speed (atmosphere)

1,150 km/h[1]

Armament
Crew

Integrated droid brain[1]

Passengers

None[1]

Cargo capacity

None[1]

Consumables

2 days[1]

Usage
Availability

Restricted[1]

Role(s)

Bomber[1]

Year introduced

22 BBY[1]

Era(s)

Rise of the Empire era[1]

Affiliation

Confederacy of Independent Systems[1]

"They targeted the south support! What are those fool droids doing?!"
―The Keeper questioning the Hyena bombers

The Hyena-class bomber, also known as simply the Hyena bomber, was a droid bomber used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems as a heavy ordnance craft during the Clone Wars.The Hyena bomber also was used as a fighter but, only when needed. Due to its restricted availability, the Hyena-class bomber was missing in many key battles. The Hyena bomber could be armed with proton bombs, concussion missiles, and proton torpedoes. They also carried two light laser cannons for defense. The bomber saw service in different campaigns on planets such as Falleen and Ryloth.

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Characteristics

Hyena-class bombers in "walker" mode.

The Hyena-class bomber was similar in design to the Vulture-class fighter, but had a broader fuselage and two "head" units.[2] Unlike the Vulture Droid, the Hyena bomber's wings separated in the middle while in "walker" mode.[3] Underneath the second, immobile head, there appeared to be a red photoreceptor protruding from the blue hull. The Hyena-class bomber was capable of carrying four Proton bombs, six Proton torpedoes and six Concussion missiles inside the bomb bay beneath the hull. The Hyena bomber also carried two light laser cannons which eliminated the need for fighter escort.[1]

Roles

The Hyena-class bomber was originally designed as an air-to-surface Bomber.[1] With its twin laser cannons and maneuverability, the Hyena bomber also was used as a fighter but only to support other fighters.[4][5]

History

"It appears a surrender is unnecessary. We will all perish for the glory of the Separatist Alliance."
Wat Tambor to Mace Windu, as Hyena bombers approach

The Hyena Bomber was first introduced in 22 BBY as a cheaper, more maneuverable bomber by Baktoid Armor Workshop at the beginning of the Clone Wars.[1]

The Hyena-class bombers were first seen during a battle on Falleen, early in the Clone Wars. The Separatists completely eradicated the Republic force stationed there and proceeded to attacked the fortress of the King. There, they shelled the capital, but could not penetrate the defensive shield surrounding the palace of the Falleen King.[6]

After a Separatist Starship flew over Florrum, the Hyena Bomber proved itself as a fighter. The CIS deployed Hyena bombers along with other droids with the mission to shoot down Aayla Secura's Recon ship that was tasked with a recon mission. The Gunship shot down all of the bombers and other craft including Bounty hunter Shahan Alamas ship. The Gunship then returned to Secura's Ship.[5]

Hyena bombers were also used by HELIOS-3D in his Droid Army over the planet of Iego. They attacked a lone Scout fighter sent by General Kenobi to report on the mysterious activity in a area called "The Thicket". The lone fighter destroyed the the bombers and other droid forces sent by HELIOS-3D. The fighter returned and Generals Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi began to board HELIOS-3D's Capital ship. After having his forces defeated, the Droid transferred his consciousness into a B1 battle droid and left his body in his command ship.[4]

Hyenas receive orders to bomb Lessu while in flight.

The Hyena-class bombers also found use during a battle on planet Kadavo. Lead by Asajj Ventress in her ship the Trident, a squad of bombers was tasked with destroying a Zygerrian Labor Processing Hub. The bombers managed to take out one support cable causing the structure to become unstable and toppled several Togruta slaves into lava . The bombers then turned around and began to attack again but were then destroyed when a Clone trooper shot a proton bomb underneath one of the bombers. After having her bomber squad destroyed, Ventress requested more from General Grievous who was in the process of retreat. Ventress then proceeded to attack but was forced to follow Grievous in retreat.[7]

Bombers were also in use during the Battle of Ryloth. First, Hyena bombers were ordered to destroy all of the Twi'lek villages as a last ditch effort to destroy what couldn't be taken. While regrouping, Commander CC-6454 witnessed one of these attacks and reported it to General Mace Windu. Before Separatist leader Wat Tambor fled the city, his Tactical droid ordered a nearby group of Hyena-class bombers in flight to destroy the capital city of Lessu destroying the city and Tambor himself. The bombers were in site of the city but were destroyed at the last second by Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano.[3]

Behind the scenes

The Hyena droid bomber was first learned of through images of its LEGO Star Wars: The Clone Wars model in 2009.

Given that the CIS seems to have made a habit of naming their starfighters after (scavenging) creatures, the starfighter was named after a hyena. The Star Wars galaxy already features many organisms sharing the names of (and seemingly very similar to) Earth creatures, including ducks and bears, among dozens of others.[8]

The Hyena-class bomber can also be briefly seen in the non canon video LEGO Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2.

Appearances

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
  2. Brickshelf LEGO gallery
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Droids Over Iego
  5. 5.0 5.1 Gunship Over Florrum
  6. StarWars.com The Clone Wars: The Fall of Falleen on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  7. Star Wars The Clone Wars 6: Slaves of the Republic - Chapter 6: Escape from Kadavo
  8. The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide

External links

Starfighters of the Confederacy of Independent Systems
Starfighters
Belbullab-22 starfighter · C-73 Tracker starfighter · Ginivex-class starfighter
NovaSword Space Superiority Fighter · Sabaoth starfighter · Scarab-class droid starfighter
Interceptors
Droid tri-fighter · Nantex-class territorial defense starfighter · Mankvim-814 light interceptor
Vulture-class droid starfighter
Bombers and heavy assault craft
Belbullab-23 heavy assault craft · Belbullab-24 strike bomber · Hyena-class bomber
Sabaoth Defender · Trade Federation droid bomber
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