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StarViper-class attack platform
Production information
Manufacturer
Model

StarViper-class attack platform

Class

Starfighter

Technical specifications
Length

21 meters

Maximum acceleration

16 MGLT/s

MGLT

111

Hyperdrive rating

Class 2

Hyperdrive system

Equipped

Shielding

50 SBD

Hull

35 RU

Navigation system

Equipped

Armament
Complement

Pistoeka sabotage droids (Zann Consortium use only)

Crew

Pilot (1)

Other systems

S-foil actuator

Usage
Role(s)
  • Heavy assault fighter
  • Space-superiority fighter
Era(s)

Rebellion era

Affiliation

The StarViper-class attack platform was a heavy starfighter that was based on Prince Xizor's Virago, and was used extensively in the criminal underworld during the era of the Galactic Empire.

Contents

Characteristics

"Please repeat the communication, over."
―A Zann Consortium StarViper pilot

The StarViper was equipped with dual laser cannons of medium destructive power, and unlike other starfighters, it was a short but tall fighter, lacking a fuselage. It had decent armor and was fairly quick, but was expensive, which meant that it was not deployed in large squadrons.

History

The Virago was commissioned by Xizor as his personal starship. He collaborated directly with MandalMotors on its design, and he purchased all production rights upon completion to ensure the ship would remain unique. Xizor's personal version of the ship featured a super-advanced targeting computer that greatly increased the performance of whatever weapons the ship happened to be using. Following Xizor's death, MandalMotors reacquired the production rights and released a StarViper variant less powerful than Virago to the open market. In addition, Mandal Hypernautics began producing the fighter.

StarVipers formed the main starfighter force of the Zann Consortium, and they were modified to carry and deploy swarms of old Pistoeka sabotage droids that the Consortium obtained via the black market, proving superior to interceptors such as the RZ-1 A-wing interceptor and TIE/In starfighter. Additionally, these fighters were also employed in small numbers by the Mandalorian forces present on Mandalore during the Galactic Civil War.[1]

Behind the scenes

Canderous Ordo's divergent Basilisk war droid, similar in appearance to the StarViper.

The StarViper's body and cockpit designs bear a resemblance to the StarFury fighter of Babylon 5.

Canderous Ordo's Basilisk war droid, as seen in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, is strikingly similar in appearance to the StarViper. It was retconned that the ship was based one of the Mandalorian Basilisk War droid models, which, according to Chris Avellone, was done deliberately to improve on the designs done for the Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi series by Dark Horse Comics:

"The Basilisk war droid version presented in K2 was an intentional departure from the ones presented in Tales of the Jedi, and we are happy, because frankly, those look really stupid […] So yes, the Basilisk droid version was an intentional departure from the older models, and we take full responsibility. It is noteworthy that LucasArts and Lucasfilm agreed with our decision on the first pass…"
―Chris Avellone.
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Appearances

Sources

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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Notes and references

  1. Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption (Mandalore piracy mission).
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