- "The Koensayr BTL-S3 Y-wing attack starfighter, long the staple of the Alliance Fighter Corps. The all-purpose craft has proved its worth as a fighter and [...] a bomber noted for its precision."
- ―Soontir Fel
- "The BTL-S3 model's advantage is that the gunner seated behind the pilot is able to use the cockpit ion cannon to find his own targets."
- ―Soontir Fel
The BTL-S3 was the most common Y-wing configuration. A two-man strike starfighter, the first crew member piloted the craft, while the second acted as a gunner and controlled the two swivel-mounted ion cannons, located right on top of the cockpit.
Many Y-wings of this variant were modified with defensive rapid-fire blaster turrets replacing the ion cannon turret, and particle cannons instead of the dual laser cannons on the nose. These Y-wings were used as heavy capital ship destroyers, and were eventually phased out by the new B-wing starfighters.
The Deretta Destroyers, a mixed starfighter squadron of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, consisted of several BTL-S3s. Rebel pilot Tenk Lenso proved his skill as a gunner in the rear of a BTL-S3 while serving with the Destroyers.
Several of the BTL-S3s were stationed at Echo Base on the planet Hoth in 3 ABY. They assisted the base's T-65 X-wing starfighters in the evacuation of numerous GR-75 medium transports through the Imperial blockade of the planet. Rogue Squadron members Derek Klivian and Wes Janson escorted the transport Thon's Orchard to safety using a BTL-S3.
During the period after the Battle of Endor, Aggressor Wing's New Republic BTL-S3 Y-wing starfighters commanded by Colonel Horton Salm participated in the Battle of Brentaal IV, and later rescued Rogue Squadron during the evacuation of Ciutric.
Behind the scenesEdit
Both Star Wars: Rogue Squadron: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide and Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide mislabel the single-seat BTL-A4 Y-wing starfighter as the S3 variant.
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Rebel Alliance Sourcebook
- ↑ Star Wars Battlefront: Prima Official Game Guide
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars: Battlefront
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron: In the Empire's Service
- ↑ The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
- ↑ The Star Wars Sourcebook
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Star Wars: Battlefront II
- ↑ The Star Wars Holiday Special
- ↑ Splinter of the Mind's Eye
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back
- ↑ Shadows of the Empire (novel)
- ↑ Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron: In the Empire's Service
- ↑ Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron: Mandatory Retirement