The Buirk'alor-class airspeeder was an airspeeder designed and constructed by MandalMotors, a Mandalorian starship company headquartered on the Outer Rim world of Mandalore. Measuring just over ten meters in length and possessing powerful engines, the Buirk'alor-class speeder was favored by the police force of the New Mandalorians, who utilized the unarmed vessel to patrol the New Mandalorians' desert capital city, Sundari. The New Mandalorians' Duchess Satine Kryze and her diplomatic guest, Galactic Senator Padmé Amidala, made use of a Buirk'alor-class speeder for transport during the galaxy-spanning Clone Wars, while investigating the poisoning of several New Mandalorian children.
Measuring 10.19 meters in length, the Buirk'alor-class airspeeder relied on a set of powerful engines for propulsion. Manufactured by the MandalMotors company, the unarmed Buirk'alor speeder was constructed primarily as a police craft, and featured the flashing lights common to law-enforcement vessels mounted on its roof. Additionally, the word "Police" was prominently displayed on the frame of the airspeeder's nose in Mando'a lettering, the Mandalorian's native language. The Buirk'alor-class airspeeder's small cockpit provided seating for up to four individuals, including the vehicle's pilot.
A swift airspeeder design, the Buirk'alor-class model was used primarily by the members of the New Mandalorian police force. These officers patrolled the skylanes of the New Mandalorians' domed capital, Sundari, and relied on the airspeeder's powerful engines to speedily carry them to the scene of crimes, and allow them to respond rapidly to emergencies.
Designed and constructed by MandalMotors, a prominent Mandalorian starship company headquartered in the planet Mandalore's capital city of Keldabe, the Buirk'alor-class airspeeder was produced at some point prior to 21 BBY for use by the New Mandalorian police. The officers of the Mandalorian guard force took to using the Buirk'alor for patrolling the skylanes of the New Mandalorians' cities.
During the Clone Wars, a galaxy-spanning conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, a number of Buirk'alor-class airspeeders were mobilized during the course of an investigation into the sudden illness that had stricken and hospitalized several New Mandalorian children within Sundari. One even provided transport for the New Mandalorian leader, Duchess Satine Kryze and her diplomatic guest, Galactic Senator Padmé Amidala.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Buirk'alor-class airspeeder made its first unnamed appearance in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series' third season episode, Corruption, originally aired on October 8, 2010. The name of the Mandalorian police vehicle was only revealed with the publication of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Incredible Vehicles guide book.
The name Buirk'alor appears to come from the Mandalorian language of Mando'a, developed by author Karen Traviss, specifically the words buirkan, meaning "responsibility", and alor, meaning "leader".
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Incredible Vehicles (First identified as Buirk'alor-class airspeeder)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Incredible Vehicles
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Corruption"
- ↑ "The Mandalorians: People and Culture"—Star Wars Insider 86
- ↑ The Essential Atlas
- ↑ Star Wars Annual 2011
- ↑ Mando'a dictionary