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Ck-6
CK-6 swoop
Production information
Manufacturer

Bespin Motors[1]

Class

Swoop speeder bike[1]

Cost
Technical specifications
Length

5.8 meters[1]

Maximum speed

550 km/h[2]

Engine unit(s)

Twin thrusters[1]

Armament

Dual laser cannons[2]

Crew

1

Cargo handling systems

30 kg[2]

Consumables

1 week[2]

Other systems

Bubble canopy, headlights[1]

Usage
Availability

Military[2]

Era(s)

Rise of the Empire era[3]

Affiliation

Galactic Republic[1]

CK-6 swoop, also known as Freeco bike, was a type of swoop used by clone cold assault troopers in cold temperature environments. It bore similarities to the JR-4 swoop, another product by Bespin Motors and had greater range and durability than the standard BARC speeders. The "Freeco" nickname was a contraction of "freezing cold", the condition in which the vehicle was designed to operate.

CharacteristicsEdit

Freecobike

CK-6 on Orto Plutonia.

The large CK-6 swoop bike included two sets of landing gears for more secure operation on icy terrain. These repulsorlift vehicles possessed an integrated windscreen to deflect the snow and air of their operational environment. Freeco bikes could operate when even the most intense blizzards kept Republic gunships grounded. However, without constant maintenance and care, even a night on Orto Plutonia could freeze a bike's systems solid.[1]

HistoryEdit

The swoop was tested by a squad of clone cold assault troopers stationed on Orto Plutonia shortly before the squad was wiped out by an unidentified snow creature. As of the time of their disappearance, the speeder did not test well, as it was prone to freezing up. It was later used by clone troopers during the Battle of Orto Plutonia. These speeders were barely a match for Talz warriors mounted on narglatches.[3] The swoop was also used by Kit Fisto, Plo Koon, and a squad of Devil Dogs during the Battle of Khorm. The swoop saw no combat however and were abandoned once their transportation capabilities proved irrelevant.

Behind the scenesEdit

The "CK-6 swoop" designation was based on the previously established JR-4 swoop.[1]

The design of the vehicle is based on a Darth Maul Sith speeder concept art for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace by Doug Chiang from 1996.[4]

The LEGO Company released a set featuring a Freeco bike on December 28, 2009. It contains Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and the Talz Thi-Sen. Hasbro also released a deluxe pack containing a Freeco bike and an Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure in 2009.

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Freeco bike

Clone cold assault troopers adjusting a CK-6 swoop.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Databank title Freeco bike (CK-6 swoop) in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Galaxy at War
  3. 3.0 3.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Trespass"
  4. Star Wars (Blu-ray) Disc Seven: Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III

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