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Space superiority fighter
The Dagger starfighter had a triple wing design. The wings were in the shape of knives, giving it the name Dagger. The whole craft rotated around the cockpit in flight, while the cockpit maintained the same position. The laser cannons were on the hull, next to where the wings connected.
The fighter was small, fast, maneuverable, had extensive weaponry and was relatively cheap. However, it lacked life support system, deflector shields or gravity compensators and as such a Pilot had to rely on his own skill in order to survive a battle.
The fighters were produced by thousands prior to the Clone Wars. The majority were purchased by planetary defense forces, while the rest found their way into the hands of mercenary organizations.[source?] Daggers were also used in an attack on a Naboo freighter convoy above Naboo. In 32 BBY, Rhys Dallows and Vana Sage were forced to contend with these craft during their attempts to protect Naboo; the Trade Federation had recruited a mercenary organization whose jobs involved such things as an attempted kidnapping of Queen Amidala. Daggers were in the first three waves of the assault force in the assassination attempt.
With the advent of the Clone Wars, numerous Daggers were found in the planetary fleets of Separatist worlds. The production of the fighter stopped with the rise of the Galactic Empire and Palpatine's disbanding of Republic Sienar. The successor company Sienar Fleet Systems borrowed a number of elements of the Dagger in their initial design of the TIE series. The design was later used for the V38 assault fighter and the TIE Phantom.