The Arakyd Industries R-4 recon droids were equipped with a repulsorlift for propulsion and was armed with a blaster. In addition to this, these units were also equipped with an internal orbital strike beacon that could be activated remotely by the droid's owner. This beacon could call upon a small orbital strike from any ally starships in orbit. The device required a few seconds to power up, but the R-4 was completely mobile even when it was activated, allowing it to evade incoming blaster shots from enemies during the time it is activated.
The R-4 recon droid, which was 0.75 meters in diameter,[source?] was identical to the R-1 recon droid, as well as the Mark IV recon droid, reconnaissance droids also produced by Arakyd Industries during the Clone Wars. The earlier R-1's design was similar to that of a DRK-1 Dark Eye probe droid, a Sith design.
During the Galactic Civil War, the R-4 recon droid was used for battlefield reconnaissance and orbital strike spotting. The R-4 was used by both the Galactic Empire and its scout troopers and the Rebel Alliance's Marksmen on numerous battlefronts.
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In the video game Star Wars: Battlefront, clone snipers, droid snipers, scout troopers, and Rebel Marksmen all carried recon droids to the battlefield. Although all the recon droids were identical, the Star Wars Battlefront: Prima Official Game Guide lists them as different models of each other. The clone sharpshooters' recon droids were called the R-1 recon droids, the droid snipers had Mark IV recon droids, and the Rebel marksmen and scout troopers both had R-4 recon droids. In-game, however, no model designation is giving of each weapon and equipment. By Star Wars: Battlefront II, all the recon droids from its game guide were classified as the Mark IV models and the orbital beacon had been replaced with a self-destruct mechanism.
- Star Wars: Battlefront (First appearance)