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StarViper-class attack platform
Production information
Manufacturer
Model

StarViper-class attack platform

Class

Starfighter

Technical specifications
Length

21 meters

Maximum acceleration

16 MGLT/s [source?]

MGLT

111 [source?]

Hyperdrive rating

Class 2

Hyperdrive system

Equipped

Shielding

50 SBD [source?]

Hull

35 RU [source?]

Navigation system

Equipped

Armament
Complement

Pistoeka sabotage droids (Zann Consortium use only)

Crew

Pilot (1)

Other systems

S-foil actuator

Usage
Role(s)
  • Heavy assault fighter
  • Space-superiority fighter
Era(s)

Rebellion era

Affiliation

The StarViper-class attack platform was a heavy starfighter that was based on Prince Xizor's Virago, and was used extensively in the criminal underworld during the era of the Galactic Empire.

CharacteristicsEdit

Virago NEGVV

A StarViper ready for attack

"Please repeat the communication, over."
―A Zann Consortium StarViper pilot[src]

The StarViper was equipped with dual laser cannons of medium destructive power, and unlike other starfighters, it was a short but tall fighter, lacking a fuselage. It had decent armor and was fairly quick, but was expensive, which meant that it was not deployed in large squadrons.

The StarViper was also able to release buzz droids that would harm nearby craft.

HistoryEdit

The Virago was commissioned by Xizor as his personal starship. He collaborated directly with MandalMotors on its design, and he purchased all production rights upon completion to ensure the ship would remain unique. Xizor's personal version of the ship featured a super-advanced targeting computer that greatly increased the performance of whatever weapons the ship happened to be using. Following Xizor's death, MandalMotors reacquired the production rights and released a StarViper variant less powerful than Virago to the open market. In addition, Mandal Hypernautics began producing the fighter.

StarVipers formed the main starfighter force of the Zann Consortium, and they were modified to carry and deploy swarms of old Pistoeka sabotage droids that the Consortium obtained via the black market, proving superior to interceptors such as the RZ-1 A-wing interceptor and TIE/IN interceptor. Additionally, these fighters were also employed in small numbers by the Mandalorian forces present on Mandalore during the Galactic Civil War.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Basiliskkotor

Canderous Ordo's divergent Basilisk war droid, similar in appearance to the StarViper.

The Forces of Corruption campaign from Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption depicts the Zann Consortium deploying squadrons of StarVipers as early as 1 BBY during the Mission to Mandalore. The game version of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire depicts the Outrider fighting off dozens of these fighters. Both of these instances are contradicted by the fact that the StarViper was limited to a single ship, the Virago, at the time. Only after the death of Prince Xizor in 3.5 ABY did Mandal Hypernautics start producing StarVipers in numbers.

Canderous Ordo's Basilisk war droid, as seen in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, is strikingly similar in appearance to the StarViper. It was retconned that the ship was based on one of the Mandalorian Basilisk war droid models, which, according to Chris Avellone, was done deliberately to improve on the designs done for the Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi series by Dark Horse Comics:

"The Basilisk war droid version presented in K2 was an intentional departure from the ones presented in Tales of the Jedi, and we are happy, because frankly, those look really stupid […] So yes, the Basilisk droid version was an intentional departure from the older models, and we take full responsibility. It is noteworthy that LucasArts and Lucasfilm agreed with our decision on the first pass…"
―Chris Avellone.[src]

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit


Mandalorian starship classes
Transports
Aka'jor-class shuttle · Kiltirin-class dungeon ship
Kom'rk-class fighter/transport · Mandalorian dungeon ship
Mandalore the Indomitable's shuttle · Mar'eyce
Meteor-class Q-Carrier · Neo-Crusader Q-Carrier
Shaadlar-type troopship · Stathas-class freighter · Tra'kad
Starfighters
Basilisk war droid · Bes'uliik · Cabur-class starfighter
Davaab-type starfighter · G1-M4-C Dunelizard fighter
Gladiator-class assault fighter · M3-A Scyk fighter
M12-L Kimogila heavy fighter · Mando-Verpine Assault Fighter
StarViper-class attack platform · Vyrhawk fighter-bomber
Patrol ships
Pursuer-class enforcement ship
Gunships
Teroch-type gunship
Corvettes
Crusader-class corvette
Cruisers
Mandalorian cruiser · Mandalorian warship
Venator-class Star Destroyer
Battleships
Jehavey'ir-type assault ship · Kandosii-type dreadnaught · Keldabe-class battleship
Kyramud-type battleship · Spirit of Vengeance
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