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Verdant Spaceworks Hammerhead Fighter

A fairly popular design, the SA-43 hammerhead was a short lived success.
It was designed at a time when new products were being developed but not
released. It is a sleek and graceful ship and comprable to an X-wing in
many ways.

The Hammerhead has a short sleek fusalge with slightly curved wings sloping
off and a blunted end in ront of the cockpit. It has a strong advanced hull
plating design and a shield system that was considered very powerful for it's
time.

The ship carried powerful sublight and hyperdrive engines. The ship was also
well known for having an ejectable cockpit. Should the ship suffer critical
damage the cockpit can seal and jettison itself away retaining it's air supply.
From there the pilot's seat may also eject if need be. This gives pilots more
chance of surviving if their fighter gets shot up around them.

In terms of armament the Hammerhead carried a fairly impressive tow,
especially since this was one of Verdant's first fighters ever. Mounted
on a chin gimble is a heavy blaster gatling which can track across a
fifty degree firing arc. An automated turret was originally going to be
used for the secondary weapon, a double Ion Cannon. However, the accuracy
of such a weapon turned out to be so low it was unfeasible. Instead an
Astromech droid slot was put in just aft of the cockpit. The astromech
would handle astrogation control in place of a nav computer, but it would
also handle firing the ion turret that sits between the wings at the back.

Finally, the Hammerhead's curved wings hold six hardpoints capable of being
fitted with various misisiles, usually torpedoes or missiles. About two months
before the Battle of Endor, Verdant Spaceworks and a bunch of other
companies released a mass of new ships.

The SA-43 dissapeared from public view for the most part. Some Pirate and
Mercenary groups boguht the little craft up ehre and there, as well as private
security fleets and customs agencies. After Endor it became a common sight
in the rim to see Hammerheads running patrols.

Craft: Verdant Spaceworks SA-43 Hammerhead
Type: Multipurpose Starfighter
Era: Empire Strikes Back +
Scale: Starfighter
Length: 11.5 meters
Skill: Starfighter Piloting: Hammerhead
Crew: 1
Cargo Capacity: 50 kilograms
Consumables: 1 week
Cost: 130,000 (new), 70,000 (used)
Hyperdrive Multiplier: x2
Nav Computer: Limited to 3 jumps
Maneuverability: 3D+1
Space: 8
Atmostphere: 380; 1,100 kmh
Hull: 4D+1
Shields: 1D+2
Sensors:
        Passive: 25/0D
        Scan: 55/1D+1
        Search: 80/2D+1
        Focus: 5/5D
Weapons
Double Ion Blaster
        Fire Arc: Turret
        Skill: Starship gunery
        Fire Rate: 2
        Fire Control: 7D (with Astromech and fire control)
        Space Range: 5-15/25/36
        Atmosphere Range: 500-1500/2.5/3.6 km
        Damage: 4D+2 (ionization)
Heavy Blaster Gatling
        Fire Arc: Front
        Skill: Starship gunnery
        Fire Control: 3D
        Fire Rate: 5
        Space Range: 5-10/15/25
        Atmosphere Range: 500-1000/1.5/2.5 km
        Damage: 5D+2
        Game Notes: On constant-fire mode the gatling fire a burst of 10 rounds
        per shot. When firing a 'spray', a hit is established, then a number of
        'rounds' equal to the number to hit beat the difficulty or dodge by or
        10 whichever is lowest, hits the target. If multiple targets are within
        the spray, roll once while rolling dodges for all within the spray, if
        hits are established they are spread sequentially over all the targets.
6 Ordnance Hardpoints
        Fire Arc: Forward
        Skill: Starship gunnery
        Fire Control: 3D
        Space Range: Varies
        Atmosphere Range: Varies
        Damage: Varies
        Note: The SA-43 may be fitted with up to 6 concussion missiles
        (8D), 6 proton torpedoes (9D), or any combination of the two.
        Other ordnance includes 2 heavy rockets (10D), or 2 heavy space bombs (11D).


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