Craft: Incom T-65BR X-Wing Reconnaissance Starfighter
Type: Reconnaissance Fighter
Length: 12.5 meters
Skill: Starfighter Pilot
Crew: 1 and astromech droid (can coordinate)
Crew Skill: Starfighter Piloting 4D+2, Starship Gunnery 4D+2, Starship Shields 3D, Sensors 4D+2
Cargo Capacity: 110 kg
Consumables: 1 week
Cost: 150,000 (new), 95,000 (used)
Nav Computer: No (uses Astromech Droid programmed with up to 10 jumps)
Atmosphere: 365; 1,050 km/h
- Passive: 50 / 1D
- Scan: 75 / 2D
- Search: 100 / 3D
- Focus: 5 / 4D
4 Laser Cannons (fire-linked)
Fire Arc: front
Skill: starship gunnery
Fire Control: 3D
Space Range: 1-3/12/25
Atmosphere Range: 100-300/1,200/2,500m
Space Range: 1
Atmosphere Range: 100m
Background: The T-65BR X-wing reconnaissance starfighter, commonly called the Recon-X or Snoopscoot, was a variant of the Incom T-65 X-wing starfighter modified for reconnaissance missions.
A vast improvement over the aged and slow Longprobe Y-wings, the T-65BR featured an advanced, high-gain, long-range sensor package with high-speed hypertransceivers in place of the standard X-wing’s proton torpedo launchers. Sensor packages were mounted on probes that were launched from the craft and tethered to it by cables. Six additional reconnaissance imaging systems were contained within the starfighter’s nose. The sensor suites were coordinated by the on-board R2-R-series astromech droid to provide maximum efficiency, a requirement when jumping into potentially dangerous zones. The astromech droid was of eminent importance in guiding the Recon-X through its scouting runs and collecting data, and some New Republic pilots facetiously noted that the pilot was only there to provide company to the astromech. During reconnaissance runs, when enemy ships were detected, the astromech would begin automatically updating the pilot on their various classifications.
The Recon-X was also equipped with a HoloNet communicator, or alternatively, a hypercomm data relay that enabled it to relay its findings instantaneously to allied command centers. The hypercomm transmitters were intimately linked with the Recon-X’s hyperdrive system — they were programmed to immediately begin transmitting the fighter’s collected reconnaissance data immediately upon realspace reversion in the target area.
The Recon-X used updated engines and etheric rudder prototypes to eliminate the need for thrusters. In the event that a Recon-X was captured, the fighter was equipped with several distinct countermeasures. The pilot carried a purge stick that, if inserted into the cockpit’s control panel, triggered a purge charge that would erase the fighter’s onboard data and also destroy the R2-R astromech unit with an explosion. Once the purge charge was initiated, a second fail-safe was now accessible within the purge stick: a suicide needle, that once jabbed into the pilot’s palm would swiftly kill the pilot. There was also a pressure-loaded “dead man’s” spring plate mechanism that would self-destruct the Recon-X fighter with baradium charge once the pilot was killed. The self-destruct explosion was of considerable force, capable of crippling a Yevethan corvette.
A Recon-X lacked weaponry other than its laser cannons, as the space and energy was used for its sensor package. Some even had the laser cannons removed as the energy output of the cannons interfered with the advanced sensors. Nonetheless, the Recon-X had the smallest rear blind spot of any New Republic fighter.