While the Clone Wars marked an unprecedented level of conflict across the galaxy, the Republic was not without its conflicts either and the Judicial Forces still required combat ships for various incursions. But, as these military actions were few and far between, vehicles that could display a great deal of versatility in peace time were of value. One such vehicle was the Corellian Engineering Corporation’s Republic Corsair.
The Corsair was ‘little cousin’ to the Republic Consular Class Cruiser and a distant relative of the CR90 Corvette or Blockade Runner.
It’s main purpose was infantry support, designed to drop troops and equipment at the front line and dust-off back to base or into orbit to rendezvous with a capital ship. But it was not without its share of bombing missions and could also, in a pinch, be relied on as a short range starfighter.
The Corsairs twin engines were ideal for atmosphere work but it’s relative lack of fuel storage and computing power meant that it did not excel over inter-solar distances. Corsairs did not employ Astromech droids and the on-board navi-computers could only calculate and store the co-ordinates for two hyperspace jumps at best.
This said, the beauty of the Corsair was it’s endless ability to be customised, helped greatly by its modular design. With the right modifications, some models were able to make more than a few moderate Hyperspace jumps.
The example above is typical of the design. Painted in diplomatic red, it still carries armaments in the form of twin, fixed, forward facing laser cannons both port and starboard, in front of the the side-slung engines. These are pilot controlled. A laser cannon turret is placed on the top forward hull, which could be controlled via computer or engineer.
Depending on the mission spec, the crew of a Corsair typically comprised of a pilot and engineer with room for 8 to 18 passengers, again depending on the module attached to the ship.
The Corsair was able to detach the rear portion of its hull allowing for various mission specific modules to be attached.
The above example has a ‘Lander’ module attached. Able to be ejected outside the atmosphere if needed, the lander could be piloted down, near a hot zone where it could act as a temporary gun emplacement, scout base or sentry post.
Despite a fairly long range from orbit-to-surface, the lander has very limited take-off capabilities, mostly able to reach escape velocity, enter orbit once more and await collection.
One of the Corsair’s great weaknesses was that re-attachment of modules could be difficult, tricky work, especially under fire. Often troops would abandon modules or leave them to self-destruct while retreating. Corsairs were not ideal ‘dust-off’ vehicles in the sense of picking up troops in combat situations.
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