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PostSubject: Eta-2 Actis-Class Light Interceptor   Sun Sep 23 2012, 16:39

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Production information
Manufacturer
Kuat Systems Engineering

Model
Eta-2 Actis Interceptor

Class
Starfighter

Cost
240,000

Technical specifications
Length
5.47 meters

Width
4.3 meters

Height/depth
2.5 meters (wings extended)

Maximum acceleration
5,200 G

MGLT
125

Maximum speed (atmosphere)
1,500 km/h

Engine unit(s)
Twin ion engines (2)

Hyperdrive rating
Class 1.0 (with booster ring)

Hyperdrive range
150,000 LY

Hyperdrive system
Syluire-45 hyperspace transport ring

Shielding
None

Navigation system
10-jump memory (astromech droid)

Armament
Laser cannons (2)
Secondary light ion cannons (2)

Crew
Pilot (1)
Astromech droid (1)

Passengers
None

Cargo capacity
60 kilograms

Consumables
2 days


The Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor, sometimes referred to as the Jedi interceptor due to its extensive use by Jedi pilots, was a Republic starfighter used late in the Clone Wars that shared design elements with the Republic's Delta-7 and Delta-7B starfighters, as well as the TIE fighters of the later Galactic Empire. The Galactic Alliance would later come to utilize a successor, the Eta-5 interceptor.

At 5.47 meters in length, the Eta-2 was significantly shorter than the already diminutive Delta-7. The new fighter's mass was further reduced by removing much of the forward space-frame, leaving the front of the ship in a forked shape. Like its predecessor, it was also too small to hold an onboard hyperdrive. Because of this, the Eta-2 had to rely on carrier vessels or hyperspace transport rings for long-distance travel. However, the Actis did have a full astromech droid socket, instead of a truncated unit as was seen in the early models of Aethersprite starfighters.

Like the simultaneously developed ARC-170 and Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing starfighters, the Eta-2 incorporated S-foils to radiate excess engine heat in the thick of combat, reducing the likelihood of damage to the craft. Occasionally, though not always, the lifting panels were opened during normal flight to further reduce stress on the engines.

Such a design element carried with it certain flaws, however; this area of the hull was lightly armored, and extremely vulnerable to laser fire and buzz droid sabotage.

This design element would be carried on through the radiator panels of later TIE fighters which, unlike the Eta-2's foils, were locked in static positions but essentially served the same purpose.

hanks mostly to the fact that its development occurred in the midst of a galactic civil war, the Eta-2 had more firepower at its disposal than the Delta-7 and Delta-7B—two large laser cannons and two ion cannons. While the size of its guns provided it with respectable firepower, the fighter's limited power systems restricted its ability to fire continuously. Raith Sienar's twin ion engine design allowed the Eta-2 to achieve a maximum acceleration of 5,200 g. Unlike the Delta-7 and Delta-7B, the standard Eta-2 was not equipped with shields, as Sienar reasoned that agility and speed were its best defense. However, a later variant did include shields, as well as slightly heavier armor and a stronger hull.
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