Reference Book: Star Wars Saga Edition Rebellion Era Campaign Guide
The Alpha-Class Xg-1 Star Wing is designed by Cygnus Spaceworks to fill the Empire's need for a Starfighter capable of long range deployments. Equipped with a Hyperdrive and deflector shields, the "Assault Gunboat" is built to stand toe-to-toe with its targets, unlike the more common TIE Fighter and its variants. Modified versions carry Tractor Beams, Proton Torpedoes, Proton Bombs, or heavy rockets. After initial field tests show that the Xg-1 performs only as well as a Y-Wing or B-Wing, the Empire develops the strategy of arming an escort group of Xg-1s with beam weapons in order to clear the way for Xg-1s armed with missile weapons.
Additional Alpha-Class Xg-1 Star Wing Data Edit
The Alpha-Class Xg-1 is a starfighter in use by The Galactic Empire throughout its fleet. More commonly known as an Assault Gunboat, the "Star Wing" represents the Empire's first attempt at implementing a space superiority fighter in its defense force.
Wider than it is long, the Xg-1 is modeled very similarly to the well-known Lambda-Class Shuttle used throughout the Empire. Its wing design also has the set dorsal fin and two primary lateral wings that fold up while in landing configuration, but the Alpha-Class also has two additional smaller wings positioned about halfway between the dorsal fin and the primary wings that act as stabilizer fins to improve the ship's maneuverability over its shuttle counterpart. In fact, the fighter earned its nickname "Star Wing" from the fivepoint silhouette it creates when in flight mode and all five wings are extended.
Unlike the TIE Fighters in common use in the Empire's navy, the Alpha-Class gunboat has a shielding system installed as added protection during combat. Specifically designed to directly counter the space superiority fighters in use by the Rebellion, the shields improves on those used in the Lambda-Class Shuttle, providing a higher energy output for better protection. In addition to the shields, the Xg-1 also carries a Hyperdrive and a larger array of Weapon Systems at the pilot's disposal, making the fighter a vastly superior fighter over the standard TIE Fighter. The missile package normally carried by the Alpha-Class consists of 16 Concussion Missiles, but it can be exchanged for up to 12 Proton Torpedoes, 8 Heavy Concussion Missiles or Shieldbuster Torpedoes, or 4 Heavy Space Mines.
Like so many others, the ship is not without its flaws, the most notable of which is its flight control computer. The performance of the computer is not the issue; the RCS-6 computer system has performed admirably in the past. The main issue is that the system was developed by Miradyne, a computer production company that went out of business several years before the Alpha-Class fighter was designed. Why Cygnus Spaceworks decided to use a computer system from a company that could not provide technical support is a question that has largely remained unanswered to date. But, Cygnus compensated by providing their own technical support for the system.
Critics of the design stated that the gunboat's results in performance testing by Cygnus indicate that the ship is too slow and maneuvers much like other fighters in its class, making it a poor choice for a space superiority fighter. The Empire compared these results to other fighters and found that it is less maneuverable than its counterpart, the X-Wing Starfighter, and slower than even the standard TIE Fighter. However, it proved to be highly effective against the Y-Wing Starfighter and even performed well in groups against smaller Capital Ships.
When the Xg-1 was first introduced into the Empire's arsenal, it was the only fighter with Hyperdrive capability. Although it was initially looked upon favorably by naval commanders and squadron leaders, its ability to undertake long-range missions were limited due to the fact that no other fighters could escort the ships anywhere beyond the range of their sublight engines. As a result, the Alpha-Class ships were forced to engage in heavy assault runs where they relied on TIE Fighter escorts to protect them against superior Starfighters like the X-Wing. Once their escorts were lost, they found their attention split between fending off Rebel fighters and striving to accomplish their mission.
As time went on, Imperial strategists devised a plan to use the Alpha-Class ships on missions where travel through Hyperspace was necessary. The ships would be divided into two groups: one group would attack the intended target with heavy ordnance, while the other group would fly as their escorts. Within a short span of time, Sienar Flight Systems introduced the TIE Avenger to the Imperial fleet, which also came equipped with shields and its own Hyperdrive. The Avengers would accompany the Alpha-Class gunboats as escorts, allowing a greater number of the "Star Wings" to concentrate on the primary target, while they kept any defending fighters distracted.
Several years later, the Empire elected to phase the Xg-1 out of service, since plans to deploy the newly-developed TIE Defender throughout the fleet to replace it were already in place. However, Admiral Zaarin's move against the production facilities for the TIE Avenger and TIE Defender forced the Alpha-Class out of retirement to stop the incursion. Upgraded with current technology, the gunboat piloted by the Imperial pilot named Maarek Stele defeated both the Rneekii pirates and Admiral Zaarin's TIE Defenders, proving that the ship was still fully capable of serving the Empire.
Alpha-Class Xg-1 Star Wings in the Galaxy Edit
The Alpha-Class Gunboat's deployment throughout the Empire makes it highly likely that it will be encountered at some point in one's travels. Each Star Destroyer in the fleet carries five Xg-1 vessels as part of its support ship contingent, although the ship does not necessarily need the support of a Star Destroyer to fulfill its duties like TIE Fighters do.
Typical missions that call for the use of the Alpha-Class are those where TIE Fighters would be incapable of accomplishing successfully. They are sent out for attacks on orbital Space Stations, smaller Capital Ships, or groups of ships as well as long-range scouting. The Ion Cannons also allow the "Star Wings" to be used for situations where Starships need to be taken intact, such as customs assignments.
Alpha-Class Xg-1 Star Wing Statistics (CL 12) Edit
Ranged: Medium Laser Cannons +7 (See Below)
Ranged: Medium Ion Cannons +7 (See Below)
Ranged: Concussion Missiles +7 (See Below)
Ship Statistics Edit
Crew: 1 (Skilled Crew Quality); Passengers: None
Cargo: 100 Kilograms; Consumables: 3 Days; Carried Craft: None
Payload: 40 Concussion Missiles
Weapon Systems Edit
Attack Bonus: +7 (+2 Autofire), Damage: 5d10x2
Attack Bonus: +7, Damage: 9d10x2, 2-Square Splash