Reference Book: Star Wars Saga Edition Legacy Era Campaign Guide
One of the oldest Starfighter models still in production, the R-28 Starfighter is the latest iteration of a Starship design that dates all the way back to the Galactic Civil War. The first prototypes upon which the R-28 is based were designed before the Battle of Yavin, but production of the R-28 never got fully underway thanks to the runaway success of the T-65B X-Wing Starfighter. However, one The Galactic Alliance is established, engineers at Incom return to their original designs for the R-28 and begin incorporating modern technologies and engineering innovations. The result, the actual production model of the R-28, is an important intermediate step between the X-Wing Starfighter and the X-83 TwinTail Starfighter.
Though considered outdated by most military and paramilitary forces by the time of Darth Krayt's rise to power, the R-28 Starfighter is one of the most common Starfighters found in the galaxy. With the return of the Empire, the Incom Corporation is forced to scale back its production of combat-capable Starfighter models, but where production of the X-83 TwinTail Starfighter is almost completely shut down, the manufacture of the R-28 slows to a much reduced, but steady, pace. Though not enough to blunt the significant financial losses that Incom sustains during the rise of Darth Krayt's Empire, sales of the R-28 bring in a constant stream of revenue that keeps the company in business.
The stock R-28 model is relatively well armed for a ship of its size. Though the weapons load on the R-28 borders on being too heavy for Imperial regulations, the fact that half of the ship's weaponry consists of nonlethal munitions (Specifically, the Fire-Linked Ion Cannons) allows the ship to pass inspection. Certainly compared to the TwinTail Starfighter, the R-28 is less destructive and less of a threat to Imperial forces. Additionally, since many of the parts used in the R-28 are also used in the TwinTail Starfighter, the Incom Corporation is able to use the continued production of the R-28 Starfighter to secretly manufacture the more powerful Starfighter.
A'Sharad Hett owned an early prototype R-28 Starfighter, which he crashed before being captured by the Yuuzhan Vong.
R-28 Starfighter Statistics (CL 10) Edit
Ranged: Medium Laser Cannons +7 (See Below)
Ranged: Medium Ion Cannons +7 (See Below)
Ship Statistics Edit
Crew: 1 (Skilled Crew Quality); Passengers: None
Cargo: 50 Kilograms; Consumables: 5 Days; Carried Craft: None
Hyperdrive: Class 2
Weapon Systems Edit
Attack Bonus: +7 (+2 Autofire), Damage: 5d10x2