OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION
- Intent: An automated, independent deep space deployment platform for Corellia Digital's droid starfighters.
- Image Source: Starship Concept by MK01
- Canon Link: N/A
- Restricted Missions: If required
- Primary Source: YQ-400 Droid Patrol Ship | XX-777 Prototype Droid Frigate
- Manufacturer: Corellia Defense
- Model: Variable Geometry Self-Propelled Battle Droid, Mk III
- Affiliation: Closed-Market
- Production: Mass-Produced
- Material: Durasteel hull
- Classification: Corvette Carrier
- Length: 200m
- Width: 70m
- Height: 40m
- Armament: Very Low
- Defenses: Low
- Hangar: 3 Squadrons
- Maneuverability Rating: Low
- Speed Rating: Moderate
- Hyperdrive Class: 1
- Standard Communications Array: CD-9i Subspace Radio
- Standard Ion Engines
- Standard Navigational Systems
- Standard Astromech Droid Corral (Port/Starboard)
- Standard Weapons: Light Blaster Cannons
- Standard Deflector Shield
- Can support up to 3 squadrons of droid starfighters.
- Can support a mix of combat and/or exploration mission profiles.
- Multiple software and hardware safeguards against slicing.
- Very light armament. This ship relies on its starfighter defense screen for defense and offense.
- No organic life support.
- Droid ship means that the ship is vulnerable to ion energy.
- No atmospheric flight support. This ship is deep space only.
As an interstellar corporation, Corellia Digital struggles to provide security for its freight and shipping operations. In the past, as a smaller entity whose business was restricted to transactions occurring between Corellia and Voss, the company dealt with this issue by contracting with James Justice's mercenary organization to provide security for Corellia Digital's product in transit. As the company expanded into the Mid- and Outer Rim however that arrangement became unwieldy. Today, as an organization that spans the Galactic Alliance to the Mara-Parlemian Trade Corridor and the Tingel Arm to the Kathol Outback, Corellia Digital has grown a corporate fleet capable of defending its shipping interests in confrontations with geo-political powers, such as the First Order (which is seen as the greatest threat to Corellia Digital's reliance on the southern hyperlanes which the First Order has repeatedly attacked).
The problem with that tactic is that star destroyers and other dedicated carriers represent a huge resource investment, both in credits and in human capital. The return on investment for a starfighter pilot is extremely low, hence Corellia Digital's reliance on droid starfighters. But, fundamentally, Corellia Digital has a significant problem: It's unarmed freighter traffic significantly outnumbers its combat capable craft.
Simply put, there are more freighters headed to more destinations that Corellia Digital has star destroyers. So it can't be everywhere or guard everything. This has led to a priority system, which has resulted in several unguarded freighters being lost to attack.
The Variable Geometry Self-Propelled Battle Droid, Mk III is the solution. A fully independent droid operator capable of fielding deep space operations, the Mk III is a high mobile deployment platform for Corellia Digital's heavy starfighter (the Mk I), fast attack aerospace superiority starfighter (the Mk II) or its non-combat ISR probe droid (the Stingray). This enables Corellia Digital to have a droid ship assigned as escort to its commercial freighters, or serve as a probe droid launch platform supporting Corellia Digital's exploratory ventures. Capable of fielding a mix of droid starfighter types, the Mk III is a versatile platform in the Corellia Digital catalog.
With no life support systems, the Mk III's internal volume is incompatible with hosting an organic crew. Parts or sections of the ship may even be exposed to vacuum. In lieu of a human crew the ship is, instead, supported by a compliment of astromech droids. The astromechs service not only the host vessel, but also the auxiliary vessels when they are housed aboard the Mk III, extending the service life of the droid starfighters until the ship and its components can be more robustly refurbished or maintained in a depot or dry dock.
Edited by Sor-Jan Xantha, 17 April 2018 - 03:28 AM.