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SA-23E Mitchell-Hyundyne Starfury
Status: Active
Affiliation: Earthforce
Class: Interdiction and recon fighter
Length: 9.92m
Mass: 48mt
Crew: 1
Engines: 4 Beigle-Bryant 9000A Particle Thrust Engines
Jump Capable: No
Gravity: No
Weapons: 4 Copeland JC466/A Pulse Discharge Cannons
2 Copeland JC44 Pulse Discharge cannons
8 External Hardpoints for a variety of weapons.
Defenses: 1 grappling claw

The Mk2 SA-23E Mitchell-Hyundyne Starfury is the Earthforce standard non-atmospheric deep space interdiction and recon fighter.

It first entered service in the 2240s. By 2260 Earthforce began to supplement this model with the atmospheric capable Mk3 Thunderbolt, though the Mk2s would remain in active service for at least the next four decades.[1][2]

Technical SpecificationsEdit

A Starfury carries a standard armament of four forward-firing Copeland JC466/A Pulse Discharge Cannons and two Copeland JC44 Pulse Discharge cannons with an additional eight external hard-points on the engine pylons to allow additional payloads such as missiles or slug tanks.[3]

A retractable grappling claw is housed in the ventral hull for towing. with a corresponding hitch-point located on the ventral aft tail.[4][5]

Mk2 Starfuries are highly manuverable with the ability to spin 180 degrees in under a second. This combined with the heavy weapon load make them one of the most impressive younger race fighter craft able to outmatch most comparable alien fighters; the Minbari Nial class fighter being a notable exception. Because of it's manoeuvrability, the cockpit is located in the centre of the craft thereby minimising any stress and disorientation for the pilot from high-G turns. Ingress for the pilot is though a dorsal pressure hatch, usually accessible via a gantry while the Fury is locked into it's launch cradle. Once inside the pilot is strapped in an upright, bent legged position and as a rule wear a full pressure suit to safeguard against cockpit breaches.

The entire cockpit also acts as an escape pod that can be ejected during combat, potentially saving a stricken pilot from the craft's destruction and enabling them to be retrieved later by a rescue and recovery craft.

See AlsoEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

The Stafury was co-designed by Ron Thornton and Steve Burg as a means to showcase how Newtonian physics could be portrayed in space combat. The configuration was intended as a nod towards Ron Cobb's design for the "Gunstar" from the 1984 movie The Last Starfighter.[6]

ReferencesEdit

Other Sources
  • The Official Guide to Babylon 5 (CD ROM)
  • Babylon 5 Security Manual


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