Equipment Labs: Exploring the Galactic Fringe – YV-545 Light Freighter

There are a multitude of planets to be found in the Star Wars galaxy, even just among the Outer Rim where Fantasy Flight GamesEdge of the Empire RPG is set.  A further example of the Corellian Engineering Corporation’s many attempts to replicate the success of its prior freighter designs, this vessel was a design that should have been popular yet was perhaps just too different to really capture the attention of the light freighter market, falling short of the mark in their attempts to please fans of the older YT series and the newer YV series.

YV-545Hull Type: Transport
Ship Class: YV-545
Manufacturer: Corellian Engineering Corporation
Hyperdrive: Primary: Class 2, Backup: Class 15
Navicomputer: Yes
Ship’s Complement: One pilot, one engineer
Passenger Capacity: 5
Encumbrance Capacity: 130
Consumables: 3 months
Cost: 90,000 credits/5
Silhouette: 4
Sensor Range: Short
Speed: 3
Handling: +1
Defense: 1/1
Armor: 4
Hull Integrity: 20
Strain Threshold: 18
Customization Hardpoints: 4

Weapons
Dorsal Turret Mounted Double Laser Cannons (Fire Arc All; Damage 6; Critical 3; Range [Close]; Linked 1)

Produced as part of the CEC’s attempts to replace the aging YT series of freighters with a more modern design, the YV-545 light freighter took several innovative steps in that attempt… steps that were perhaps too innovative for the market.  Similar to the classic YT series of ships, the cockpit is mounted on the starboard side, however, once in flight the ship rotated 90-degrees to place the cockpit on top of the vessel, with the pilot’s vantage point being improved while also giving the freighter a rather narrow profile once it was off the ground.  Unfortunately, many potential buyers saw this function as being needlessly complex, particularly as any cargo would need to be secured prior to lift off and moving about the ship while inside a planet’s atmosphere often proved to be just as problematic.

In the ship’s defense, the fact that it’s body was ringed with maneuvering thrusters and onboard sensors gave the YV-545 exceptional performance and handling for a craft of its size, enabling it to rival most general-purpose starfighters in that respect, though its engines required substantial improvement in their power output to match the speed of the average starfighter during the YV-545’s production run.  However, that didn’t stop smugglers from modifying the craft into a surprisingly capable attack craft with upgraded engines and a more potent weapons-load out.

Image is created by Korris and is courtesy of Star Wars Artists Guild, located at http://www.swagonline.net/image/yv-545-transport

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