V-19 Torrent starfighter V-19“激流”星际战斗机
26 meter wide, 6 meters long, 9 meters tall (in flight)
Blaster cannons, concussion missiles
Slayn & Korpil
Prototypes of the Slayn and Korpil V-19 Torrent starfighter were first introduced at the Battle of Geonosis. Having proven their worth as an assault fighter with exceptional speed and maneuverability, the Republic quickly produced V-19s to add to the arsenal of the growing clone army. Because of the months of training it took for the Republic's clone trooper pilots to become proficient with the vessel, the fighter was not available in large numbers for some of the early engagements of the war, but they made a prominent showing during the Battle of Muunilinst.
Initially designed as a short-range fighter, Republic technicians later added a Class-1 hyperdrive to equip the vessel for escort missions. The ship is unique in that it has two pairs of folding airfoils that give the ship added maneuverability and provides pilots with easy access to the ship's sliding canopy. The lower split airfoils coupled with enhanced repulsorlift engines make the ship an exceptional vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fighter.
As external licensees began exploring the action of the Clone Wars, it became clear that the Republic needed a fighter-class space ship that was faster and more maneuverable than the Republic gunship, something the clones could pilot in support of the Jedi starfighter. For this task, Lucas Licensing turned to LucasArts' Art Director, Chris Williams and Concept Artist Greg Knight, who together have had over 1,000 approved Star Wars designs used in games and comic books.
While the Republic gunship emphasizes cargo, the Torrent fighter is about speed, blasters and maneuverability. The wings are bolted onto an engine to communicate this sense of power. The Torrent fighter's folding wings were inspired by the F4U Corsair of World War 2. The three wings are designed to fold up and out of the way so you could pack row after row of these vehicles together in the limited space of an assault ship. When the fighter takes off, it hovers for a second while the wings rotate into place.