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Nantex-class Starfighter

Nantex-class fighter

Affiliation
Geonosis/Confederacy of Independent Systems
Type
Starfighter
Armament
1 Laser cannon turret
Dimensions
9.8 meters long; 1.9 meter width

The Nantex-class territorial defense starfighter, also known simply as the Geonosian starfighter, was a small, high-speed starfighter manufactured for the Geonosians to defend their home planet, Geonosis. During the Clone Wars, they were used to aid and defend the Separatists' operations on the planet, as well as other systems, such as Muunilinst. The Nantex-class fighter followed the common Geonosian design of a twin-beaked nose with a high speed output which could evade most starfighters.

Armament

A single laser cannon aided the starfighter in combat. Its medium sized laser cannon was capable of damaging firepower on any invading craft, including the Republic's LAAT Gunships during the Second Battle of Geonosis.

Complement

The Nantex was a single seat fighter, allowing only one pilot. Its cockpit was designed mainly for Geonosians; therefore, any other species could not pilot the craft well.

History

At the beginning of the war, the Nantex starfighters played a key role during the First Battle of Geonosis, swiftly raining down fire on Republic forces and protecting Count Dooku from a Republic Gunship carrying Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Several months into the war, Archduke Poggle the Lesser attempted to rebuild several Battle Droid foundries on Geonosis, which initiated a full-scale Republic invasion on the planet. When the Republic gunships launched from the cruisers, multiple Nantex starfighters were deployed to shoot down the invading craft, many of which were, including the Gunship carrying Obi-Wan Kenobi. As both the ground and starfighter fire became too intense, Ki-Adi-Mundi ordered all remaining AT-TE tanks on the ground. Once Clone Commander Cody and his forces arrived at the landing point, they were immediately bombarded with fire from the starfighters, and Cody warned Kenobi to stay away from the site. But, with no other alternative landing site, Kenobi's gunship was soon shot down by the fighters.

As the battle wore on, Clone Commander Jet contacted Admiral Yularen with the Republic's fleet for air support. But Yularen denied his request as the Y-Wing starfighters were currently occupied with the Nantex starfighters. Once the starfighters had been cleared, however, Yularen was able to send a squadron to reinforce the Republic's landing site.

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