Nssis-class Clawcraft
Production Information
Product Line

TIE series relative


Nssis-class Clawcraft


Small Craft

Technical Specifications

7.65 Meters

Maximum Acceleration

18 MGLT/s


110 MGLT

Atmospheric Speed

1,000 km/h

Engine Units

SFS ion engines

Hyperdrive Rating

Class 1.5

Backup Hyperdrive Rating



40 SBD


20 RU

Navigation Systems

Chiss hyperspace beacon system


4 Laser Cannons


1 Pilot



Cargo Capacity

25 kilograms


1 week


Space Superiority Fighter

"You have to admire the Chiss. They don't just steal your technology — they make it better."
— Anonymous Imperial engineer

The Nssis-class Clawcraft was a starfighter normally associated with the Chiss, but in fact was a hybrid development of standard Imperial technology.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Nssis schematics.

The fuselage was based on the ubiquitous "ball cockpit" of the TIE series of Imperial starfighters, with a Sienar ion drive pod mounted on the rear, but stemming from the junction of cockpit and drive pod were two pairs of curving wings which thrust out like an X-wing's strike-foils, and then extended forward in a claw-like grip around the cockpit. At the tip of each wing was a Sienar L-s7.2 laser cannon.

With modest deflector shields and thicker hull armor, Nssis-class Clawcraft were slower at sublight speeds than their TIE/ln starfighter progenitors, although the ion engines allowed the ship to achieve an atmospheric speed of 1,000 kilometers per hour, and a respectable sublight acceleration of almost forty thousand meters per second squared.

Nssis-class Clawcraft made up for their lower sublight speed by greater maneuverability. Each curved wing could make minor position adjustments and was paired with a mounted control jet to allow a Clawcraft's pilot to throw the ship into sharp turns and complex maneuvers.

A unique hyperspace beacon system allowed a Clawcraft to make lightspeed jumps without an on-board navigation computer, enabling it to function as a long-range craft while significantly reducing the weight, size and complexity of non-combat equipment carried.

But the starfighter's dependence on navigational data transmitted from a nexus of anchor points also restricted the area in which most Nssis-class Clawcraft could operate. For long-range deployment, ships of this class typically had to travel with specialist beacon ships, although some variants did feature on-board navicomps, as well as warhead launchers.

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