What was the Star Wars Slave 1 starship?

The Star Wars Slave 1 ship was heavily modified from a fairly rare niche-market source.

Kuat Drive Yard’s Firespray patrol craft saw only limited production, as it was too heavily armed for civilian use yet was underpowered by Kuat’s home-defence standards.

Furthermore, Firesprays prove too robust, modular, and user serviceable to support a profitable post-sale maintenance business. Although bad for the manufacturer, these characteristics made it a perfect starship for an independent Bounty Hunter like Jango Fett which would eventually be named Slave 1.

Slave 1
Slave 1

Originally stolen by Jango on the asteroid prison Oovo 4 , Slave 1 has been extensively modified after a few harsh space battles. Jango has added spartan crew quarters for long hunts, since the original Firespray was furnished for shorter-term patrol’s.  In addition, the police regulation prisoner cages have been converted into less humane, coffin-like wall cabinets to ensure control of captives.

Slave 1’s tail blaster cannons are the only overt weaponry retained from the standard Firespray, but they have been enhanced with finer aim and variable power. Rapid fire laser cannons concealed amidships have less control than the tail guns, but deliver kiloton-scale energy bolts at a greater rate. Fett has installed physical armaments as well, an adapted naval minelayer deals nasty surprises to hasty pursuers, and a concealed frontal double rack of torpedoes fulfills the role of a guided heavy assault weapon.

 

Jango Fett in pursuit of Obi Wan Kenobi
Jango Fett in pursuit of Obi Wan Kenobi

Originally one of several prototype patrol ships made by Kuat systems engineering, Slave 1 is an extremely rare and distinctively designed starship. Jango Fett pilots a viciously effective, customised starship with superior shielding combined with high endurance levels, and heavy arsenal of overt and hidden weapons.

At first glance, the rugged vessel is recognisable as an ordinary Firespray class law enforcement patrol ship. However, closer inspection reveals a montage of patched, rebuilt, and enhanced equipment attesting to its unsavory usage.  Jango favours this uncommon but unexotic craft for the element of disguise it affords him, as one of the galaxy’s most proficient mercenaries, he nonetheless chooses to work in discrete obscurity, remaining unrecognised by the most highly placed security officers and criminals alike.

Jango Fett upgraded Slave 1’s original blaster cannons so they can be fired with greater precision as well as function in planetary atmospheres or interstellar vacuum.

When Obi Wan Kenobi pursued Fett from Kamino to Geonosis, Fett’s weaponry onboard Slave 1 was simply too much for the nimble Jedi Starfighter, forcing Kenobi to hide behind an asteroid making Fett believe he had been destroyed by a concussion missile.

After Jango was killed by Jedi Master Mace Windu, Slave 1 was inherited by Boba Fett a clone of Jango, grown especially on request as an adopted son.

Slave 1 on Kamino
Slave 1 on Kamino

Slave 1 Original Design

Nilo Rodis-Jamero assistant art director on The Empire Strikes Back was inspired by a radar dish when designing the Slave 1 ship. Nilo said that the dish shape was originally round, but it looked elliptical when looking at it from the side. George Lucas also felt that it should be elliptical and so the Slave 1’s shape was created that way.

Despite this, other people incorrectly thought that the ship looked like a street lamp and felt that was the inspiration for the design.

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