|Heavy Z-95 Headhunter|
|Certification||Alliance Starfighter Trainee|
|Weapon Mounts||Projectile weapon x1|
|Astromech Technology||Astromech droid|
Available to Alliance Starfighter Pilots of all certification levels, the Heavy Z-95 is identical to its standard predecessor, but with a much higher mass. It can be manufactured by Shipwrights. It appears as a normal Z-95 with cross-body strakes
Star Wars Lore
In order to improve their fleet and to keep from being out-paced by the Empire, the Alliance enhanced the popular Z-95 Headhunter with cross-body strakes, which reduce overall heat and allow the chassis to support more mass. Considered one of the most capable fighters of its day, it boasted a distinctive bubble canopy and a set of triple blasters mounted at the ends of each of its two variable geometry wings; later versions dispensed with the swing wings and bubble canopy in favor of more precise maneuvering thrusters and canopy instrumentation. Its sleek, yet rugged, design was attributed to Seti Ashgad, a scientist in Incom's Hyperdrive Design Division.It was named after the Coromon Headhunter, a predator native to the Coromon Islands on Fresia, the planet where Incom was headquartered.
The Z-95 was smaller in size than its successors: the Incom/Subpro ARC-170, designed during the Clone Wars; and the Incom T-65 X-wing, designed shortly before the outbreak of the Galactic Civil War.
While the Z-95 still enjoyed considerable use in the years following the establishment of the New Republic, it was clearly outclassed by fighters developed in the decades since its original release. When compared to the T-65, it is slower, less-maneuverable, has lighter armor and shielding, and is not as heavily armed. Yet it is fairly inexpensive and reliable, making it a favorite amongst smugglers, Outer Rim organizations, local system defense forces, and bright-eyed youngsters with dreams of becoming fighter jockeys.
Owing to its longevity, it was not surprising that many variants of the Z-95 had come into existence due to the efforts of starship mechanics and hotrod pilots throughout the Galaxy; these included a split-wing version, a courier version that can accommodate a single passenger, variants with various alternative weapons loadouts, and a trainer version that was commonly used by the Rebel Alliance until replaced by the T-65X, the trainer variant of the X-wing.
This is the best rebel fighter you're getting until the tier 4 ships, as it's maneuverable, fast and has very high mass. You can use it, if well equipped, to take out tier 5 NPCs.