Combat Cloud Car
||Ubrikkian Talon I Combat Cloud Car
||Double Blaster Cannon
||1,500 Kilometers per hour
Combat Cloud Cars are a combination patrol and combat vehicle that are
used throughout the galaxy. These vehicles follow the standard cloud car
design, with linked ion and repulsorlift engines and a sealed cabin for
high altitude flight. Many different models are offered by prominent
vehicles manufactures, including Bespin Motors, Ubrikkiab, Aratech,
Merkuun, and SoroSuub.
Combat Cloud Cars are popular because they fill a gap between airspeeders
and starfighters. They have enough weaponry to stand up to fighters and
freighters but are much cheaper than space-capable fighters. They are
excellent for both lower- and upper-atmosphere duty, with a maximum
altitude of around one hundred kilometers on most human-standard worlds.
They have superior maneuverability and excellent speed: some combat cloud
cars can reach up to 1,500 kilometers per hour, making them capable of
outrunning most starfighters in an atmospheric setting.
They are significantly more reliable than heavily modified airspeeders,
requiring far less maintenance and downtime. Replacement parts are
standardized for several models, allowing technicians to perform
improvised emergency repairs. Combat cloud cars can be deployed almost
anywhere, and their ion engines allow them to be assigned to bases where
repulsorlift-only vehicles can't work, such as planets with unusual
Most combat cloud cars have extra hull plating and enhanced weapons
systems. Aside from patrol and combat missions, these cars can be assigned
to customs duty, forward scouting, and even traffic control over busy
starports and speederways.
The Noghri use Ubrikkian Talon I Combat Cloud Cars that were supplied by
the empire. The TalonI cars are used to patrol their homeworld of Honoghr,
with support provided by small patrol ships orbiting the planet. When
dispatched patrol craft, the Norghri follow standard Imperial protocols
and send out the vehicles in pairs. This may be an exceptionally light
defense web for most worlds, but Grand Admiral Thrawn considered the
Noghri to be extremely loyal to the Empire- and Honoghr has few resources
worth fighting over.
The Talon I Cloud Car has a single pod with two outstretched airfoils and
a main fin for manueverability. A double blaster cannon is mounted in the
nose of the pod and a single Ubrikkan Servant ion/repulsorlift engine is
mounted in the rear of the vessel. The engine is low and exposed to the
air for exceptional cooling. Each wing has a trio of maneuvering jets and
emergency braking thrusters. Noghri technicians at the main starport in
Nystao are responsible for the maintenance and repair of these vessel.
Honoghr's minimal defenses allowed Luke Skywalker to seek refuge among the
Noghri. When he was escorted in for landing, two combat cloud cars guided
him to a valley where the Noghri were modeling the reconstruction of their
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