The Starhawk is a non-atmospheric Imperial Navy bomber. Starhawk bombers are larger, slower craft than the Marauder bomber which is capable of operating in both vacuum and an atmosphere and was the previous primary bomber in use by Imperial forces. A Starhawk is designed to carry a heavy payload of Plasma Bombs and armour-piercing missiles for use solely against enemy capital ships rather than planetary targets. Crewed by a pilot, co-pilot, Tech-priest (plus Acolytes), various turret gunners and a logistics officer, a standard Starhawk features limited sleeping quarters, chemical toilets and even an automated medical unit inside its hull. Armed with a multitude of short-range turret-mounted defence weapons like Lascannons that are used to fend off enemy starfighters, a lone Starhawk can wreak great havoc among enemy fighter squadrons before swooping in to deliver a crippling missile strike on an enemy capital ship. On rare occasions, Starhawks can be modified to carry and launch a very small number of anti-starship torpedoes.
The Starhawk is the more effective replacement for the Marauder bomber following that model's reassignment by the Imperial Navy to serve solely as an atmospheric bomber. It features an increase in armour, speed and maximum payload over the Marauder. The Starhawk appears in the standard complement of most Imperial capital ships designed to deploy Imperial Navy aircraft wings, although some of the less well-equipped Sub-sector fleets continue to use the Marauder as their primary bomber for space-based operations.
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical Specifications
|Type||Space-based Bomber||Operational Ceiling||N/A|
|Vehicle Name||Starhawk||Max Speed|
|Forge World of Origin||Range|
|Known Patterns||Main Armament||Plasma Bombs, Armour-piercing Missiles|
|Crew||1 Pilot, 1 Co-pilot, 1 Tech-priest, Turret Gunners, 1 Logistics Officer||Secondary Armament||Turreted Lascannons|
- Battlefleet Gothic (Rulebook)