The Aggressive ReConnaissance-170 Starfighter was jointly produced by Incom and Subpro Corporations. Like their other starfighter designs of its time, such as the Z-95, PTB-625, and NTB-630, the ARC-170 has a narrow spaceframe flanked by large engines. By the advent of the Galactic Civil War, ARC-170’s can be found in both Imperial and New Republic fleets, where they are considered elite craft. Smaller governments and organizations also make use of the starfighter.
The ARC-170 is a departure from other starfighter designs of the Clone Wars era. Fighters such as the Alpha-3 Nimbus and the Eta-2 Actis were built to be small, fast, and maneuverable, at the cost of heavy weapons, shields, and hyperdrives. The ARC-170 is the opposite: large, rugged, and capable of long independent operations.
It is often sent on dangerous scout missions and raids deep in enemy territory. To allow the ARC-170 to perform these missions, the fighter is equipped with a Class 1.5 hyperdrive, and its nose is filled with powerful sensors, scanners, and jammers. The ARC-170 also possesses an S-foil system. These help to radiate heat, which aid the fighter's shielding, and provide additional stability during atmospheric flight.
These ships carry enough consumables for five days of operation. However, all these supplies and additional equipment have a price, and the ARC-170 is quite slow. Durable armor and shielding, as well as two tail guns, help the ARC-170 to survive when surrounded by swarms of smaller, faster enemy fighters.
The ARC-170 possesses powerful weaponry. It carries 6 proton torpedoes, and its wingtip-mounted medium laser cannons are unusually large for a starfighter. ARC-170’s are often used as the heavy-hitters in strike forces, escorted by V-wings and Eta-2s.
The ARC-170 is crewed by three: a pilot, a co-pilot who operates the wingtip-mounted lasers, and a tail gunner who operates the rear-mounted cannons. The fighter also carries an astromech droid to perform onboard repairs and navigation.