The HWK-290 was manufactured by the Corellian Engineering Corporation during the decades leading up to the Battle of Naboo. It measured twenty-nine meters in length, the HWK-290 resembled the head of a large raptor, and required a pilot and co-pilot to operate. The freighter could accommodate up to six passengers and 150 metric tons of cargo. The ships were produced without armament; they used speed and maneuverability to escape most situations.
During the Galactic Civil War the Rebel Alliance modified these types of freighters to be able to carry incendiary bombs which proved effective against large crowds of enemy foot soldiers. This was displayed in the new Star Wars Commander mobile Strategy Game.