Though the Scyk provides barely more amenities to its pilot than a standard TIE Fighter, it has two strong points - it is cheap and its weapon mount is designed to handle nearly anything. Its standard equipment consists of a weapon, an engine, a reactor, a capacitor and a weak shield generator. Its laser cannon can be easily swapped for an ion cannon, concussion missiles or a proton torpedo launcher. Large organizations use this versatility to create wings of starfighters with complementary weapon mixes, while individual pilots benefit by replacing or upgrading damaged weapons anywhere in the galaxy.
Apart from that, it has very little room for modifications or additional equipment, and is not able to fit a booster or a flight computer in addition to its default equipment, which forces the starfighter's pilots to rely on allied ships to plot a hyperspace jump.
There are two basic variations on the M3-A Scyk design, the main difference being that the second, less common design has an elongated section of the wings protrude forward past the cockpit. The difference in design has no known consequences on the performance of the starfighter. The design of the Scyk starfighter was also used as the basis for its successor model, the G1-M4-C Dunelizard Fighter.
New Mandalorian CrusadeEdit
After the reunification of the Mandalorian Clans, the Scyk was but one of the backlisted MandalMotors designs that Mandalore Cadden Blackthorne had ordered to be put into active production, to serve in the Mandalorian Protectors' fleet.