Often mistaken for a B-Wing or a C-Wing from a distance, the I-Beam Starfighter was an exclusive starfighter manufactured and used by the Galderian Slave Traders. It is unknown whether the ship was designed by the slavers themselves, or a more advanced race which they had enslaved.
Despite the apparent similarities in appearance to the B- or C-Wing, the vessels are completely different. The I-Beam is strictly a defensive ship and was built to be launched from a carrier or space station. Typically deployed in squads of six or eight fighters, the I-Beam speed, maneuverability and sensor array -- advanced for its age -- allow it to quickly disable its target via heavy lasers.
In its day, the nimble I-Beam also held a reputation for frustrate opposing fighters, who often underestimated the threat posed by the relatively small exterior. Inside, the cockpit is spacious, making this ship a favorite of those sentients with larger frames. An enlarged canopy also gives the pilot a wide field of view, making battle tracking easier. The I-Beam's efficient use of space enables several squads to fit within a single carrier to swarm out in multiple waves to attack or defend on several fronts.
Despite its advantages, critics and pilots have often voiced their dislike of the I-Beam's downward 3rd wing, which makes take off and landing difficult. It also makes the fighter damage prone in the hands of newer pilots; thereby proving a constant headache for mechanics. Despite the complaint, the I-Beam has received much praise from those with experience in its cockpit, or who have seen it in action.