The V-19 Torrent starfighter is a Pentastar Alignment fighter. It is armed with 2 Blaster Cannons and 2 Concussion Missile Launchers.
After the prototype fighters proved extremely successful during the Battle of Geonosis, Republic Command quickly began large-scale production of V-19s, in part to offset the weakness to enemy fighters that the LAAT/i possessed. However, due to the months of training it took for the clones to learn how to pilot the craft it was not seen on a large scale during the early battles of the Clone Wars.
By the Battle of Muunilinst, the V-19 had become the Republic's principal starfighter. Originally designed without a hyperdrive, later models were upgraded to accommodate a basic hyperdrive, and many of the older versions were modified to be compatible with hyperdrive rings. Toward the end of the Clone Wars, V-19 Torrents had begun to be replaced by the V-wing and the ARC-170. However, they were still instrumental in several late battles, such as the defense of Kashyyyk.
In an attempt to distance itself from the Republic, the Galactic Empire quickly supplanted its stock of V-19 Torrents in favor of the uniformly Imperial TIE/LN Starfighter. However, instead of being scrapped, these fighters were transferred to older carrier vessels and stations in the Outer Rim.
Upon the death of Emperor Palpatine and the formation of the Pentastar Alignment, most of the Outer Rim came under Grand Moff Ardus Kaine's control. The V-19 Torrent thus became an important tool in the Pentastar arsenal, their remarkable resiliency leading to their being used in planetary defense and frontline duty alike.
The V-19 Torrent is the third unique fighter available to the Pentastar Alignment. Whereas the Skipray Blastboat is primarily a bomber, and the TIE Hunter is shielded and fitted with advanced weaponry (ion cannons) for a space superiority role, the V-19 functions as a heavy fighter, capable of launching concussion missiles at its targets. This makes it deadly against most fighters, as well as giving it a secondary role as a light bomber.
The V-19 is only available from the Venator-class Star Destroyer and the Lucrehulk-class Battleship. Its only weakness is a lack of shields, but as long as the missile launchers are armed it should be able to finish off the rest of the squadron after the first volley. Overall, the V-19 is a welcome addition to the Pentastar fleet.