|The R5 unit represents Industrial Automation's only true failure in the Astro droid market. The R5 was intended to be a less expensive alternative to the popular R2 and R4 units, but in practice it became too cheap.
The R5 was indeed the least expensive IA astromech droid, but Outer Rim territories avoided it because it was prone to malfunctions including chronic overheating and bad motivators, and pilots shunned it because it could store only a single set of hyperspace coordinates.
The head cupola of the R5 is trapezoidal and roughly halfway in height between the R2 and R4.
Name: R5 Series
Equipment: Diagnostics package, fire extinguisher, heuristic processor, infrared vision,
Skills: Astrogate +1, Computer Use +2, Disable Device +3, Read/Write Basic,
Unspent Skill Points: 13
Feats: Skill Emphasis (Repair)
Cost: 2,200 credits