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DP20 Frigate
Production information
Manufacturer

Corellian Engineering Corporation[1]

Product line

Corellian gunship

Model

DP20 frigate

Class
Cost
Technical specifications
Length

120 meters[1]

MGLT

75[source?]

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

1,000 km/h[1]

Hyperdrive rating
  • Class 2.0[1]
  • Backup Class 16[1]
Shielding

416 SBD

Hull

176 RU

Navigation system

Equipped[1]

Armament
Crew
Minimum crew

10[1]

Passengers

None

Cargo capacity

300 metric tons[1]

Consumables

8 months[1]

Usage
Role(s)
Era(s)
Affiliation

The DP20 frigate or Corellian Gunship was one of the few dedicated warship designs produced by Corellian Engineering Corporation, and was the most common member of the Corellian gunship product line.[2] Though small and compact, it was fast and carried heavy firepower for a ship of its size and class.

CharacteristicsEdit

CorellianGunship-SotG

A DP20 frigate

Unlike its cousin, the CR90 corvette, the gunship had minimal cargo space and almost no space for passengers or troops. These small ships were designed to be only two things: fast and deadly. Engines consumed nearly half of the gunship's interior space. What little room was left was used for deflector shield generators and weapons.

Armed with eight double turbolaser cannons, four concussion missile tubes, and six quad laser cannons, the Corellian gunship was effective against both larger capital ships as well as starfighters, though it was primarily used against the latter. These ships were 120 meters long. Each one carried a crew of 45, along with 46 gunners. They were equipped with Class 2 hyperdrives.

HistoryEdit

The DP20 was originally designed for the fleet of the Galactic Republic.[5] These vessels saw extensive use among the Corellian and Rebel Alliance/New Republic fleets, although some were also seen in the hands of independent operators, such as pirate factions and other fringe groups. Local Imperial forces also utilized the class.[4] The Rebel Alliance, in need of a small, fast attack vessel, decided to purchase a few of these starships after witnessing a group of pirates use them to successfully hijack an Imperial shipment guarded by several Imperial fighters and bombers.[6] At least one of these vessels was wrecked in the Korteen asteroid belt by Quarg's father and his space wreckers.[7]

Behind the scenesEdit

The design of the gunship is based on early concept art from the pre-production of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, depicting a lean, small warship that was originally conceived as an Imperial starship in the rough draft, evolving into a "pirate ship" as the script developed. This role in the movie was, of course, eventually taken by Millennium Falcon, while the linear design served as the basis for the hammerhead-bowed blockade runner: both are depicted as Corellian ships, from the same manufacturer as the non-movie gunship.

Blockade Runner Sketchbook

The DP20 began as a concept for the Millennium Falcon and later, the Rebel Blockade Runner.

The gunship was first described in detail in the Rebel Alliance Sourcebook in 1990, but Rebel gunships based on the same concept-art designs first appeared in issue #12 of the Marvel Star Wars comics in 1978: these were confirmed to be Corellian gunships in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.

Because of the reuse of old concept art in the prequel trilogy, the design is also similar to the Consular-class cruiser seen in The Phantom Menace—another Corellian design.

The Isis Coordinates, an adventure for the Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game by West End Games, featured the complete deck plans of a Corellian gunship, Handree.

The common fan designation of this ship as the "DP-20" or "DP20" was finally canonized in the revised version of Starships of the Galaxy. Before this, the name in the canonical appearances had been the generic "Corellian Gunship" which now became a classification.

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

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