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The Gladiator-class Star Destroyer was a class of warship used by the Galactic Empire.[2][5][1] There were two variants, the Gladiator I-class Star Destroyer and the Gladiator II-class Star Destroyer.[6]

CharacteristicsEdit

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A Gladiator-class Star Destroyer moving through an asteroid field

The Gladiator-class was a small Star Destroyer that shared its keel design with the Broadside-class cruiser.[1] A ventral protrusion on the hull appeared to cover the ship's main reactor, but was also the location of several cannons. The class had two main thrusters and no visible secondary thrusters.[2]

It possessed an array of capital-grade torpedo[2] or concussion missile[1] launchers and turbolaser emplacements. Torpedo loading bays were located deep inside the ships, with automated loading arms controlled from a console next to the conveyor belt that fed munitions to the launchers.[2]

The total number of guns installed was 25 light turbolasers, 10 point defense laser cannons, 10 medium concussion missile launchers and 6 tractor beam projectors grouped in 5 turbolaser batteries, 2 laser batteries, 2 missile batteries and 3 tractor beam batteries.[1]

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Ventral view of the Demolisher

The Star Destroyer class was characterized by its extensive hangar area, with an opening in the bow of the vessel, that split the forward superstructure in two,[2] similar to the Broadside-class.[7] The hangar had enough room for several starfighters to enter or exit at the same time.[2] A complement of 24 fighters was usually carried to intimidate small frontier worlds.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Gladiator-class was originally envisioned as a Republic escort vessel for the Victory-class Star Destroyer, and the initial design was made by Walex Blissex for Rendili StarDrive. The final design was not finished until after the end of the Clone Wars, and with the Victory-class being abandoned as a main warship by the Galactic Empire, the specs were handed over to Kuat Drive Yards.[1]

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The Gladiator-class, seen from behind.

Kuat Drive Yards repurposed the class as a long-range patrol vessel, carrying enough troops, fighters and firepower to subjugate local pirate groups and planetary defense forces in the fringe regions of the galaxy. When the Rebellion began to field heavier naval elements, smaller Imperial ships like the Gladiator-class were outmatched.[1]

A ship of this class, the Demolisher, served as the flagship of Imperial Admiral Terrinald Screed [8] during his mission to the Roon system.[5] Prior to the Battle of Tammuz-an circa 15 BBY, the pirate leader Gir Kybo Ren-Cha and his band stole the Demolisher from an Imperial repair dock.[1] They utilized it to attack the planet of Tammuz-an in order to steal its riches, but were defeated and the ship was disabled.[2]

Many other Gladiator-class Star Destroyers were captured by pirates. Its value in the black market was 34 million credits.[1]

The Demolisher Pirate TIEs

Demolisher fires a tractor beam

The Empire deployed two versions of the Gladiator: Gladiator I-class Star Destroyer and Gladiator II-class Star Destroyer.[6]

At least one Gladiator-class Star Destroyer was deployed to guard the Timira City Cloning Facility on Kamino at 2 BBY, where it later participated in a battle with the fledgling Alliance Fleet.[9]

The shipyard facilities in orbit of Lianna were used to perform maintenance of a Gladiator-class ship during the Galactic Civil War.[3]

Known shipsEdit

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Admiral Screed's Gladiator-class Star Destroyer on approach to Roon.

Behind the scenesEdit

Despite being one of the earliest Star Destroyer classes seen in official media, the Gladiator-class wasn't named until 2008, when its profile appeared in The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide. Until this time, fans had simply named the class after its only known vessel, the Demolisher. In the Droids series the Demolisher seemed to fire its turbolasers from the ventral dome.

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

Kuat capital ship classes
Transports
Corona-classTon-Falk-classStar Seeder-classStarwind-class
Corvettes
Adz-classArquitens-classLaw-classRaider-classVigil-class
Frigates
Auxilia-classArdent-classCorona-classEF76 Nebulon-B
Imperial II-classLancer-classLupus-classMedStar-class
Munifex-classNebulon-B2 · Pelta-classStar Galleon-class
Cruisers
Acclamator-classAcclamator II-class
Broadside-classCaptor-classEnforcer-classPursuit-class
Star Destroyers
Gladiator-classImperial I-classImperial II-class
Pellaeon-classSecutor-classStorm FleetTector-class
Venator-classVictory I-classVictory II-class
Battlecruisers
Praetor-classPraetor II-classProcurator-class
Dreadnoughts
Arc HammerBellator-classEclipse-classExecutor-class
Mandator-classMandator II-classMandator III-class
Sovereign-classVengeance -class
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