Interdictor cruiser was a general term for a class of vessels employed by the Galactic Empire with the technology to generate a gravity well, which had the capability to pull vessels out of hyperspace as well as preventing them from entering it.
Interdictor cruisers had the same general shape as a Star Destroyer, and were roughly the same size. They featured four gravity well projectors which were employed both to pull vessels out of hyperspace and keep them from making the jump to hyperspace.
Interdictor cruisers were in use with the Imperial Navy as early as 14 BBY. During the Berch Teller campaign, Vice Admiral Dodd Rancit suggested that Interdictors be used to pull Moff Wilhuff Tarkin's ship, the Carrion Spike, out of hyperspace after it had been hijacked by an insurgent group.
A prototype Interdictor cruiser under Admiral Brom Titus underwent testing in the Del Zennis system in 4 BBY. It pulled a rebel CR90 corvette out of hyperspace, which had been responding to a distress call in the system, capturing its crew, which included Commander Jun Sato and Ezra Bridger. This cruiser was later destroyed by Captain Rex and Kanan Jarrus.
Two Interdictor cruisers were also part of the fleet of Grand Admiral Thrawn at the Battle of Atollon in 2 BBY, where they were used to great effect against the combined forces of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, preventing the Rebel fleet from leaving the system. The first, under the command of Admiral Kassius Konstantine, was destroyed when Commander Sato rammed it with the Phoenix Nest carrier, while the second was incapacitated through the efforts of Bridger as well as the warriors of Clan Wren, who repeatedly blasted the ship's gravity wells to cause its destruction.
Behind the scenesEdit
The concept of the Galactic Empire disabling vessels' hyperspace capabilities using Interdictor vessels first appeared in the Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game 1989 supplement Imperial Sourcebook and later used in Heir to the Empire, a 1991 novel by Timothy Zahn that was the first in a trilogy featuring events set several years after the conclusion of the final film of the original trilogy. While this trilogy is now considered part of the franchise known as Star Wars Legends and no longer canon, Interdictor cruisers were featured in novels such as Tarkin and Heir to the Jedi, which are considered part of a new continuity of canon.
- Star Wars Rebels – "Stealth Strike" (First appearance)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
- Heir to the Jedi
- Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure (Mentioned only)
- "The Levers of Power"—The Rise of the Empire (Appears in hologram)
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