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V-150 ion cannon SWB

A v-150 planetary ion cannon at Outpost Beta on the planet Hoth.

Ion cannons were a form of armament that fired ionized particles capable of disrupting electronic systems.[1] Larger types could even disable a large capital ship, such as the Mega-ion cannons that were mounted on the side of the Malevolence, or the v-150 planetary ion cannon used by the Alliance to Restore the Republic. During the Battle of Scrim Island, continued fire from several planetary ion cannons dealt a considerable amount of damage to the hull of at least one Arquitens-class light cruiser.[2]

The Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor featured ion cannons that shot bursts of plasma that would cause temporary electrical disruptions to a target upon impact.[3]

Y-wing starfighters were also equipped with ion cannons, most notably those used by the Alliance's Gold Squadron. Though their field of fire was somewhat limited, the ion cannons were quite powerful, with three blasts being sufficient to disable an Arquitens-class command cruiser and only one to completely disable a TIE/D Defender starfighter. This was demonstrated during a skirmish in the Archeon Nebula.

HistoryEdit

Clone WarsEdit

Early in the Clone Wars, the Confederacy of Independent Systems equipped the massive Subjugator-class heavy cruiser, the Malevolence, with immense ion cannons.[4] With General Grievous in command, the Malevolence attacked dozens of Republic warships and ensured the ion cannons' secrecy from the Republic. Following the battle of Abregado, the Republic learned of the ion cannons.[5]

Heavy Ion Emplacements SWA

An MC75 cruiser disables a TIE fighter with an ion blast.

The Malevolence's ion cannons were then disable by the Republic's Shadow Squadron during the battle near the Kaliida Nebula.[6] The Malevolence was later destroyed when Jedi General Anakin Skywalker sabotaged the ship and caused it to crash into the Dead Moon of Antar.[7]

Early rebellionEdit

During the early Rebellion against the Galactic Empire, the Y-wing bombers of Gold Squadron were equipped with ion cannons.[8]. MC75 star cruisers uses by the Rebel Alliance were armed with heavy ion emplacements.[9]

Galactic Civil WarEdit

During the Galactic Civil War, the Rebel Alliance used a stationary ion cannon to disable the Star Destroyers of Death Squadron during the evacuation of Echo Base.[10]

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