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Strike-class medium cruiser
Production information
Manufacturer

Loronar Corporation[1]

Model

Strike-class medium cruiser[1]

Class

Medium cruiser[1]

Technical specifications
Length

450 meters[1]

Height/depth

90 meters

Maximum acceleration

4 MGLT/s[2]

MGLT

16 MGLT[2]

Hyperdrive rating
  • Class 2.0[1]
  • Backup Class 12.0[1]
Shielding

1600 SBD[2]

Hull

752 RU[2]

Armament
Complement

Depending on configuration:

Crew
Passengers

340 troops[1]

Cargo capacity

6,000 metric tons[1]

Consumables

1.5 years[1]

Usage
Role(s)
Era(s)
Affiliation

The Strike-class medium cruiser was a medium star cruiser designed by the Loronar Corporation during the Galactic Civil War for the Imperial Navy as a general-purpose vessel capable of modular modifications to allow it to fit many mission profiles, yet cheap enough to be produced in large quantities.

DescriptionEdit

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A Strike-class medium cruiser

The 450-meter long Strike-class was capable of challenging larger Alliance cruisers with its surprisingly heavy load of firepower, strong shields, and high sublight speed. Armaments included 20 turbolaser cannons, 10 turbolaser batteries, ten ion cannons, and some point-defense weapons.

The order of battle considered two Strike-class cruisers the equivalent of one Victory-class Star Destroyer.

In addition, the interior storage space of the Strike-class could be modified for different missions. The most common sets were designed for planetary garrison, space superiority, and planetary assault. Planetary garrison loadouts included an assault company, two AT-STs, one AT-AT, and several support speeders; space superiority included up to three squadrons of TIEs; the planetary assault loadout included five AT-AT. However, the internal storage spaces and skeletal structure proved weak against enemy fire once the shields were down.

HistoryEdit

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Profile of a Strike-class medium cruiser

A departure from the Navy's trend towards increasingly large warships, the Strike-class cruiser was an admission to diminished ability to defend space superiority against the Rebel Alliance and other forces as the conflict wore on.

While Luke was still recovering from his injuries from Cloud City, the Rebel fleet was traveling to its rendezvous point, when an Imperial Strike-class cruiser located them and attempted to transmit a communication channel to Vader of the coordinates of the Rebels. However, the Rebels reacted by jamming Imperial communications and dispatching Rogue Squadron's X-Wings under the command of Wedge Antilles. The Strike Cruiser's TIE Fighter squadron was quickly overwhelmed, so her commanding officer set a course to escape. The Imperials safeguarding the rear of their Strike Cruiser by concentrating its shields towards the stern of the ship, which successfully deflected the first barrage from one of the X-Wings. Rogue Five then exploited the relatively low shielding of the bow of the ship and fired a pair of proton torpedoes that blew the Strike Cruiser apart. Rogue Three's X-Wing engine was damaged in the process, and the Rebel Fleet was forced to change course as a precaution to avoid discovery.

During rogue Admiral Zaarin's campaign in the Omar system, he successfully trapped Admiral Thrawn's flagship Sceltor and sent the Strike Cruiser Serpent to destroy his nemesis. While Thrawn's Victory I-class Star Destroyer was nominally the more powerful vessel, Zaarin's cruiser had the advantage since it approached from the rear where most of the Star Destroyer's turbolasers had a poor firing arc. However this move backfired when Stele used a Mag Pulse torpedo to disable the Serpent just as it moved into firing range of the Scheltor. Zaarin's Strike Cruiser instead found itself temporarily incapacitated and its shields gradually drained by the hammering of Thrawn's flagship. By the time the mag pulse effects had worn off, Stele eliminated the remainder of the Serpent's shield and disabled it with his TIE Defender's ion cannons.

During the Imperial campaign against the proliferation of TIE Defender technology in the Eva-T system, the Strike Cruiser was used by five factions; loyalist Imperials commanded by Thrawn, the traitor Zaarin, the Rneekii, the Nami, and the Rebel Alliance. How such a class of vessel with Imperial origins becoming so widespread is never made clear, however Zaarin cooperated with the Nami for some time, and the Nami later tried to sell the TIE Defenders to the Rebels, which could explain how the Strike Cruisers fell into enemy hands.

Ironically, the one big disadvantage of the Strike-class cruiser was a side effect of its biggest advantage. Due to the modular design of the ship, a single, well-placed hit could shut down entire systems or weapon batteries if the densely arrayed power connectors between two sections of the ship were damaged. If the ship suffered too many critical hits by large-impact weapons (such as proton torpedoes or heavy turbolasers) it was also possible that it's structure might simply break apart (as was the fate of the Termagant).[3] By the time the ship was introduced into full naval service this was only considered to be a minor flaw, as the Empire had enough resources to replenish damaged or lost components that were considered "disposable" at that time.

Strike-class cruiser Size

Strike-class cruiser shown to scale with an Imperial-class Star Destroyer (1,600m).

However, as the war raged on and large starships started to become a rare sight, the Imperial Remnant felt the need to make this otherwise reliable, versatile and thus tactically important class of cruisers more durable, which resulted in reinforcing the connections between the cruiser's basic integral structure and the attached modules in order to prevent easy decouplings. Nevertheless, these spots remained the most vulnerable parts of the Strike-class, and pilots and commanders on both sides of the Galactic Civil War adapted their tactics to deal with this knowledge.

At least one Strike-class cruiser, Peregrine, was modified by the Rebel Alliance with two large, bulbous housings for gravity well projectors, which were removed from a captured Imperial Interdictor cruiser. This ship was designated by the Rebels as a modified strike cruiser.

The Strike-class cruiser was also redesigned to produce the Eidolon for Sate Pestage, but this prototype never went into full production.

One Strike-class cruiser, the Termagant, was used by Warlord Zsinj alongside his Super Star Destroyer Iron Fist to intercept and destroy a New Republic bacta convoy.

Behind the scenesEdit

In Polish translations of various Star Wars novels, the Strike-class Cruiser is called simply krążownik uderzeniowy (uderzeniowy is the adverb form of uderzenie - strike), which refers to the ship's role, not this class of particular Loronar design. In every case, name krążownik uderzeniowy refers to the Loronar Strike-class Cruiser precisely. This is probably a translator error (not paying attention to the capital letters) or it occurs due to the fact that Uderzenie (thus Krążownik Klasy Uderzenie which is the literal translation of the Strike-class Cruiser) is both phonetically and semantically not suitable for naming the ship's class, while the adverb form is acceptable.

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit


Loronar starship classes
Transports
B-7 light freighter · Field Secured Container Vessel
Loronar medium transport
MOD-17 container freighter · Ycaqt droid cargo ship
Patrol ships
Regulator X-Q2 System Patrol Cruiser · X-Q1 patrol craft
YQ-400 Monitor droid patrol ship
Scout ships
Out System Scout Vessel · SkyBlind reconnaissance ship
Far Reach IV PQR
Starfighters
Needle fighter
Frigates
Crusader XX-777 prototype droid frigate
Cruisers
Belarus-class medium cruiser · Strike-class medium cruiser
Battlestations
Torpedo Sphere
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