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"In the upper levels of each of the four bays you'll find a Wookiee dual missile turret. Only with the combined firepower of all four turrets do we have the slightest chance of taking down this juggernaught [sic]."
CC-01/425 advises Delta Squad on taking down a Separatist Cruiser[src]

The Wookiee dual missile turret, or Wookiee Dual Launcher, was a defensive anti-air emplacement individually produced by Wookiee turret crafters and employed during the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The turret contained two explosive warhead-tipped missiles in as many launch tubes. It had a slow rate of fire but could pierce the hull of a starship, making the launcher perfectly suited to defend Wookiees from Trandoshan or Separatist forces. In 19 BBY, the clone commandos of Delta Squad used several Wookiee dual missile turrets to destroy a Separatist cruiser during their mission to the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk.

DescriptionEdit

The Wookiee dual missile turret,[2] also known as the Wookiee Dual Launcher,[3] was a defensive anti-aircraft turret individually manufactured by Wookiee turret crafters.[1] It had a flat base with a raised gunnery platform, from which a single operator could defend a position from aerial assault while protected by two physical shields, both colored brown with gold highlights. Two large, gray launch tubes[2] fired explosive warhead-tipped missiles. The launcher suffered from a slow rate of fire, though the powerful missiles could pierce the hull of a starship[1] and, with repeated fire, could even destroy a cruiser.[2] The turret was most effective against large flying targets rather than ground units.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Wookiee dual missile turret saw use during the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, with the Republic-aligned Wookiees using the emplacements to defend against Trandoshan or Separatist aerial assaults.[1] During the conflict, in 19 BBY,[4] the clone commandos of the Republic's Delta Squad were deployed to the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk, where they employed multiple Wookiee dual missile turrets to destroy a Separatist Recusant-class light destroyer.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

The turret was first featured on the Star Wars: Republic Commando video game website, where it was named a "Wookie Dual Launcher," including the misspelling of "Wookiee." With the game's release in 2005, it was then identified as a Wookiee dual missile turret, this name also being used in the game's strategy guide, which provided small descriptions of the game's various weapons.

Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel, which ties in with Star Wars: Republic Commando's events on the planet Kashyyyk, describes the Wookiee emplacement as a turbolaser battery with a seat instead of a standing platform for the gunner, as depicted in the Republic Commando game.

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