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Name: Kuat Drive Yards Raider-class corvette
Scale: Capital
Length: 150 meters
Skill: Capital Ship Piloting: Raider-class corvette
Crew: 92(15 officers and 77 enlisted); Skeleton Crew: 15/+10
Crew Skill: Astrogation 4D+1, Capital Ship Piloting 5D+2, Capital Ship Shields 4D+1, Capital Ship Gunnery 5D+2, Sensors 5D
Passengers: 30 (Troops)
Cargo Capacity: 700 Tons
Consumables: 3 Months
Hyperdrive Multiplier: X2
Hyperdrive Backup: X15
Nav Computer: Yes
Maneuverability: 2D
Space: 7
Atmosphere: 350; 1000kmh
Hull: 4D
Shields: 2D
         Passive: 36/0D+2
         Scan: 72/1D+1
         Search: 144/2D
         Focus: 2/3D

         Single Turbolasers (4)
                 Scale: Capital
                 Fire Arc: Turret
                 Fire Control: 3D
                 Space: 3-15/36/75
                 Atmosphere: 6-30/72/150 Km
                 Damage: 5D
         Dual heavy laser cannons (6)
                 Scale: Starfighter
                 Fire Arc: Turret
                 Fire Control: 2D
                 Space: 1-5/12/25
                 Atmosphere: 2-10/24/50 Km
                 Damage: 5D
         Ion Cannon Battery
                 Scale: Capital
                 Fire Arc: Front
                 Fire Control: 2D
                 Space: 1-3/18/36
                 Atmosphere: 2-6/36/72 Km
                 Damage: 5D
         Concussion missile launchers (6)
                 Scale: Starfighter
                 Fire Arc: Front
                 Fire Control: 1D
                 Space: 1/3/7
                 Atmosphere: 2/6/14 Km
                 Damage: 7D

Description: The Raider-class corvette was a starship manufactured by Kuat Drive Yards in 6 BBY. The 150 meter-long corvette was used by the Galactic Empire to support the TIE fighters used to engage the fleet of the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. Lira Wessex, chief designer of both the Venator-class and Imperial-class Star Destroyers, designed the Raider-class corvette to fill a tactical void the Empire had against the Rebel Alliance's starfighter-oriented strategies. The hardy corvette was armed with dual heavy laser cannons, turbolasers, and ion cannons, with some variants carrying concussion missiles. The corvette was equipped with a hyperdrive to complement its use in the Outer Rim Territories as a patrol ship. There were two sub-classes for this line of vessel, the Raider I-class and the Raider II-class corvette.

The Raider-class corvette was produced by starship construction company Kuat Drive Yards for the Galactic Empire's naval forces; its design was reminiscent of the dagger-shaped hulls of larger ships used by the Galactic Empire, such as the Imperial-class Star Destroyer. The ship's hull, 150 meters in length, was largely colored gray, with black blade-like protrusions jutting out from the corvette's sides and bottom. The Raider-class was outfitted with multiple weapon hardpoints, including single turbolasers, ion cannon batteries, and dual heavy laser cannons�the latter weaponry proving more accurate against smaller fighters than turbolasers. Centralized command in the ship contributed to its success, and the Raider-class corvette was built to be durable. Acting in an anti-starfighter role found to be lacking in the Imperial fleet, the ship was designed to counter the Rebel Alliance's hit-and-run single-pilot fighter tactics and operated much like the Alliance's own CR90 corvette. A hyperdrive allowed the Raider-class to conduct hit-and-run missions against Alliance forces. Like the Imperial-class Star Destroyers, the Raider-class also came in two sub-types: the Raider I-class and the Raider II-class corvettes.

Lira Wessex, daughter of famed engineer Walex Blissex and designer of the Venator and Imperial Star Destroyers, noted a lack of a vessel to complement the Imperial TIE fighters in the interception of single-pilot starfighters�a tactic the Alliance to Restore the Republic later used to great effect during the Galactic Civil War. Lira Wessex designed and presented the Raider-class corvette to fill the tactical breach, and in 6 BBY production of the corvette by Kuat Drive Yards began. Considered useful in the Outer Rim Territories by the Empire due to its hyperdrive, the ship offered Imperial officers an opportunity to counter the Alliance's preferred tactics during the Galactic Civil War and saw success in its role. Some time after its construction, a Raider-class corvette was used to test a prototype TIE Advanced x1 starfighter in the Outer Rim Territories. Though the TIE Advanced would prove to be too costly for mass production, the starfighter's hyperdrive allowed it to operate well with the Raider-class corvette.

Comments made about this Article!

17/Sep/2018 23:33:49 Posted by hellstormer1

Single, in the sense that they are singular weapons, one barrel, no batteries or fire-linking, but there are several of them on the ship. Grammatically correct.

31/Dec/2018 23:48:59 Posted by cjhaacke

The class is supposed to have some fighter capacity; any ideas?

03/Feb/2019 17:09:08 Posted by cjh

Also, I recall from Battlefront 2 that it could carry at least 2, maybe 3, fighters; at various stages TIE or X-wing. Wookiepedia goes with at least 2, and mentions a small hangar.

26/Jul/2020 22:05:57 Posted by Supreme Minion980

I like what you've done but you forgot the fighter compliment.

01/Aug/2020 17:37:29 Posted by Catsi563

It has 4 single barreled turbo laser weapons each in its own turret mount

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