Protector Light Destroyer
At a time when Dreadnaught heavy cruisers ruled the spacelanes and dominated
the Republic Fleet, there were a number of other cruisers in service which
served the same purpose as the mighty Dreadnaught. Rendili's Protector series
of light star destroyer was almost as successful as the Dreadnaught itself.
The Protector was designed using a radical new wedge shape, which would later
be incorporated into Rendili's Victory star destroyers and even later in all
of the Empire's star destroyers. This wedge shape made the Protector highly
recognizable across the galaxy.
The original Protector I was armed and configured much like a Dreadnaught,
using the same sensor package, many of the same weapons and was designed to
perform the same mission profile - just at a lower cost.
Stretching approximately 450 meters in length, the Protector was more than
150 meters shorter than its bigger brother, the Dreadnaught. However, this
smaller size gave it increased speed and maneuverability, making it a strong
and valuable asset to the fleet.
Boasting heavy armor and more than adequate shielding, the Protector could
engage ships much larger than itself, absorbing punishment while dealing out
damage with its own arsenal of turbolasers. Lacking anti-starfighter weapons,
the Protector found itself vulnerable to enemy fighters and bombers, often
times being deployed with a light carrier to provide starfighter support.
A large series of experimental and powerful repulsorlift generators were
installed along the ventral surface of the ship, giving it the ability to
enter the upper atmosphere of a planet for more precise targetting during
a bombardment operation. Field testing of this would later lead to a more
complex repulsor system to be installed on the later Victory destroyers.
This initial design variant of the Protector would be manufactured in large
numbers and be deployed in Republic fleets across the galaxy, providing
added fire support for Dreadnaughts and precision planetary bombardment
capabilities. With the introduction of the Victory some years later, Rendili
would cease manufacture of the Protector.
Era Introduced: 100 years prior to the Battle of Yavin
Craft: Rendili StarDrive's Protector I
Cost: Not available for sale
Size: Huge (450 meters long)
Crew: Minimum 5,600, maximum 12,000 (Skilled +4)
Passengers: 1,000 (troops)
Cargo Capacity: 3,000 metric tons
Consumables: 1 year
Hyperdrive: x2 (backup x18)
Maximum Speed: Cruising
Defense: 18 (-2 size, +10 armor)
Shield Points: 200
Hull Points: 460
Weapon: Turbolaser cannons (8)
Fire Arc: 2 front, 3 left, 3 right
Attack Bonus: +8 (-2 size, +4 crew, +6 fire control)
Range: PB -4, S -2, M/L +0
Weapon: Quad turbolaser cannons (16)
Fire Arc: 4 front, 6 left, 6 right
Attack Bonus: +6 (-2 size, +4 crew, +4 fire control)
Range: PB -4, S -2, M +0, L +0
Weapon: Turbolaser batteries (6)
Fire Arc: 4 front, 2 back
Attack Bonus: +4 (-2 size, +4 crew, +2 fire control)
Range: PB -4, S -2, M +0, L n/a