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Section of Site: Starships D6Belongs to Faction: Galactic EmpireSubtype: CapitalEra: ImperialCanon: No

Super Star Destroyer (revised)

(see http://WWW.Physics.USyd.Edu.AU:80/~saxton/starwars/ssd.html)

The super star destroyer was a blatant show-off of the Imperial war machine
that was meant to boost overall Imperial morale while utterly terrifying the
Alliance. The first vessel of this class, the Executor, was completed not
long after the Battle of Yavin and was the first of four Executor-class
vessels to enter into Imperial service before the Imperial victory at Hoth.

The Executor was put under the direct command of Lord Darth Vader and was
used as his flagship as he searched out the Rebels. The Executor was
involved in several key engagements during the height of the Rebellion that
included the Battle of Hoth and a skirmish over Coruscant during which Black
Sun vessels were engaged with an Alliance fighter squadron.

The Executor was later deployed at Endor to guard the Death Star II during
its final phases of construction. The mere sight of the Executor and another
Death Star was supposed to be enough to deter any and all Rebel attacks as
no force would stand the slightest chance against the Empire's most powerful

Unfortunately for the Empire, and especially for the crew of the Executor,
Alliance A-Wings were able to exploit a design defect, leaving the bridge
of the Executor completely unshielded long enough for a doomed A-Wing to
crash into the main bridge and send the ship crashing into the surface of
the Death Star II.

The bridge deflector defect was fixed in almost every other SSD in service
within months of the Executor's demise by adding a third bridge generator
that is out of the line of fire, keeping the bridge superstructure shielded
even if the two main generators have been destroyed. A second defect exposed
after the destruction of the Executor's bridge was also fixed. This defect
was the centralization of controls on the SSD bridge (frantic engineering
crews on the Executor tried to regain control of the vessel from remote
terminals but were unable to do so before the ship collided with the Death

Perhaps the most interesting tid-bit relating to the SSD is the official
length of the vessel. In an interesting and controversial move, Imperial
Navy Command released a public announcement after the completion of the
Executor that said, "the Executor-class battleship is five times the length
of a standard Imperial-class Star Destroyer." This release was accurate and
inaccurate at the same time. The release was correct in that it was more
than five times the size of a standard ISD but it also gave the impression
that is was only five times the length of an ISD. The Alliance generally
accepted it to be approximately eight kilometers in length for a short
period until actually encountering a SSD, sensor reports clearly showed the
real length but the Alliance High Command kept it quiet as to not frighten
their own soldiers.

By the time that Grand Admiral Thrawn came to power, the Empire had no more
SSDs under its immediate command as many were destroyed by the Alliance/New
Republic before that point (including the Executor, Terror, Vengeance and
Iron Fist). Most were in the hands of various warlords that refused to align
with Thrawn for any number of reasons. The Intimidator (the first SSD to
have the bridge shield refits) was captured by an alien uprising at N'zoth
and was renamed the Pride of the Yevetha and served as a key centerpiece
during the Black Fleet Crisis some fourteen years after the Battle of Endor.
Other notable SSDs include the SSD Night Hammer (later renamed the Knight
Hammer by Admiral Daala), the SSD Reaper (flagship of Grand Moff Tarkin's
Scourge Squadron, later commanded by Grand Moff Ardus Kaine), the SSD
Guardian (the flagship of Fleet Admiral Gaen Drommel), the SSD Aggressor,
the SSD Lusankya and the SSD Razor Kiss.

Craft: Kuat Drive Yards' Executor-class Super Star Destroyer
Type: Super star destroyer
Scale: Capital
Length: 17,600 meters
Skill: Capital ship piloting: Super Star Destroyer
Crew: 279,144, gunners: 1,590, skeleton: 50,000/+10
Crew Skill: Astrogation 4D, capital ship gunnery 6D, capital ship
            piloting 6D+2, capital ship sheilds 5D+2, sensors 5D
Passengers: 38,000 (troops)
Cargo Capacity: 250,000 metric tons
Consumables: 6 years
Hyperdrive Multiplier: x2
Hyperdrive Backup: x10
Nav Computer: Yes
Space: 4
Hull: 10D
Shields: 8D
        Passive: 75/1D+2
        Scan: 150/3D+2
        Search: 300/5D
        Focus: 8/6D+2
250 Turbolaser Batteries
        Fire Arc: 125 front/left, 125 front/right
        Crew: 1 (100), 2 (150)
        Skill: Capital ship gunnery
        Fire Control: 1D
        Space Range: 3-15/35/75
        Atmosphere Range: 6-30/70/150 km
        Damage: 7D
250 Heavy Turbolaser Batteries
        Fire Arc: 100 front/left, 100 front/right, 50 back
        Crew: 2
        Skill: Capital ship gunnery
        Space Range: 5-20/40/60
        Atmosphere Range: 10-20/80/120 km
        Damage: 10D
250 Concussion Missile Tubes
        Fire Arc: 100 front/left, 100 front/right, 50 back
        Crew: 1
        Skill: Capital ship gunnery
        Fire Control: 2D
        Space Range: 2-5/30/60
        Atmopshere Range: 4-24/60/120 km
        Damage: 9D
250 Ion Cannons
        Fire Arc: 100 front/left, 100 front/right, 50 back
        Crew: 1 (100), 2 (150)
        Skill: Capital ship gunnery
        Fire Control: 4D
        Space Range: 1-10/25/50
        Atmosphere Range: 2-50/50/100 km
        Damage: 4D
40 Tractor Beam Projectors
        Fire Arc: 20 front, 10 left, 10 right
        Crew: 1
        Skill: Capital ship gunnery
        Fire Control: 4D
        Space Range: 1-5/15/30
        Atmosphere Range: 2-10/30/60 km
        Damage: 9D

Starfighter Complement:
Pre-Thrawn Empire:
        96 TIE/ln Fighters
        24 TIE Interceptors
        24 TIE Bombers
Post-Thrawn Empire:
        60 TIE/ln Fighters
        48 TIE Interceptors
        24 Scimitar Assault Bombers
        24 TIE Advanced Fighters
        12 TIE Bombers

Ground/Air Vehicle Complement:
        25 AT-ATs
        50 AT-STs
        3 prefabricated garrison bases

Designer Notes: I went ahead and adjusted the length from the completely
inaccurate 8,000 meters listed in the Imperial Sourcebook as well as fixed
the fire arcs that the wedge-shaped design should provide the vessel.

Comments made about this Article!

22/Nov/2011 22:39:45 Posted by {}

How would you know that the length is inaccurate?

22/Nov/2011 23:43:07 Posted by Hellstormer1 {}

Actually, the length in the game books IS inaccurate. The best source is Wookiepedia, along with the essential guide series (which updates often enough). When WEG made their books, in some cases they either got the wrong info, Lucas and co. werent sure themselves, or they made up info to fill in blanks. But for the time, it worked. Now, years later, people want more accurate information on stuff like that, and things changed over time after reconsideration. The length of the Executor class was one of these. If you look at the Wookiepedia entry, there's more info on the ship that differs from the original WEG information.

07/Jan/2022 08:55:54 Posted by Mirkojorgovic

One man measured small metalic ISD model and Executor model, originally filming together.
He calculated if small metalic ISD represents 1600 meters , dimensions of Executor were 13550 meters. 8000 meters was too short.

08/Jan/2022 10:26:10 Posted by GMOverkill

This version of the SSD is the one I have been using for a long time. I first encountered it on a now defunct website in the late 90s & decided it was far more like the SSD we see in the movies.
Friendly greetings,

08/Jan/2022 12:47:08 Posted by Hellstormer1

I could see both ships being viable as Imperial super class ships. The original Executor stats could be a precursor to what came later, and this could be the Executor as it was portrayed in the movies. Forgot I wrote this up so long ago. Might be worth looking over again for an update at some point. I think I was hoping to update/revise other ships but never got around to it.

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