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Pulsar-Class Star Destroyer
After the success of the Executor-Class Star Destroyer (or SSD), Kuat Drive Yards was commissioned by the Empire to combine the might of the Executor-Class with the destructive power of the Death Star's Superlaser. The result of this project was the Pulsar-Class Star Destroyer.
Built around an axial Superlaser, the six kilometre long Pulsar shares traits common to her cousin Star Destroyers - the dagger shape; the dorsal mounted bridge; the overwhelming firepower and starfighter carrying ability. It does however lack the planetary assault capabilities of its cousins.
The Pulsar is akin to the Imperial-Class
Star Destroyer in shape, rather than the flatter profile of the Executor-Class.
This is due to the sheer size of the equipment required to operate its
Superlaser, which takes up nearly half of the Pulsar's massive interior.
Whilst its Superlaser is considerably less powerful than the original,
it still packs a terrible punch that could easily make a planet uninhabitable
and though slow to recharge, it is still an effective and deadly weapon
in fleet engagements.
In addition to its impressive weapons array, the Pulsar features four vast hanger bays that are located towards the rear of the vessel, above the ship's midline. Access to each of the hangers is granted via a magcon-shielded port, which maybe sealed by heavy blast doors. Each hanger holds one Wing of TIE fighters, three Skipray Blastboats, twenty-five Sentinel-Class landing craft, and ten Lambda-Class shuttles. In addition to its hangers the Pulsar has two external docking collars, which are each designed to hold a single Imperial-Class Star Destroyer. These collars are used to maximise hyperspace efficiency; undertake repairs; and improve the flexibility of the Pulsar.
Whilst a deadly opponent, the Pulsar's speed proved to be a significant problem when engaging an enemy and it could easily be out run by most opponents. Another key problem with the Pulsar in combat is its weapons arrangement. Whilst deadly when able to deliver a broadside to an opponent, the Pulsar offers little threat to larger vessels if they are positioned to its rear or if the Superlaser is unable to fire. This deficiency is offset by its fighter wings and the escorting pair of Star Destroyers.
Only one Pulsar-Class Star Destroyer was ever built, and as tradition was commissioned the Pulsar. This is due to its vast expense, the lack of planetary assault capabilities and its shortcomings in combat. However, a number of design elements of the Pulsar were later incorporated into the Eclipse-Class and Sovereign-Class Star Destroyers. It's unclear as to what ever happened to the Pulsar during the course of the rebellion and many fear that it may have survived to haunt us…
Carried Craft: 4 Wings of TIE fighters (288), 1 Squadron of Skipray
Blastboats (12), 100 Sentinel-Class landing craft, 40 Lambda-Class Shuttles.
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