Imperial Star Destroyer

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Imperial Star Destroyers (or ISDs) have many design elements in common, the most obvious of which is the streamlined 'arrow' shape.  This allows an aggressive, forward-facing attitude to bring many weapons to bear on a target.  The upper and lower armour belts end at the side 'slots', lightly armoured areas where the internal honeycomb of the ship is exposed.  The basic physical layout of an arrow-head with dorsal tiers of 'crellenations' or superstructure surmounted by a distinctive KDY [[bridge tower]] is common across a great many types, classes and sizes of Imperial warships.
 
Imperial Star Destroyers (or ISDs) have many design elements in common, the most obvious of which is the streamlined 'arrow' shape.  This allows an aggressive, forward-facing attitude to bring many weapons to bear on a target.  The upper and lower armour belts end at the side 'slots', lightly armoured areas where the internal honeycomb of the ship is exposed.  The basic physical layout of an arrow-head with dorsal tiers of 'crellenations' or superstructure surmounted by a distinctive KDY [[bridge tower]] is common across a great many types, classes and sizes of Imperial warships.
  
Many of these vessels also have one or more hangars on the ventral surface, for the handling of starfighters and various planetary landing craft.  Others have clean ventral lines, trading the utility of smaller craft for superior armour coverage.
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Many of these vessels also have one or more hangars on the ventral surface, for the handling of starfighters and various planetary landing craft.  Others have clean ventral lines, trading the utility of smaller craft for superior armour coverage.  Many classes have powerplants too large to fit entirely within the physical bounds of the armour belts, and there is thus a larger or smaller 'bulb' on the ventral surface, to protect the oversized reactor.
  
Armament layout on these ships follows from their physical shape.  The main armament is placed on either side of the dorsal tiers.  The secondary armament is distributed between the side 'slots' (which often feature 'notches' in the upper and lower armour belts to improve fire arcs) and batteries placed along the centerline of the ship.  The entire surface of the ship is covered in smaller weapons for defence against smaller craft.
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Armament layout on these ships follows from their physical shape.  The main armament of [[turbolasers]] is placed on either side of the dorsal tiers, in large turrets containing between two and eight individual weapons.  The secondary armament is distributed between the side 'slots' (which often feature 'notches' in the upper and lower armour belts to improve fire arcs) and batteries placed along the centerline of the ship.  The entire surface of the ship is covered in lighter weapons for defence against smaller craft.  Imperial starships have a great deal of redundancy built into their armament - the emplacements are controlled locally, and the larger weapons often have dedicated reactors and fire control systems for use when the main systems are unavailable.  This allows the warship's armament to be effective, even after significant damage.
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The ships are protected by a powerful [[shields|shielding system]] and heavy armour on many surfaces.  The shield system protects the ship from both physical impacts and energy weapons (through [[ray shields]]), and this protection is limited in the first case by the internal mounting of the shield system and in the second by the capacity of the heat-sinks which absorb the incoming energy.  This protection is effective for some time in regular combat - an ISD can survive half an hour of combat with a similar foe.
  
 
==''Imperial''-class Star Destroyer==
 
==''Imperial''-class Star Destroyer==

Revision as of 21:54, 8 November 2007

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