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CR90 corvette
Production information

Corellian Engineering Corporation[1]

Product line

CR series


CR90 corvette[2]



  • New: 3,500,000 credits
  • Used: 1,500,000 credits[3]
Technical specifications

150 meters[1]


48.6 meters[4]


32.6 meters (including upper communications antenna)[4]

Maximum acceleration

2,100 G[5]


60 MGLT[6]

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

950 km/h[7]

Engine unit(s)

Girodyne Ter58 high-output ion turbine engines (11, in trireme configuration)[8]

Hyperdrive rating

Class 2.0[1]

Hyperdrive system

CEC subspace hyperdrive[9]

Power plant

Mason-Branger 7085 ionization reactor and regulator[9]


Phoah-Kingsmeyer 484-J4e[9] (400 SBD)[10]


Ferro-magnesium ceramic[9] (192 RU)[10]

Sensor systems

Pax Hustana variable array sensor units (2)[9]

Navigation system

Corellian Chain Management NavCom Unit (26640 limited non-AI processing)[9]

Docking bays

Ventral starfighter-scale landing bay (1)[12]

Escape craft

30-165, depending on configuration[7]


Up to 600, depending on configuration[1]

Cargo capacity

Up to 3,000 metric tons, depending on configuration[1]


1 year[1]

Year introduced

Prior to 22 BBY[13]

"The Rebel blockade runner is the pride of the Corellian Engineering Corporation's military vehicles. With its mess of huge engines, it can whoop any jerk-ass Imperial."
Corellian Engineering Corporation advertisement

The CR90 corvette, commonly referred to as the Corellian corvette or the Rebel blockade runner, was a small, multi-purpose capital ship manufactured by Corellian Engineering Corporation.

The CR90 had a wide variety of users throughout the galaxy, from pirates to corporations to galactic navies, and had a known operational life from at least as early as 52 BBY to as late as 40 ABY. It possessed the same legendary adaptability as other CEC products, which allowed it to serve in roles as mundane as freight hauling or as a high-profile diplomatic escort.



A versatile starship, the CR90 was used extensively across the galaxy by governments and private interests.[17] The interior of the CR90 featured a modular design to allow for easy reconfiguration of the Corellian corvette from one function to another.[1] Some older model corvettes, like the CR70, could easily be upgraded with retrofit packages like the Vanguard c20 to become CR90s.[18]

Common configurations included a troop carrier, light escort vessel, cargo transport, or passenger liner. Its ease of modification was a trademark of CEC's and increased the corvette's resale value.[1] One of the rarer variants could carry starfighters, such as the Night Caller and Constrictor.

The weapon systems varied, although the standard configuration mounted two Taim & Bak H9 dual turbolasers and four single turbolasers.[11] CR90 corvettes could carry as many as eight turbolasers, six laser cannons, and four ion cannons.[5] Under the standard configuration, these turrets were unable to hit anything directly behind the corvette's engines, so CR90 corvettes featured a well-known axial blind spot.[19]

A common configuration for combat-oriented corvettes consisted of six H9 dual turbolasers.[1] A similar armament was mounted on the Assassin-class corvette, a successor of the CR90 that was designed exclusively for combat roles.[20]

A CR90 corvette in formation with two GR-75 medium transports.

The ship was capable of sustaining acceleration up to 2,100 G[5] and could carry 600 passengers.[1] However, its class 2 hyperdrive[1] was slow compared to many ships of similar size. The standard crew was made up of 8 officers and 38 enlisted crew[2], but could range from 30 to 165 total, depending on its configuration.[7]

Interestingly, the CR90 could be piloted by one person if necessary via a steering yoke, as Wedge Antilles demonstrated when he flew the modified corvette Night Caller.[21]



Republic service

In the last decades of the Galactic Republic[22], the CR90 corvette was introduced and older corvette-models like the CR70 were gradually being refitted into this version.[18] The Republic CR90 corvettes served in the Judicial Forces[13] and later in the Republic Navy when it was reinstated during the Clone Wars. The CR90 model was considered a mid-sized corvette in the time before the Wars.[13]

Imperial service

A corvette in space.

A dwarf amongst the massive Imperial-class Star Destroyers of the Imperial Navy, CR90 corvettes were relegated primarily to diplomatic and escort duty in the Galactic Empire. In fleet engagements, CR90 corvettes were often tasked with attacking enemy starfighters or fleeing the battlefield with important cargo or intelligence.

Rebel and fringe service

Unlike their Imperial counterparts, Alliance CR90 corvettes acted as frontline combat ships for the early years of the Galactic Civil War. The ease of acquiring CR90 parts and mechanics made them a good fit for the desperate Rebellion. Its near ubiquity made it a popular choice amongst Rebels, pirates, and smugglers, earning it the nickname "blockade runner" for its ability to slip through Imperial nets. However, it proved ineffective against larger ships such as the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer.

New Republic service

Following the transition of the Alliance into the New Republic, CR90 corvettes continued to play an important role in the newly organized New Republic Defense Fleet until phased out of line-duty with modernization efforts like the New Class Modernization Program.

Several CR90s were used to make up a secret retreat in 137 ABY.[23]


The CR90 design, itself a descendant of a line of similar vessels, provided the basis for a series of derivative designs and creative refits.

Sundered Heart

Main article: Sundered Heart

A well-known example of a significantly modified CR90 was Sundered Heart, a corvette modified for extreme speed. With an added set of sublight engines, this vessel was capable of up to four times the sublight acceleration of the original CR90.[24]


Sometime around the Battle of Hoth, the Assassin-class corvette began to see widespread use. Commonly known as the "Modified Corvette," probably due to its close relationship with the original CR90, the Assassin-class was designed specifically for combat. In its default configuration, it carried six dual turbolasers and one warhead launcher. The Imperial Navy was known to use the Assassin-class in significant numbers.[20]

Corellian Buccaneer

Main article: Corellian Buccaneer

The Corellian Buccaneer was another militarized corvette class introduced no later than 7 ABY. It had similar technical specifications to the CR90, but had a stock armament of ten dual turbolasers. One such vessel was used by the Dynamic Automata company in the Pentastar Alignment.[25]

Pocket carriers

Night Caller

Main article: Night Caller

Some time after the Battle of Endor, the New Republic captured at least two different CR90 refits designed to carry starfighters. The first was Night Caller, captured from Warlord Zsinj in 7 ABY. Though it was very similar to the CR90 in most respects, it was built from the ground up to serve as a small carrier. The primary changes from the original CR90 design were an enlarged bridge section with a starfighter hold, and a tractor beam projector suited to a much larger warship.[21]


Main article: FarStar

The second known carrier refit was FarStar. Originally commissioned in 52 BBY, it was refit by the order of Moff Kentor Sarne. A large docking bay was grafted onto the vessel's spine, and its hyperdrive system was modified to accommodate the new hull shape. It is unclear if this modification was in any way standardized or if it was a custom Imperial design.[22]

Behind the scenes

The CR90 corvette's design was developed from one originally intended for Millennium Falcon. When that design was rejected for being too reminiscent of Space: 1999's Eagle Transporter, it was adapted to become the CR90. The most obvious change was replacing its cockpit area with the distinctive "hammerhead" bridge section. In addition, the escape pods were relocated to the lower hull, with laser cannons being mounted where the pods had originally been placed. This was essential because Tantive IV had to launch an escape pod while inside the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Devastator's ventral hangar bay.

A CR90 Hologram.

Corvettes have a well-known "blind spot," in that they cannot shoot anything behind their engines, known especially to gamers of X-wing computer game series and used whenever they had to destroy one. This may appear to contradict the very first scene of A New HopeTantive IV shoots Devastator, right behind her. This may be explained by the fact that Devastator was a much broader target and slightly above her (although Tantive's ventral cannon also was used).

Early West End Games RPG statistics for the Corellian corvette list its armament as six double turbolaser turrets, despite the corvettes seen in A New Hope and Return of the Jedi clearly mounting only two such turrets. This was later retconned by describing the heavier armament as an optional upgrade. The CR90 that appears in Star Wars: Empire at War is armed with only eight laser cannons, although this may be a simple game mechanic, as with other ships in the game—the Imperial-class Star Destroyers mount only four turbolasers instead of the sixty batteries they are supposed to have.


Non-canon appearances

  • Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Tag & Bink Are Dead
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game — Ultimate Sith Edition
  • Perfect Evil
  • Tantive IV


Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Star Wars Sourcebook
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Stele Chronicles
  3. Roleplaying Game Revised Core Rulebook
  4. 4.0 4.1 Derived from scaling based on the dimensions of the studio model compared to the official length of 150 meters.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
  6. Star Wars: Behind the Magic—MGLT is generally considered a "game mechanic" and thus relegated to a non-canonical status when equivalent figures are available, but Behind the Magic is a reference work and its figure actually differs from the speed used in the X-wing game series.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, Second Edition
  8. Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections names them as Girodyne Ter58 ion turbine engines. The Episode IV Visual Guide calls them CEC high-output sublight engines in chapter 3 and returns to the Girodyne designation in chapter 4. For this among other reasons we speculate in our Girodyne article that Girodyne may be a division of CEC and integrate both terms here.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Star Wars Screen Entertainment
  10. 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: X-wing Alliance
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections
  12. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3  Vigilante Taskforce Departs to Engage SeparatistsHoloNet News Vol. 531 54
  14. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  15. Heir to the Empire
  16. Betrayal (assumed from the mention of "corvettes … Mostly Corellian Engineering Corporation, of course.")
  17. Rebel Alliance Sourcebook
  18. 18.0 18.1 Star Wars Insider 90
  19. X-wing computer game series
  20. 20.0 20.1 Star Wars: TIE Fighter
  21. 21.0 21.1 X-wing: Wraith Squadron
  22. 22.0 22.1 The DarkStryder Campaign
  23. Star Wars Legacy 25: The Hidden Temple, Part 1
  24. Star Wars: Empire at War
  25. The Pentastar Alignment

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