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Luke Skywalker defends Echo Base using a turret-mounted laser cannon.
"Target, maximum firepower."
Maximilian Veers

A laser cannon was the standard weapon for use by most starships and other vehicles. It existed in a myriad of forms, from the huge versions used by starships, through medium-sized turret-mounted variants, to the much smaller personal cannons sometimes carried by infantry.

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Physics

Though based on the same principles, with their beams having a nearly identical nature, laser cannons were more powerful than similarly-sized blasters. Laser cannons were originally used by starships to blast debris, such as asteroids, out of their way. These cannons were incredibly destructive and could be targeted very accurately. Though the beam from a laser cannon was not itself a laser since the beam moved slower than light speed and had an explosive nature, it is probable that a laser cannon was so named because it used a laser in the energizing of its blaster gas.

History

Chin-mounted heavy laser cannons on an AT-AT.

After a time, pirates adapted this technology to their ships, increasing their accuracy so they could be effectively used in raids. For defense against such pirates, companies started to develop proper laser weaponry, making it more accurate while still retaining its destructiveness. The military quickly picked up on this weaponry, too. Most starfighters and civilian ships would carry at least one cannon and large capital ships carried many. The technology was refined further, to create turbolasers, but these were too big for many small ships to carry.

Starships, such as the Executor-class Star Dreadnaught, Viscount-class Star Defender and the EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate, began using laser cannons as anti-starfighter defenses. These weapons were later engineered to fire beams with sufficient accuracy and power to intercept enemy missiles from long range: the point-defense laser cannon, mounted on Zann Consortium Crusader-class corvettes, was an example.

Eventually, laser cannon technology was so refined that ground-based vehicles such as the AT-AT could use them. Even some infantry, such as B-2 battle droids, could be equipped with laser cannons rather than personal blasters.

Variants

Appearances

  • The Betrayal of Darth Revan
  • Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
  • Star Wars: Starfighter
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace junior novel
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Jedi Quest: Path to Truth
  • Jedi Quest: The Way of the Apprentice
  • Outbound Flight
  • Jedi Quest: The School of Fear
  • Jedi Quest: The Shadow Trap (Mentioned only)
  • Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown
  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones junior novel
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars video game
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Storm Fleet Warnings
  • Republic Commando: True Colors
  • MedStar I: Battle Surgeons
  • MedStar II: Jedi Healer
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Gungan General"
  • Secrets of the Jedi
  • Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
  • Boba Fett: A New Threat
  • Boba Fett: Pursuit
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  • The Last of the Jedi: Death on Naboo
  • The Last of the Jedi: A Tangled Web
  • The Last of the Jedi: Secret Weapon
  • The Last of the Jedi: Against the Empire
  • The Paradise Snare
  • Star Wars Droids: Rebellion 1
  • Rebel Dawn
  • Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire / audio (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Empire at War
  • Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Rebellion 6: The Ahakista Gambit, Part 1
  • Star Wars: Ewoks - "Battle for the Sunstar"
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • X-wing: Rogue Squadron
  • X-wing: Wedge's Gamble
  • X-wing: The Krytos Trap
  • X-wing: The Bacta War
  • X-wing: Wraith Squadron
  • X-wing: Iron Fist
  • X-wing: Solo Command
  • The Courtship of Princess Leia
  • Heir to the Empire
  • Dark Force Rising
  • The Last Command
  • X-wing: Isard's Revenge
  • X-wing: Starfighters of Adumar
  • Dark Empire
  • I, Jedi
  • Millennium Falcon
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Non-canonical appearances

Sources


This article uses material from the "Laser cannon" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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