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Praetor-class Star Battlecruiser
Production information

Sienar Fleet Systems

Product line

Star Battlecruisers[1]


Praetor-class Star Battlecruiser[1]


Star Battlecruiser[1]

Technical specifications

Several kilometers[2][3]

Hyperdrive system


Power output

Peak: >7,73 × 1026 W (with planetary heat sink)[5]

Power plant

One or more reactors capable of producing more power than similar systems onboard an Imperial-class Star Destroyer.[1]




The Praetor-class Star Battlecruiser, also known as the Praetor-class battle cruiser,[4] was a large and powerful warship class that came into use sometime before the rise of the Galactic Empire.



The reactor systems of the Praetor-class battle cruiser were more powerful than those of the Imperial-class Star Destroyer[6][1] and the class was thus larger in size than contemporary Star Destroyers,[2] being designated a Star Battlecruiser.[1]


A Rebel anti-orbital ion cannon connected to a Praetor-class's reactors.

The Praetor-class was produced for service in the Galactic Republic.[4] It was eventually surpassed in design by other battle cruiser models.[7] Despite being outdated by the time of the Galactic Civil War, the class continued in limited Imperial service.[4]

A derelict Praetor was cannibalized by Rebel forces and its reactors were installed on the frozen planet Hoth to power the facilities of Echo Base, including its defensive systems.[8] The power equipment was buried deep underground, where they utilized the surrounding planet as a heat sink, increasing the reactors' efficiency. This provided the area encompassing the base with protection from bombardment by one Executor-class Star Dreadnought and several Imperial-class Star Destroyers, as well as supporting a v-150 Planet Defender ion cannon that brought down multiple Star Destroyers.[1] This was an upgrade from the similar setup for Massassi Station on Yavin 4, which used reactor equipment scavenged from an Imperial-class Star Destroyer that could withstand a single, large battleship,[6] but was not enough against the Executor.[9]

Behind the scenes

In real life, "praetor" was a title for Roman magistrates, governors, and military commanders.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Star Wars: Complete Locations, p. 142-143 + fold-out
  2. 2.0 2.1 Children of the Jedi, according to early Imperial design philosophy, a ship requiring more power had to have a larger frame for its power-generation equipment. This knowledge is repeated in HoloNet News — A Galaxy Divided, an Old Republic-era debate program.
  3. Interview with SW author Curtis Saxton on The author mentions the multi-kilometer long warship types in the Republic. One of these types invented in his works, is the Star Battlecruiser.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
  5. The reactor equipment has to produce more energy for Echo Base's defenses than that of the Imperial-class Star Destroyers it's being used to disable and the fleet bombardment it has to withstand.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Complete Locations, p. 138
  7. Slave Ship
  8. Rebellion Era Sourcebook
  9. Doom Mission

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