Dreadnaught-class Heavy Cruiser

A truly venerable beast of a ship, Rendili Stardrive's Dreadnaught-class has seen action throughout the galaxy for over a century. First introduced more than eighty years before the outbreak of the Clone Wars, this often-emulated design can be found on both sides of the Galactic Civil War as well as in the hands of neutral parties.

While the Dreadnaught possessed impressive robustness and exceptional offensive capability for its time, even newer or extensively refit models suffer from a number of notable deficiencies when compared to post-Clone Wars warship designs. The most immediately obvious weakness is the massive crew complement required, a problem militaries have attempted to address to varying degrees of success with slave circuitry and droids. In terms of battlefield performance, Dreadnaughts are slow both in turning and baseline acceleration, and their reactor output and shielding compare unfavorably to other heavy cruisers such as Sienar Fleet Systems' Vindicator-class.

Despite these shortcomings, examples of this type are expected to remain useful for the foreseeable future thanks to a combination of relatively low price, readily available replacement parts, carrier capability, and sheer staying power. In a slugging match, three to five Dreadnaughts (depending on age, armament, and crew training) are considered to be roughly comparable to a single Imperial Star Destroyer, mostly thanks to their ability to absorb punishment. When starship engineers remark that they don't make them like they used to, they are generally referring to the Dreadnaught-class, and they are wrong--production continues (albeit on a limited scale) to the present day.

Dreadnaught-class Heavy Cruiser