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An Imperial gunship firing during the Battle of Astarte (796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE))
Affiliation: Galactic Empire
Type: Space bomber
Purpose: Anti-ship strike role
Length: 52 metres
Width: 28 metres
Height: 42 metres
Armament: 4 ventral anti-ship missiles
24 forward firing railguns
4 frontally mounted dropped bombs
Crew: 1

The gunship (Japanese: 雷撃艇) was a type of small craft unique to the Galactic Empire. They were carried aboard and launched from dedicated carriers, as they did not have warp capability of their own.



The overall shape was that of a rectangular block, with 4 rear engines. The pilot walked in and out through a frontal pod opening that looked similar those on Imperial Walküre fighters and Imperial shuttles. Recessed ventral mounts carried 4 short ranged anti-ship missiles. The main frontal weapon mounts consisted of 4 modules, of which the most common configuration was 4 modules of 6 railguns each. However variable weapon mounts were possible, including what appeared to be a beam weapon armed variant. During the Ninth Battle of Iserlohn, Imperial gunships had 4 bombs mounted for bombardment of Iserlohn Fortress, in place of their normal gun modules. (My Conquest Is the Sea of Stars,Overture to a New War, 'Admiral Yang's Ark Fleet')



Licensed sources

The most common weapon mounting was 24 rapid fire rail guns in 4 modules of 6 guns each.

High mobility was achieved with 4 high performance engines.

The gunship lacked warp capability and therefore had to be carried to battle aboard carriers.

The weaknesses of the gunship included its lack of shields and its relatively thin armour.

A common tactic was for Walküre fighters attack an enemy ship from multiple directions to draw and distract their defensive fire, and to create openings for gunships to fly to close range for a decisive attack followed by a quick escape. This tactic accounted for the destruction of many Alliance ships, and afterwards the number of defensive laser cannons on Alliance ships was increased. (Data Book: Mechanic & Seiyū Encyclopaedia, p. 173)


DVD features

Sketches of the Imperial gunship appears in the extra features of the DVD box set.

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