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The IPV-1 System Patrol Craft, also known as the Imperial patrol vessel,[5] Imperial patrol vehicle[11] or IPV-1-class corvette, was a standard system security and customs vessel commonly used near planets to interdict smugglers and protect against piracy. It was produced by Republic Sienar Systems.


Being very fast and maneuverable, they patrolled Republic and later Imperial sectors when larger ships were unavailable. They were regarded as the first line of defense against purveyors of contraband and various organizations attempting insurrection against a system, and relied on their speed to catch and disable or destroy enemy craft. Pirate attacks fell to an all-time low when this craft was in a sector. However many fell into the hands of pirates and crime syndicates who used them to defend their outposts.


A Sienar Fleet Systems IPV-1 System Patrol Craft.

Lacking a hyperdrive, the IPV-1 flew specific routes along known smuggling lanes. Their objective was to maintain the peace and order of the galactic government within controlled space.

In order to serve their purpose well, these vessels were armed with four Taim & Bak XV7 turbolasers, as well as a single Krupx VL-4a warhead launcher.


At some point the IPV-1 was the most common warship in the Imperial Navy and skirmish lines of up to 24 IPVs guarded systems that required a permanent imperial presence.[12]

The Alliance to Restore the Republic was also known to have purchased them through various merchant systems.

One was present at Jerrilek during the rescue of Chel Dorat.

During the Thrawn campaign, Niles Ferrier managed to steal the three IPV-1 System Patrol Craft from the Cavrilhu Pirates in the Amorris system in order to sell them to the Empire.[13][14]

Behind the scenes[]

West End Games established that "IPV" stands for "Imperial Patrol Vehicle".[source?] Starships of the Galaxy claimed that these ships were originally manufactured for the Republic and that their original designation was "Independent Patrol Vehicle". The name was changed to "Imperial Patrol Vehicle" under the Empire, but the design of the ships was not.[11]

In Star Wars: Empire at War and Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption, IPV-1s may be built at pirate docks, but not Imperial bases; they are also seen very often in Black Sun pirate fleets orbiting pirate controlled planets in Empire at War's "Galactic Conquest" mode.

The IPV-1 was mispelled IVP-1 in Loyalties and Starships of the Galaxy, Saga Edition.



An IPV diagram.


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