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"I've never been inside an ion engine before."
"It'd be weirder if you had."
Omega and "Wrecker"[src]

The ion thrust engine from a Venator-class Star Destroyer

Ion engines (also called ion drives and ion thrusters) were a common type of sublight drive. The drives generated charged particles that were then hurled from the rear of the ship, producing thrust in the process.[1] Unlike many other starship engines, ion engines had no moving parts and no high-temperature components.[2] Because of this, they required much less maintenance, a time and cost-saving factor that led them to be used expansively in the Imperial Navy.[2] Notably, many starfighter models in the TIE line were all equipped with twin ion engines.[3] The byproduct of such engines, the ion exhaust, made the passage of a ship detectable to sensors.[4]

At the time of the conflict between the First Order and the Resistance, Sienar-Jaemus Army Systems manufactured a number of ion drive models, including the SJAS-210 and the SJAS-200a.[1]


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