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Two heavy laser cannons point forward on the T-47 airspeeder

Laser cannons were powerful laser weapons that were commonly outfitted to vehicles, starfighters, and starships.[1] A laser cannon could be fixed in place or attached to a turret[2] or ball-mounted swivel,[3] allowing the weapon to aim and fire in many directions.



A single-barrel turbolaser turret on an Imperial base

Laser cannons operated on similar principles as blasters and blaster cannons - using high-energy gas to fire concentrated bolts of energy - but could be more powerful and with greater range. They were the dominant weapon of the galaxy, with a variety of different models mounted on both civilian and military vehicles and vessels.[1]

More powerful versions of laser cannons were turbolasers.[1]

Like blasters, many laser cannons could vary the intensity of their shots. The laser cannons on a UT-60D U-wing starfighter/support craft could be adjusted so that a single shot would reduce a person to ash.[4] The laser cannons on a Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry could fire bolts of up to 5 gigajoules.[1]

Laser cannons could also be used to shoot down enemy missiles.[5][6][7][8][9][10] However doing so required a working targeting computer, as otherwise hitting missiles traveling at extreme velocities could be incredibly hard.[8] Even with a targeting computer, some targets could be very difficult to hit: during the Great Hyperspace Disaster, Galactic Republic Longbeam cruiser fighters had a one-in-three chance of hitting debris from the Legacy Run traveling at close to light-speed.[11]

Vehicles that were equipped with laser cannons included the All Terrain Tactical Enforcer (AT-TE), the All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT walker), the All Terrain Reconnaissance Transport (AT-RT), the All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST walker), the Gian heavy patrol speeder, the freeco bike, the WLO-5 battle tank, General Grievous' TSMEU-6 personal wheel bike, the T-47 airspeeder, and the Umbaran mobile heavy cannon (MHC).


Dwarf spider droids were equipped with nose-mounted laser cannons.

Battle droids that were equipped with laser cannons included the DSD1 dwarf spider droid, which had a nose-mounted laser cannon.[12]

During a skirmish on Florrum, pirates loyal to their leader Hondo Ohnaka mounted a laser cannon on a tripod and used it to ambush pirates that had turned against him.[13]

A type of laser cannon that was used as a personal heavy weapon was referred to as a rotary laser cannon, rotating laser cannon, or as the Z-6 rotary blaster cannon. Such weapons were used by clone troopers Hardcase[14] and Thorn.[15]

Manufacturers of laser cannons included Sureggi, whose product was on board the Auzituck anti-slaver gunship.[2]


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