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The MC40A Light Cruiser, also known as the MC40a cruiser or the MC40a, was a class of light cruiser that was active during the Imperial Era and served in the Alliance to Restore the Republic.


The MC40A Light Cruiser, also referred to simply as the MC40a cruiser or MC40a, was a class of light cruiser that was manufactured by Mon Calamari Shipyards and cost 15,500,000 credits to produce. The MC40a was similar to the MC80A Star Cruiser in both design and function, and the MC40a's clamshell-like keel was the same as the MC30C Frigate but was instead built to be a well-rounded and versatile vessel. The MC40a was equipped with a class 1 primary and a class 15 backup hyperdrive, as well as long-range sensors, a navigation computer, and had room for consumables for two years.[1]

Despite its size, the MC40a was outfitted with exceptionally strong deflector shield generators but its speed was considered below-average for its class and it was outpaced by other vessels. To compensate, the MC40a was equipped with a robust series of redundant systems for protection against system failures during combat and stressful maneuvers and was able to sustain a large amount of damage. It was armed with fourteen turret-mounted medium turbolasers that were evenly distributed to the port and starboard sides of the hull, two forward-mounted concussion missile launchers, and eighteen medium ion cannons. Four of these ion cannons were on the aft, another four on the bow, and the five were each placed on the port and starboard.[1]

The MC40a also boasted six heavy tractor beam projectors, with one in the aft section, another in the forward section, and two each on the port and starboard. These armaments allowed the MC40a to engage similar vessels and outfight smaller Star Destroyers, during which a common tactic was using tractor beams to pin a Star Destroyer in place and move to the aft of the vessel where it was vulnerable.[1]

When in combat, the MC40a commonly used standoff tactics, which called for the firing of its turbolasers at long distance to pummel hostile craft. MC40as often fought bow-to-target so that its weapon systems had a clear line of fire. When MC40as were used in engagements where it was outgunned, a standard strategy was to move closer to the enemy ship in order for the MC40a to use its missiles, ion cannons, and tractor beams to pin ships and move to their exposed arcs. In this tactic, the MC40a relied on its starfighter squadron for anti-starfighter defense as the MC40a often had to redirect its shields against the main target.[1]

The MC40a cruiser carried a complement of twelve starfighters and was operated by 3,770 officers, pilots, and crew. 650 soldiers, or nearly a battalion, were also stationed on the vessel.[1]


The MC40a acted in the capacity of a command ship for a small attack fleet, and represented the might, ingenuity, and creativity of Alliance Fleet shipyards as it enabled a small fleet to attack large enemy formations. The MC40a also supported special forces operations, served as a diplomatic escort, and as the base of operations for a starfighter squadron. It also served as a well-suited all-around fleet support ship.[1]


After the beginning of the occupation of Mon Cala by the Galactic Empire and the escape of the Mon Calamari Exodus Fleet, the Mon Calamari and their ships served as a core component of the Rebel Alliance's naval forces.[2] Eventually, the MC40a cruiser joined active service in the Alliance Fleet and participated throughout the Galactic Civil War against the Empire.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

The MC40A Light Cruiser was first mentioned in the 2020 Fantasy Flight Games supplement Starships and Speeders.[1] It was previously part of Star Wars Legends, where it first appeared in Star Wars: TIE Fighter.[3]


Notes and referencesEdit

Alliance to Restore the Republic starship classes
Space stations
FireStar II-class · Harbor-class · Mk IX Orbital Maintenance Depot
Capital ships
Dreadnought-class · Lucrehulk-class · Marsheem-class · MC40A · MC75 (MC75 Armored · MC75 Ordnance) · MC80 (MC80A Home One Type · MC80 Liberty Type) · Neutron Star-class · Unidentified Mon Calamari cruiser · Unidentified Mon Calamari cruiser 1 · Unidentified Mon Calamari cruiser 2 · Unidentified Mon Calamari cruiser 3 · Unidentified Rebel Alliance starship
Sub-capital ships
Assault Frigate Mark II · DP20 · EF76 Nebulon-B · MC30C · Pelta-class (Pelta-class Assault · Pelta-class Command) · Quasar Fire-class
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR70 corvette · CR90 corvette) · Braha'tok-class gunship · Free Virgillia-class · Sphyrna-class (Hammerhead Scout · Hammerhead Torpedo)
VCX-100 light freighter · YT-1300 light freighter · YT-1760 Small Transport · YT-2400 light freighter · YV-929 light freighter
Transports & Shuttles
CSS-1 Corellian Star Shuttle · GR-75 medium transport (GR-75 Combat Retrofit) · HWK-290 light freighter · Jadthu-class · Kom'rk-class · Lambda-class · Sheathipede-class · Taylander shuttle · Unidentified Rebel Alliance shuttle · Y-45 armored transport hauler
UT-60D U-wing · X4 Gunship
Starfighters & Bombers
A/SF-01 B-wing · ARC-170 · Alpha-class Xg-1 · BTL Y-wing (BTL-A4 Y-wing assault · BTL-B Y-wing · BTL-S3 Y-wing) · Delta-7 Aethersprite-class · E-wing · Fang-class · H-60 Tempest · IE-440 Nighthawk · Kihraxz Light Starfighter · N-1 · A-wing (R-22 Spearhead · RZ-1 A-wing · RZ-1T) · T-47 · X-wing (Patrol X-wing · T-65B X-wing (T-65B X-wing Exterior Variant /1 · T-65B X-wing Exterior Variant /2) · T-65C-A2 X-wing) · VCX-series auxiliary · Z-95 Headhunter · Z-95-AF4 Headhunter
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