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The Raider-class corvette was a corvette model in service with the starfleet of the Galactic Empire manufactured by Kuat Drive Yards. One Raider II-class, the Corvus, was used by the elite Inferno Squad.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

A Raider II-class corvette under attack by Rebel fighters.

The Raider-class corvette was a sleek and roomy vessel at 150 meters for a sizeable crew and featured 3 engines and a hyperdrive. The dark grey protrusions on the craft were actually solar collectors, nearly identical to those found on the starfighters of the TIE-series. These ships could be operated with a pilot and a co-pilot and were armed with ion cannons, dual heavy laser cannons, concussion missiles, and turbolasers.[5] The ships also had a small hangar on the starboard side, that could hold at least 2 TIE fighters.[6]

History[edit | edit source]

Two Raider-class corvettes were part of an Imperial task force ordered to eliminate insurgents in the Umbara system led by Admiral Carlou Gendling. Gendling's inability to act decisively resulted in the destruction of one corvette and critical damage to the other corvette.[2]

Shortly after the Battle of Yavin,[5] one Raider II-class corvette,[4] the Corvus, was utilized by the elite Inferno Squad, led by Captain Iden Versio[5] and by the time of the Battle of Endor, it was still used by the squad.[6]

The Raider-class corvette was still in use decades after the fall of the Empire

During the evacuation of Yavin 4, one corvette was aboard the hangar of an Imperial Star Destroyer. Rebel pilot Evaan Verlaine was assigned to infiltrate the Destroyer and buy time for the evacuation. She took the corvette, which she rammed into the mighty vessel, ejecting at the last moment. The impact was enough to knock the Destroyer off course when it fired, causing the blast to level the top of a nearby mountain. The act bought enough time to finish the evacuation.[8] One Raider-class corvette was captured by a Starhawk-class battleship and brought to its hangar.[9]

A Raider-class corvette was present during the strike on Var-Shaa, and was destroyed by New Republic fighters.[10] The ships remained in use decades after the Battle of Endor, with some being used by First Order collaborators.[11]

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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The supposed Raider-class in Episode VII

The Raider-class corvette was originally created by Fantasy Flight Games to fill a gap in their Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game, which is now classified as legends.[12] The look of the corvette was designed and created by artist Ben Zweifel.[13]

The ship officially returned to canon in the novel Thrawn in 2017. However, a wreckage in The Force Awakens (2015) resembles a Raider-class. When questioned on Twitter, Matt Martin said that while it looked like one, he would be surprised if ILM would have made a model for the ship.[14]

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Galactic Empire starship classes
Space stations
Class II · DS-1 · DS-2 · FireStar II-class · Golan I · Golan II · Golan III · Golan M3185 · Harbor-class · ICM-092792 · Imperial dockyard · Mk IX · Supertanker fuel depot
Star Dreadnoughts
Assertor-class · Executor-class (Executor I-class · Executor II-class)
Dreadnoughts
Bellator-class · Mandator-class
Battlecruisers
Maelstrom-class · Secutor-class
Star Destroyers
Gladiator-class (Gladiator I) · Imperial-class (Imperial I-class · Imperial II-class) · qaz-class · Tector-class · Unidentified Interdictor vessel · Venator-class · Victory-class (Victory II-class)
Heavy cruisers
Dreadnought-class · Interdictor-class · Vindicator-class
Cruisers
Cantwell-class · Detainer CC-2200 · Immobilizer 418 · Onager-class
Frigates & carriers
Active-class · CC-7700 · DP20 · EF76 Nebulon-B · Imperial escort carrier · IR-3F-class · Pelta-class · Quasar Fire-class (Quasar Fire I-class · Quasar Fire II-class) · Razor-class · Surveyor-class
Light cruisers & corvettes
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR90) · Arquitens-class command (Prison-tug) · Arquitens-class light · Carrack-class · Class 546 · Imperial Gozanti-class (Gozanti-class Assault · Gozanti-class espionage) · Raider-class (Raider I-class · Raider II-class) · S-46I
Transports
Aerial landing platform · BFF-1 · Class four container · Eta-class · Theta-class · Xiytiar-class · Y-45 · Y-85 Titan
Light craft
Abecederian line (Delta-class T-3c · Lambda-class T-4a · T-5 Deliverance) · Action series (Action VI bulk freighter) · Assault gunboat · Escort gunboat · Harbinger courier · HAET-221 · Imperial Dropship Transport · Imperial heavy freighter · Imperial transport · Nu-class · Sentinel-class · Star Commuter 2000 · Stormtrooper transport · Theta-class T-2c · VT-49 Decimator · YT-2400 light freighter · Zeta-class cargo · Zeta-class
Starfighters & bombers
Alpha-class Xg1 · ARC-40b · ARC-170 · ARX-T3 Suncutter · Delta-series (Alpha-3 Nimbus-class · Eta-2 Actis-class)
TIE line (Auto-fighter · Outland TIE · TIE Advanced v1 · TIE Advanced x1 · TIE/ag · TIE/sa · TIE/rb · TIE/D (TIE/D Elite) · TIE/LN · TIE fighter prototype · TIE/gt · TIE/IN · TIE lander · TIE/ph · TIE/ca · TIE/rp · TIE scout · TIE/sh · TIE/sk · TIE training drone) · XL-5 Guardian
Other classes
Imperial Planetary Occupation Facility · Praetor II-class
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New Republic starship classes
Heavy cruisers & battleships
MC80 (MC80 Liberty Type · MC80A Home One Type) · MC85 · MC95E · Starhawk-class (Starhawk-class Mark I · Starhawk-class Mark II)
Cruisers
Acclamator-class · MC75 · New Republic Cruiser
Frigates
EF76 Nebulon-B · Nebulon-C
Light cruisers & corvettes
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR90 corvette) · Carrack-class · Raider-class (Raider II-class) · Sphyrna-class Hammerhead
Transports
GR-75 medium transport · New Republic Correctional Transport
Light craft
GX1 short hauler · MG-100 StarFortress SF-17 · UT-60D U-wing starfighter/support craft · YT-1300 light freighter
Starfighters & bombers
Delta-series (Alpha-3 Nimbus-class) · A-wing starfighter (RZ-1 A-wing · RZ-2 A-wing) · A/SF-01 B-wing · BTL Y-wing (BTL-A4 Y-wing · BTA-NR2 Y-wing) · HH-87 · X-wing (T-65B X-wing · T-65C-A2 X-wing · T-70 X-wing · T-85 X-wing)
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First Order starship classes
Space stations
Imperial dockyard · Station Theta Black · Supertanker fuel depot
Capital ships
Mandator line (Mandator IV-class) · Maxima-A class · Mega-class · Resurgent-class
Sub-capital ships
Dissident-class · First Order Light Cruiser · Imperial Gozanti-class · Lancer-class · Nebulon-K · Raider-class
Light craft
Darius G-class freighter · First Order bomber · First Order dropship · First Order gunship · First Order landing platform · SREV · First Order tanker · Griffin-class light shuttle · MG-100 StarFortress SF-17 (OreDigger) · MHU-6e Mobile Habitation Unit · TIE/es assault shuttle · Upsilon-class command shuttle · Xi-class light shuttle
Starfighters & bombers
TIE line (TIE bomber · TIE Brute · TIE/ba · TIE/fo · TIE/sf · TIE/vn · TIE/wi · TIE whisper) · X-wing drone
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