One of the eldest designs to take significant part in the Clone Wars, the Dreadnaught-class heavy cruiser was designed 80 years prior as a technically advanced and well-balanced cruiser for Republic Judicial Forces and many planetary governments. Six were involved in the Outbound Flight Project, and by the time of the Clone Wars they were a ubiquitous sight in many corners of the galaxy.
By the time of the Clone Wars many ships had been upgraded, now armed with twenty light quad turbolaser cannon, fifteen turbolaser batteries and fifteen individual turbolaser cannons. Requiring a crew of 16,000, however, Dreadnaught-class cruisers were a logistic nightmare. Nevertheless they remained effective in their role, if somewhat slow for their time. Models served with distinction throughout the war in many battles, proving themselves durable and demonstrating that one should never underestimate an old ship.
In keeping with the sheer mass of a Dreadnaught’s crew, the Command value of the standard cruiser is no less than four. However, the ship makes up for this strategic drawback with effective broadsides and forward arc firing patterns, allowing it to easily engage opponents at any angle. Dual brace tokens and a redirect combine with strong shields, hull and repair values to make Dreadnaughts tough nuts to crack even when outnumbered or outgunned.
The Katana Fleet variant boasts state-of-the-art automation systems, reducing its Command value to a more manageable three. It is also equipped with ion cannons and a second redirect token, for added flexibility and durability against enemy squadrons. Both models make capable and inexpensive tank ships, able to protect more fragile, offensively oriented vessels.