The Victory I-class Star Destroyer, also known as the Victory I-class Destroyer and Victoria I-class Star Destroyer, was a warship designed for planetary defense, planetary assault, ground troop support, and ship-to-ship combat. It was used by the Alliance of Nations and the Axis of Empires.
Victory I-class Star Destroyers were 900 meters long, just over half the size of the later Imperi'al-class Star Destroyer. Unlike later Star Destroyer designs, the Victory possessed the ability to enter the upper levels of a planetary atmosphere. This gave the ship a decided advantage of added precision when engaging in the ground attack operations the class was designed to carry out. In addition, the
Victory could also pursue other vessels hoping to escape by diving towards a planet. A set of atmospheric maneuvering surfaces were located along the ship's flanks as well. Some Victory variants dispensed with the atmospheric maneuvering surfaces altogether. Star Destroyers of this kind fought in the Operation Shadow Hand, notably in the Battle of Balmorra.
Offensive and defensive systems Edit
Despite being several decades old at the time, the shields and hull armor of Victory I-class ships were still quite heavy compared to the other vessels used during
the Galactic Civil War. They were equipped with 10 quad turbolaser batteries, 40 double turbolaser batteries, 80 concussion missiles tubes, and 10 tractor beam projectors. Due to being clad in 9095-T8511 grade durasteel, a Victory-class vessel was said to be capable of fighting a Dreadnaught-class cruiser to a stand-still.
A single Victory I-class Star Destroyer required 4,798 crew members and 402 gunners for optimal operation and could transport up to 2,040 troops, 8,100 metric tons of cargo, several ground vehicles like the AT-AT, and two squadrons of starfighters.
Propulsion systems Edit
The Victory I-class Star Destroyer's biggest disadvantage was its underpowered LF9 ion engines, which could not produce sufficient acceleration to pursue newer and faster ships, allowing them to escape ship-to-ship combat. This flaw was rectified in the limited Victory II-class, produced shortly before the advent of the Empire. Some variants of the Victory-class were designed with three main thrusters and four auxiliary thrusters, like the larger Imperial-class. Others, like the Harrow and the Protector, had two main thrusters and two auxiliary thrusters wedged in-between. The Victory Star Destroyer's Class 1.0 hyperdrive was superior to that of the Imperial-class Star Destroyer, allowing Victory ships to reach their destinations in half the time.