Seven years after the Reborn Emperor assaulted the Mon Calamari homeworld Dac, spaceship construction which had been long delayed was finally put into production again. The first
ship in the series that emerged after this long absence of new Mon Calamari designs was
the Viscount. Silently admitting that the New Class program was a failure, priority was
given to larger, heavier warships again, and the Viscount was the answer. It matched the majestic and powerful Executor-class closely in performance if not looks. The Mon Cals
claim to have a larger complement of fighters (along with NR fighters being generally
note that the Executor carried a vastly larger ground assault complement.|
In any case it carries more fighters than the Imperial vessel. It has a total
of 216 fighter craft, typically 60 T65-A3 X-wings, 12 T65-XJ X-wings, 48 A-wings, 48
E-wings, and 48 B-wings or K-wings.
It has less missile launchers, but this is offset by
a larger number of 20% more accurate heavy ion cannons. The ship is slightly smaller but
also a bit faster than the Executor-class, plus it is more heavily automated, using a
smaller crew. Although being more than two decades newer than its Imperial counterpart,
it is slightly less powerful while still being a very capable battleship in its own right.
A different version of the ship was built at the Corellian shipyards - perhaps the Dac
yards were still unable to meet the military demands of the New Republic when facing the Yuuzhan Vong. The ship is an offset from prior Mon Cal and New Republic designs in that
it doesn't feature backup shields, and carries enough supplies for six years of operation. Ref note: Stats revised to reflect SW:ITW and other newer sources.
Name/Type: Viscount-class Star Defender
Designer/Manufacturer: Mon Calamari Shipyards
Commission Date: 60 GR
Length: 17,000 meters
Speed: 50 MGLT
Shield Rating: 86,000 SBD (est.)
Hull Rating: 36,236 RU (est.)
Weapons: 1,800 Turbolaser Batteries (class 7), 1,800 Heavy Turbolaser Batteries (class 10), 1,440 Assault
Concussion Missile Launchers (43,200 warheads), 2,160 Ion Cannon Batteries (class 4), 300 Phylon Tractor Beam Projectors
Fighter Complement: 18 Squadrons. Around 84 shuttles, troop transports,
drop ships, and landing barges.
Troops: 12,500 troopers.