MC-40a Light Star Cruiser
||MC40a Light Mon
||Medium Capital Starship
|Various Laser and Ion Cannons
|2 General Purpose Warhead
|Standard Combat Warhead Load:
50 Proton Torpedoes
||Crew: 3,723, Gunners: 35
|Other Onboard Craft:
Several Transports and Shuttles
MC40a is a faster, more maneuverable version of the MC80a. Light Calamari Cruisers are
used for multiple tasks: convoy escorts, starfighter bases, support ships, etc. Sometimes
they will travel in pairs or part of larger task forces, and other times by themselves.
The MC40a was the first Calamari
be developed as a solely military vessel. The Rebel Alliance realized the need for
smaller, more maneuverable vessels and the Light Calamari Cruiser was the result. Having
been based on the MC80a Mon Calamari Cruisers, the Light Calamari Cruisers were very
similar to the MC80a's, just on a smaller scale.
In terms of size, the MC40a is slightly less than half as long as the MC80a. A speed of 12
MGLT makes it one of the faster medium sized ships and it can easily outflank larger
vessels such as the Imperial Class Star Destroyer. Firepower is nearly comparable to that
of a Nebulon-B Class Escort Frigate. The MC40a inevitably found its way into neutral
powers, pirates and traders. For these smaller spacefaring navies, the Light
Calamari Cruiser was probably the largest vessel they could get their hands on and were placed in
positions of high importance.
The New Republic Navy still uses this medium cruiser design. Serving alongside are the
familiar MC80a's, MC80b's, and MC90a's.