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His actions (may have) saved the Resistance, but probably had no impact on the survival of the fleet.

Notwithstanding that the Dreadnought would probably have also been destroyed along with the rest of the First Order fleet (rendering this entire answer moot), we know from the Last Jedi: Visual Dictionary that the Crait base is reliant on a

"localised bombardment shield"

that was added by the rebels before they abandoned it. This shield presumably is what prevents the First Order from simply destroying the base from the air with whatever remaining ships they have at their disposal.

That being said,Since the entire purpose of the dreadnought was to punch through planetary shields. It's highly unlikely that a cheap'n'cheerful base shield that hasn't been run for twenty years (and wasn't worth salvaging during that time) is going to be able to defend against that sort of firepower.

DREADNOUGHT

One of the First Orders largest warships, the Fulminatrix is a Siege Dreadnought that dwarfs General Hux’s flagship, the Finalizer. The Fulminatrix is the latest in the Mandator line, which originated in the decades before the Clone Wars. The Dreadnought’s underside holds massive orbital bombardment cannons that can punch through planetary shields, then rain destruction on enemy worlds.

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There's no mentionAs to the wider question of whether the range on their main weapon is any greater than that of the other ships in the First Order fleet but, there's no special reason to think that it iswould have had any more effect on the Raddus' shields than the other, so inlargely ineffectual strikes their shields simply shrugged off. In all likelihood itthe dreadnought would have simply trailed the fleet, then been used in the final conflict had it survived.

His actions (may have) saved the Resistance, but probably had no impact on the survival of the fleet.

Notwithstanding that the Dreadnought would probably have also been destroyed along with the rest of the First Order fleet (rendering this entire answer moot), we know from the Last Jedi: Visual Dictionary that the Crait base is reliant on a

"localised bombardment shield"

that was added by the rebels before they abandoned it. This shield presumably is what prevents the First Order from simply destroying the base from the air with whatever remaining ships they have at their disposal.

That being said, the entire purpose of the dreadnought was to punch through planetary shields. It's highly unlikely that a cheap'n'cheerful base shield that hasn't been run for twenty years (and wasn't worth salvaging during that time) is going to be able to defend against that sort of firepower.

DREADNOUGHT

One of the First Orders largest warships, the Fulminatrix is a Siege Dreadnought that dwarfs General Hux’s flagship, the Finalizer. The Fulminatrix is the latest in the Mandator line, which originated in the decades before the Clone Wars. The Dreadnought’s underside holds massive orbital bombardment cannons that can punch through planetary shields, then rain destruction on enemy worlds.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections

There's no mention of whether the range on their main weapon is any greater that of the other ships in the First Order fleet but there's no special reason to think that it is, so in all likelihood it would have simply trailed the fleet, then been used in the final conflict had it survived.

His actions (may have) saved the Resistance, but probably had no impact on the survival of the fleet.

Notwithstanding that the Dreadnought would probably have also been destroyed along with the rest of the First Order fleet (rendering this entire answer moot), we know from the Last Jedi: Visual Dictionary that the Crait base is reliant on a

"localised bombardment shield"

that was added by the rebels before they abandoned it. This shield presumably is what prevents the First Order from simply destroying the base from the air with whatever remaining ships they have at their disposal.

Since the entire purpose of the dreadnought was to punch through planetary shields. It's highly unlikely that a cheap'n'cheerful base shield that hasn't been run for twenty years (and wasn't worth salvaging during that time) is going to be able to defend against that sort of firepower.

DREADNOUGHT

One of the First Orders largest warships, the Fulminatrix is a Siege Dreadnought that dwarfs General Hux’s flagship, the Finalizer. The Fulminatrix is the latest in the Mandator line, which originated in the decades before the Clone Wars. The Dreadnought’s underside holds massive orbital bombardment cannons that can punch through planetary shields, then rain destruction on enemy worlds.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections

As to the wider question of whether the range on their main weapon is any greater than that of the other ships in the First Order fleet, there's no special reason to think that it would have had any more effect on the Raddus' shields than the other, largely ineffectual strikes their shields simply shrugged off. In all likelihood the dreadnought would have simply trailed the fleet, then been used in the final conflict had it survived.

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His actions (may have) saved the Resistance, but probably had no impact on the survival of the fleet.

Notwithstanding that the Dreadnought would probably have also been destroyed along with the rest of the First Order fleet (rendering this entire answer moot), we know from the Last Jedi: Visual Dictionary that the Crait base is reliant on a

"localised bombardment shield"

that was added by the rebels before they abandoned it. This shield presumably is what prevents the First Order from simply destroying the base from the air with whatever remaining ships they have at their disposal.

That being said, the entire purpose of the dreadnought was to punch through planetary shields. It's highly unlikely that a cheap'n'cheerful base shield that hasn't been run for twenty years (and wasn't worth salvaging during that time) is going to be able to defend against that sort of firepower. There's no mention of whether the range on their main weapon is any greater that of the other ships in the First Order fleet but there's no special reason to think that it is.

DREADNOUGHT

One of the First Orders largest warships, the Fulminatrix is a Siege Dreadnought that dwarfs General Hux’s flagship, the Finalizer. The Fulminatrix is the latest in the Mandator line, which originated in the decades before the Clone Wars. The Dreadnought’s underside holds massive orbital bombardment cannons that can punch through planetary shields, then rain destruction on enemy worlds.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections

There's no mention of whether the range on their main weapon is any greater that of the other ships in the First Order fleet but there's no special reason to think that it is, so in all likelihood it would have simply trailed the fleet, then been used in the final conflict had it survived.

His actions (may have) saved the Resistance, but probably had no impact on the survival of the fleet.

Notwithstanding that the Dreadnought would probably have also been destroyed along with the rest of the First Order fleet (rendering this entire answer moot), we know from the Last Jedi: Visual Dictionary that the Crait base is reliant on a

"localised bombardment shield"

that was added by the rebels before they abandoned it. This shield presumably is what prevents the First Order from simply destroying the base from the air with whatever remaining ships they have at their disposal.

That being said, the entire purpose of the dreadnought was to punch through planetary shields. It's highly unlikely that a cheap'n'cheerful base shield that hasn't been run for twenty years (and wasn't worth salvaging during that time) is going to be able to defend against that sort of firepower. There's no mention of whether the range on their main weapon is any greater that of the other ships in the First Order fleet but there's no special reason to think that it is.

DREADNOUGHT

One of the First Orders largest warships, the Fulminatrix is a Siege Dreadnought that dwarfs General Hux’s flagship, the Finalizer. The Fulminatrix is the latest in the Mandator line, which originated in the decades before the Clone Wars. The Dreadnought’s underside holds massive orbital bombardment cannons that can punch through planetary shields, then rain destruction on enemy worlds.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections

His actions (may have) saved the Resistance, but probably had no impact on the survival of the fleet.

Notwithstanding that the Dreadnought would probably have also been destroyed along with the rest of the First Order fleet (rendering this entire answer moot), we know from the Last Jedi: Visual Dictionary that the Crait base is reliant on a

"localised bombardment shield"

that was added by the rebels before they abandoned it. This shield presumably is what prevents the First Order from simply destroying the base from the air with whatever remaining ships they have at their disposal.

That being said, the entire purpose of the dreadnought was to punch through planetary shields. It's highly unlikely that a cheap'n'cheerful base shield that hasn't been run for twenty years (and wasn't worth salvaging during that time) is going to be able to defend against that sort of firepower.

DREADNOUGHT

One of the First Orders largest warships, the Fulminatrix is a Siege Dreadnought that dwarfs General Hux’s flagship, the Finalizer. The Fulminatrix is the latest in the Mandator line, which originated in the decades before the Clone Wars. The Dreadnought’s underside holds massive orbital bombardment cannons that can punch through planetary shields, then rain destruction on enemy worlds.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections

There's no mention of whether the range on their main weapon is any greater that of the other ships in the First Order fleet but there's no special reason to think that it is, so in all likelihood it would have simply trailed the fleet, then been used in the final conflict had it survived.

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His actions (may have) saved the Resistance, but probably had no impact on the survival of the fleet.

Notwithstanding that the Dreadnought would probably have also been destroyed along with the rest of the First Order fleet (rendering this entire answer moot), we know from the Last Jedi: Visual Dictionary that the Crait base is reliant on a

"localised bombardment shield"

that was added by the rebels before they abandoned it. This shield presumably is what prevents the First Order from simply destroying the base from the air with whatever remaining ships they have at their disposal.

That being said, the entire purpose of the dreadnought was to punch through planetary shields. It's highly unlikely that a cheap'n'cheerful base shield that hasn't been run for twenty years (and wasn't worth salvaging during that time) is going to be able to defend against that sort of firepower. There's no mention of whether the range on their main weapon is any greater that of the other ships in the First Order fleet but there's no special reason to think that it is.

DREADNOUGHT

One of the First Orders largest warships, the Fulminatrix is a Siege Dreadnought that dwarfs General Hux’s flagship, the Finalizer. The Fulminatrix is the latest in the Mandator line, which originated in the decades before the Clone Wars. The Dreadnought’s underside holds massive orbital bombardment cannons that can punch through planetary shields, then rain destruction on enemy worlds.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections