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"Ready for recon."
―An AT-AR pilot[src]

The All Terrain Advance Raider (AT-AR), also know as the light AT-ST or simply scout walker, was a variant of the All Terrain Scout Transport used by the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

A pair of stormtroopers in the cockpit of an AT-AR

A variant of the All Terrain Scout Transport,[3] the All Terrain Advance Raider had heavier armor than the AT-ST[1] for frontline combat.[4] It was also being smaller and faster, though only armed with a single laser cannon.[3] Its "head" had an angular viewport, while a blister was located on either side of the walker's head. The cockpit sat one pilot and one gunner side-by-side.[2]

A variant of the All Terrain Advance Raider, featuring additional weapons attached to its blisters and a body and legs resembling that of an AT-ST, saw service on Cilpar,[5] while another had relatively thin armor and went by the name light AT-ST.[6]

History[edit | edit source]

In the year 0 BBY, AT-ARs were part an Imperial garrison established in Mos Eisley spaceport on the planet Tatooine.[1] Other garrisons also had AT-AR walkers in their arsenal, such as the one on the jungle world[2] of Jarnollen.[3] There, an AT-AR pursued Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa after they were discovered by the local Imperial troops. The walker hunted them throughout the night and the next morning, losing track and coming across the rebels several times in the dense jungle. At the end of the chase, as it prepared to fire a clear shot, the walker was destroyed by the Millennium Falcon.[2] After the Alliance to Restore the Republic abandoned its base on Yavin 4, AT-ARs were used during the Empire's campaign on Reytha. They were outfitted at the retaken base in the planet's capital city of Yeere before advancing with the troops to retake other areas.[6]

An AT-AR variant on Cilpar.

In 3 ABY, AT-ARs formed part of General Maximilian Veers's Blizzard Force and participated in the Battle of Hoth.[1] An AT-AR saw combat with the garrison on Mandalore, where it faced opposition from Mandalorian rebels led by Fenn Shysa.[7] During a mission to Cilpar,[5] an AT-AR[3] formed part of an Imperial convoy that carried Winter Celchu, disguised at the time as Leia Organa, to a local base in capital city of Kiidan.[5]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The All Terrain Advance Raider was originally created for the Star Wars Legends newspaper comic strip The Bounty Hunter of Ord Mantell, written by Archie Goodwin and penciled by Al Williamson, which ran from February 9 to April 19, 1981.[2] Before it was first identified in the 2004 reference book Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy,[1] the 2001 real time strategy game Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds referred to the AT-AR as the "light AT-ST".[6] It was based on early concept art of the All Terrain Scout Transport (dubbed the "one-man scout walker") developed by Joe Johnston for The Empire Strikes Back, and the All Terrain Defense Pod was derived from the same sketch.[8]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

Concept art of the "one-man scout walker," whose design inspired that of the AT-AR and the AT-DP

External links[edit | edit source]

Walkers of the Galactic Empire
Reconnaissance/light support
All Terrain Advance Raider · All Terrain Defense Pod
All-Terrain Exploration Droid · All Terrain Force Reconnaissance Walker
All Terrain Missile Platform · All Terrain Personal Transport (Light)
All Terrain Recon Transport · All Terrain Riot Control Transport
All Terrain Scout Transport (Assault)
Mountain Terrain Scout Transport · T.M.I. Scout Walker
Heavy support/troop transport
All Terrain Armored Transport (Shadow · Heavy · Desert)
All Terrain Tactical Enforcer (Cargo transport) · Mountain Terrain Armored Transport
Self-propelled artillery
All Terrain Anti-Aircraft · All Terrain Attack Pod · All Terrain Ion Cannon
Self-Propelled Heavy Artillery · Self-Propelled Medium Artillery
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