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The All Terrain Attack Pod (AT-AP), also referred to as the AT-AP self-propelled artillery walker and nicknamed the "sniper tank," was a tripedal pod walker used for long-range artillery strikes by the Grand Army of the Republic during the latter part of the Clone Wars. During the Galactic Civil War, they were used by the Alliance to Restore the Republic and the Galactic Empire.


The All Terrain Attack Pod, also referred to as the AT-AP self-propelled artillery walker or AT-AP, was a small tripedal walker manufactured by Kuat Drive Yards and was developed from the All Terrain Personal Transport and the All Terrain Tactical Enforcer. The AT-AP had an angular hull that was situated above two multi-jointed legs and had a smaller, retractable third leg that was mounted in front of the two main legs, and was deployed to steady the vehicle when moving over rough terrain and to brace for the recoil when it fired its primary weapon. The AT-AP, as such, was well balanced and was no more vulnerable to stability issues than other bipedal walkers, despite its appearance. The AT-AP's profile was stated to resemble that of the forward hull section of an All Terrain Tactical Enforcer.[1]

The AT-AP's primary weapon was a powerful long-range heavy mass-driver cannon that was located in the forward hull. The cannon launched a solid durasteel penetrator at hypersonic speeds over extreme distances, and was able to strike targets beyond visual range with proper targeting data. In order to keep the cannon accurate and precise, the AT-AP was equipped with a sophisticated targeting and data-relay suite that worked in conjunction with integrated recoil compensation and gyrostabilization systems. Because of its deadly accuracy displayed during the Clone Wars, it was nicknamed the "Sniper Tank" by its users.[1]

Rebel AT-AP SW-C

A Rebel Alliance AT-AP

In addition to the mass-driver cannon, the AT-AP was equipped with a heavy laser cannon situated in an open-topped dorsal-mounted turret that served in a short-range anti-vehicle capacity[1] and was manned by a gunner,[5] and an underbelly heavy repeating blaster for protection against infantry forces. The AT-AP was operated by a total crew of three, including one pilot and two gunners.[1] The Rebel Alliance modified their AT-APs significantly, including the removal of the ventral heavy repeating blaster. The Rebel Alliance utilized Enhanced AT-AP Walkers, which were equipped with more advanced systems and appeared different to the standard model.[6]


The AT-AP was used for long-range artillery strikes[2] and was also used in supporting roles to other walkers.[1]


Clone Wars[]


A downed AT-AP during the Battle of Horain

The AT-AP began production during the height of the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems[1] and served during the Battle of Horain where at least one was destroyed,[7] and the Outer Rim Sieges when they were deployed during the Siege of Saleucami and the Battle of Felucia.[5] During the Battle of Kashyyyk, AT-APs were deployed to support Republic ground clone troopers and counter Separatist DSD1 dwarf spider droids.[8]

Imperial Era[]

After the Galactic Republic transformed into the Galactic Empire at the end of the Clone Wars,[5] production of the AT-AP continued, and it was adopted by the Imperial Army, though replaced by the AT-AC and later AT-AT, AT-DP, and AT-ST walkers, the AT-AP is often called in in support of the newer walkers. New units were primarily produced in older Kuat Drive Yards facilities in the Outer Rim Territories.[1]

By the time after the Battle of Yavin in the Galactic Civil War between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, the Alliance had modified All Terrain Attack Pods known as the Enhanced AT-AP Walker and utilized them during the Battle for Tatooine.[6]


The AT-AP served as an inspiration for the design of the Urban Assault Triped Transport used by the First Order a half-century later.[9]

Behind the scenes[]

Originally created for the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith,[5] the AT-AP was developed during the postproduction process as part of director George Lucas' request to diversify clone ground armor. Alex Jaeger developed the initial concepts, which were referred to as the "Pod Attack Walker," or P.A.W.[10]



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