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"The pilot in the front hatch controls the tank, the shells, and the short range blasters. The commander in the top hatch controls the turret and the main cannon. You have to take out both chambers, otherwise the tank will remain operational."
Ahsoka Tano, on how to combat an AAT[src]

The Armored Assault Tank Mk I,[2] also known as the AAT battle tank or the AAT-1 Hover Tank, was a tank vehicle used by the Trade Federation,[3] Confederacy of Independent Systems,[5] and Rebel Alliance.[7]

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The Armored Assault Tank Mk I[2] was controlled by its pilot, while the tank's main cannon was controlled by its commander. This officer[8] could sometimes be an OOM command battle droid,[9] tactical droid,[10] or even an organic.[11]

The AAT's main weapon was a heavy laser cannon capable of obliterating Republic AT-TE walkers. The cannon was used alongside the two light laser cannons on each side of the tank.[12]

History[edit | edit source]

An AAT painted with the colors of the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars.

The AAT was designed for and used in the Trade Federation's Invasion of Naboo.[13] The AAT was later donated to the Confederacy of Independent Systems,[5] where it served as one of its backbone infantry defenses and backbone vehicles during the Clone Wars. Many of the AATs used by the Confederacy were painted in Confederate colors, such as blue,[9] though there were still tanks used by the CIS in the previous tan used by the Trade Federation.[14] The tanks were also donated to Death Watch during their alliance with the Confederacy.[6]

One of the most famous variants of the vehicle was done by Confederate General Lok Durd. He modified one of these into the Defoliator Deployment Tank. He attempted to test the vehicle on Maridun and the Lurmen there. However his prototype was destroyed by Anakin Skywalker and several others.[11] This variant of the tank was later used by the Supreme Commander of the Droid Army, General Grievous, on Dathomir.[15]

After the Clone Wars, dozens of AATs fell into the hands of the Alliance to Restore the Republic where they were modified extensively in order to better accommodate organic crews.[7]

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The Galactic Empire's assault tank bore a resemblance to the Armored Assault Tank.[16]

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