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Bantha Squad was a special unit of clone troopers during the Clone Wars that was formed by the Grand Army of the Republic in response to significant challenges presented by Separatist Hailfire droids.

HistoryEdit

Bantha Squad was quickly established by the Grand Army of the Republic as a response to the destruction of entire platoons in the Clone Army. Assigned to specifically target Hailfire-class droid tanks, Bantha Squad included specialists in heavy weapons, aerial recon and demolitions. With these combined skills, the squad was capable of pinpointing and attacking Hailfire droids with the firepower needed to immobilize and demolish them in any assault operation.[1]

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Bantha Squad's tank gunner commander

The tank gunner commander of Bantha Squad was an expert in the use and application of heavy weapons and demolitions, uniquely qualifying him to formulate successful strategies against Hailfire droids. The troopers under his command used a modified version of the A6 Juggernaut turbo tank's heavy repeating laser cannon to bombard Hailfire droids with weapons fire before a final application of explosives.[1][2] Bantha squad also included an aerial recon trooper that would monitor approaching enemy forces from the air and relay the location of Hailfire droids to their squad members on the ground.[1]

EquipmentEdit

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Bantha Squad aerial recon trooper (right) with macrobinoculars raised

ArmorEdit

Bantha Squad clones were outfitted in white Phase I armor, with light- and dark-green designs to mark their squad affiliation. The commander wore extra plating on his helmet and body armor, and a kama for anti-blast protection against crippling injury as well as to signify his rank.[1][2][3][4]

In addition to jetpacks, aerial recon troopers wore macrobinoculars on their helmets and carried special communications equipment to relay key tactical information.[1][3][4]

KitEdit

Bantha soldiers were issued the standard DC-15A blaster rifles, with the more compact counterpart—the DC-15S blaster carbine—assigned to the aerial recon trooper. Jetpacks featured built-in warheads, which cause devastating blasts against enemy units. The squad's clones were each equipped with utility belts, with the addition of holsters for the commander, who sported a pair of customized DC-17 hand blasters.[1][3][4]

Behind the scenesEdit

In August 2010, Hasbro released the Anti-Hailfire Droid Squad Battle Pack as part of their Shadow of the Dark Side toy line to introduce Season 3 of the The Clone Wars television series. On the Game cards, the pictures of the troopers are modified pictures of various clone troopers. The two Clone Troopers, Aerial Recon Trooper and Clone Commander figures came with weapon accessories and 4 Galactic Battle Game cards 4 battle bases and 1 game die.[1][3][4]

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Notes and referencesEdit

Grand Army of the Republic units
Systems Armies:
Systems Army Alpha · Third Systems Army · Systems Army Delta · Systems Army Epsilon · Systems Army Zeta
Sector Armies
1st · 2nd · 3rd · 4th · 5th · 6th · 7th · 8th · 9th · 10th · 11th · 12th · 13th · 14th · 15th · 16th · 17th · 18th · 19th · 20th
Corps/Divisions:
7th Sky · 9th Assault · 21st Nova/Galactic Marine · 38th Armored · 44th · 44th Special Operations · 91st Mobile Reconnaissance · 203rd · 327th Star · 416th Star
Legions/Brigades:
7th · 14th Infantry · 35th Infantry · 41st Elite Corps · 55th Mechanized · 85th Infantry · 182nd · 187th · 313th · Special Operations
Regiments:
76th · 96th · 101st · 121st · 282nd · Hell's Hammers · Unidentified Galactic Republic regiment
Battalions:
9th Engineering · 18th · 43rd · 104th · 212th Attack · 442nd Siege · 501st · 612th Attack · Carnivore · Combat Engineers · Execute · Hawkbat · Lancer · Rancor · Sarlacc A · Sarlacc B
Companies:
2nd Airborne · Alpha · Bacta · Cascade · Excelsior · Ghost · Graul · Green · Horn · Improcco · K · Laser · Tango · Torrent · Vornskr · Waterfall
Platoons
2nd · Slick's
Squads
"A" · Advance · Alpha · Alpha-2 · Bantha · Bravo · Breakout · Decoy Squad Five · Domino · Grey · Hez's · Law's · Ord Cestus · Parjai · Skua · Squad Seven · Talon · Triton · Wesk · White · Wolfpack
Wings:
22nd Air Combat Wing · 32nd Air Combat Wing · 127th Gunship Wing
Other Units:
5th Fleet Security · 95th · 224th · 322nd · Aurek Team · Bacta Team · Beta Squadron · Calm Tree · Clone Intelligence · Clone Youth Brigade · Coruscant Guard · CT-5 · Devil Dogs · Diplomatic Escort Group · Foxtrot Group · Keller's Unit · Kota's Militia · Lightning Squadron · Mud-Jumpers · Republic Expeditionary Medical Force · Republic Service Organization · Snow Wolves · The Muunilinst 10 · Wildfire
Affiliated Militaries and Militias:
7th Aleena Reconnaissance Regiment · Ailon Nova Guard · Antarian Rangers · Cularin Armed Forces · Ereesus Planetary Security Forces · Jabiimi Loyalists · Kashyyyk Resistance · Kerkoidia planetary forces · Kota's Militia · Lok Revenants · Mon Calamari Guard · Mon Calamari Knights · Onderon rebels · Praesitlyn Defense Force · Sons and Daughters of Freedom · Sullustan task force · Terra Sool militia · Twi'lek freedom fighters
See also: Special Operations units of the GAR
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