The Ground Armored Tank (GAT) was a light tank used in the early stages of the Clone Wars by the Confederacy of Independent Systems. It was rivaled by the Republic TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank.


The vehicle's armament consisted of two medium laser cannons and two missile launchers. It was built by Baktoid Armor Workshop and, like many Separatist vehicles, the GAT was piloted by an integrated droid brain. While it was capable of performing a variety of tasks, the GAT excelled as a reconnaissance and fast-attack craft, due to its light armor.


The Ground Armored Tank

The GAT received heavy use early on in the Clone Wars, especially in the Dark Reaper Crisis, serving alongside the larger Armored Assault Tank. It had light armor, and its high speed made it excellent for hit and run attacks. It was often used in conjunction with the Single Trooper Aerial Platform. They were deployed during the Battle of Tirahnn.[2]

However, as the Clone Wars dragged on, the GAT fell prey to newer Republic vehicles. Individually, it was too lightly-armored to stand up to later AT-XTs and Saber-class tanks, and individually was not heavily armed enough to destroy them. Also, the GAT became unnecessary as the LM-432 crab droid and tri-droid became widely used, rendering the light tank droid obsolete. They were presumably being phased out of service by the time of the Mission to Mustafar.[source?]

Following the execution of the Separatist Council by Darth Sidious's new apprentice, Darth Vader, these units were de-activated.



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Major vehicles of the Confederacy of Independent Systems
Armored Assault Tank · Ground Armored Tank · Heavy Artillery Gun · HAG-M · HMP droid gunship
Multi-Troop Transport · Mechanized Assault Flyer · Multi-Utility Transport · Platoon Attack Craft
Seismic tank · Single Trooper Aerial Platform · Super tank
OG-9 homing spider droid · Octuptarra combat tri-droid · Octuptarra magna tri-droid · DSD1 dwarf spider droid
NR-N99 Persuader-class droid enforcer · IG-227 Hailfire-class droid tank · Tsmeu-6 personal wheel bike