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"Back in the Clone War, Saw's sister was killed by a Separatist gunship."
"The Geonosians were Separatists, right?"
"Yeah, and they created those gunships."
Rex and Ezra Bridger, during their investigation on Geonosis[src]

The HMP (Heavy Missile Platform) droid gunship,[1] also known as the HMP Predator, Droid Heavy Missile Platform[2] or droid gunship, was a model of repulsorlift airspeeder[1] created by Geonosians[3] and manufactured by Baktoid Fleet Ordnance and Haor Chall Engineering. Operated by an advanced droid brain,[1] they were used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. They were heavily armed with missile pods, and seven laser cannons.[5] Droid gunships were also used to transport B1-series battle droids, B2-series super battle droids, and BX-series droid commandos by use of racks and could deploy them into battle.[4]

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First reports on Onderon[edit | edit source]

"Leave no survivors. Go."
"By your command.
"
―General Kalani and a droid gunship — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

A HMP droid gunship prototype being developed on Geonosis

Debuting late in the Clone Wars,[5] HMP droid gunships were created by the Geonosians[3] and mass-produced in Baktoid Fleet Ordnance's factories on many Separatist planets.[7] The first reports of HMP droid gunships on the battlefield came when they were deployed during the Onderonian Civil War[4] by super tactical droid General Kalani to defeat the Onderon rebels who had established themselves in the Onderon highlands. Some of the gunships transported BX-series droid commandos to the rebels' stronghold. Although the gunships performed admirably, they were ultimately destroyed by rebels armed with Sienar shoulder-launched missiles that were supplied by the Weequay pirate Hondo Ohnaka. However, a gunship that crashed upside-down on a cliff was able to kill rebel leader Steela Gerrera—sister and rebel comrade of Saw Gerrera—before being disabled by Lux Bonteri.[8]

Gunship of the Separatist Military[edit | edit source]

A droid gunship carries two commando droids while firing its ordnance.

At some point, HMP droid gunships and B2-series super battle droids were used in a Separatist attack on Aq Vetina.[9] Droid gunships were deployed again on an attack led by General Grievous on Obi-Wan Kenobi's fleet, several being used to deploy droid boarding parties on Kenobi's flagship. Grievous and his forces took over Kenobi's ship, but it self-destructed as Obi-Wan and his remaining clone troopers escaped via escape pods.[10]

A droid gunship was used during the Battle of Ringo Vinda to attack a group of ARC-170 starfighters and a Republic attack shuttle carrying the renegade clone trooper Tup. The gunship and four super battle droid rocket troopers ambushed the convoy before it could it could make the jump to hyperspace. While the rocket troopers took out the escorts, the gunship fired a discord missile at the shuttle. The projectile exploded mid-flight, deploying buzz droids which then cut open the shuttle's cockpit, killing its two pilots. The droids were able to then break into the ship and capture Tup, executing all the other clones.[11]

A droid gunship attacks the Coruscant Guard on Scipio.

During the invasion of Scipio, three gunships were dispatched to deploy the Confederate garrison. Gunships deployed super battle droids to attack Clone Commander Thorn and his Coruscant Guard forces who were stationed on Scipio to protect Senator Padmé Amidala. The droids, with the addition of BX-series droid commandos, were able to defeat all of the clones, which lead to a Separatist takeover of Scipio and the capture of Senator Amidala. The Confederacy's control over the planet was short, however, as Republic reinforcements lead by Anakin Skywalker arrived and retook Scipio from the Separatists as well as free the senator.[12]

End of the war[edit | edit source]

Droid gunships were deployed as part of the Battle of Kashyyyk.

By the time of the Battle of Coruscant, power-hungry despots on some of the worlds that produced HMPs kept a number of the gunships for personal use. The ruler of Caramm V, Ado Eemon, sent out his personal force of HMPs to ruthlessly take out threats to his authority, which laid waste the once-beautiful planet. During the Battle of Coruscant, many of the HMPs deployed had Eemon's triple-spiral sponsorship emblem.[7] At the end of the Clone Wars, a battle between the Separatists and the Republic took place on Kashyyyk. HMP droid gunships were among the droid forces implemented during the battle. The Wookiees assisted the Republic in taking down the gunships and NR-N99 Persuader-class droids.[6]

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Confederacy of Independent Systems starship classes
Space stations
Automated vulture droid deployment station · DS-1 Death Star Mobile Battle Station · InterGalactic Banking Clan gun platform
Dreadnoughts, battleships
Lucrehulk-class · Providence-class
Battle cruisers, heavy cruisers, destroyers
Bulwark-class · Fantail-class · Recusant-class · Subjugator-class
Frigates, cruisers
Diamond-class · Munificent-class (C3 Frigate)
Assault ships, corvettes, light cruisers
Commerce Guild corvette · C-ROC Gozanti-class · Hardcell-class (Battle Refit) · Separatist Gozanti-class · Trident-class
Support ships
Core ship (Battlesphere) · Lucrehulk-class LH-3210 · DH-Omni Support Vessel · Umbaran support ship
Light craft
C-9979 landing craft · Droch-class · G9 Rigger-class · H-2 executive shuttle · HMP droid gunship · Maxillipede shuttle · Punworcca 116-class · Separatist drop ship · Settie-class · Sheathipede-class · Sheathipede-class Type B · YV-865 Aurore-class
Starfighters, bombers
Belbullab-22 · Commerce Guild bomber · Droid tri-fighter · Ginivex-class · Hyena-class · Mankvim-814 · NovaSword · Rogue-class Porax-38 · Scarab-class · Tempest Zero · Vulture-class (Unidentified vulture droid variant) · Zenuas 33
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Separatist battle droid models
Infantry
Aqua droid · B1-series battle droid (631 · B1 grapple droid · B1 recon droid · B1 repeater blaster droid · B1 rocket launcher droid · B1-series rocket battle droid · B1 supervisor droid · Firefighter battle droid · Heavy Battle Droid · Jungle battle droid · OOM-series battle droid (OOM command battle droid · OOM pilot battle droid · OOM-series security droid)) · B2-series super battle droid (B2-ACM Trooper · B2-HA super battle droid · B2-RP battle droid · B2 grapple droid · Super battle droid rocket trooper) · B3 battle droid · BX-series droid commando (BX-series droid commando captain) · C-8 saboteur droid · D-wing air support droid · Infiltrator demolition droid · Droideka (Sharpshooter droideka) · DSD1 dwarf spider droid · IG lancer droid · IG-100 MagnaGuard · LR-57 combat/retail droid · Millicreep droid · Pistoeka sabotage droid · Probe killer · SD-K4 assassin droid · Separatist probe droid · Unidentified battle droid model · Viper recon droid
Droid tanks
IG-227 Hailfire-class · LM-432 crab droid · NR-N99 Persuader-class
Droid walkers
Harvester · Octuptarra tri-droid · OG-9 homing spider droid
Droid starfighters
Droid tri-fighter · Hyena-class bomber · Vulture droid starfighter (Unidentified vulture droid variant)
Other
Decimator · Droideka Oppressor · HMP droid gunship · J-1 proton cannon · S-43 enforcer droid · ST-series super tactical droid · T-series military strategic analysis and tactics droid
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