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"Aim right above the fuel cells!"
Anakin Skywalker during the First Battle of Geonosis[src]

The Hardcell-class interstellar transport, also known as the Hardcell-class transport, the Hardcell transport, Techno Union transport, or Techno Union starship, was a model of transport manufactured by the Techno Union and utilized by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the First Battle of Geonosis, the opening battle of the Clone Wars.

Characteristics[]

The Hardcell-class interstellar transport, also known as the Techno Union transport,[1] the Hardcell transport,[6] or the Techno Union starship,[4] was a 220 meter long starship that was equipped with a class 1 hyperdrive, could travel at speeds of 800 kilometers per hour, and was equipped with two laser cannon batteries. It had six retro rocket boosters and a titanium hull.[1]

The fuel cells were located on the mid-section of the vessel above the rockets, and were a weak point for the ship. Due to its lack of repulsorlifts, it had limited maneuverability in planetary atmosphere. They could transport IG-227 Hailfire-class droid tanks. Due to its conventional method of propulsion and limited armament, as warships the Hardcell-class were ineffective against the Galactic Republic.[1]

Role[]

During the First Battle of Geonosis, Hardcell-class interstellar transports were first used as military vehicles to transport IG-227 Hailfire-class droid tanks.[1] A combat refit known as the Hardcell-class Battle Refit was designed for fighting.[7]

History[]

Hardcell-class interstellar transports were commonly seen before the start of the Clone Wars. At the Battle of Geonosis, 286 Hardcell-class interstellar transports deployed 4,100 IG-227 droid tanks against the Grand Army of the Republic,[1] although 117 were ultimately destroyed.[8] The Foreman's Labor was among the Hardcell transports that fought in space over Geonosis.[9] The Hardcell saw continued use during the Clone Wars, with the Beast of Burden flying as part of a CIS fleet at one point.[10]

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