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

The Hardcell-class interstellar transport, also known simply as 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 Battle of Geonosis, the opening battle of the Clone Wars.


The Hardcell-class interstellar transport, also known as the Techno Union transport,[1] the Hardcell transport,[4] or the Techno Union starship,[2] 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, the Hardcell-class was ineffective against the Galactic Republic.[1]


During the Battle of Geonosis, Hardcell-class interstellar transports were first used as military vehicles to transport IG-227 Hailfire-class droid tanks.[1]


Hardcell-class interstellar transports were commonly seen before the start of the Clone Wars. At the Battle of Geonosis, 286 Hardcell-class interstellar transports as part of the Confederacy of Independent Systems[5] deployed IG-227 droid tanks against the Grand Army of the Republic,[1] although 117 were ultimately destroyed.[5] The Hardcell saw continued use during the clone wars but remand mostly out of combat roles do to there lack of much armament.



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