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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 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 First Battle of Geonosis, the opening battle of the Clone Wars.

CharacteristicsEdit

The Hardcell-class interstellar transport, also known as the Techno Union transport,[1] the Hardcell transport,[5] or the Techno Union starship,[3] 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]

RoleEdit

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]

HistoryEdit

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[6] deployed 4,100 IG-227 droid tanks against the Grand Army of the Republic,[1] although 117 were ultimately destroyed.[6] The Hardcell saw continued use during the Clone Wars, but remained mostly out of combat roles due to their lack of much armament.[source?]

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Confederacy of Independent Systems starship classes
Space stations
Automated vulture droid deployment station · DS-1 Orbital Battle Station
Dreadnoughts, Battleships and Destroyers
Fantail-class · Lucrehulk-class · Providence-class · Recusant-class
Frigates & Cruisers
Bulwark-class · Diamond-class · Gozanti-class · Munificent-class (Comms Frigate) · Subjugator-class
Transports
C-9979 landing craft · DH-Omni Support Vessel · Droch-class · H-2 executive shuttle · Hardcell-class (Battle Refit) · HMP droid gunship · Maxillipede shuttle · Punworcca 116-class · Separatist drop ship · Settie-class · Sheathipede-class · Sheathipede-class Type B · Trident-class
Freighters
Lucrehulk-class LH-3210 · G9 Rigger-class · YV-865 Aurore-class
Starfighters
Belbullab-22 starfighter · Commerce Guild bomber · Droid tri-fighter · Ginivex-class · Hyena-class · Mankvim-814 interceptor · NovaSword · Rogue-class Porax-38 · Scarab-class · Tempest Zero starfighter · Vulture droid starfighter (Unidentified vulture droid variant) · Zenuas 33 Umbaran starfighter
Other classes
Battlesphere · Commerce Guild corvette · Core ship · Umbaran support ship
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