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The Infantry Support Platform, also known as the Infantry Support Platform speeder, swamp speeder, ISP speeder, or simply as the ISP, was a military repulsorcraft that was used by the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars. Due to its powerful Turbofan and repulsors, it was highly maneuverable even in difficult terrain. Equipped with two twin swiveling blaster cannons and two forward-terrain laser scanners, it first found use in the Battle of Kashyyyk and shortly later during a battle on Felucia against the Separatist Droid Army.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

The Infantry Support Platform,[3] also known as the Infantry Support Platform speeder,[1] swamp speeder,[3] ISP speeder,[1] or simply as the ISP,[3] was a light repulsorcraft speeder developed by Aratech Repulsor Company and produced by Uulshos Manufacturing.[2] It was built from the foundation of a standard BARC speeder,[1] which was considered a lighter variant of the ISP.[4] As such, and because of its powerful turbofan and repulsors, it was highly maneuverable[2] and able to easily operate on most terrain quickly and smoothly, making the speeder convenient for a range of combat situations. The speeder could attain speeds of 100 kilometers per hour, had a length of five meters, and was equipped with two frontal twin swiveling blaster cannons on the front which were capable of disabling larger vehicles.[1] Between the cannons was the blaster pre-charge capacitator,[2] a device used to store energy.[5] It also had a forward-terrain laser scanner on both sides as well as two big mudshields on the front. The unique turbofan could be reversed to provide a sudden stop and produced less noise than most ion thrusters. The two pilots sat towards the rear on the side of the central repulsorlift, and the turbofan was housed at the central rear of the speeder. Like most of the Republic's vehicles the speeder was mostly gray with red accents.[2]

Role[edit | edit source]

The ISP speeder could travel through most terrain and was originally designed for patrolling swamps.[1] Its weapons allowed it to combat larger enemy vehicles[1] like shielded gunships and fighters,[2] and as such, effectively support infantry units,[1] especially those under direct threat.[6] The speeders were especially strong in the fight against the NR-N99 Persuader-class droid enforcer of the Confederacy of Independent Systems.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

ISPs between an AT-TE and an AT-OT

The ISP speeders were utilized by the Galactic Republic towards the end of the Clone Wars against the Separatist Alliance,[7] seeing their first use during the Battle of Kashyyyk and therefore earning the nickname "swamp speeder" by clones.[4] On Kashyyyk, the ISP speeders were used in conjunction with HAVw A6 Juggernauts, AT-APs, clone scout troopers, and Wookiee warriors against the Separatist Droid Army.[7] They served as an equivalent of the Wookiees' Oevvaor Jet Catamarans and Raddaugh Gnasp fluttercrafts.[2] ISP speeders were also utilized in the Battle of Felucia as part of the Outer Rim Sieges, as they escorted AT-AP walkers, AT-TEs and AT-OTs. They were present on Felucia when Order 66 was issued by Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine.[7]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The ISP speeder first appeared in the 2005 episodic film, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[7] Later that year in September, it was identified in the Legends continuity as the Infantry Support Platform in the article "Ground Assault" from the eighty-third issue of the Star Wars Insider magazine.[8] In canon, it was first identified in Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia, a reference book released in 2017.[3] The vehicle was developed by concept artist T.J. Frame when he first joined the Episode III Art Department. At first, he came up with a Star Wars-style swamp boat which was inspired by real fanboats.[9]

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Galactic Republic ground vehicles
Repulsorcraft
Infantry Support Platform · RTT-04 armored troop transport · RX-200 Falchion-class assault tank · TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank · UT-AT
Speeders
74-Z speeder bike · BARC speeder · CK-6 swoop bike · Panther police interceptor · RapidResponse police speeder
Walkers
All Terrain Attack Pod · All Terrain Force Reconnaissance Walker · All Terrain Open Transport · All Terrain Reconnaissance Transport · All Terrain Tactical Enforcer · AV-7 Anti-vehicle Artillery Cannon · Self-Propelled Heavy Artillery Turbolaser
Other
Coruscant elevated maglev train · HAVw A6 Juggernaut
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