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The Infantry Support Platform (ISP), also known as the swamp speeder, was a military repulsorcraft that was used by the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars, a war between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems from 22 BBY to 19 BBY. Due to the vehicle's powerful and unique 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 saw action during the Battle of Kashyyyk of 19 BBY. Shortly later in the same year, the ISP was deployed during the Battle on Felucia as part of the Outer Rim Sieges against the Separatist Droid Army.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

The Infantry Support Platform (ISP), also known as the swamp speeder,[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 a lighter variant of the ISP.[4] As such, and because of its powerful and unique 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.[1]

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 a blaster pre-charge capacitator,[2] a device that stored energy.[5] The ISP also had a forward-terrain laser scanner on both sides as well as two mudshields on the front.[2]

The unique turbofan produced less noise than most ion thrusters, and could be reversed to provide a sudden stop. Two pilots sat towards the rear, beside the craft's central repulsorlift, directly above which was the turbofan. Like most of the Galactic 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. The ISP's weapons allowed it to combat larger enemy vehicles[1] like shielded gunships and fighters,[2] allowing the speeder to effectively support infantry units,[1] especially those under direct threat.[6] The speeders were especially strong when fighting against the NR-N99 Persuader-class droid enforcer, a droid tank of the Confederacy of Independent Systems.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Two 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,[7] a galaxy-wide war waged between 22 BBY and 19 BBY[8] against the Separatist Alliance.[7] The ISPs were first used during the Battle of Kashyyyk[4] in 19 BBY,[8] where they earned the nickname "swamp speeder" from the Republic's clone troopers.[4] On the planet 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] In that same year,[8] ISP speeders were also utilized in the Battle of Felucia as part of the Outer Rim Sieges, where they escorted AT-AP walkers, AT-TEs, and AT-OTs[7] in search for any signs of droids.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

A sketch of the ISP by T.J. Frame for Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Infantry Support Platforms first appeared in the May 2005 prequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[7] Later, in September of that year, the vehicles were identified in the Star Wars Legends continuity as the Infantry Support Platforms in the article "Ground Assault" from the eighty-third issue of the Star Wars Insider magazine. The article also introduced ISP and swamp speeder as alternative names for the vehicle.[9] The speeder was first identified in the new Star Wars canon as the swamp speeder in the Star Wars Expert Guide in 2016,[10] while the 2017 reference book Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia introduced the names Infantry Support Platform and ISP to the new canon.[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.[11] The aforementioned Star Wars Insider issue also described the ISPs as a futuristic reinterpretation of the real airboats used to cross marshes throughout the American south-east.[9]

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Galactic Republic ground vehicles
Infantry Support Platform · RTT-04 armored troop transport · RX-200 Falchion-class assault tank · TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank · Unstable Terrain Artillery Transport
74-Z speeder bike · BARC speeder · CK-6 swoop bike · Panther police interceptor · RapidResponse police speeder
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
Coruscant elevated maglev train · HAVw A6 Juggernaut
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