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"There's a convoy of Troop Transports heading Northwest."
―Garazeb Orrelios[src]

The K79-S80 Imperial Troop Transport (ITT), also known as the RTT or Recon transport, was a boxy repulsorlift ground assault vehicle used by the Galactic Empire. Developed by Ubrikkian Industries, it was used to either move Imperial stormtroopers in, or to move prisoners out. Despite not being designed for combat, the Imperial Troop Transport was fitted with two forward laser guns and one dorsal twin laser turret.

Characteristics[]

Stormtroopers loading cargo on an Imperial Troop Transport

The ITT was a long, box-shaped repulsorcraft with a plating of grey metal.[3] It fell under the category of ground assault vehicles.[4]

Because of its repulsorlift engine, a hovering ITT emitted a distinct noise that made it recognizable from a distance.[17] Two pilots and a commanding officer rode in the vehicle's cab,[10] the bow of which was equipped with a transparisteel viewport, while up to six individuals rode on the sides of the vehicle in exposed racks, the doors of which were auto-locking.[7] The ITT also contained a hatch in the mid-section of the vehicle that lead inside.[18]

ITT's could be carried into battle by Low Altitude Assault Transport carriers.[19]

It measured 8.7 meters long by 3.5 high by 4.5 wide,[7] and weighed 20,600 kilograms.[6] Its maximum speed was 150 kilometers per hour.[6]

Although not designed as an infantry fighting vehicle, the ITT was still armed with two forward laser guns, and a single dorsal laser turret.[8] Thanks to its ample firepower, the transport could deter most attackers.[7] However, insertion of a foreign body in the barrel of an ITT's laser gun would cause it to explode upon firing.[10]

Role[]

The Imperial Troop Transport could also hold cargo.

The primary function of the Imperial Troop Transport was to move stormtroopers between important locations in times of conflict.[8] A single transport could carry at least one squad of such troops.[17] Likewise, ITTs were also used to forcibly relocate prisoners,[7] including farmers whose land had been seized by the government.[8] On at least one occasion, an ITT's side racks were used to transport food supplies.[10]

History[]

"Sir, someone's unlocked the prisoners on Transport 3."
―A transport driver to Yogar Lyste[src]

A rider on a Skyblade-330 prepares to attack an ITT from above.

The Imperial Troop Transport was designed for the Galactic Empire by Ubrikkian Industries.[1] Eight years after the end of the Clone Wars, the Empire deployed several ITTs on Gorse to track a transporter crewed by Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus, and Skelly, three individuals who had attempted to kill the Imperial Count Denetrius Vidian. Although the Troop Transports successfully located and attacked their target, the rebels still managed to escape thanks to the use of explosives and some risky maneuvers performed by Syndulla.[3]

In 3272 LY, an Imperial unit stationed on Lothal used an ITT to transport a supply of meiloorun fruit bought in the nearby city of Kothal. The young Ezra Bridger, a street urchin affiliated with the rebel group known as the Spectres, attempted to steal meilooruns from the transport, but was spotted by stormtroopers while inspecting the fruit. Shortly thereafter, Supply Officer Yogar Lyste used three ITTs to attack the farm of Morad Sumar. The farmer, his wife, and an Aqualish employee were subsequently captured and put in one of the ITTs' compartments, but were rescued by Bridger and his partner Garazeb Orrelios.[10]

At least one of these transports was used at the Battle of Jakku, the last stand of the Empire.[20] The Imperial Troop Transport was later utilized by Moff Gideon's Imperial remnant, as part of his battalion of stormtroopers on Nevarro was deployed from a transport to confront the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin and his allies[16] around 9 ABY.[21]

Behind the scenes[]

The Imperial Troop Transport originated in Star Wars Legends, where it was more commonly known as the Reconnaissance Troop Transporter. It first appeared as a 1979 toy from Kenner Products, and in a story booklet that came with the toy. It was the first Star Wars toy released that did not first appear in a film.[22]

Appearances[]

The Imperial Troop Transport as it appeared in the story booklet that came with the original toy

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Facebook icon.svg Star Wars Rebels on FacebookImperial Troop Transport (September 7, 2014). "An approaching transport means one of two things: either stormtroopers are moving in, or locals are being moved out." (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ultimate Star Wars
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A New Dawn
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  5. 5.0 5.1 Starships and Speeders
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Star Wars Rebels: Head to Head
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 StarWars-DatabankII.png Imperial Troop Transport (ITT) in the Databank (backup link)
  9. Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Empire Day"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Fighter Flight"
  11. According to Ezra's Gamble, an Imperial Troop Transport could ferry at least a squad of stormtroopers, which, per Star Wars Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, consists of 10 stormtroopers in the Stormtrooper Corps.
  12. In "Fighter Flight", the exterior slots typically loaded with either prisoners or stormtroopers are instead loaded with cargo, which takes the space of the 6 passenger spaces on the transport as established in Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide.
  13. Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions
  14. Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 10
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "In the Name of the Rebellion"
  16. 16.0 16.1 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 7: The Reckoning"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Ezra's Gamble
  18. Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore
  19. Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 14
  20. SWInsider.png "Blade Squadron: Jakku"—Star Wars Insider 172
  21. StarWars.com SWCC 2019: 9 Things We Learned from The Mandalorian Panel on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that The Mandalorian is set about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY. Therefore, the events of The Mandalorian must have taken place around 9 ABY.
  22. Kenner-logo.svg Star Wars (Pack: Imperial Troop Transporter) (backup link)