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"Gunship come in. Hawk, we need an evac in the south tower."
"Roger that, sir. We're coming."
Anakin Skywalker and clone trooper pilot Hawk — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry (LAAT/i), also known as the Low Altitude Assault Transport, Republic attack gunship, Republic Gunship or Assault Gunship, was one of the several models in the Low Altitude Assault Transport line of starships that mainly served as gunships and troop transports for the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. Its role was to transport Clone troopers as well as offering air-to-ground and air-to-air support for the Galactic Republic against the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The LAAT/i gunship saw extensive use in numerous battles and campaigns of the Clone Wars. During the Imperial Era, the ships were used by both the Galactic Empire and Alliance to Restore the Republic.

Description[edit | edit source]

"Commander Cody, prepare the gunships for ground assault."
Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Clone Commander CC-2224 "Cody"[src]

An LAAT/i lands Republic forces during the Battle of Geonosis

The Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry gunship was a military repulsorcraft. Besides serving as an infantry transport, the LAAT/i gunship was also used to provide air-to-ground and air-to-air support for Republic forces. The front of the gunship had two double cockpit bubbles where the pilot and co-pilot/gunner sat in single file. The LAAT/i gunship had a pair of chin-mounted laser cannon turrets and a pair of dorsal rocket launchers fed by rear-mounted missile belts.[3] Some LAAT gunships were also equipped with a pair of laser-beam turrets.[7] When faced with overwhelming enemy fire, the gunship could close its blast shields.[12]

LAAT/i gunships were capable of traveling at a speed of 620 kph.[1] They were 28.8 meters in length[2] and 6.94 meters in height.[3] Besides the pilot and co-pilot/gunner, an LAAT/i could carry between two to four gunners and a maximum of thirty passengers.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

LAAT/i gunships deliver clone troopers to the battlefield at the Battle of Geonosis.

LAAT/infantry gunships were first deployed during the First Battle of Geonosis in 22 BBY as part of the Grand Army of the Republic. LAAT/i gunships attacked the Petranaki Arena and rescued Senator Padmé Amidala and members of the Jedi Order from Count Dooku. LAAT/i gunships then saw action against the Separatist Droid Army alongside Low Altitude Assault Transport carriers and AT-TE walkers and proved instrumental in inflicting heavy damage on the Separatist droid forces. The Battle of Geonosis marked the beginning of the Clone Wars, the first large-scale galactic wide conflict in a millennium.[7]

Republic gunships saw heavy use during the conflict, deploying troops to battlefronts like Teth[12] and Umbara.[13] During the last days of the war in 19 BBY, LAAT/i gunships saw service on numerous worlds including Kashyyyk and Utapau. Jedi Masters Mace Windu, Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar, and Saesee Tiin traveled on an LAAT/i gunship to confront Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who was the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. Their failed attempt to arrest Palpatine led to the initiation of Order 66 and the transformation of the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire.[14]

Imperial Era[edit | edit source]

Following the formation of the Galactic Empire, the remaining Assault Transports were absorbed into the Imperial Navy.[10] During the Galactic Civil War, some LAAT/is were used by the Alliance to Restore the Republic against Imperial garrisons.[4]

An LAAT/i used by the Kashyyyk resistance

The Wookiees of the Kashyyyk resistance used LAAT/is leftover from the Clone Wars in defending their homeworld from Imperial subjugation; these particular gunships had their wings and missile launchers repainted yellow.[11] By 5 ABY, a more advanced variant of the aging LAAT/i, the low-altitude Imperial transport, was in use; one of which was used by the remnant of the Galactic Empire led by Grand Moff Lozen Tolruck on Kashyyyk.[15]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

An LAAT/i in service to the Empire

The ship first appeared in the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, where it was referred to as the "Jedi attack helicopter" in pre-production. Star Wars creator George Lucas used news footage of helicopter-based infantry deployment as an inspiration for the design. The cockpit configuration in particular was inspired by the Russian Mil Mi-24 "Hind" attack helicopter.[16]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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A Legends cross-section of an LAAT/i

Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

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Galactic Republic starship classes
Space stations
DS-1 · FireStar II-class · Golan I · Haven-class · Starlight Beacon
Star Destroyers
Maelstrom-class · Venator-class (Venator I-class · Venator II-class) · Victory-class
Cruisers
Acclamator-class (Acclamator I-class · Acclamator II-class) · Dreadnought-class · Emissary-class · Pacifier-class
Frigates
DP20 · MedStar-class · Pelta-class (Pelta-class Medical · Pelta-class strike · Pelta-class Transport) · Salvation-class
Light cruisers
Arquitens-class · Consular-class space (Consular-class Armed · Consular-class Charger c70)
Corvettes
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR70 corvette · CR90 corvette) · IPV-2C Stealth Corvette
Transports
AA-9 Freighter-Liner · CSS-1 · LH75 Low Orbit Specialty Live-Haul
Light craft
Eta-class · F-143 · G9 Rigger-class · GX1 short hauler · H-2 executive · HAET-221 · LAAT (LAAT/c · LAAT/i · LAAT/le · Space gunship) · Longbeam · Nu-class (Republic medical) · Republic executive · Republic space tug · T-6 · Theta-class T-2c · TUG-314 · Util-313
Starfighters & bombers
ARC-40b · ARC-170 · BTL-B Y-wing · Cord-class · Delta-series (Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing (Alpha-3B "Besh" · Alpha-3E "Esk") · Delta-7 Aethersprite-class · Delta-7B Aethersprite-class · Eta-2 Actis-class) · SU-42RS Flashblind · V-19 Torrent · Z-28 Skywing · Z-95 Headhunter (Clone Z-95 Headhunter)
Escape pods
AO-1 orbital assault pod · Republic escape pod · Salon pod
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Alliance to Restore the Republic starship classes
Space stations
FireStar II-class · Harbor-class · Mk IX
Battleships, battlecruisers, dreadnoughts
Lucrehulk-class · Maelstrom-class · MC80 (MC80A Home One Type · MC80 Liberty Type) · Providence-class
Heavy cruisers & destroyers
Dreadnought-class · Imperial-class (Imperial I-class) · Marsheem-class · Recusant-class
Cruisers
MC75 (MC75 Armored · MC75 Ordnance) · Neutron Star-class · Quasar Fire-class · Cruiser · Cruiser 1 · Cruiser 2 · Cruiser 3 · Unidentified starship
Frigates
Assault Frigate Mark II · DP20 · EF76 Nebulon-B · MC30C · Munificent-class Comms · Pelta-class (Pelta-class Assault · Pelta-class Command)
Light cruisers
L-2783 · MC40A
Corvettes
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR70 · CR90) · Braha'tok-class · Free Virgillia-class · Sphyrna-class Hammerhead (Hammerhead Scout · Hammerhead Torpedo)
Transports
Ainik-class · Caisson-class · CSS-1 Corellian Star Shuttle · GR-75 medium transport (GR-75 Combat Retrofit) · Jadthu-class · Unidentified Rebel Alliance vessel
Light craft
E-50 · HAET-221 · HWK-290 · Kom'rk-class · Lambda-class T-4a · LAAT/i · Sheathipede-class · T-1 · Taylander · Unidentified Rebel Alliance shuttle · UT-60D U-wing · VCX series (VCX-100) · Wayfarer-class · X4 Gunship · Y-45 · YT-series (YT-1300 · YT-1760 · YT-2400) · YV-series (YV-666 · YV-929)
Starfighters & bombers
A/SF-01 B-wing · ARC-170 · Alpha-class Xg-1 · BTL Y-wing (BTL-A4 Y-wing · BTL-S3 Y-wing) · Delta-7 Aethersprite-class · Fang-class · H-60 Tempest · IE-440 Nighthawk · Kihraxz · N-1 · A-wing (R-22 Spearhead · RZ-1 A-wing · RZ-1T) · Scurrg H-6 · T-47 · X-wing (Patrol X-wing · T-65B X-wing (Exterior Variant /1 · Exterior Variant /2) · T-65C-A2 X-wing) · VCX-series auxiliary · Z-95 Headhunter · Z-95-AF4 Headhunter
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