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"Rogue Group, use your harpoons and tow cables. Go for the legs. It might be our only chance of stopping them."
Luke Skywalker[src]

A power harpoon

The power harpoon, commonly referred to as a harpoon and tow cable, was a weapon system.

Alliance to Restore the Republic tactician Beryl Chiffonage, in conjunction with Commander Luke Skywalker, developed an offensive use for the power harpoon to combat All Terrain Armored Transports. The tactic was used prominently during the Battle of Hoth.

Operated by the gunner onboard a snowspeeder, the harpoon, tipped with a fusion disk, would be fired at the leg of an Imperial AT-AT walker. The pilot of the snowspeeder would then make several rotations around the walker to wrap the flexisteel cable around its legs. The walker would then become ensnared and fall over, effectively neutralized. Harpoons and tow cables were able to bring down a few AT-ATs at Hoth and were the Alliance's most effective method of dealing with the lethal Imperial walkers.

Besides the harpoon and tow cables themselves, there were also some types of weapons, such as the tow-cable bomb, that were developed specifically for power harpoons in mind.[1]

It was employed by the Galactic Empire as a boarding weapon, employed by assault shuttles to immobilize starships in preparation for a boarding action conducted by Zero-G assault stormtroopers.[2]



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