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"Detecting a Sentinel-class landing craft near planetfall. We're about to be raided by stormtroopers."
―An Alderaanian, during Leia Organa's rescue mission[src]

A Sentinel-class landing craft, also known as a Sentinel-class shuttle or Imperial landing craft, was a large-scale troop transport utilized by the Galactic Empire.


Sentinel class shuttle-SWC

A Sentinel-class shuttle carrying a container

Designed by Sienar Fleet Systems in the shape of its cousin, the Lambda-class T-4a shuttle, this larger, more spacious shuttle was primarily used to ferry a complement of 75 stormtroopers into battle[7]—55 more troops than the Lambda-class.[9] The ship featured three wings: one stationary center foil and two articulated flanking wings.[1] The landing craft also had shielding strong enough to be able to withstand several hits from a Quasar Fire-class cruiser-carrier's turrets.[10] They could also be modified with special containers carrying vehicles.[11] The shuttle also had two spotlights at the front of the craft.[12] The shuttle had several entry points including a front ramp, a rear ramp,[13] and doors to the side.[14] The interior of the ship had a main passenger section and a cockpit. In the passenger/cargo area, there were benches and harnesses on each side with a ladder to the side of the front ramp leading directly to a hatch for cockpit access. The cockpit section had four seats.[13] The shuttle could also feature a refresher on the opposite side of the ladder.[15]


"A Sentinel-class—wizard."
Jai Kell[src]
Jaum flees

Jaum fleeing Andelm IV on a Sentinel-class, with the ship's side doors open

A Sentinel-class shuttle was once used for transporting the Imperial cadets of the Academy for Young Imperials on the planet Lothal to a nighttime aquatic training mission.[16]

Stormtroopers and the Grand Inquisitor took a Sentinel-class to an old Republic military base called Fort Anaxes, to either capture or eliminate the Spectres, after the rebels' successful mission to rescue a former Imperial employee. After a brief battle on the abandoned base, Kanan Jarrus piloted the Phantom and destroyed the shuttle before running away.[8]


Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin arrives on Lothal in a Sentinel-class shuttle

Weeks later, another one was used in the chase of the rebels and Senator Gall Trayvis.[12]

Minister Maketh Tua of Lothal was to take a shuttle on a meeting with Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin when she was rescued by the rebels, but after she boarded it, it exploded as part of a trap set by Agent Kallus and Darth Vader.[13]

The rebels later became notorious for stealing shuttles, such as the shuttle Lagos.[5] Later, a rogue former clone trooper CT-7567, nicknamed Rex, and Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus used another one of these stolen shuttles during their mission to destroy the Imperial Interdictor.[6]

Shuttle and Cruiser

A Sentinel-class Shuttle docked with the Tellstar

A Sentinel-class shuttle was used by the Empire in an attempt to regain control of a Imperial carrier which was captured by the Spectres and members of the Free Ryloth movement.[10]

Sometime during the Jedha insurgency, the Guardians of the Whills Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe joined with the Partisans to steal a shuttle. Although Saw Gerrera betrayed them and tried to take the shuttle to blow up the orbiting Star Destroyer, the two Guardians were able to convince his troops to go through with the original plan—evacuating an orphanage.[17]

Shortly before the Battle of Yavin, at least one Sentinel-class shuttle was deployed on Tatooine to find the droids that were in possession of the stolen Death Star plans.[18]

Shortly afterward, Commander Alecia Beck of the ISB used one of the shuttles to carry a squad of stormtroopers off the Vehement during the hunt for Caluan Ematt.[19]

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Gathering Forces Imperial Shuttle Concept Art

Concept art of a damaged Sentinel-class shuttle


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