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"We have three Sheathipede-class shuttles, but they have no weapons."
―General Kalani[src]

The Sheathipede-class transport shuttle,[1] also known as the Sheathipede-class shuttles[7] and as the Neimoidian escort shuttle,[3] was a short-range transport[1] used by the Trade Federation and the Confederacy of Independent Systems.[3]

CharacteristicsEdit

A product of Haor Chall Engineering, the Sheathipede-class was a transport shuttle with a curved hull and pincer-like landing gears, which lowered from the ship's rounded belly,[1] and the shuttle's shape roughly resembled the Neimoidian soldier beetle.[2] At a length of fourteen-point-four meters,[3] the shuttle was powered by two engines and featured an egress hatchway at the rear.[8] Some models replaced the cockpit with an expanded passenger cabin, and were flown by automatic pilots.[1]

Armed Sheathipede variant

A Sheathipede model armed with laser weaponry.

Stock Sheathipede shuttles were unarmed and only possessed a basic shield generator, meaning that, rather than relying on strength, the ships relied on speed and a small sensor cross-section to get to a destination. Many of the shuttles used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems were upgraded with improved shielding, better armor, and larger engines.[2] While uncommon, a decent number had light weapons added, typically in the form a trio of laser cannons.[9] These armed Sheathipedes were used to move very valuable materiel through hostile locations and transport high-ranking officers and officials.[2]

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

The Sheathipede-class shuttle was a short-range transport[1] and escort shuttle[3] primarily utilized to ferry passengers across a planet's surface, or between an orbiting starship and a world below.[1] Neimoidian officials in the Trade Federation used these shuttles for transit from battleships to the surface of conquered planets,[3] and often preferred models with automatic pilots as the absence of a cockpit allowed for increased passenger space.[1]

Viceroy Nute Gunray arrived in Theed during the Federation occupation of Naboo aboard a Sheathipede-class shuttle. He and his retinue emerged from the vessel's rear hatchway to survey their victory over the Naboo people.[8]

The Clone WarsEdit

"Ahsoka, Dooku manged to escape. We're in pursuit but we could use reinforcements."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi, pursuing Dooku in a stolen Sheathipede-class shuttle[src]
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Anakin Skywalker confronts Nuvo Vindi outside his Sheathipede-class shuttle.

Viceroy Gunray continued to make use of these shuttles, and fled Geonosis following the outbreak of war ten years after the Naboo affair.[10] He even used a transport ship to land in the planet of Rodia so he could meet with Senator Onaconda Farr. However, his transport ship was destroyed by a Kwazel Maw. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi later stole one from Dooku's Munificent-class star frigate using it to chase down the Sith Lord. Although they successfully shot him down over Vanqor, the shuttle was destroyed by a Vulture droid, and Count Dooku escaped. Doctor Nuvo Vindi maintained a Sheathipede-class shuttle which was captured by the Galactic Republic during a raid on his laboratory during the Blue Shadow Virus affair.[11][5] Following the Battle of Coruscant in the final days of the Clone Wars, General Grievous traveled to Pau City on Utapau to meet with the Separatist Council.[12]

Age of the EmpireEdit

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The Spectres named their modified shuttle the Phantom II.

Three Sheathipede-class transport shuttles were present on Agamar, where the Spectres and former Separatist General Kalani's garrison used them to escape a battle against the Galactic Empire. One shuttle piloted by droids was shot down in the escape, while the remaining two made it to safety. One contained Kalani and several of his B1 battle droids, and the other one shuttle belonging to the Spectres christened the new Phantom II.[7]

The Phantom II was extensively modified and upgraded by the Spectres. The shuttle was given a new paint job courtesy of Sabine Wren. The ship was armed with port and starboard forward-facing cannons and ventral-mounted turrets located adjacent to the boarding ramp.[13] The hull was upgraded with reinforced plating and an astromech socket located on the shuttle's shortened dorsal fin. It was also modified to dock with the Ghost like the original Phantom.[14]

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Confederacy of Independent Systems starship classes
Space stations
Automated vulture droid deployment station · DS-1 Orbital Battle Station
Dreadnoughts, Battleships and Destroyers
Fantail-class · Lucrehulk-class · Providence-class · Recusant-class
Frigates & Cruisers
Bulwark-class · Diamond-class · Gozanti-class · Munificent-class (Comms Frigate) · Subjugator-class
Transports
C-9979 landing craft · DH-Omni Support Vessel · Droch-class · H-2 executive shuttle · Hardcell-class (Battle Refit) · HMP droid gunship · Maxillipede shuttle · Punworcca 116-class · Separatist drop ship · Settie-class · Sheathipede-class · Sheathipede-class Type B · Trident-class
Freighters
Lucrehulk-class LH-3210 · G9 Rigger-class · YV-865 Aurore-class
Starfighters
Belbullab-22 starfighter · Commerce Guild bomber · Droid tri-fighter · Ginivex-class · Hyena-class · Mankvim-814 interceptor · NovaSword · Rogue-class Porax-38 · Scarab-class · Tempest Zero starfighter · Vulture droid starfighter (Unidentified vulture droid variant) · Zenuas 33 Umbaran starfighter
Other classes
Battlesphere · Commerce Guild corvette · Core ship · Umbaran support ship
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Alliance to Restore the Republic starship classes
Space stations
Harbor-class · Mk IX Orbital Maintenance Depot
Cruisers & Battleships
Dreadnought-class · Lucrehulk-class · Marsheem-class · MC40A Light Cruiser · MC75 Star Cruiser (MC75 Armored Cruiser · MC75 Ordnance Cruiser) · MC80 Star Cruiser (MC80A Home One Type · MC80 Liberty Type) · Neutron Star-class · Unidentified Mon Calamari cruiser · Unidentified Mon Calamari cruiser 1 · Unidentified Mon Calamari cruiser 2 · Unidentified Mon Calamari cruiser 3
Frigates
Assault Frigate Mark II · DP20 Frigate · EF76 Nebulon-B · MC30C Frigate · Pelta-class (Pelta-class Assault Ship · Pelta-class Command Cruiser) · Quasar Fire-class
Corvettes
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR70 corvette · CR90 corvette) · Free Virgillia-class · Sphyrna-class (Hammerhead Scout · Hammerhead Torpedo)
Freighters
Lucrehulk-class LH-3210 · VCX-100 light freighter · YT-1300 light freighter · YT-2400 light freighter · YV-929 light freighter
Transports & Shuttles
CSS-1 Corellian Star Shuttle · GR-75 medium transport (GR-75 Combat Retrofit) · HWK-290 light freighter · Jadthu-class · Kom'rk-class · Lambda-class · Sheathipede-class · Taylander shuttle · Unidentified Rebel Alliance shuttle · Y-45 armored transport hauler
Gunships
Braha'tok-class · UT-60D U-wing starfighter/support craft · X4 Gunship
Starfighters
A/SF-01 B-wing starfighter · Aggressive ReConnaissance-170 starfighter · Alpha-class Xg-1 Star Wing · BTL Y-wing starfighter (BTL-A4 Y-wing assault starfighter/bomber · BTL-B Y-wing fighter-bomber · BTL-S3 Y-wing Starfighter) · Delta-7 Aethersprite-class · Fang-class · H-60 Tempest bomber · IE-440 Nighthawk · N-1 starfighter · A-wing starfighter (R-22 Spearhead · RZ-1 A-wing interceptor · RZ-1T trainer) · T-47 airspeeder · X-wing starfighter (Patrol X-wing · T-65B X-wing starfighter (Exterior Variant /1 · Exterior Variant /2) · T-65C-A2 X-wing starfighter) · VCX-series auxiliary starfighter · Z-95 Headhunter
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