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The TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank, also known as the Republic Fighter Tank, was a light, quick-strike repulsortank manufactured by Rothana Heavy Engineering and used by the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars and later the Galactic Empire and Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Imperial Era. It was equipped with two heavy laser cannons, two ordnance launchers, and a turret located on the top.

Description[edit | edit source]

A clone trooper wearing Phase II clone trooper armor sitting in the cockpit of a TX-130

The TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank was a light repulsortank manufactured by Rothana Heavy Engineering. The TX-130 was considered quick and nimble for an armored fighting vehicle and was able to enter a fight quickly, give significant damage, and escape unharmed. In that capacity, it was sometimes compared to the Delta-7 Aethersprite-class starfighter.[1]

The TX-130 was equipped with a versatile complement of weapons. Their primary weapons were a pair of fire-linked heavy laser cannons mounted to the hull. The cannons had a fixed forward-firing arc, although, they could easily be brought to bear on enemy targets due to the TX-130's agility. The TX-130 was also equipped with either a twin medium laser cannon turret atop the tank or a Taim & Bak KB-50a beam cannon.[1] Some tanks were not equipped with a top gun.[5]

The TX-130 also made use of rapid-fire ordnance launcher mounted on each of the vehicle's sponsions.[1] This ordnance launcher could utilize Armor-Piercing Shells,[2] "Bunker Buster" shells,[3] or High-Energy shells.[4] TX-130 tanks were outfitted with lightweight ablative armor, allowing it to defend itself against light anti-vehicle weapons and increase its survivability, which was supplemented by a quick-cycling shield generator.[1]

The TX-130's crew included two pilots, a vehicle commander, and a gunner. An astromech droid could also be used, and the TX-130 could carry two passengers. It had a cargo-carrying capacity of 20 tons, and costed 85,000 credits.[1]

Role[edit | edit source]

A TX-130 fighting alongside the 501st Legion.

The TX-130 tank was designed to provide infantry support, engage light enemy armor, and escort allied forces. TX-130 used their mix of versatile weapons to give their Republic Military and Jedi officers tactical flexibility. They were also used for anti-armor and anti-fortification roles with their heavier armament. A group of TX-130 Saber-class fighter tanks was referred to as a squadron, while another sized group was referred to as a platoon.[1] The TX-130 was designed with the tactical flexibility of a starfighter, making it swift and agile.[6]

History[edit | edit source]

A squad of clone troopers fighting beside a TX-130 tank.

Used early in the Clone Wars by the Galactic Republic's Grand Army, the TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank was utilized against the Separatist Alliance. During the Clone Wars, the fast TX-130 tanks were used to frightening effect, and clone trooper units were at times saved by the arrival of a squadron. Due to the fighter tank's great mix of speed and firepower, the tank was popular among clone troopers and tank crews.[1]

At one point during the war, Jedi Generals Plo Koon[7] and Aayla Secura[8] each piloted a TX-130. At least one TX-130 participated in a battle on a snowy surface alongside clone cold assault troopers of the 501st Legion. At another point, a TX-130 engaged B1-series battle droids and B2-series super battle droids in a desert environment using a beam cannon.[9]

When the Republic transformed into the Galactic Empire,[10] the TX-130 continued into service with the Imperial Army. During the Imperial Era, the TX-130 also came into possession of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. It was highly demanded by rebel commanders, and the Alliance tried to expand its inventory with operational tanks and salvaged hulls. Mercenary companies also used TX-130 tanks.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Phase II clone troopers and a TX-130 engaging several Droidekas in Star Wars Battlefront II

The TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank was first mentioned in the 2018 Fantasy Flight Games sourcebook Knights of Fate.[1] It first appeared in the 2017 video game Star Wars Battlefront II,[5] in the 2019 "Where are those Droidekas?" update, released on June 26. It costs 800 battle points to unlock.[11]

The TX-130 first appeared in Star Wars Legends in the 2002 young readers novel Boba Fett: Crossfire, written by Terry Bisson.[12]

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