The TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank, also known as the Republic Fighter Tank, known simply as the TX-130, the Saber fighter tank, or the Saber, was a light, quick-strike repulsortank used by the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars and later the Galactic Empire and Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Imperial Era.
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.
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.
The TX-130 also made use of rapid-fire ordnance launcher mounted on each of the vehicle's sponsons. This ordnance launcher could utilize Armor-Piercing Shells, "Bunker Buster" shells, or High-Energy shells. 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. 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.
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. The TX-130 was designed with the tactical flexibility of a starfighter, making it agile and swift.
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.
At one point during the war, Jedi Generals Plo Koon and Aayla Secura 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 battle droids and B2 super battle droids in a desert environment using a beam cannon.
When the Republic transformed into the Galactic Empire, 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.
Behind the scenesEdit
The TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank was first mentioned in the 2018 Fantasy Flight Games sourcebook Knights of Fate. It first appeared in the 2017 video game Star Wars Battlefront II, in the 2019 "Where are those Droidekas?" update, released on June 26.
- Star Wars Battlefront II (First appearance) (DLC)
- Knights of Fate (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: Legion – TX-130 Saber-class Fighter Tank Unit Expansion
- LEGO Star Wars (Set: 75182 Republic Fighter Tank)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 Knights of Fate
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Star Wars: Legion – TX-130 Saber-class Fighter Tank Unit Expansion
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Star Wars Battlefront II
- ↑ backup link Community Transmission - Where Are Those Droidekas — STAR WARS™ BATTLEFRONT™. Archived from the original on April 10, 2020.
- ↑ Boba Fett: Crossfire