An unarmed variant of the Multi-Troop Transport, or MTT, the troop carrier boasted no weaponry or heavy armor and had to rely on Armored Assault Tanks and battle droids for protection. It was deployed behind the protection of ground armor in secure conditions, or within occupied territory. Although the MTTs offered greater protection, the troop carrier was faster and more agile, and many were still retained in the Trade Federation droid army.
The troop carrier was a repulsorcraft, and the vehicle was piloted by two OOM pilot battle droids.[source?] Similar to the deployment racks used in MTTs, the troop carrier's single rack could carry 112 droids,[source?] folded into their smaller configuration.
During the Invasion of Naboo, the troop carriers were brought to Naboo along with MTTs and AATs in C-9979 landing crafts. The troop carriers were part of the Trade Federation invasion force that occupied the capital city Theed.
During the Clone Wars, troop carriers were pledged by the Trade Federation to the droid army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. On Geonosis, they transported battle droid platoons from the planet's underground droid factories for deployment. Troop carriers brought battle droids into the Petranaki arena when Mace Windu's Jedi strike team arrived to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Senator Padmé Amidala.
Early into the Clone Wars, troop carriers were brought to the Outer Rim planet Hissrich, and used in the Hissrich droid unit, under the command of the droid mercenary AD-W4. The vehicles were stationed alongside MTTs and Octuptarra tri-droids at the Separatist outpost on the planet. Troop carriers were later used in the Battle of Kashyyyk.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Trade Federation troop carrier first appeared in 1999 in the episodic film, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. It was later identified as the Trade Federation troop carrier in the 2016 canon reference book, Star Wars: Complete Locations.
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (First appearance)
- Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu 1
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- (as troop transport)
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Set: 75086 Battle Droid Troop Carrier)
- Ultimate Star Wars (as troop carrier)
- Star Wars: Complete Locations (First identified as Trade Federation troop carrier)
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition (as troop carrier)
- (as troop transport)