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AT-TE
Production information
Manufacturer
Model

All Terrain Tactical Enforcer[1]

Class

Walker[1]

Technical specifications
Length

13.2 meters[3][4]

Width

5.32 meters[1]

Height/depth

5.02 meters[1]

Maximum speed

60 km/h[5]

Armament
Complement
Crew
Passengers

38 clone troopers[7]

Cargo capacity

10 tons[7]

Consumables
  • Fuel: 500km[1]
  • Air: 3 weeks[1]
  • Rations: 3 weeks[1]
Usage
Role(s)
Year introduced

22 BBY

Era(s)
Affiliation
"These weapons of war would be awe-inspiring, if they were not so terrifying."
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine

The All Terrain Tactical Enforcer (AT-TE) was an all terrain assault walker developed for the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. It was also one of the the first precursors of the AT-AT walker. It would later be used on a limited scale by the Galactic Empire.

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Characteristics

"Trampling target."
―An AT-TE driver
An AT-TE walker being deployed from a LAAT/c.

The AT-TE was a multi-purpose assault vehicle capable of tasks ranging from the transportation of platoons of clone troopers around a battlefield to full-scale attacks upon enemy installations. The vehicle performed most admirably in support roles that involved providing immediate cover fire for battalions of soldiers. AT-TEs were often deployed in large numbers to overwhelm the enemy through sheer volume of fire.

The rear internal compartment was cramped and contained a number of computer consoles which included a holographic communication system allowing for representations of commanders to be projected inside the vehicle. Troopers were located in the rear compartment with large doors present in the back which opened allowing soldiers to exit the vehicle. A top door allowed a soldier to observe the battlefield from the top of the walker. The compartment was also capable of storing AT-RT's with at least two such walkers capable of being deployed from a lower landing door beneath the walker.

An AT-TE was impervious to ion damage due to built-in electromagnetic shielding. Its average speed was 60 kph (37.2 mph). This plodding pace allowed it to penetrate energy shields, a feat that was impossible for repulsorlift craft. Effective in numerous terrains and environments, some models of the walker was even capable of scaling vertical cliffs, similar to the later UT-AT transport.[14][15] During the Battle of Bothawui, it was demonstrated that the AT-TE was even useful in space combat, when a contingent of the walkers were deployed on asteroids to ambush a Separatist fleet.[16]

AT-TE schematics.

An AT-TE contained enough fuel to stride at full speed for over 500 kilometers and possessed enough scrubbed air and military rations to last its crew for three weeks out in the harsh conditions of the battlefield.

Seven specially-trained crew members were needed in order for the vehicle to function properly. The pilot worked the six legs of the walker, while a spotter utilized several sensor stations to ascertain the locations of hostile units and primary objectives.[17]

The spotter then had to relay this information to the four gunners nestled at gun stations within the heavily-armored hull of the walker. A final crew member had to sit behind the controls of the heavy cannon atop the AT-TE, partially exposed to enemy fire. Ten clone trooper passengers could be held in each section of the walker (20 total). In addition, an IM-6 medical droid was located in the back of the AT-TE for emergency medical treatment.

The largest weapon was the enormous mass-driver cannon. This cannon could be loaded with an array of heavy energy weapons and solid shells, depending on the specifications of the mission. The payloads of the gun could range from burrowing bunker busters to heat-seeking missiles to sonic charges. However, it had a comparatively slow rate of fire and variable accuracy.

Commander CC-6454 inside an AT-TE.

Six smaller laser cannons were strategically placed along the vehicle. Four were located in a square pattern around the cockpit, while two more were placed in the rear to cover the flanks and help secure dropoff points for the platoons contained within. These troopers were essential to the survival of the AT-TE when the walker came under fire from enemy infantry units that were too small to be accurately targeted by the main cannons.

AT-TEs on Geonosis.

Regardless of its heavy armor, the AT-TE was not invulnerable. A single direct hit by a rocket from a Hailfire droid was capable of destroying an AT-TE,[11] and they were also highly vulnerable to air attacks. However its high silhouette made it easier to target by enemies. One of its design flaws was that it was low to the ground, so the turret gunner's protection of the vulnerable underside was limited. The low ground clearance of this vehicle also made it susceptible to mines exploding beneath the walker. This flaw was eliminated in the later AT-AT walker.

Special sockets for the AT-TE were created onboard Acclamator-class assault ships. While any Republic spacecraft could transport these walkers through space, a variant of the LAAT/i gunship, the LAAT/c, had to be used to ferry these vehicles down to battlefields.

History

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Republic use

An AT-TE and clones scale a vertical cliff.

The AT-TE design was inspired by the arctic horny whelmer of Rothana. The AT-TE was first built as a patrol vehicle for mining companies operating on distant worlds, who were in need of a vehicle that could help maintain order. When war loomed and Rothana Heavy Engineering gained military contracts, they revised the design and modified it for combat duty.

Following the success of the walker at the Battle of Geonosis and other conflicts in the Clone Wars, Rothana created the AT-HE, AT-AT, and AT-AP walkers to supplement the earlier design. They also began tweaking the AT-TE design itself, replacing standard legs with longer ones on some of the walkers, presumably to increase their gunners' line-of-sight and to more easily avoid obstacles.

Additionally, other companies who were inspired by the walker design would go on to create similar-looking vehicles like the UT-AT and the AT-OT.

After the end of the Clone Wars, the newly self-declared Emperor Palpatine favored and authorized the use of newer — and more destructive — war vehicles.

Imperial use

Another view of an AT-TE.

During the Galactic Civil War, surviving AT-TEs were still used by the Empire, mainly in campaigns in the Outer Rim Territories.[12] The walkers no longer had a primary status in military campaigns, but were sometimes used for additional fire-support alongside larger assault vehicles, including AT-AT walkers and Juggernaut tanks.[18][19]

Some were deployed to backwater worlds like Maridun and Jabiim, where they were used only for logistical purposes and not as front-line combat vehicles. Many of those walkers were adapted to fit new mission roles and planetary environments. Some had parts of their rear side-armor removed, enabling embarked troops to shoot at enemies on the sides. This added to the vehicle's lateral defenses, but also increased their vulnerability to grenades and other short-range weaponry.[13]

Some walkers had most of their top armor and offensive armament removed (such as the projectile cannon) so that they could be used to transport large amounts of cargo.[20]

Behind the scenes

The AT-TEs are never named on screen during their appearance in Attack of the Clones, but they are named in video games in which they appear. Unlike its successor, the AT-AT, the AT-TE isn't depicted as being nearly unstoppable. During their first appearance it was shown they could be destroyed by a single shot from a heavily armed CIS vehicle, though in video games, especially the Battlefront series, they are far more durable.

Envisioned by Concept Design Supervisor Ryan Church as the technological predecessor of the AT-AT walkers seen in The Empire Strikes Back, the AT-TE walker was a late addition in the Episode II post-production mix. It was then the job of Animation Supervisor Rob Coleman's group to animate the CGI AT-TEs. Tom St. Amand, one of the animators, had previously worked on the stop-motion animation of the AT-AT walkers back during "Empire's" production, and was able to offer his insight into replicating a similar look and feel in CGI. During production, the AT-TE walker was identified as "clone walker."

Appearances

  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars game
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 1"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 4"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 8"
  • Jedi: Shaak Ti
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
  •  "Hide in Plain Sight" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 2
  • Republic HoloNet News Core Edition 14:7:02
  • Star Wars Republic: The Battle of Jabiim
  • Republic HoloNet News Core Edition 14:9:01 (Mentioned only)
  • Jedi: Yoda
  • "Outward Bound"
  • "Decision: Cularin"
  • Star Wars Republic 64: Bloodlines (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars Republic: Show of Force
  • Star Wars Republic 67: Forever Young
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Hidden Enemy"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars film / novel
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Downfall of a Droid"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Innocents of Ryloth"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars: In Service of the Republic
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist"
  • The Clone Wars: Act on Instinct
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cargo of Doom"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Children of the Force" (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Weapons Factory"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
  • Republic Commando: True Colors
  • Star Wars Republic 68: Armor
  • Routine Valor
  • Boba Fett: A New Threat
  • Boba Fett: Pursuit
  •  "Chain of Command" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 10
  • To the Vanishing Point
  • Reversal of Fortune
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Star Wars Republic: The Siege of Saleucami
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith comic (Stock version and long-legged variant)
  • Star Wars Dark Times 6: Parallels, Part 1
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  • Star Wars Dark Times 13: Blue Harvest, Part 1
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed comic (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars Empire: To the Last Man (Cargo transport)
  • Star Wars Empire: In the Shadows of Their Fathers (Standard and cargo transport)
  • Star Wars Empire: The Wrong Side of the War (Cargo transport)
  • Star Wars Rebellion: My Brother, My Enemy

Non-canonical appearances

Sources

AT-TEs operating on asteroids at the Battle of Bothawui.

Notes and references

Wookieepedia has a collection of images related to All Terrain Tactical Enforcer.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections
  2. Battlefront II: Prima Official Game Guide
  3. Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels
  4. Leland Chee states that the Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels has the official AT-TE length
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 The Official Star Wars Fact File
  6. Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
  8. Leland Chee states that the Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels has the official AT-TE length
  9. Leland Chee states that the Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels has the official AT-TE length
  10. Leland Chee states that the Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels has the official AT-TE length
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
  13. 13.0 13.1 Star Wars Empire: In the Shadows of Their Fathers
  14. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  15. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
  16. Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Downfall of a Droid"
  17. Attack of the Clones: Incredible Cross-Sections
  18. Star Wars Rebellion: My Brother, My Enemy
  19. Rebellion Era Campaign Guide gives players the opportunity to use vehicles and tools from earlier eras and guides (i.e. CW and TFU books) in the Rebellion era.
  20. Star Wars Empire: The Wrong Side of the War

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AT-TE
Production information
Manufacturer
Model

All Terrain Tactical Enforcer

Class

Walker

Technical specifications
Length

12.4 meters

Width

5.32 meters

Height/depth

5.02 meters

Maximum speed

60 km/h

Armament
  • Anti-personnel laser cannons (6)
  • Mass-driver cannon (1)
Complement

IM-6 medical droid (1)

Crew
  • Pilot (1)
  • Spotter (1)
  • Gunner (5)
Passengers

20 clone troopers

Consumables
  • Fuel: 500km
  • Air: 3 weeks
  • Rations: 3 weeks
Usage
Role(s)
  • Armor
  • Mechanized infantry
  • Troop transport
Year introduced

22 BBY

Era(s)
Affiliation
"These weapons of war would be awe-inspiring, if they were not so terrifying."
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine[src]

The All Terrain Tactical Enforcer (AT-TE) was an all terrain assault walker developed for the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. It was also one of the the first precursors of the AT-AT walker. It would later be used on a limited scale by the Galactic Empire. It would later become the primary walker of the Grand Army of the New Republic. It was also used by the forces of the Republic Remnant.

Contents

Characteristics

"Trampling target."
—An AT-TE driver

The AT-TE was a multi-purpose assault vehicle capable of tasks ranging from the transportation of platoons of clone troopers around a battlefield to full-scale attacks upon enemy installations. The vehicle performed most admirably in support roles that involved providing immediate cover fire for battalions of soldiers. AT-TEs were often deployed in large numbers to overwhelm the enemy through sheer volume of fire.

An AT-TE was impervious to ion damage due to built-in electromagnetic shielding. Its average speed was 60 kph (37.2 mph). This plodding pace allowed it to penetrate energy shields, a feat that was impossible for repulsorlift craft. Effective in numerous terrains and environments, the walker was even capable of scaling vertical cliffs as the later UT-AT transport was.

An AT-TE contained enough fuel to stride at full speed for over 500 kilometers and possessed enough scrubbed air and military rations to last its crew for three weeks out in the harsh conditions of the battlefield.

Seven specially-trained crew members were needed in order for the vehicle to function propely. The pilot worked the six legs of the walker, while a spotter utilized several sensor stations to ascertain the locations of hostile units and primary objectives.[2]

The spotter then had to relay this information to the four gunners nestled at gun stations within the heavily-armored hull of the walker. A final crew member had to sit behind the controls of the rail gun atop the AT-TE, completely exposed to enemy fire. Ten clone trooper passengers could be held in each section of the walker (20 total). In addition, an IM-6 medical droid was located in the back of the AT-TE for emergency medical treatment.

The most noticeable weapon was the enormous rail gun mounted on the top of the craft. This cannon could be loaded with an array of loadouts, depending on the specifications of the mission. The payloads of the gun could range from burrowing bunker busters to heat-seeking missiles to sonic charges. However, it had a slow rate of fire and questionable accuracy.

Six smaller laser cannons were strategically placed along the vehicle. Four were located in a square pattern around the cockpit, while two more were placed in the rear to cover the flanks and help secure dropoff points for the platoons contained within. These troopers were essential to the survival of the AT-TE when the walker came under fire from enemy infantry units that were too small to be accurately targeted by the main cannons.

However, the AT-TE was not invulnerable. A single, well-placed rocket from a Hailfire droid was enough to destroy it,[3] and it was also highly vulnerable to air attacks. One of its design flaws was that it was low to the ground, so the turret gunner's protection of the vulnerable underside was limited. The low ground clearance of this vehicle also made it susceptible to mines exploding beneath the walker. This flaw was eliminated in the newer AT-AT.

Special sockets for the AT-TE were created onboard Acclamator-class assault ships. While any Republic spacecraft could transport these walkers through space, a variant of the LAAT/i gunship, the LAAT/c, had to be used to ferry these vehicles down to battlefields.

History

The AT-TE was first built as a patrol vehicle for mining companies operating on distant worlds, who were in need of a vehicle that could help maintain order. When war loomed and Rothana Heavy Engineering gained military contracts, they revised the design and modified it for combat duty.

Following the success of the walker at the Battle of Geonosis and other conflicts in the Clone Wars, Rothana created the AT-HE, AT-AT, and AT-AP walkers to supplement the earlier design. They also began tweaking the AT-TE design itself, replacing standard legs with longer ones on some of the walkers, presumably to increase their gunners' line-of-sight and to more easily avoid obstacles.

Additionally, other companies who were inspired by the walker design would go on to create similar-looking vehicles like the UT-AT and the AT-OT.

After the end of the Clone Wars, the newly self-declared Emperor Palpatine favored and authorized the use of newer—and more destructive—war vehicles.

Imperial use

During the Galactic Civil War, surviving AT-TEs were still used by the Empire (most likely being reinstated due to the war). The walkers no longer had a primary status in military campaigns, but were sometimes used for additional fire-support alongside larger assault vehicles, including AT-AT walkers and Juggernaut tanks.

Some were deployed to backwater worlds like Maridun and Jabiim, where they were used only for logistical purposes and not as front-line combat vehicles. Many of those walkers were adapted to fit new mission roles and planetary environments. Some had parts of their rear side-armor removed, enabling embarked troops to shoot at enemies on the sides. This added to the vehicle's lateral defenses, but also increased their vulnerability to grenades and other short-range weaponry.

Some walkers had most of their top armor and offensive armament removed (such as the projectile cannon) so that they could be used to transport large amounts of cargo.

New Republic Use

Since the bulk of the New Democratic Republic's army was formed out of the 7th Sky Corp, the AT-TE continued to be the primary walker for the Grand Army of the New Republic. These walkers, although updated with heavier weaponry, could not go one-on-one with an Imperial AT-AT and therefore traveled in squads of three, which provided sufficient firepower to bring down an AT-AT. The AT-TEs of the 7th Armored squadron were specially outfitted with larger 'feet' to handle snow and mud, and their armor plates were made of HEATSHIELD armor plate that masked their heat signature and made them effectively invisible on infrared. Other modifications included replacing the rail gun (which had questionable accuracy) with a deadly thirty millimeter projectile rotary cannon which was designed to take out heavily armored walkers and tanks but worked even better against aircraft, infantry and enemy fortifications. The only downside was an unfortunate tendency to overheat quickly, which was remedied by firing only in bursts. The first AT-TE squadron to receive this upgrade was the 324th Armored Squadron. On very few occasions, a single AT-TE has been able to defeat an opposing AT-AT by staying in the larger walker's blind spot. However, such a tactic necessitates a terrain like a jungle to allow the AT-TE to approach the AT-AT close enough to be able to reach its blind spot, and both incidents of such an engagement were recorded on Felucia. Another tactic that AT-TE drivers have used to combat AT-ATs one-on-one is to position themselves behind a dead AT-TE, fooling the AT-AT, and surprise the larger walker. However, a single AT-AT can destroy or at least disable an AT-TE in a single barrage.


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