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AAT
Production information
Manufacturer

Baktoid Armor Workshop[1]

Model

Armored Assault Tank[1]

Class

Repulsorcraft[1]

Technical specifications
Length

9.75 meters[2]

Maximum speed

55 km/h[2]

Shielding

None[1]

Armament
Crew
Passengers

6 (on external handholds)[2]

Usage
Role(s)
Era(s)
Affiliation
"Ouch time."
Captain Tarpals reaction to seeing AATs

The Armored Assault Tank (AAT-1 or AAT) was a medium-sized repulsor tank used mainly by the Trade Federation and the Confederacy of Independent Systems prior to the rise of the Galactic Empire. These vehicles saw service most notably during the Invasion of Naboo[6] and the later Clone Wars.[7]

The vehicle was designed by the Baktoid Armor factories, with its most important parts placed in the back. Piloted by OOM pilot battle droids, AATs comprised a significant portion of the Trade Federation's ground forces.

Contents

Characteristics

AAT cross-section.

The AAT was formidable; it was augmented with heavy inches-thick frontal armor that allowed it to plough through walls, and had heavy weaponry. It carried a payload of 55 shells, but once it ran out, the AAT had to return to its carrier to have its bottom section completely replaced, fully recharging its supply.[1]

The AAT's launch tubes could be equipped with a variety of ammunition. The three standard-issue ammunition types were "bunker-busters", high explosive shells used for destroying enemy structures such as outposts; armor-piercing shells, used for penetrating heavy armor on tanks; and high-energy shells for anti-personnel and anti-vehicle use. As they are fired, these shells are surrounded in high-energy plasma, which improves their penetration and reduces friction, thus increasing speed.[1]

Its crew consisted of four battle droids (one commander, one pilot, and two gunners), and could also carry six B1 battle droids on the hand grips on the outside of the tank[1] The commander typically sat inside the turret of the primary blaster cannon, while the gunners and pilot were positioned in the main hull of the tank. The gunners operated both secondary blasters, and the commander controlled the main turret.[1] The OOM series commander was essential to the function of the rest of the crew; if the commander was destroyed, the crew would cease functioning, often causing the tank to drift out of control.

The reactor, along with key power and communications gear, was kept in the rear for protection, as with many other Baktoid vehicles[8]. The AAT used heavy-duty repulsors to keep it off the ground and propel it forward.[1] While this method was relatively quick, it was sluggish compared to the Gian and Flash speeders of the Naboo,[1] and the later GAT.[5]

An AAT's targeting system

History

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Pre-Clone Wars

AATs at the Battle of Grassy Plains

Prior to its most notable use in the Battle of Naboo, the AAT-1 was deployed by the Trade Federation to several Outer Rim worlds, engaging them in battles against each other, to prove that they had both battle-scars and battle-readiness. By the Invasion of Naboo, AATs had engaged in fierce combat against armies of pirates, proving that the tank was ready for war.

In 32 BBY, the AATs were one of the primary vehicles used in the Trade Federation's invasion of Naboo, and was deployed both throughout the city of Theed, where their manouevres caused damage to many buildings[9], and on Naboo's open fields, where they battled the Gungan Grand Army. Droid commander OOM-9 would command the battle from an AAT. As a result of Anakin Skywalker destroying the Federation's Droid Control Ship, they were left in their final battle positions when the Trade federation's droid forces were deactivated and were thus captured by the Naboo.[6] A heavy variant of the AAT saw action during the Invasion of Naboo, the Heavy AAT. Although the AAT had many primary weapons and defenses, the bottom interior was the weakest part. The original designer also worked on shielded or faster variants.

Clone Wars

An AAT in the service of the CIS during the Clone Wars.

Shortly before the outbreak of the Clone Wars, the Trade Federation joined the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and hence AATs were assimilated into the rapidly growing Confederate armies. They would see action during the first battle of the war, and would be used extensively during the Dark Reaper Crisis,[5] as well as the Battle of Muunilinst. On the planet Christophsis, AATs were used under the command of General Loathsom and many AATs were destroyed in the battle.[7] The Heavy Artillery Gun, also used during the war, had a design similar to that of the AAT.[7] During the war, they showed vulnerability to PLX-1 portable missile launcher fire, with a single missile from this capable of destroying it if aimed at the correct location.[7] Advanced Recon Commandos also displayed capability of jumping inside the tank and blasting it apart from the inside.[7] Also, they seemed inferior to the Republic TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank.[5]

The AAT-1 also saw action during the Battle of Coruscant alongside Octuptarra combat tri-droids[7], and on a multitude of other worlds, including Muunilinst,[5] Felucia[10], Aargonar[11], Maridun,[12] and Murkhana[13].

Aftermath

However, following the Imperialization of the Trade Federation by the Galactic Empire, stormtroopers would sometimes utilise AATs during a few battles in the Galactic Civil War (possibly including the First Battle of Tatooine).[14]

Behind the scenes

In Star Wars: Battlefront, AATs were going to be part of both the Separatist and the Imperial faction. The Imperial variant was cut from the final version, but its code remained hidden in the game's source. Some fans managed to unearth this and other unit-codes left behind and restored them to functional status. These files are available for free on several modding sites.[15]

Appearances

  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
  • Star Wars: Starfighter
  • Star Wars: Battle for Naboo
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace comic
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace junior novel
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace game
  • Star Wars: Episode I Jedi Power Battles
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
  • Starfighter: Crossbones (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars video game
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Boba Fett: Crossfire
  • "Decision: Cularin"
  • Omega Squad: Targets (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 3"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 4"
  •  "Hide in Plain Sight" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 2
  • Hero of Cartao
  •  "Pathways" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 8
  • Only the Force
  • Star Wars Republic: The Battle of Jabiim
  • Star Wars Republic 67: Forever Young
  • "Storm's Depths" (Appears in hologram)
  • The Clone Wars: Shadowed
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Hidden Enemy"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars film / novel
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Defenders of Peace"
  • The Clone Wars: Curfew
  • 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 – "Holocron Heist"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain"
  • The Clone Wars: No Prisoners (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 7: In Service of the Republic, Part 1
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 8: In Service of the Republic, Part 2
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 4: The Colossus of Destiny
  • Keep the Faith
  •  "To the Vanishing Point" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 6
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 22"
  •  "Graduation Day" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 10
  •  "Waiting" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 10
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 25"
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars Republic: The Hidden Enemy (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Dark Times 7: Parallels, Part 2 (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: Demolition
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron

Non-canon appearances

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2

Sources

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Notes and references

  1. 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 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 The Official Star Wars Fact File
  3. The New Essential Chronology
  4. Star Wars: Battlefront
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars game
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Star Wars: Clone Wars
  8. The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
  9. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  10. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  11. Star Wars Republic: The Battle of Jabiim
  12. Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Defenders of Peace"
  13. Dark Lord: Rise of Darth Vader
  14. Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
  15. [1]
Major vehicles of the Confederacy of Independent Systems
Repulsorcraft
Armored Assault Tank - Ground Armored Tank - Heavy Missile Platform
Multi-Troop Transport - Trade Federation troop carrier - Single Trooper Aerial Platform
Heavy Artillery Gun - Multi-Utility Transport - Mechanized Assault Flyer - Droid transport carrier - Super tank
Walkers
OG-9 homing spider droid - Octuptarra combat tri-droid - Tsmeu-6 personal wheel bike - DSD1 dwarf spider droid
Wheeled/tracked
NR-N99 Persuader-class droid enforcer - IG-227 Hailfire-class droid tank - Tsmeu-6 personal wheel bike
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Star Wars Fanon

Up to date as of February 04, 2010

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AAT
Production information
Manufacturer
  • Baktoid Armor Workshop
  • Kraechar Arms
Class

Repulsorcraft

Technical specifications
Length

9.75 meters

Armament
  • 1 heavy laser cannon
  • 2 laser blasters
  • 2 short-range antipersonnel blasters
  • 6 chain-fed energized shell projectile launchers
Chronological and political information
Affiliation
  • Trade Federation
  • Confederacy of Independent Systems
  • Yanibar Guard

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Description

In the early years of the Yanibar Guard, there was insufficient manpower and technology available to deploy a full-fledged army. To bolster the ranks, the Yanibar Guard used old Separatist armaments available from an abandoned shipyard and supply base. Among the equipment they used was the Armored Assault Tank, or AAT, the lethal tanks that had become notorious across the galaxy during the Invasion of Naboo. The AAT provided the Yanibar Guard with some modicum of armored firepower and, being a droid, was considered more or less expendable.

Kraechar Arms made practically no modifications to the AAT. The only significant change that was performed was re-configuring the control circuitry to respond to Yanibar Guard control matrices. Otherwise, the AAT remained virtually unchanged. A fairly large repulsortank, it sported a varied armament package effective against a wide range of threats while its repulsorlifts afforded it a respectable top speed. Its main laser cannon could fire on targets at ranges of up to 3 kilometers away, and, given that hundreds of AATs were present at the abandoned supply base where Kraechar Arms salvaged older Separatist hardware, they could be deployed en masse.

History

The AAT was originally designed by Baktoid Armor Workshop for the Trade Federation. The droid-crewed tanks soon earned notoriety across the galaxy when they steamrolled the peaceable planet of Naboo and engaged Gungans in the Battle of the Grassy Plains. While the Trade Federation ultimately was defeated, it had not been the fault of the AAT.

As such, the Trade Federation continued to build AATs, and when it joined the Confederacy, those thousands of AATs came with them, seeing action on a hundred battlefields during the Clone Wars. However, after the droid armies were deactivated, most of the remaining AATs were scrapped by the newly victorious Galactic Empire.

The Confederacy had placed several sizable supply dumps in hidden locations in the Outer Rim, though, and some AATs survived there until the Empire, pirates, or warlords found them. In early 15 BBY, the location of one such shipyard was divulged to the fugitive Jedi Knight Selusda Kraen by a pirate named Sulan'bask. Selusda would use many weapon systems from this shipyard to help equip the Yanibar Guard, the newly formed defense force of his Jedi refuge, including AATs.

The first AATs were activated in Yanibar Guard service in 11 BBY, and while some members of the army—particularly those had that fought them in the Clone Wars—disapproved of their use, they were still among the best vehicles available to the Yanibar Guard at the time and were quite numerous. Later, in 2 BBY, the AAT fleet received an upgrade that added a basic shield generator and re-engined the AATs for more speed and stability.

Yanibar Guard AATs saw action in 4 ABY against the forces of the Zann Consortium when the criminal organization invaded the planet. They served as frontline armor protecting the heavier Mauler tanks, but while they could handle the lighter Zannist vehicles, they were outclassed by plasma tanks and Canderous assault tanks. The droid tanks saw numerous casualties and the battle caused the Yanibar Guard to relegate them to second-echelon escort duties and other non-frontline roles due to their age and relative fragility.

Behind the scenes

AATs were one of several canonical droid types that Force Exile author Atarumaster88 decided to equip the Yanibar Guard with. His reason for employing such large numbers of droids was that having Yanibar Guard commander Selusda Kraen know about an abandoned Separatist storehouse had long been an important story element, and because the Yanibar Guard was numerically quite small. Utilizing droids such as the AAT provided an easy way to increase their numbers and firepower. The AAT in particular was chosen due to its blend of armor, survivability, and speed, as well as being one of the most common droid types employed by the Confederacy.

Appearances


This article uses material from the "The Essential Guide to Force Exile/AAT" article on the Star Wars Fanon wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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