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C-9979 landing craft
Production information

Haor Chall Engineering[1]


C-9979 landing craft[2]


Landing craft

Technical specifications

370 meters[3]

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

587 km/h[3]

Hyperdrive system


Arrangement: 2 fire-linked pairs
Fire arc: Front
  • Turret-mounted cannons (4)[1]
Arrangement: 2 fire-linked pairs
Fire arc: Turret
  • 140 sapients
Cargo capacity

1,800 metric tons[2]


1 day[2]






Rise of the Empire era

"It's an invasion army."
Obi-Wan Kenobi to Qui-Gon Jinn upon seeing C-9979s being loaded

The C-9979 landing craft was a large-sized landing craft built by Haor Chall Engineering for the Trade Federation's military forces, and later for the Confederacy of Independent Systems. When the Trade Federation began planning to create its military forces, Haor Chall Engineering produced a design for a landing craft that would carry troops and ground vehicles from warships down to planets.



Three C-9979 landing craft

The C-9979 configuration was chosen due to its close resemblance to the commercial barges used by the Federation's merchant fleet.[1] The ship had four wings with a wingspan of 370 meters. These wings were removable so that they could be stored away easily aboard the massive battleships. They were bound by powerful tensor fields to the fuselage when the craft was assembled for use. Even the strongest metal alloys were unable to bear the immense cargo weight inside the wings, thus making tensor fields essential for the craft.[1]

A series of maintenance and repair stores were located along the front of these wings and service the assault force components, particularly battle droids needing servicing after battles. Forward tensor fields connected the wing mounts firmly to the fuselage and wing-mounted tensor fields prevented the span of the wings from collapsing under pressure.[1]

C-9979 schematics.

These wings were used to carry vehicles racked in garage channels for maximum loading capacity. When deployed, these vehicles were guided along repulsor tracks to a staging platform. Since the maneuvering equipment on-board was not precise enough to negotiate the cramped confines of the garage zones without causing damage, they required the assistance of the repulsor tracks. At a staging area, the vehicles were rotated into position and grabbed by transport clamps, which brought them aft and lead them down the deployment ramp in the landing craft's foot.[1]

Because of its heavy cargo, the landing craft had a huge antigravity lifting capacity. The landing craft was manned and operated by B1 battle droids. Landing craft were stored in the hangars of warships where they were assembled, serviced, and repaired. When ready for deployment, they were loaded with ground vehicles. Landing craft were always stored in an unloaded condition to prevent structural stress and so that their vehicles could be serviced and repaired.[1]


During the Invasion of Naboo, the Trade Federation deployed large numbers of C-9979 landing craft to transport troops and equipment to the major cities of Naboo, thus furthering the invasion. Jedi Knights Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi were able to sneak down to the planet on C-9979s.[4]

A CIS landing craft landing on Rugosa.

During the Clone Wars, when the Trade Federation pledged its forces to the Confederacy, they were used to transport troops and equipment from orbiting Lucrehulk-class battleships down to countless battlefields such as Rhen Var and Thule.[5] They were later used during Confederate campaigns on Teth and Rugosa.

It was also seen on Maridun, when Lok Durd tested a new Separatist weapon. This variant of the ship was equipped with a Mobile Command Center, a base that could be taken apart and be rebuilt, which fitted into the landing craft. This does decrease the craft's cargo capacity enormously.

During the Battle of Coruscant, large numbers of C-9979 landing ships participated in the raid on the capital world of the Republic that saw the kidnapping of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. There, they unloaded hundreds of millions of battle droids.[6] Some were destroyed by Yoda using the Force.[7]

These ships were also deployed on Kashyyyk by invasion force during the Battle of Kashyyyk. There, they were seemingly initially camouflaged with netting.[7]


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Notes and references

  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. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 The Official Star Wars Fact File
  4. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (video game)
  6. Unknown Soldier: The Story of General Grievous
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Clone Wars

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