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GR-75 medium transport
Production information
Manufacturer

Gallofree Yards, Inc

Model

GR-75 medium transport

Class

Medium transport

Technical specifications
Length

90 meters[1]

Maximum acceleration

900 G

MGLT

20 MGLT[1]

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

650 km/h[1]

Hyperdrive rating

Class 4.0[1]

Shielding

Rated 240 SBD or 90[2]

Hull

Rated 160 RU or 200[2]

Armament

Standard:

  • None

Variant:

Crew
Passengers

90[1] or 40[2]

Cargo capacity

19,000 metric tons[1]

Consumables

6 months

Usage
Role(s)
  • Transport

Modified versions:

  • Fuel tanker
  • Fire ship
  • Salvage ship
  • Slave ship[4]
  • Landing craft
  • Hospital ship
Era(s)
Affiliation

The GR-75 medium transport, or Gallofree medium transport, was a clamshell-hulled transport produced by Gallofree Yards, Inc.

Contents

Characteristics

GR-75 schematics.

A sister design to the civilian GR-45 model, the GR-75 was used by freight drivers and shipping firms to haul cargo.

The transport's outer hull was like a thick shell with the interior entirely open for cargo pods. This open-space design could fit up to 19,000 metric tons of cargo into the 90 meter long ship. Modular cargo pods greatly sped up the loading and unloading process.

When the transport was at its cargo capacity, a magnetic shield locked the modules in place, while at the same time kept out the vacuum of space. A command pod was located on the upper hull, near the main engines, and carried the six-being crew in cramped conditions. The factory model included space for forty passengers, but almost all ships traded it for for increased cargo storage.

Focused entirely on maximizing cargo space, GR-75 transports were armed with four turreted twin laser cannons, basic shielding, a meager Class 4 hyperdrive, and a sublight engine array capable of achieving a top atmospheric speed of 650 kilometers per hour. While inexpensive, the GR-75 was notorious for its high maintenance requirements.

History

GR-75 ventral surface, showing cargo pods.

The design proved popular with Galactic Republic forces, and the ships were used as resupply vessels during the Clone Wars.[5]

The Galactic Empire used at least one, the Shackles of Nizon, which saw service as a slave ship.[4]

Many GR-75 transports were acquired by the Rebel Alliance due to their low cost and ready access to spare parts. After Gallofree Yards went bankrupt in 3 BBY, the majority of the remaining stock of ships found its way into the Alliance fleet.

One of the GR-75's most famous actions was the evacuation of Rebel personnel during the Battle of Hoth. The majority of GR-75's survived, thanks to the escort afforded by the X-wings of Rogue Squadron, though many were lost attempting to run the Imperial blockade.

A GR-75 with an energy cannon attached to its hull.

The Alliance used the GR-75s for almost any purpose they could find, but primarily used them to transport supplies, equipment, and troops. Some were modified to be fuel tankers for long range starfighter missions or for smaller ships. The ships became so ubiquitous that they became commonly known as Rebel medium transports.

Some were used as suicide kamikaze vessels, as demonstrated during the assault on the Fondor shipyards[6] and the Battle of Endor, where they functioned as fire ships and were stacked with explosives.[7]

Not intended for combat, GR-75s were to be placed at the center of Alliance fleet formations and relied on starfighter support in blockade-running missions.

At least one GR-75 was used to make up a secret retreat in 137 ABY.[8]

Appearances

A GR-75 medium transport near an orbital shipyard.
  • The Queen of Air and Darkness
  •  The First to Strike on Wizards.com (article)
  • Star Wars: Empire at War
  • Star Wars Empire: Darklighter
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron ½
  • Star Wars: X-Wing
  • Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
  • The Night Beast
  • Vader's Quest
  • The Return of Ben Kenobi
  • Doom Mission
  • Race for Survival
  • Star Wars Missions 4: Destroy the Liquidator
  • Death Star Pirates
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
  • Star Wars Empire: A Little Piece of Home
  • Star Wars Empire: "General" Skywalker
  • Star Wars Rebellion: My Brother, My Enemy
  • Star Wars Rebellion: Vector
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
  • Star Wars: Rebel Assault
  • Star Wars: Rebellion
  • Star Wars: Force Commander
  • Star Wars Galaxies: Rage of the Wookiees
  • X-wing Marks The Spot
  • Imperial Spy
  • A Valentine Story
  • The Paradise Detour
  • Entrenched
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (First appearance)
  • One Last Night in the Mos Eisley Cantina: The Tale of the Wolfman and the Lamproid
  • Of Possible Futures: The Tale of Zuckuss and 4-LOM
  • Star Wars: X-wing Alliance
  • Star Wars 51: Resurrection of Evil
  • Star Wars 55: Plif
  • Star Wars 58: Sundown
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  •  "Droids Can't Fly" - Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook
  • Shadows of the Empire comic
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novel
  • Lando's Commandos: On Eagles' Wings
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron: The Rebel Opposition
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron: The Phantom Affair
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron: In the Empire's Service
  • X-wing: Rogue Squadron 25: The Making of Baron Fel
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
  • X-wing: Wraith Squadron
  • Dark Empire II
  • Crimson Empire
  • Jedi Academy: Leviathan
  • Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse
  • Star Wars Legacy 25: The Hidden Temple, Part 1
  • Star Wars Legacy 28: Vector, Part 9
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Non-canon appearances

Wookieepedia has a collection of images related to GR-75 medium transport.
  • Falling Star (Ambiguously canonical source)
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Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Star Wars: Behind the Magic
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Starships of the Galaxy (2001)
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Official Star Wars Fact File
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Queen of Air and Darkness
  5. Starships of the Galaxy (2007)
  6. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
  7. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (novel)
  8. Star Wars Legacy 25: The Hidden Temple, Part 1

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