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A jumptrooper.

An Imperial jumptrooper was a variant of the Galactic Empire's stormtrooper. The direct successor of the the Republic Clone jet troopers, they were assigned to the battlefields with the most treacherous terrain.

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Overview

The jumptroopers were an air-to-ground attack unit that were trained to engage in airborne, entrenched or otherwise inaccessible enemies. They were also trained in the use of hit-and-run attacks where they ambushed the enemy from above and often provided Stormtrooper squadrons with air cover during pitched battles.

They were the primary Imperial unit designated to "keep order" on low gravity worlds or on atmospheric platforms such as Cloud City.

Equipment

These soldiers wore the standard Stormtrooper armor though their shoulders were black and had patches of red paint on it. Their armor was similar to Commander Cody's. Furthermore, the forehead of the helmet was shaped in a black V and had a single red line on it. Two red lights featured by the chin.

They were equipped with:

They were equipped with an AJP-400 Hush-About personal jet pack that allowed them to burst through the air in short spurts of about 20 seconds and allowed them to hover over a location for an extended period of time. There was, however, the danger of the jetpacks exploding if they were struck by a Force lightning attack.

In addition to this, they were armed with "DN bolt caster" plasma disruptors which were far more powerful than standard Imperial-issued weaponry and was noted for its lack of a recoil when fired. This allowed the Jumptroopers to discharge the fiery white bolts of the weapon without any fear of changing their flight path or being knocked off balance while flying. This allowed them to seek a high advantage point in the air and take out their foes at a distance. Besides this, they were occasionally outfitted with rocket launchers.

The troops utilized a heavy blaster rifle as on of their primary armament. To give an added punch, the jump troopers possessed an integrated Merr-Sonn Missile System in their jet packs that could fire rockets that possessed no homing capability, thus requiring the trooper to aim at the target directly. The missiles detonated with a grenade-like blast effect. The pack only contained a few missiles.

They were also known to use devastating rail detonator guns, that allowed them to eliminate targets from any angle they choose, as well as flamethrowers which they discharged when they were at close range to their enemies.

History

These troopers were stationed on Felucia, Bespin, Kashyyyk, and the Death Star shortly before the Battle of Yavin IV. They engaged in numerous battles against Galen Marek, who came by the planets on which they were stationed.

Jetpack-equipped stormtroopers known as air assault troopers, or airtroopers, helped to protect the AT-ATs of the Thundering Herd unit during the Battle of Hoth. Some of these airtroopers also accompanied Darth Vader during his attempt to capture Luke Skywalker on Bespin's Cloud City. It was unknown whether this unit was distinct from the jumptroopers.

Also, it was not known whether jumptroopers differed from rocket troopers.

Behind the scenes

Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back featured airtroopers as one of its many enemies. Their designation as air assault troopers was later revealed in Star Wars Galaxy 4.

The Hasbro jumptrooper toy's design was based on the unit in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, as it possessed a hose connected the helmet to a breathing tank on the chest armor - the version seen in the PS2, PSP, and Wii ports looked more like a standard Stormtrooper, with heavy shoulder armor. The figure's bio was also stated that they were equipped with rail detonators though these do not feature in the game. The title of "jumptrooper" comes from Hasbro toy catalogs and does not feature a jetpack.

The Jumptrooper is also called the Raxus Prime Trooper in the Star Wars Miniatures game.

Appearances

  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game
  • Star Wars Rebellion: My Brother, My Enemy
  • Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (as "Air Assault trooper" or "Airtrooper")
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Sources

External links

  • StarWars.com Force Unleashed Figures Now at StarWarsShop on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  • Star Wars: Imperial Jumptrooper
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