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Low Altitude Assault Transport (LAAT)
Production information
Manufacturer

Rothana Heavy Engineering

Model

Republic Gunship

Class

Repulsorlift

Modified by

none

Technical specifications
Length

17.4 meters long

Width

17 meter wingspan

Height/depth

variable

Maximum altitude

Low altitude

Armament
  • 2 mass-driver missile launchers (atop the craft)
  • 4 light air-to-air missiles hung below each wing (8 in all)
  • 4 composite beam pinpoint laser turrets
  • 3 Anti-personnel turrets
Escape craft

Cockpit pod ejects from main body of Gunship (nicknamed bag-out capsule)

Crew

4

Minimum crew

2

Passengers

30

Cargo capacity

variable

Consumables

none

Usage
Role(s)

Transport / Support

Year introduced

Battle of Geonosis

Era(s)
Affiliation
"These gunships fly like butcherbugs and cut into us like Blood Carvers. We must have one."
Archduke Poggle the Lesser

The Low Altitude Assault Transport (LAAT), also known as the LAAT-series gunship nicknamed "Larties" by commandos, was a gunship series used by the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. The series was produced by Rothana Heavy Engineering.

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Characteristics

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Uses

LAAT/i and LAAT/c flying into the Second Battle of Geonosis

The LAAT series gunships were designed to transport up to 30 clone troopers into combat and support them. It also had a rear hangar that could hold up to 4 speeder bikes to support reconnaissance operations or search and rescue missions. Early LAAT were in-atmosphere-only vehicles, requiring cruisers to land somewhere on the planet in order to launch. Although, with their range, it was common practice for cruisers to dip into the atmosphere, let the LAAT fly to the target zone, and be gone before combat even started. Later versions allowed it to fly through space and actually be used for boarding in ship-to-ship battles. Also sometime after the battle on Geonosis, an Alpha-Class Arc Trooper/Special Ops gunship was introduced with a new paint style, increased maneuverability and more flight time.

Weapons

The gunship's many weapon systems were designed for both air-to-air combat and air-to-ground support. For long range or slow/fixed targets the LAAT used 2 mass-driver missile launchers (atop the craft) which held a variable payload depending on the mission. 4 light air-to-air missiles hung below each wing (8 in total) for any inflight targets. 4 composite-beam pinpoint laser turrets - 2 of which were manned by clone troopers and the other two remote controlled by the co-pilot/gunner (on each wing) had a wide field of rotation and could serve in both air-to-air and air-to-ground operations. 3 anti-personnel turrets (2 at the front, one at the rear of the craft) supported further ground operations by ensuring a clear path for the deployment of troops or vehicles.

Performance

The gunship was proven excellent in its performance; so maneuverable, in fact, that only the most mobile of enemy craft could keep one in its sights. Even experienced pilots found it impossible to avoid its numerous weapons. These Clone transports were effectively used on the first battle of Geonosis when the Jedi found a droid manufacturing plant on the planet.

Variants

An LAAT/i in combat against Vulture droid starfighters.

The most common LAAT-series model was the LAAT/i, an infantry transport and mobile gun platform used throughout the Clone Wars. The LAAT/i could carry up to 30 clone troopers into combat. Because they could carry so many troops into combat, they were used to get recon troopers down before bringing in the larger craft. Variants were modified to carry additional military speeders or deploy larger war machines, such as walkers, onto the battlefield. Later versions of the LAAT/i removed the gunnery balls for forward doors, allowing them to drop from an orbital cruiser, instead of needing the cruiser to enter the atmosphere, allowing for much faster and stealthier troop deployment.

In addition to the LAAT variants, there were several other gunship models that both pre- and post-dated them and were designated with similar acronyms. Most notable were the AIAT/i gunship, the VAAT/e transport, and the HAET-221 gunboat.

LAATs continued to be used well into the era of the Galactic Civil War, for example during the Kamino Uprising, where clone anti-Imperial troopers and Kaminoans attempted to escape the planet in these transports.

Notable models

Behind the scenes

In the beginning of Dark Empire, a crashed vehicle that resembles an LAAT can be seen in the panel where the hyperspace wormhole first touches down on Coruscant.

In Star Wars: Battlefront II, the LAAT was classified as a space drop ship, probably modified.

The design for the LAAT is largely based on that of the Russian Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunship. The real-world gunship also fulfills the dual role of ground attack and troop transport.[2]

It is possible that it was used by the Rebel Alliance, as it is used as the Rebel transport for space battles in Star Wars Battlefront II.

The fighting style of these gunships appears similar to that of another real-life helicopter, the UH-1 Iriquois in the Vietnam War.

Appearances

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  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Nomad (Possible predecessor)
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando
  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones junior novel
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars video game
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Republic 50: The Battle of Kamino
  • Star Wars Republic: The New Face of War
  • Jedi: Shaak Ti
  • Republic Commando: Hard Contact
  • Hide in Plain Sight
  • Republic Commando: Triple Zero
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 1"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 2"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 5"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 12"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 20"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 1"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Hidden Enemy"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars film / novel
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 6: Slaves of the Republic - Chapter 6: Escape from Kadavo
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 8: In Service of the Republic, Part 2
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 9: In Service of the Republic, Part 3
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars: The Gauntlet of Death
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 2: Crash Course
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bombad Jedi"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Jedi Crash"
  • The Clone Wars: Cold Snap
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Trespass"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Innocents of Ryloth"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hostage Crisis"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Weapons Factory"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Legacy of Terror"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brain Invaders"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 23"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 25"
  • What Goes Up...
  • Heroes on Both Sides
  • Brothers in Arms
  • Star Wars Republic: The Siege of Saleucami
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Republic Commando: Order 66
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith junior novel
  • The Order of Outcasts
  • Star Wars Republic 78: Loyalties
  • Star Wars Dark Times: The Path to Nowhere
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  • The Last of the Jedi: Underworld (Cover only)
  • Evasive Action: Prey
  • Star Wars Empire: "General" Skywalker
  • Star Wars Empire: In the Shadows of Their Fathers
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
  • Star Wars Rebellion: My Brother, My Enemy
  • Dark Empire (Possible appearance)
  • Betrayal (Picture only)

Non-canonical appearances

Sources

Notes and references


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