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STAP
Production information
Manufacturer

Baktoid Armor Workshop

Model

Single Trooper Aerial Platform[1]

Class

Repulsorcraft

Cost

2,500 credits[1]

Technical specifications
Height/depth

2 meters[2]

Maximum speed

400 km/h[2]

Armament

Dual blaster cannon (1)[2]

Crew

Pilot (1)

Passengers

None

Usage
Availability

Military[1]

Role(s)
  • Anti-infantry
  • Reconnaissance
  • Scout
Era(s)

Rise of the Empire era

Affiliation
"We could have stayed hidden in the swamps forever, if not for those accursed STAPs. They rooted us out of the trees like Gungans searching for gumbols."
Tobias Pall

The Single Trooper Aerial Platform (STAP-1 or STAP) was an agile flying machine designed for use by the Trade Federation's and Confederacy of Independent Systems' B1 battle droids.

Contents

Characteristics

A STAP in the color scheme of the Confederacy of Independent Systems

It was similar in design to personal repulsorlift airhooks used for both civilian and military purposes. Designed to travel fast, the STAP's only weapon was a twin blaster cannon connected to it. High voltage energy cells powered the machine.

Each STAP was piloted by a single battle droid that stood on a long foot panel, gripping a pair of handles that controlled its weapons and were used to pilot the craft. STAPs utilized by the Trade Federation prior to the Clone Wars tended to be brown in color; Separatist STAPs were predominantly blue with white triangular markings.

The STAP-1 was used for scouting and anti-personnel hunting operations, and would occasionally be used in open battle to harass enemy forces. Because of its open design, STAP units were vulnerable to enemy heavy weapons, making them rely on their speed and agility to dodge enemy fire.

It was the counterpart to the Republic 74-Z speeder bike.[3]

History

STAPs were used extensively during the Invasion of Naboo, where Trade Federation forces used them to great effect against the Naboo security teams and to subjugate the local populace.[4]

B1 battle droids riding STAPs over the plains of Naboo

Later, they would be used during the Clone Wars, especially during the Dark Reaper Crisis, on planets such as Raxus Prime, alongside heavy armored vehicles.[3] During the Battle of Teth, STAPs were utilized by the Separatist forces against the clone troopers and AT-TEs scaling the cliff wall. Anakin Skywalker managed to destroy all but one by knocking their droid pilots off, using the remaining STAP to reach the top of the cliff.[5] STAPs were again utilized by the Separatists on Naboo during the Blue Shadow Virus crisis. A small force of three battle droids riding STAPs were escorting a tactical droid when the convoy was destroyed by Captain Typho, Chrin and another member of the Royal Naboo Security Forces.[6] They were also deployed by the CIS during the Battle of Tirahnn.[7]

Behind the scenes

It is possible that the STAP was based on the real life VZ-1 Pawnee, an experimental flying platform developed by the U.S. military and designed to be piloted by a single soldier.

Appearances

  • Cloak of Deception
  • Star Wars: Starfighter
  • 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
  • Episode I: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
  • Star Wars: Episode I Jedi Power Battles
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Starfighter: Crossbones (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Jedi Quest: The Moment of Truth
  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars video game
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Only the Force
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Hidden Enemy"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars film / novel
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars Volume 1: Shipyards of Doom
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 2: Crash Course
  • The Clone Wars: Headgames
  • The Clone Wars: The Valley
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
  • "The Clone Wars: The Pengalan Tradeoff" - Star Wars Insider 65
  • Hero of Cartao
  • Changing Seasons
  • Star Wars: General Grievous
  • Star Wars: Obsession
  • Brothers in Arms
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
  • Star Wars Republic: Into the Unknown
  • Star Wars: Demolition
  •  Star Wars Galaxies – An Empire Divided

Non-canonical appearances

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Official Star Wars Fact File
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (video game)
  4. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film)
  6. Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus"
  7. Galaxy at War
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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