Gamma-class assault shuttle





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Gamma-class assault shuttle
Production information
Class Gamma-class assault shuttle
Technical specifications
Length 30 meters
Width 13
Height/depth 9
Engine unit(s) Telgorn IA/4 fusial thrust engines
Hyperdrive rating


  • Class 2
  • Backup Class 18
Power plant Fabritech UL.2 power modulator
Shielding Novaldex deflector shield generators
Hull Compartmentalized frame with tri-level armor plating
Navigation system Equipped, three jump limit
Avionics Telgorn twin-tandem flight computers
Armament


  • Turbolaser cannons (4)
  • Ion cannons (2)
  • Concussion missile launcher (1)
    • 15 concussion missiles, standard load
  • Nordoxicon Wavefront-active tractor beam projectors (2)
  • Power harpoon (1)
Crew 5
Minimum crew 1
Passengers 40 spacetroopers
Cargo capacity 5 metric tons
Consumables 1 week
Usage
Role(s)


  • Transport
  • Boarding craft
  • Convoy escort
Affiliation Galactic Empire

The Gamma-class assault shuttle was an Imperial shuttle used to ferry spacetroopers into battle.

History

In a standard operation, a Gamma-class assault shuttle would pull up near an enemy ship and take hold of it with either its tractor beam or power harpoon. It would then launch its spacetroopers to seize control of the vessel, sometimes crippling the ship beforehand with a few well-placed turbolaser shots.

These ships were composed of three sections. The first section was the command crew cockpit, where a crew of five not only controlled the shuttle, but monitored its spacetroopers as well. The second section, the main body, was where the spacetroopers were carried. There were forty holding compartments for spacetrooper armor, enough for an entire platoon.

While being stored in the assault shuttle, the spacetroopers' power armor was constantly being recharged. Each compartment was equipped with a fold-away door, allowing the shuttle to quickly launch its troopers into space.

To protect its valuable cargo of elite spacetroopers, assault shuttles were very well shielded. Unlike most combat ships, which devoted 25% of their power to shields, the shields of a Gamma-class assault shuttle took up a full 62% of its power, with over half of that directed to the ship's front arc. This allowed assault shuttles to withstand heavy damage as they pulled up near hostile ships.

Gamma-class assault shuttles were both atmosphere and space capable. They were equipped with Class 2 hyperdrives (Class 18 backup). However, their capability for hyperspace travel was limited, because their nav computers could only hold enough data for three jumps.

Modifications

Behind the Scenes

Gamma-class assault shuttles were first described in the West End Games publication Imperial Sourcebook. A similar but distinct ship, the Gamma-class ATR-6 assault transport, appeared in the X-wing series of computer games. At first, it was unclear whether the assault transport was intended to be the same thing as the assault shuttle, because the games were known to use alternate models and statistics for a number of ships. However, both the assault shuttle and assault transport appeared in Star Wars: X-wing Alliance, proving that they were separate ships. Unlike the Gamma shuttle, the ATR-6 has not been seen in sources outside the X-wing games.

X-wing Alliance also depicts the Gamma-class shuttle using an ion cannon in a cutscene. It is not known if this is an error, or if this is a variant or retrofit.

The original Imperial Sourcebook did not give the ships any backup hyperdrives. The second edition of the Imperial Sourcebook called the weapons on the assault shuttle "laser cannons" and gave the ships Class 18 backup hyperdrives. Starships of the Galaxy redesignated their guns into "turbolasers."


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