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With the Clone War underway the Republic commissioned Rothana Heavy Engineering to design additional Walker types to increase the versatility of their ground forces. The AT-OT (All Terrain Open Transport) was amongst this new batch of designs and is designed to serve as a troop transport, although it can also be used to carry heavy equipment if the central passenger seats are removed.
This eight legged walker sports thick armour plating, however, its open topped passenger compartment is somewhat venerable to overhead attacks. This does, however, allow the AT-OT to carry a higher number of troops than its enclosed siblings making it capable of carrying thirty four fully armed troopers in a seated position. This can easily be expanded by either removing seats or simply squeezing in standing troopers. It is this open top design that relegates the AT-OT to non-frontline duties.
The AT-OT is equipped with a pair of forward firing laser cannons, which are operated by the driver, and two single laser cannon turrets at the rear of the walker either side of the retractable boarding ramp. These turrets are operated by passengers onboard the walker.
During the course of the Clone War the AT-OT was usually used to ferry reinforcements to staging areas or for patrols in force in largely subdued areas. It was only ever pressed into frontline duty under the most dire of circumstances. With the rise of the Empire AT-OT production came to a halt with the introduction of the AT-AT. Those AT-OTís still in service were converted to perform other duties, usually either as heavy equipment transporters or mobile weapons platforms. Both types of conversions involve the removal of the central passenger seating and either leaving it empty in the case of the former or the fitting of a weapon system, such as an anti-aircraft gun, in case of the latter.
Craft: Rothana Heavy Engineering AT-OT
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