|Kappa-class troop shuttle|
Kappa-class troop shuttle
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Class 2 (Backup Class 18)
50 metric tons
The Kappa-class had an angled cockpit area with wide viewport, a ventral debarkation hatch, and three stubby stabilization fins. It was designed to transport troops directly into a hot landing zone. Its blaster cannons protected the shuttle during flight, while its repeating blaster cannons cleared its destined landing area of any enemy forces, thus allowing the shuttle to establish a safe zone for its carried platoon to disembark.
The Kappa-class shuttle featured an aft vehicle bay containing two AT-RT walkers. Port and starboard exit hatches from the vehicle bay allowed the AT-RTs to disembark over low ramps. The AT-RTs provided heavy firepower and armor support to ground troops landing in a combat zone. This concept saw limited employment on the battlefield since the Kappa-class shuttle was replaced with newer dropships.
Eventually, Kappa-class shuttles were replaced by more modern shuttles and dropships, which featured greater troop capacity and the capability to transport ground vehicles like the AT-AT and AT-ST walkers. As a result, many Kappa-class shuttles were transferred to secondary ships within the Imperial Navy.
Regardless of its status in the Imperial Starfleet, the interior troop cabin was open to modifications, including altering the seat arrangement or removing a seat altogether. Unfortunately, most of the Kappa-class shuttles' AT-PT complement were scrapped in favor of its more intimidating and larger cousins. By the time of the Galactic Civil War, these vehicle bays were often used to contain cargo or other more conventional ground-vehicles.
Behind the scenesEdit
While the Lambda-class shuttle is named after the letter Lambda of the Greek alphabet because of its resemblance in shape (λ), the Kappa-class shuttle bears no resemblance to the shape of the Greek letter Kappa (κ).
There seems to be a discrepancy regarding crew and complement when comparing the RPG stats and the deckplan. While the stats give the shuttle a crew of four and a complement of forty, the deckplan shows a cockpit for a crew of six (similar to the Lambda-class) and seats for ninety-six passengers.