The patrol transport, also referred to as the police gunship, known first as the Republic police gunship or Republic police helicopter and later as the Imperial patrol transport, was a gunship introduced during the Clone Wars to perform law enforcement functions on the Republic capital of Coruscant. Designed to be sleeker and smaller as well as less heavily armed than the Republic attack gunship, the patrol transport was better suited for policing the dense city-wide planet while reducing the risks of collateral damage. The patrol transport was armed with ball-mounted turrets and fixed cannons. A troop bay allowed for the rapid deployment of police officers. Though utilized primarily by the Coruscant Security Force, the patrol transport also was available to the Coruscant Guard shock troopers who could procure them if need be. After the formation of the Galactic Empire, the patrol transport saw a broader use as a patrol craft for the Imperial Military on various worlds.
The Republic police gunship was the civilian model of the Republic attack gunship and was sleeker, smaller, and less heavily armed. The police gunship possessed a spoked cockpit and solar gatherer panels which acted as the power generator for the ship. Two ball-mounted laser cannons were underneath the cockpit and one laser cannon was mounted on the rear of the ship which were better suited for patrolling the city scape as well as having a lower risk overall in causing collateral damage.
The patrol transports were also equipped with searchlights in the event that they had to conduct searches at night or in areas of Coruscant where visibility was low, such as the underworld. The gunship's cockpit also had two seats for the pilot and gunner, with the pilot being slightly behind of and elevated over the gunner. The side hatches opened for entry, and had a ramp near the rear in the event that the circumstances required rapid deployment of its personnel.
The gunship was used during the Clone Wars and available to both flesh-and-blood police officers and the Guardian police droids of the Coruscant Security Force. It could also be used by the shock troopers of the Coruscant Guard and the Jedi Order.
Two of these gunships were used on Coruscant by two teams of Coruscant Guards led by clone officers Captain Rex and Commander Wolffe and Jedi Anakin Skywalker and Plo Koon to search for Skywalker's padawan Ahsoka Tano in the lower levels, after Tano escaped from the Republic military base.
The gunships were utilized by several troopers of the Coruscant Guard to search the planet for the Trooper Fives. They eventually found him in a warehouse in the lower levels where he was shot by them. Some were stationed in the Jedi Temple's hangar.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Republic police gunship first appeared in the Season 5 episode "To Catch a Jedi." The ship was originally designed for another Star Wars-related project, and was inherited by the Clone Wars team for use in this episode.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "To Catch a Jedi" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Wrong Jedi" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voices"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Call to Action"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Relics of the Old Republic"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Shroud of Darkness"
- Star Wars Rebels Season Four
- (First identified as Imperial patrol transport)