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The RX-200 Falchion-class assault tank, also known as the Mobile Ion Cannon, or as the stun cannon tank, or simply the Republic stun tank, was a model of tank used by the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. Its ion cannon allowed it to drain targets of their energy, rendering them useless. There were multiple stun tanks at the Battle of Malastare and they were used to incapacitate the Zillo Beast.

CharacteristicsEdit

Stun tank

A stun tank in action

The RX-200 Falchion-class assault tank,[1] also referred to as the stun cannon tank, Republic stun tank, or stun tank,[2] was a tank manufactured by Rothana Heavy Engineering and utilized by the Grand Army of the Galactic Republic. The stun tank's design was an extension of the technology utilized in the SPHA-T, another Republic vehicle. It was equipped with an ion cannon that drained the energy from targeted vehicles, as well two antipersonnel blasters. Both the blasters and the ion cannon were situated on a turret in the rear of the vehicle. The viewport and cabin were located in the rear of the tank, and was protected by a heavily armored hull. Because the ion cannon disabled aerial vehicles, there was the risk of the powerless aircraft crashing into the tanks themselves or other Republic ground vehicles.[1]

The stun tank measured at 28.6 meters in length,[1] and as a repulsorcraft,[2] could reach speeds of 90 kilometers per hour.[1] The stun tank was crewed by at least two clone trooper pilots, and could accommodate at least two passengers. Located above the viewport and cabin were to entry hatches.[2]

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The RX-200 Falchion-class assault tank served primarily as an anti-aircraft[1] and artillery vehicle,[2] and although being designed to be used against droid vehicles, the stun tank was seldom utilized during the Clone Wars.

HistoryEdit

Stun tanks on Coruscant

RX-200 Falchion-class assault tanks attacking the Zillo Beast on Coruscant

The stun cannon tank saw use by the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars against the Confederacy of Independent Systems. During the Battle of Malastare, the stun tank was utilized as anti-aircraft weapons against Hyena-class bombers and Vulture starfighters. After a BTL-B Y-wing dropped the Republic's new superweapon, the Electro-proton bomb, on Separatist forces, the entirety of the droid army was disabled. In the direct aftermath, however, the ground sunk and awoke a hibernating Zillo Beast, and after determining that the creature should be saved to study it, stun tanks were deployed to induce it in a deep sleep. Although during the operation several stun tanks were destroyed, the Republic efforts were successful, as the ion cannons of the stun tanks tapped into the beast's nervous system.[2]

After the Zillo Beast was transported to Coruscant for scientific research, and managed to break free from the Republic Science and Technical Center, resulting in a rampag through Galactic City, stun tanks were once again deployed to subdue the beast. The tanks, working in conjunction with LAAT/i equipped with gas bombs, succeeded in defeating the Zillo Beast, killing it.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

The stun tank first appeared in The Zillo Beast, the eighteenth episode of the second season of the animated TV-series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and released in 2010.[2] The Zillo Blaster was a stun tank that was cut from the series.[4]

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