Desert stormtrooper

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Sandtroopers on the sands of the Dune Sea

"Let me see your identifications."
―A sandtrooper in Mos Eisley — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Desert stormtroopers, also referred to as sandtroopers, were Imperial stormtrooper equipped with a modified armor and equipment to withstand the harsh climates of desert planets like Tatooine.


Dewback btm

A sandtrooper astride a dewback mount on Tatooine

They were nearly identical to standard stormtroopers except they had additional training in specialized areas and advanced cooling systems in both their helmets and suits that offered them protection from the relentless heat. Visual differences in armor included a distinctive diamond-shaped left knee plate, non-ribbed chest and back plate connectors as well as reinforced abdominal plating. It was typical for non-commissioned officers (white and orange pauldrons) and above to remove the “drop boxes” on the waist; a redundant and unnecessary accessory given the upgraded load-bearing kit requirements for sustained operations with minimal resupply. Additionally, the usual thermal detonator worn by normal Stormtroopers on the lower back was not present, as its wear and access would be impeded by the typical SD-48 survival backpack.

Their armor consisted of an 18 piece anti-blaster cocoon shell like that of a stormtrooper, but also had a heat-reflective coating worn over a temperature-control body glove. The sandtrooper helmet featured automatic polarized lenses, a built-in comlink, and breathing filters.

All desert sandtroopers carried E-11 blaster rifles, DLT-19 heavy blaster rifles, T-21 light repeating blasters, or RT-97C heavy blaster rifles, long-range comlinks, food, and water packs. Sandtroopers wore colored pauldrons as a designation of rank. A sandtrooper sergeant's pauldron was white, while an enlisted trooper's pauldron was all black. Squad leaders, who led units of seven troopers, wore orange shoulder pauldrons.


Stormtrooper Search

Sandtroopers searching for C-3PO and R2-D2 on Tatooine.

"Stop that ship! Blast 'em!"
Mod Terrik — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

The stormtrooper detachment dispatched in 0 BBY to investigate a crashed escape pod on Tatooine just prior to the Battle of Yavin consisted of sandtroopers. One of them noticed a droid part and concluded that there were droids aboard the escape pod.

They had heavy weapons, survival gear, and shoulder pauldrons denoting rank.

Sandtroopers, along with representatives from every specialized Stormtrooper Corps, were assigned to Darth Vader's personal Death Squadron.[1]

In 8 ABY a contingent of sandtroopers were deployed from the Chimaera to capture the moss painting, Killik Twilight.


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