Sheathipede-class transport shuttle

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The Sheathipede-class transport shuttle,[1] also known as the Neimoidian escort shuttle,[2] was a short-range transport[1] used by the Trade Federation and the Confederacy of Independent Systems.[2]


A product of Haor Chall Engineering, the Sheathipede-class was a transport shuttle with a curved hull and pincer-like landing gears, which lowered from the ship's rounded belly.[1] At a length of fourteen-point-four meters,[2] the shuttle was powered by two engines and featured an egress hatchway at the rear.[6] Some models replaced the cockpit with an expanded passenger cabin, and were flown by automatic pilots.[1] Although most were unarmed, some were fitted with a trio of laser cannons.[7]


The Sheathipede-class shuttle was a short-range transport[1] and escort shuttle[2] primarily utilized to ferry passengers across a planet's surface, or between an orbiting starship and a world below.[1] Neimoidian officials in the Trade Federation used these shuttles for transit from battleships to the surface of conquered planets,[2] and often preferred models with automatic pilots as the absence of a cockpit allowed for increased passenger space.[1]

Viceroy Nute Gunray arrived in Theed during the Federation occupation of Naboo aboard a Sheathipede-class shuttle. He and his retinue emerged from the vessel's rear hatchway to survey their victory over the Naboo people.[6] Gunray continued to make use of these shuttles, and fled Geonosis following the outbreak of war ten years after the Naboo affair.[8] Doctor Nuvo Vindi maintained a Sheathipede-class shuttle which was captured by the Galactic Republic during a raid on his laboratory during the Blue Shadow Virus affair.[9][3] Following the Battle of Coruscant in the final days of the Clone Wars, General Grievous traveled to Pau City on Utapau to meet with the Separatist Council.[10]

Three Sheathipede-class transport shuttles were present on Agamar, where the Spectres and General Kalani's droid forces used them to escape a battle against the Galactic Empire.[11]

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