The Y-45 armored transport hauler, or AT-hauler, was a specialized starship manufactured by Kuat Drive Yards for use in the Galactic Empire's army. Boasting cargo lifter arms, it was used for swift deployment of walkers onto the battlefield. After the Battle of Yavin, the Alliance to Restore the Republic managed to salvage several Y-45s.
Several ion engines provided the ship with thrust in realspace, while linked banks of repulsorlift generators gave it thrust and lift in atmosphere. Its maximum atmospheric speed was of 125 kilometers per hour. The ship also had a hyperdrive, although its navigation computer only contained pre-calculated hyperspace jump destinations to a select group of Imperial outposts—in an effort to discourage thieves.
Its heavy-duty cargo lifter arms featured magnetic clamps on the underside that locked around the cargo. The load could be further secured by localized traction fields, as well as strong cable ties and winches of Steelton make. Energized tensile strength fields radiating through the arms helped the YT-45 withstand buckling under heavy weights.
Not unlike Sienar Fleet Systems's Abecederian line of shuttles, the Y-45 could rotate its arms upward in landing mode, to save space in hangar bays and landing fields. As such, it measured 20.10 meters in length and 6.50 in height in flight mode (with both arms extended), but 11.20 meters in length and 18.90 in height in landing mode (with both arms upward).
Other notable features of the Y-45 included its armored cockpit canopy with forward and downward viewports, a service gantry and clamp brace platform, and a shower stall inside the main compartment.
The Y-45 was designed for swift deployment of walkers anywhere onto the battlefield, except under an energy shield. It could either carry one All Terrain Defense Turret, two 2-M Hover Tanks, or even one All Terrain Armored Transport.
The Y-45 armored transport haulers were introduced to replace Clone Wars-era carriers, but by 10 BBY they were already in the process of being phased out themselves in favor of more versatile transports. Nevertheless, they still saw action on Mimban that year, during an Imperial campaign against the native Mimbanese.
Some time after the Battle of Yavin, the anti-Empire Alliance to Restore the Republic salvaged several Y-45s, which they put to work on the battlefield. The Alliance notably used them to deploy Armored Assault Tanks and juggernauts. Rather than the standard Imperial light gray, those Alliance haulers were colored dark gray and orange.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "It's essentially a flying crane, really. It's utilitarian. It's not the coolest thing you're going to find [aesthetically], but what I think is cool about it is it's kind of like a Swiss army knife. It has a couple different functions to it."
- ―James Clyne
The Y-45 armored transport hauler was created for Solo: A Star Wars Story, a stand-alone Star Wars film directed by Ron Howard that was released worldwide on May 25, 2018. Its design went through several iterations, the last of which was infused with a 1970s design sensibility. James Clyne, Lucasfilm Ltd.'s design supervisor for Solo, described it as an utilitarian, "Swiss army knife" of a ship. It was he who added the caged gantry to the bottom, and came up with the arms' stiff movements, which were inspired by an image of Frankenstein's monster. Two of the early inspirations for the transport hauler, were the Recognizer from the 1982 cult film TRON and the United States Army's Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe helicopter.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Solo: A Star Wars Story: Meet the Crew
- Solo: A Star Wars Story: Train Heist
- Star Wars: Commander (First appearance)
- (First pictured)
- Solo: A Star Wars Story: Han on the Run
- Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide (First identified as Y-45 armored transport hauler)
- The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story
- (Picture only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Star Wars: Commander Version 6.1.0
- ↑ Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Solo: A Star Wars Story
- ↑ The timeline provided in Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide places the Mimban campaign nine years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. As that film takes place in 19 BBY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, the heist on Vandor must take place in 10 BBY.
- ↑ The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story