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The Y-85 could accommodate four AT-ATs in addition to four AT-STs. Walkers were held by cranes, clamped along the sides, in battle-ready configuration, and could be quickly deployed via drop-down floor hatches. The Y-85 was armed with two forward twin laser cannons for defense. The walker dropship could also be used to deploy AT-AT swimmers and TIE fighter boats straight into any body of water.
Because of the Y-85's size, it could only fit inside larger Imperial ships. The launch bays of smaller vessels, like Star Destroyers, could only hold landers like the Theta-class AT-AT barge due to their smaller hangar apertures.
Behind the scenesEdit
Early Expanded Universe sources claimed that an Imperial-class Star Destroyer carried 12 "landing barges" of unspecified class. It was stated that these barges were each capable of holding 4 AT-ATs or 8 AT-STs, as well as 1,000 troops.
The author Curtis Saxton found it doubtful that such a large craft could fit inside the hangar of a Star Destroyer. He later served as a consultant during the writing of the book Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy. This book was not only the first official source to fully depict and name the Y-85, but also confirmed that Imperial-class Star Destroyers only have hangars large enough for single-walker landing barges.
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