The Y-85 Titan dropship, or just Titan for short, was a large, blocky dropship used by the Galactic Empire to deploy walkers onto the battlefield. Manufactured by Incom Corporation, it was equipped with massive repulsor units, two pairs of forward twin laser cannons, and could accommodate four All Terrain Armored Transports and four All Terrain Scout Transports. Only the largest Imperial warships had hangars capacious enough to hold them.
The Y-85 Titan dropship was designed by Incom Corporation for use by the Galactic Empire's military. Its role was to deploy walkers—legged armored cavalry vehicles—onto planetary surfaces. It was shaped like an irregular hexahedron, with a cockpit module on the top of its front half, and a floor hatch through which the embarked walkers were unloaded. It could accommodate not only four All Terrain Armored Transports (AT-ATs), stowed battle-ready with troops and equipment on board, but also four All Terrain Scout Transports (AT-STs) in rotating racks. The Titan boasted massive repulsor units, and two forward twin laser cannons (one on each side of the ship's front). Overall, it was similar in shape and purpose to the smaller Theta-class barge. In keeping with the Empire's preference for muted tones, its hull was a plain gray color.
Titan dropships saw use during the Galactic Civil War, which pitted the Galactic Empire against the Alliance to Restore the Republic. However, only the largest Imperial warships—such as the Executor-class Star Dreadnoughts—had hangars spacious enough to accommodate them. Notably, the Executor, the flagship of Lord Darth Vader, carried several Titans. Smaller vessels such as the Imperial-class Star Destroyers deployed single-walker barges, like the Y-45 armored transport hauler.
At the Battle of Hoth in 3 ABY, Imperial General Maximilian Veers decided against using Titans to deploy his walker contingent on the Moorsh Moraine, outside the perimeter of the Alliance base's deflector shield. Wary that enemy starfighters would swarm the dropships before they had a chance to reach their landing zone, he opted for several Gozanti-class cruisers, which had a capacity of only two AT-ATs each, but were more agile.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Y-85 Titan dropship made its canonical debut in the 2016 reference book Star Wars: Complete Locations, an updated version of a 2005 Legends book of the same name. It originated in the 2004 Legends book Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy, which was written by James Luceno. While Inside the Worlds of the Star Wars Trilogy implied that Y-85s were used in the Battle of Hoth, the canon version of Complete Locations assigned this role to Gozanti-class cruisers, in keeping with what is described in Alexander Freed's 2015 novel Battlefront: Twilight Company.
- Star Wars: Complete Locations (First mentioned)