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The LAAT serves the purpose of helicopter gunships and cargo carriers in the real world. It first appeared in Attack of the Clones during the Battle of Geonosis where they rescued the surviving Jedi from the execution arena, disabled and destroyed many of the fleeing Confederacy capital ships and destroyed many of the hailfire droids.
The LAAT/i mounts numerous weapons emplacements, including three blasters, two single and two twin composite-beam lasers, eight anti-aircraft rockets and two mass drivers for launching larger missile weapons.
Certain models of this transport can deploy from space, but requires a mothership vessel such as the Acclamator-class assault ship (This variant could be called a High Altitude Assault Transport).
The LAAT/c cargo variant has longer wings for enhanced stability when carrying large loads and only carries a pair of blasters. Transports of this type carried AT-TE walkers into battle on Geonosis and other battlefields during the Clone Wars.
LAAT/i (ARC Trooper Transport) *
This modified LAAT inserts ARC Trooper-units behind enemy lines. It is fitted with extra internal equipment, but otherwise resembles a normal transport. These transports are often painted black instead of red. (Though the transport shown in the CW cartoon was red like the others, due to a coloring mistake).
Later in the Clone Wars, the ARC Troopers would paint eyes, mouth and stripes of predatory animals on the front of their LAAT's. (This is a homage to the colorful front markings of World War II fighterplanes)
The different LAAT-models are produced by Rothana Heavy Engineering.
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