Lets take a look at the AT-AT’s lighter, more maneuverable cousin, and a boss fight in almost every Star Wars video game, the AT-ST.
The All Terrain Scout Transport, which is alternately referred to as the Scout Transport, Scout Walker, or Chicken Walker, was one of the more popular vehicles in the Empire’s ground forces. Heavily armed enough to take on massed personnel, but fast enough to perform reconnaissance and outflank entrenched positions, the AT-STs were a common sight during the rise of the Galactic Empire.
Equipped with two chin-mounted MS-4 twin blaster cannons, capable of firing out to two kilometers, as well as a cheek-mounted 88i twin light blaster cannon, and a cheek-mounted DW-3 concussion grenade launcher, AT-STs were capable of attacking both enemy vehicles and ground troops. With clawed feet that could tear through ground defenses, the AT-ST cut an imposing figure on worlds where the Empire invaded.
And yet the Scout Transport was armored as well, with reinforced armor plates and armored viewports designed to protect the crew, consisting of a driver and a gunner, never quite managed to live up to the capabilities it had on “paper.”
The AT-ST possessed speed and agility, but its weapons only proved to be effective against lighter armored targets, and despite the range of its cannons, its targeting computers had difficulty taking out targets outside of close range. Meanwhile, its heavy armored plates were capable of repelling small arms fire, that was the extent of it. Laser cannons, missiles, concussion grenades, or other heavy ordnance was capable of tearing through the armor.
And that’s all before considering necessary weak points, like the gyros situated beneath the command module, which were unprotected in order to keep the walker stable. Deep trenches or high obstacles could trip up the AT-ST, and in one notable case, even heavy logs and stones dropped from primitive flight craft proved more than capable of defeating the AT-ST’s armor.
In spite of all of that, the AT-ST was cheap to manufacture, and against targets that were unprepared for its assaults, they proved to be formidable.
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