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Lambda-Shuttle
Lambda-class T-4a Shuttle
Production Information
Manufacturer
Product Line

Cygnus-Sienar Shuttle Family

Model

Lambda-class T-4a

Scale

Small Craft

Cost

240,000 Credits

Technical Specifications
Length

20 meters

MGLT

65 MGLT

Atmospheric Speed

850 kph

Maneuverability

25 DPF

Engine Units

2 SFS 240 Sublight Ion Engines

Hyperdrive Rating

Class 1

Backup Hyperdrive Rating

Class 10

Shielding

100 SBD

Hull

66 RU

Armament
  • 2 Steerable Forward Twin Taim & Bak KX5 Laser Cannons
  • 2 Fixed Forward Twin Blaster Cannons
  • 2 Taim & Bak GA-60s Twin Laser Cannons
  • 1 Aft Retractable ArMek R-T0 Twin Blaster Cannon
Crew
  • 1 Pilot
  • 1 Co-Pilot
  • 1 Navigator
  • 1 Gunner
  • 1 Communications Officer
  • 1 Engineer
Minimum Crew
  • 1 Pilot
  • 1 Gunner
Passengers
  • 10 - 20 (standard)
  • 8 in Staterooms (alternative)
Cargo Capacity

80 Metric Tons (w/o passengers)

Consumables

2 Months

Other Systems
  • HoloNet transceiver (VIP models)
  • Personnel Tractor Beam (equipped as rescue craft)
  • Cockpit Escape Pod
Usage
Roles
  • Personnel Shuttle
  • Troop Transport
  • Escape Vessel
Year Introduced

19 BBY

Affiliation
"It can't accelerate worth a wheep and it turns slower than a comet, but if you get in its sights, it can blow you to itty-bitty pieces. It would be embarrassing to have to inform your family you got shot apart by a shuttle, so stay alert."
Villian Dance

The Lambda-class T-4a Shuttle is a standard light utility craft heavily used by the Galactic Empire, but it also sees common use throughout the galaxy, particularly in militaries. It is based on a tri-wing design with a central stationary wing flanked by a pair of folding wings. When in flight position, the wing configuration resembles an inverted Y. When landing, the lower wings fold upwards.

The Lambda-class is designed as both a cargo and troop transport and can carry 80 tons or 20 soldiers. It has a crew of six: a pilot, co-pilot, navigator, communications officer, gunner, and engineer. The shuttle can be piloted by a skeleton crew consisting of a single pilot and a gunner, or just a pilot, during emergencies. It is also equipped with a Class 1 hyperdrive since its mission profile can involve traveling across the galaxy.

The Lamba-class is very well armed, with a total of four laser cannons and three blaster cannons, enabling it to effectively engage spacecraft and enemy troops. It is also protected by a powerful deflector shield which is powered by multiple generators. A heavily reinforced hull, capable of deflecting laser fire, furthers this protection. Since it is so well armed, the Lamba-class can travel across the galaxy without an escort, thus making it suitable for covert operations.

The Lambda-class shuttle is used along with the TIE/sh shuttle to transport officers between ships in a fleet. Lower ranking officers usually used the TIE shuttle, while the larger Lambda-class shuttles are reserved for flag officers. The Lambda-class is favored by Imperial personnel because it comes so heavily armed and shielded. Thus, it has found itself used by key Imperial officials including Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader.

These high-ranking officials often convert the cargo space into personal quarters and equip them with secure HoloNet transceivers directly connected to Imperial Center. Palpatine's shuttle was also rumored to be equipped with a cloaking device for added protection.

The shuttle was designed by former Cygnus Spaceworks employees, who were lured away by Sienar Fleet Systems with a promise of high salaries, a portion of future profits and even personal star yachts. Although these shuttles were primarily manufactured by Sienar, Cygnus was subcontracted to build a more heavily armed military version. It was the immediate successor of the Theta-class Shuttle, and was first introduced in 19 BBY at some point after the Imperial subjugation of Kashyyyk.

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