The First Sparks
The Low Altitude Assault Transport (LAAT) is is a specialised, light-weight gunship designed for the transport of small squads of troops, forward reconnaissance, fire support and air-to-ground and air-to-air strikes.
The LAAT comes in several variants, the most common is the LAAT/i (pronounced ‘larty’) which is an infantry transport ship.
These gunships were used throughout the Clone Wars. In the aftermath, the Galactic Empire used them sparingly in its early days, phasing them out in favour of the Multi-Altitude Assault Vehicle
The LAAT can be dropped from an orbiting star ship, but is not capable of making orbit under its own power.