Name: Baktoid Fleet Ordnance/Haor Chall Engineering HMP (Heavy Missile Platform) droid gunship
Length: 12.3 meters to 18.2 meters
Width: 11 meters
Height/depth: 3.1 meters
Skill: Repulsorlift operation; Air Speeder 5D, Vehicle Blasters 5D
Crew: Integrated droid brain
Cargo Capacity: Mission Specific Loads can be mounted on Wing-Tips (eg 12 SBDs or BX-series droid commandos with droid deployment racks)
Altitude Range: Ground level-1.5km
Cost: New: 60,000 credits, Used: 30,000 credits
Move: 200; 600 km/h (cruise mode: 4700; 14,200 km/h)
Body Strength: 5D
Shield Strength: 4D
Turreted twin medium laser cannons (2)
Fire Arc: Front
Fire Control: 3D
Atmosphere Range: 50-200/1/2km
Medium laser cannon (1)
Fire Arc: Front
Fire Control: 1D
Atmosphere Range: 100-300/1.2/2.5km
Light laser cannons (2)
Fire Arc: Front
Fire Control: 1D
Atmosphere Range: 50-100/800/1.5km
Variable-payload missile launchers (2, with 7 missiles each)
Fire Arc: Front
Fire Control: 3D
Atmosphere Range: 10-100/300/700m
Game Notes: Cruise Mode allows the gunship to move around a planet very quickly, but sacrifices all attempts to dodge, to attack, its shields or to sneak. Simply put, the engines are running so hard the vehicle is easy to spot and target, and cannot fire any weapons through its shields which are being used to aerodynamically force it through the atmosphere instead of protecting it.
Description: The HMP (Heavy Missile Platform) droid gunship, also simply known as the droid gunship, Separatist gunship, or HMP Predator, was deployed by the Confederacy of Independent Systems (CIS) relatively late in the Clone Wars and was based on the design of the older Mechanized Assault Flyer. A shielded missile platform, the gunship was designed for air strikes in planetary atmospheres. Though the ship was slower and less maneuverable than smaller fighters, it made up in its heavy and powerful arsenal. HMPs were armed with two laser cannon turrets, one medium laser cannon, two light laser cannons, and 14 missiles. The gunship was able to carry a large variety of ordnance ranging from concussion bombs to torpedoes and electromagnetic pulse missiles.
Heavy Missile Platforms were developed by Baktoid Fleet Ordnance and Haor Chall Engineering for the Separatist Droid Army in response to the success of the Grand Army of the Republic's Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry gunship. The gunships saw their first major Clone Wars action around 20 BBY when four of them were deployed on the planet Onderon to fight off an army of rebels. The HMPs would later be used to escort General Grievous and a boarding party to the Republic Navy's Negotiator. The gunships would again be used during the Battle of Kashyyyk in 19 BBY. After the Republic transformed into the Galactic Empire that same year, the armies of the CIS were deactivated. However, a Geonosian named Gizor Dellso used one of these gunships to board an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer during the Battle of Mustafar. It was destroyed by the stormtroopers of the 501st Legion.
The HMP (Heavy Missile Platform) droid gunship, often referred to as "droid gunship," "Separatist gunship," or "HMP Predator," was a heavily-shielded aerial missile platform. Units ranged in length from 12.3 meters to 18.2 meters and were eleven meters wide and 3.1 meters tall. Droid gunships sold for 60,000 credits new and 30,000 credits used. On either side of the gunship's nose were large spherical gun turrets, mounting twin medium laser cannons along with their respective capacitors, as well as the targeting scanners and targeting sensor ports used to aim them. Between the two turrets were moving mandibles, a rotating mount for a medium cannon mounted on the gunship's chin, and inductors that supplied power to the gun turrets through a gap in the back of each turret, where they were hidden from external attack by the turret's armored socket. On top of the nose were two photoreceptor eyes, long-range sensor ports, the processor for the sensors and antennae, the portside targeting processor, and the starboard deflector shield generator. On the side of the nose were the fuel tanks that were exposed in order to keep radioactive fuel particles from damaging systems located under the ship's shell.
The rear of the ship was composed of a large disc. Inside the disc were the power cells, the inner support frame, repulsorlift generator, fuel pumps, and the repulsor projector grid that applied the ship's anti-gravitational lift. On the outside of the disc were the ion drive thrusters, located in grooves on the disc surface, the cooling radiator, the waste gas vent, the shield projector, and a sponsorship emblem of Phlac-Arphocc Automata Industries. In the center of the disc was the ship's reactor core, and on the front of the disc were the ship's binocular range finders used to aid in long-range spacial sense and missile guidance. On the right and left sides of the disc were modular wings that could be removed or equipped with an explosive payload.
The HMP's repulsorlift would steadily drive the gunship in flight, allowing for stable shooting in battle. The gunship ran off an especially superdense radioactive fuel supplied by Phlac-Arphocc Automata Industries. The gunships were also equipped with ray shields and vocabulators. BX-series droid commandos were capable of riding on and using the gunships as firing platforms. Late in the war, the gunships were also modified to carry B2 super battle droids in ventral deployment racks located under the disc. The gunship also had a variant capable of short space travel. The HMP had a maximum acceleration of 100G and could reach atmospheric speeds of up to 14,200 kilometers per hour or fifty megalights per hour (MGLT). The ship was not equipped with a hyperdrive.
Designed for air strikes in planetary atmospheres, the droid gunship compensated for its sluggish airspeed with a powerful arsenal of weaponry. An HMP gunship's standard weapons configuration consisted of two laser cannon turrets, one medium laser cannon, two light laser cannons, and 14 missiles. The gunship's modular wings allowed the HMP to carry a wide variety of ordnance, from concussion bombs and torpedoes to electromagnetic pulse missiles. Seven missile launchers were located on either side of the gunship's main body, below the large aft-mounted disc housing the reactor core. The ships could also be fitted with droid deployment racks for insertion and extraction into heavy combat area.
Heavy Missile Platform gunships were developed late during the Clone Wars by Haor Chall Engineering and Baktoid Fleet Ordnance for the Separatist Droid Army in response to the enormous success of the Grand Army of the Republic's Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry (LAAT/i). Local dictators like Ado Eemon were often contracted to add to the production of the HMP and were usually supplied with a small percent of the production run, which was used to supplement their personal forces and help enforce their own rule.
The gunships made their first appearance in battle around 20 BBY when a quartet of gunships were deployed under the command of super tactical droid General Kalani on the planet Onderon to defeat an army of rebels that had gathered in the highlands. Although they were able to kill many rebels, they were all shot down after the rebels received a shipment of missile launchers delivered by the pirate Hondo Ohnaka and paid for by Anakin Skywalker. A crashed gunship, though, used its last energy to kill the rebel leader Steela Gerrera by shooting at Ahsoka Tano who was attempting to use the Force to save Steela from a cliff's edge. General Kalani evacuated the remaining Separatist forces from the planet after the defeat. During an attack on the starfleet of Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, droid gunships were used to deploy battle droids in an effort by General Grievous to board the Negotiator, Kenobi's flagship. The ship self-destructed, however, as Kenobi and the surviving clones evacuated via escape pods. One gunship during the Battle of Ringo Vinda was used to ambush a Nu-class shuttle carrying an aberrant clone, Tup. At one point, gunships were also used during the Separatist invasion of Scipio to deploy a garrison of battle droids. The gunships were also used by the Separatists during the Battle of Kashyyyk in 19 BBY. One gunship shot down the starship Inferno owned by the Devaronian smuggler Vilmarh Grahrk. The Inferno crashed into water, but the gunship was destroyed as it was moving in to finish the ship off. The battle resulted in a defeat for the droid army. Directly after the end of the Clone Wars, a HMP was used by the Geonosian Gizor Dellso's droid forces to board an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer during the Battle of Mustafar. It was destroyed, along with the droids, by the stormtroopers of the 501st Legion.