The AR-SS was meant for fire support on the front lines. Whenever the the 514th needed cover fire while infiltrating behind enemy lines, the AR-SS was there suppressing heavy fire on any enemies stopping (or trying to) the 514th.It has dual proton cannons on the top of the wings and on the bottom there was dual (signature) "Bolt" cannons and a repeating blaster gun in view of the pilot. For cover at the rear, a heavy repeating blaster cannon was mounted for the gunner. It carried two troopers(Pilot and gunner). The AR-SS is a force to be reckoned with and is feared by many surviving battle droids. The "shield" part of the name came from the use of cover when it landed. 514th troops would cover behind it when the heat of the battle struck them. The AR-SS has armor that can withstand 10 wrist rockets until any real damage occurs.