After the destruction of the second Death Star, orphaned imperial garrisons across the galaxy were left to fend for themselves. The garrison on Hoth was no exception. Mothballing its AT-ATs and AT-STs due to high daily operating expenses, the garrison switched over to ground attack snowspeeders for routine patrols and smuggling interdiction, much as the Rebel Alliance had earlier on. Indeed, utilizing the remains of an air regiment of T47 speeders abandoned on the planet years before by rebel forces, imperial engineers up-armored the craft and adapted them to the harsh weather conditions. Heavier and slower than the Rebel Alliance’s snowspeeders had been, these “flying tanks” could nevertheless out-maneuver and out-pace everything else on the impoverished planet.
About this creation
Here, a T47G pursues a smuggler on his profession’s preferred form of transport--a surplus imperial speeder bike.