Imperial Shuttle Tydirium
A well-armed Lambda-class cargo and passenger shuttle with three wings and seating for up to twenty troops. Lambda-class shuttles are favored by Imperial officials, including the late Emperor, due to their combat capabilities and hyperdrive engines. Han Solos strike team used one of these vessels, the Tydirium, to slip past Imperial forces surrounding the forest moon of Endor.
Lambda-class shuttles were originally designed by Sienar Fleet Systems, and are designed to carry up to twenty passengers or eighty tons of cargo. Unlike other similar Imperial transports, the Lambda shuttles have a hyperdrive, allowing passengers and cargo to be transported between systems and fleets.
For protection, the shuttle has two forward-mounted double blaster cannons and two double laser cannons, and a rear-mounted double blaster cannon. It was also protected by a powerful deflector shield, which was powered by multiple generators. A Lambda was covered by a heavily reinforced hull capable of deflecting laser fire. The shuttle class was so well armed that it was able to travel across the Galaxy without an escort, thus making it suitable for covert operations. A military version of the shuttle manufactured by Cygnus Spaceworks has ten laser cannons.
The Lambda-class shuttles command crew normally consists of four Imperials, but can be expanded to include two officers responsible for secured communications and power allocation. The transports are preferred by Imperial officials, who often convert the large interior cargo space into additional passenger seating or personal quarters.
In an emergency the cockpit could be jettisoned from the main body and travel a short distance under sublight speed. The lifeboat did not have enough space for all passengers when the shuttle had its full complement and therefore priority was given to the most senior officers onboard.
The Tydirium was a Sienar Fleet Systems Imperial Lambda-class shuttle, occasionally used as a personal shuttle by Darth Vader.
A team of Rebel Alliance commandos, during the Mission to Zhar, had to capture the shuttle as part of the Alliance's plan to destroy the second Death Star. The shuttle was parked at Outpost 327, a cargo depot in the Zhar system. Rebel pilot Ace Azzameen, piloting his family's personal YT-1300 transport, the
Sabra, landed at the outpost, disguised as a supplies ship.