A sandtrooper, or desert trooper, was an Imperial stormtrooper equipped with modified armor and equipment to withstand the harsh climates of desert planets like Tatooine.
3.1 Non-canon appearances
5 Notes and references
They were identical to standard stormtroopers except they had additional training in specialized areas and advanced cooling systems in both their helmets and suits that offered them protection from the relentless heat.
Sandtroopers searching for C-3PO and R2-D2 on Tatooine.Their armor consisted of an 18 piece anti-blaster cocoon shell like that of a storm trooper, but also had a heat-reflective coating worn over a temperature-control body glove. The sandtrooper helmet featured automatic polarized lenses, a built-in comlink, and breathing filters.
All desert sandtroopers carried E-11 blaster rifles, DLT-19 heavy blaster rifles, or T-21 light repeating blasters, long-range comlinks, and food and water packs. Sandtroopers wore colored pauldrons as a designation of rank. A sandtrooper sergeant's pauldron was white, while an enlisted trooper's pauldron was all black. Squad leaders, who led units of seven troopers, wore orange shoulder pauldrons.
A sandtrooper astride a dewback mount on Tatooine.The stormtrooper detachment dispatched in 0 BBY to investigate a crashed escape pod on Tatooine just prior to the Battle of Yavin consisted of sandtroopers. They had heavy weapons, survival gear, and shoulder pauldrons denoting rank.