It got its name from the freely rotating gun platforms mounted on the repulsorcraft. These independent platforms were designed to accommodate up to four various kinds of weaponry, based on mission requirements, and swap them quick and easily. Armed with stripped down anti-personnel and anti-vehicle batteries, each vehicle could be equipped with anything from two to four weapon batteries, based on its battlefield assignment. Each weapon had the option of being operated by individual gunners or linked together to save manpower.
The Freerunner featured a standard open-air cockpit, which allowed for increased visibility for the driver, it also made the driver a prime target and limited the vehicle's use under certain atmospheric conditions. Thus whenever possible, Rebel techs modified the cockpit to be enclosed.
The Kelliak Arms and Armor Company advertised the Freerunner as the ultimate in fast, flexible firepower military ground craft, able to take on advanced scout, supply escort, or even front combat duties. But its development just after the Clone Wars was bad timing, since the Emperor had already decided to stick with walkers and tracked vehicles. In the end, the product had no major contracts from the Imperial Army and the Freerunner became the financial disaster for its manufacturer, which was bankrupted as the result. The remaining stock of Freerunners was available for sale to anyone with credits and proper license. It became popular with planetary defense forces, major cartels, large gangs and eventually the Rebel Alliance. It was an essential part of an Alliance Army Regiment.
The prestigious Raithal Academy utilized simulations of attacking Freerunners to hone their All Terrain Armored Transport pilots. During the Evacuation of Yavin, they served as part of the Rebel ground defense.
Alliance Special Forces produced a variation of the Freerunner as an armored personnel carrier. Known as the SpecForce Freerunner APC, it traded the two laser cannons for twice the cargo capacity and room for two additional passengers. This allowed a SpecForce squad to quickly offload from a landing ship directly into battle while providing protection and fire support.
These vehicles were used by Rebel forces during the Battle of Turak IV.
In truly hazardous regions Freerunners were sometimes used as VIP transports and corporate ground shuttles.