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from Millennium Falcon Haynes Manual which refers to the two projections on the bows of all YT-1300 Correlian Freighters as mandibles.

What is their purpose or function?

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    Chicks dig mandibles. Feb 4, 2016 at 11:45
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    I feel like I read somewhere about cargo lifting with them. Either I'm just imagining it or if I really read that it was most likely in the Han Solo Adventures trilogy - hardly canon. Feb 4, 2016 at 13:53
  • Surely the Solo movie answers this and makes possibly both answers below incorrect, from a canon perspective?
    – Darren
    Jul 14, 2018 at 10:58
  • @Darren, what's the proposed canon answer? Jul 14, 2018 at 14:52
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    @Darren... So write an answer! Jul 14, 2018 at 16:14

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According to the book "Incredible Cross-Sections of Star Wars: The Ultimate Guide to Star Wars Vehicles and Spacecraft", the mandibles hold various sensors and an anti-concussion field generator. Three is also the freight barge clamp so the YT-1300 can act like a barge or tugboat and push around large cargo. Also on the port mandible there is the shield generator and projector. On the inner side of the mandibles there is a freight loading arm. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Another purpose is for moving freight around, where the mandibles attach to cargo and push them around, as shown here:

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  • I think the freight loading arm makes sense as the key thing that justifies the shape and presence of the mandibles. Feb 4, 2016 at 16:05
  • and the "electromagnetic freight barge clamp" position i.stack.imgur.com/EA69H.jpg
    – Mateo
    Feb 4, 2016 at 19:08
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    That second image actually makes sense.... especially since the Falcon is supposed to be a freighter, but the cutaway shows there's almost no room for freight.
    – Tim
    Jan 15, 2017 at 19:21
  • And it even explains why the cockpit is way over on the side. Jun 5, 2017 at 17:44
  • Where do yo actually sleep in this vessel?!
    – flq
    Jul 14, 2018 at 14:37

The Falcon, like other ships in its class can be used as a cargo pusher. The (canon) Star Wars: Rebel Files has an image of a newer YT-model freighter moving what appears to be a smaller ship.

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