Airam arms smugglers contacted the Rebel Alliance with an offer to transfer stolen Imperial munitions to Rebel forces near the Ytha'ac Cluster. Upon arriving at the site of the cargo transfer, though, the Rebels realized that the Empire had already appeared on the scene. The presence of two Gamma-class ATR-6 assault transports, as well as Assault Gunboats armed with ion cannons, alerted the Rebels that the Imperial interlopers intended to recapture the munitions from the Airam cargo ferries, which arrived on-scene shortly thereafter.
As at the Battle of Tortali IV, a limited number of A-wings from Blue Squadron could have entered the battle if the Rebel combatants judged it to be proceeding poorly and decided they needed backup. Similarly, a mere handful of new TIE Avengers could have reinforced the Imperial ambush force.
Behind the scenesEdit
As players can participate in the mission "Ambush Arms Smugglers near Ytha'ac Cluster" in the computer game Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter on either the Rebel or the Imperial side—both sides have conflicting mission objectives—and victory is not essential to access the next set of missions, the battle itself is considered canon but the canon outcome is unknown.
The ships listed in this article are those found in the battle Rebel Alliance Operation: Quick Strike, using the default craft assigned to the player.
The mission title in X-wing vs. TIE Fighter is unusual in that it appears to be written from an in-universe Imperial point of view, while Operation: Quick Strike is framed as a Rebel Alliance operation.