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"Well, I asked for a dozen T-85 X-wings with cloaking devices. Guess they got held up in transit."
―Poe Dameron shortly before the Battle of Crait[src]

The T-85 X-wing was a next-generation model of the X-wing starfighter utilized by the New Republic Defense Fleet three decades after the Battle of Endor.

CharacteristicsEdit

Incom-FreiTek's T-85 X-wing starfighter was an advanced version of the old T-65B X-wing starfighter. The X-wings featured 4 fusial thrust engines and were equipped with a hyperdrive.[1] The engines could reach speeds up to at least 1,300 KPH and 120 MGLT.[2] The craft was flown by 1 pilot with an onboard astromech droid for assistance. Additional systems included deflector shields and sensors.[1]

For armament, they carried four laser cannons on the S-foils which deployed in the classic "X"-shape. The cockpit was placed near the rear, with a snub nose.[5] Some craft were colored gray with blue trim, and had the words Republic Navy written on their hulls in Aurebesh.[6]

HistoryEdit

The T-85s were flown by the New Republic Defense Fleet[4] in the decades after the Battle of Endor.[4] Commander Poe Dameron flew T-85 X-wings with the rest of Rapier Squadron while serving the New Republic. Dameron was subsequently recruited into the Resistance,[1] becoming the leader of Black Squadron.[7]

Kazuda Xionos squadron

New Republic X-wings are pursued by a First Order TIE interceptor.

While on a mission from New Republic Command, Kazuda Xiono's team employed T-85s. They were sent to rendezvous with the Resistance to pass along intelligence. Major Elrik Vonreg of the First Order engaged them. Xiono ordered his wingmen to escape, but his craft was damaged. Commander Dameron's arrival at the site saved Xiono, allowing them to trap and damage Vonreg's TIE with his sole remaining cannon, forcing him to retreat. Xiono's craft was then towed aboard a CR90 corvette.[5]

The New Republic's T-85 X-wing fleet was atomized when the First Order destroyed the Hosnian system in 34 ABY.[4] Shortly afterward, Commander Dameron joked to General Leia Organa that he had ordered a shipment of the T-85s in the leadup to the Battle of Crait as the Resistance fled the First Order counter-attack.[8]

Behind the scenesEdit

The T-85 first appears in the 2015 novel Before the Awakening, written by Greg Rucka and published as part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens imprint.

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