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The Ultra-Light Assault Vehicle, also known by the acronym ULAV, was a type of small repulsorcraft employed by the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Used for supporting slower troops, ULAVs were equipped with two laser cannons, a rear-mounted blaster cannon, and concussion missile launchers.

CharacteristicsEdit

Galactic Defense ULAV

Some Ultra-Light Assault Vehicles had fins.

Ultra-Light Assault Vehicles were small, fast repulsorlift assault vehicles. Symmetrical in design, the repulsorcraft had intakes on either side of the nose; a tan-colored hull; and tinted, wedge-shaped windscreens.[1] Some Ultra-Light Assault Vehicles also had fins on opposite sides of the frame.[2] As assault vehicles, each ULAV was armed with concussion missile launchers, two forward-facing laser cannons, and a rotating, rear-mounted blaster cannon. The blaster cannon was operated by a single gunner, and the craft was flown by a single pilot.[1]

HistoryEdit

During the Alliance to Restore the Republic's early rebellion against the Galactic Empire,[1] Ultra-Light Assault Vehicles were used by the rebel army to support slower rebel soldiers in battle.[2] In a note to Rebellion leader Mon Mothma, General Pitt Onoran, with insights from Lieutenant Taidu Sefla, listed Ultra-Light Assault Vehicles among the Rebellion's available ground forces. Onoran's assessment was recorded in The Rebel Files.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Ultra-Light Assault Vehicles were first mentioned in the 1990 Star Wars Legends roleplaying book Rebel Alliance Sourcebook, written by Paul Murphy.[3] The first appearance of ULAVs came in the 1998 Legends novel X-Wing: Wraith Squadron,[4] and their first appearance in the new Star Wars canon was in the tower defense game Star Wars: Galactic Defense, which was developed by DeNA Co., Ltd.,[2] released on October 30, 2014,[5] and shut down on April 28, 2016.[2]

In Galactic Defense, ULAVs were a type of enemy unit in the "Dark Side" missions, appearing in original trilogy–themed[6] levels recreating the Battles of Hoth and Endor. In these levels, players utilized defense towers and Imperial forces, such as riot troopers, to defend against waves of Rebel units;[7] successfully destroying a ULAV awarded the player with "Scrap," a point standard used to upgrade or purchase towers.[2] While Galactic Defense was canon, its actual gameplay was not; consequently, the presence of ULAVs on Hoth and Endor is considered non-canon.[8]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Star Wars: Galactic Defense (shutdown date)
  3. Rebel Alliance Sourcebook
  4. X-Wing: Wraith Squadron
  5. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Galactic Defense Arrives on Mobile Devices on StarWars.com (backup link)
  6. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Galactic Defense on StarWars.com (backup link)
  7. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Galactic Defense Developer Diary - Part 1 on StarWars.com (backup link)
  8. Star Wars: Galactic Defense/email. DeNA Co., Ltd. "The descriptions and lore are canon, but instances within the game itself are not since we mix Champions from multiple eras and it is not placed within the Star Wars timeline. So ULAVs and MLC-3 Tanks are canon but their presence is not."
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