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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 Galactic Civil War. Used for supporting slower troops, ULAVs were equipped with two laser cannons and a single rear-mounted turret.

CharacteristicsEdit

Ultra-Light Assault Vehicles were small, fast repulsorlift assault vehicles. Symmetrical in design, the assault vehicle had openings on either side of the nose; fins on opposite sides of its tan-colored frame; and dark, wedge-shaped windscreens. Additionally, each ULAV was armed with two forward-facing laser cannons and a rear-mounted turret.[1]

HistoryEdit

During the Galactic Civil War, a galaxy-wide conflict fought between the Alliance to Restore the Republic and the Galactic Empire, Ultra-Light Assault Vehicles were used by the Alliance to support slower Rebel soldiers in battle.[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.[2] The first appearance of ULAVs came in the 1998 Legends novel X-Wing: Wraith Squadron,[3] and their first canonical appearance was in the tower defense game Star Wars: Galactic Defense, which was developed by DeNA Co., Ltd.,[1] released on October 30, 2014,[4] and shut down on April 28, 2016.[1]

In Galactic Defense, ULAVs were a type of enemy unit in the "Dark Side" missions, appearing in original trilogy–themed[5] 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;[6] successfully destroying a ULAV awarded the player with "Scrap," a point standard used to upgrade or purchase towers.[1] While Galactic Defense was canon, its actual gameplay was not; consequently, the presence of ULAVs on Hoth and Endor is considered non-canon.[7]

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Star Wars: Galactic Defense
  2. Rebel Alliance Sourcebook
  3. X-Wing: Wraith Squadron
  4. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Galactic Defense Arrives on Mobile Devices on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  5. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Galactic Defense on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  6. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Galactic Defense Developer Diary - Part 1 on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  7. 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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