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"We need that platform, Karé. There's nowhere to land on this planet—It's all mountains and ravines. If we stay here too long, we'll run out of fuel. But if we can get it we'll have a landing spot for our ships, a chance to refuel and control over the only way in and out of that cave."
―Black Squadron pilot Temmin Wexley, to fellow pilot Karé Kun[src]

During the Mission to Ovanis, the First Order used a model of landing platform as a staging area to launch both TIE/fo space superiority fighters and TIE/sf space superiority fighters as well as atmospheric assault landers.

CharacteristicsEdit

First Order platform

A First Order landing platform over Ovanis

The First Order landing platform was a type of flatbed starship used for the transportation of starfighters and troops.[2] The platform was a simple rectangular flat starship, distinguished by a pair of frontal fins and a single off-center bridge.[1] The platform was armed with 3 ventral laser cannons and one laser cannon mounted next to the bridge.[1] The First Order landing platform could be deployed by a larger cruiser, such as a Maxima-A class heavy cruiser.[2]

RoleEdit

Maxima A cruiser

First Order landing platforms could be deployed from Maxima-A-class heavy cruisers

The First Order landing platform could be utilized to transport troops and various starcraft and to act as a staging area.[1] It provided fuel and acted as a landing platform for starfighters on mountainous planets where it would otherwise be difficult.[2]

The platform could carry an assortment of 8 TIE/fo or TIE/sf space superiority fighters, along with an additional two AAL-1971/9.1 Troop Transport[1] and at least 1 First Order speeder bike.[2]

The First Order landing platform carried a crew of at least 14.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

Cold warEdit

Mission to OvanisEdit

"You got that a little wrong, Poe."
"I'm not wrong, Karé. I'm looking at the tracker right now."
"Not about the tracker. About the First Order. They aren't on their way. They're already here."
―Black Squadron pilot Karé Kun to squad leader Poe Dameron after discovering a First Order landing platform on Ovanis.[src]
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The Resistance attacks the First Order platform

During the Cold war, the military junta known as the First Order employed at least one of these landing platforms. Around 33 ABY,[3] during the Resistance's mission to Ovanis, the First Order deployed this platform from the Maxima-A-class heavy cruiser, Ravenous,[4] to the surface of Ovanis to reinforce Agent Terex during his hunt for the Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. The platform brought with it 2 TIE/fo space superiority fighters, 6 TIE/sf space superiority fighters, 2 AAL-1971/9.1 Troop Transports, a First Order speeder bike, and a squadron of First Order Stormtroopers consisting of at least 2 Flametroopers, 8 Rocket troopers, 2 First Order Special Forces.[1][2]

The landing platform floated above Ovanis' rocky surface, blocking the entrance to a cave, cutting off Resistance starfighter group Black Squadron from their commander, Poe Dameron, who at the time was inside the cave negotiating with the native Crèche.[1] Dameron was unaware of the First Order's arrival, or that Agent Terex was in puruit with a squadron of troopers. In a bid to take the landing platform for themselves and gain the upper hand, Black Squadron attacked the platform, destroying the First Order's TIE support. However, during the assault the landing platform was destroyed. The debris from the destruction blocked the opening to the Crèche cave, trapping Poe Dameron with the First Order.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

The First Order landing platform made its first appearance in the 2016[5] debut issue of comic series Star Wars: Poe Dameron, written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Phil Noto.[1]

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  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 1.13 Poe Dameron 1: Black Squadron, Part I
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Poe Dameron 2: Black Squadron, Part II
  3. TwitterLogo Matt Martin (@missingwords) on Twitter "Off the top of my head, I’d say issue 1 is at least a year off from TFA." (screenshot) Matt Martin states on Twitter that Poe Dameron 1: Black Squadron, Part I takes place at least one year before Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states that the events of Episode VII take place in 34 ABY, then the events of Poe Dameron 1 must take place around 33 ABY.
  4. Poe Dameron 3: Black Squadron, Part III
  5. Poe Dameron (2016) #1. Marvel. Archived from the original on March 22, 2018. Retrieved on July 13, 2019.

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