- "My contacts have uncovered a source of Data Fragments abandoned by the Empire's old Advanced Weapons Research division, once directed by Orson Krennic."
- ―Kada Jahr
The Imperial Military Department of Advanced Weapons Research, simply known as Advanced Weapons Research; also called the Imperial weapons division, Department of Advanced Weapons Research, or Imperial Advance Weapon Development, was an agency of the Galactic Empire responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military. Weapons development fell under the arm of Imperial Intelligence, while it looked to the Imperial Security Bureau to defend the agency's secrets.
History[edit | edit source]
Advanced Weapons Research was responsible for Project Blackwing, a clandestine experiment to revive necrotic tissue. To ensure the secrecy of the Death Star project, the Imperial weapons division used poison canisters to perpetrate genocide against the Geonosian species. In 2 BBY, the Spectres and Saw Gerrera discovered several of these canisters on Geonosis during a mission to investigate the disappearance of the Geonosians. Sabine Wren recognized the canisters as belonging to the Imperial weapons division.
Under the leadership of Director Orson Krennic, Advanced Weapons Research was responsible for the completion of the long-delayed Death Star project. Krennic, however was killed on the planet Scarif during the battle where the Rebel Alliance managed to extract the Death Star plans.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Art of Coloring: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- Star Wars: Rogue One: Rebel Dossier
- Star Wars: On the Front Lines
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
- Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 34 (Databank A-Z: Davish Krail–Kuat Drive Yards)
- Dawn of Rebellion (First identified as Imperial Military Department of Advanced Weapons Research)
- Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
- TIE Fighter Owners' Workshop Manual
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
- (First identified as Department of Advanced Weapons Research)
- The Star Wars Book
- (First mentioned)