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"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[3]

The Imperial Military Department of Advanced Weapons Research, also designated as Imperial Advance Weapon Development, Advanced Weapons Research division, or simply as the Imperial weapons division, was an agency of Imperial Intelligence responsible for the development of emerging technologies in the Galactic Empire for use by the Imperial Military. Weapons development fell under Imperial Intelligence, while it looked to the Imperial Security Bureau to defend it secrets.


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Director Orson Krennic led the Advanced Weapons Research division

Advanced Weapons Research was responsible for Project Blackwing, a clandestine experiment to revive necrotic tissue.[4] To ensure the secrecy of the Death Star project, the Imperial weapons division used poison canisters to perpetrate genocide against the Geonosian species.[6] In 2 BBY,[7] 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.[6]

The group also developed the Electro-Proton Bomb/Defoliator.[5]

Under the leadership of Director Orson Krennic, Advanced Weapons Research was responsible for the completion of the long-delayed Death Star project.[1] Krennic, however, was killed on the planet Scarif during the battle where the Rebel Alliance managed to extract the Death Star plans.[8]

Despite Krennic's death, the group continued and was responsible for the construction of the second Death Star.[9] Gideon was a member of the Advanced Weapons Research division during the Great Purge of Mandalore.[10]



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