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"Get me the Plex."
―Hazram Namir[1]

The PLX-1, also known as the PLEX rocket launcher or simply Plex, was a missile launcher used during the Galactic Civil War by the Alliance to Restore the Republic, later the New Republic, and the Galactic Empire. The Plex was designed to bypass deflector shields and notably used by Rebel Vanguards.

Some vanguards using PLX-1s served with a rebel cell led by Saponza and his partner after the Battle of Yavin in 0 BBY. The Alliance's 61st Mobile Infantry used PLX-1s on the planet Sullust in 3 ABY and at the planet Troithe around 5 ABY, where it was feared that Plex armed stormtroopers may counter New Republic starfighters.

Description[]

The PLX-1,[1] also referred to as the PLEX rocket launcher,[3] or Plex, was a missile launcher[1] designed to bypass shields and destroy targets from a distance.[3] Considered bulky and cumbersome by the Rebel Alliance[1] and New Republic[2] Captain Hazram Namir, the launcher possessed control labels and settings could be adjusted to confirm the PLX-1s payload.[1]

The PLEX rocket launcher was used by the Rebel Alliance,[3] which later became the New Republic,[2] and the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War,[2] notably by Rebel Vanguards, who were specialized in targeting hidden enemy starfighter traps with their PLX-1s,[3] and stormtroopers.[2]

History[]

"Rebel—New Republic—screw it, rebel ground team is trying to get a bead on them. We've got one Plex missile but we'll do what we can."
―A member of the New Republic on Troithe[2]

After the Battle of Yavin[3] in 0 BBY,[4] Rebel Vanguards carrying PLX-1s were deployed by a rebel cell originally based on the planet Tatooine, which also operated at the worlds Dandoran, Er'Kit, Yavin 4, Hoth and Takodana.[3] Multiple PLEX rocket launchers were used by the Alliance's 61st Mobile Infantry.[1] In 3 ABY,[5] Captain Hazram Namir used one against an Imperial airspeeder during the capture of the Inyusu Tor mineral processing facility on the planet Sullust and Plex-armed anti-air gunners were later positioned to fend off more airspeeders during the Empire's counterattack just two days later.[1]

Around 5 ABY,[6] Plex missiles were used on the planet Troithe. It was feared during one scout mission that a Plex-armed stormtrooper may fire upon New Republic starfighters and one New Republic ground team was later limited to having one Plex when fending off TIE/ln space superiority starfighters of the Empire's 204th Imperial Fighter Wing at Troithe's Thannerhouse District.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

The PLX-1 first appeared in the 2014 Disney Interactive mobile game Star Wars: Commander, referred to as a PLEX rocket launcher. The missile launcher served as the weapon of the rebel vanguard, an unlockable breacher unit whose abilities included an area splash damage, firing through shields, and favoring hidden starfighter traps within an enemy base.[3] The PLX-1 was later identified in the 2015 novel Battlefront: Twilight Company, written be Alexander Freed.[1] Freed's 2020 novel Shadow Fall referred to the launcher as the Plex rocket and Plex missile.[2] The PLX-1 resembles the E-60R missile launcher from the 2004 Star Wars Legends game Star Wars: Battlefront.[7] While Star Wars: Commander shows the launcher to stand higher than the carrier,[3] Battlefront: Twilight Company stated that it stood half as tall as a man.[1]

In Legends continuity, the PLX-1 portable missile launcher first appeared in the short story A Glimmer of Hope, written by Charlene Newcomb[8] and released as part of the West End Games roleplaying magazine Star Wars Adventure Journal 1 on February 1 1994.[9]

Appearances[]

Notes and references[]

  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 Battlefront: Twilight Company
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Shadow Fall
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Star Wars: Commander
  4. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  5. The sections of Battlefront: Twilight Company including the PLX-1 takes place is set twenty-two years after the Clone Wars, which ended in 19 BBY, according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. These sections must have therefore occurred in 3 ABY.
  6. StarWars In Shadow Fall, the Dark Secrets of Alphabet Squadron Revealed on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that Shadow Fall takes place approximately half a year after the Battle of Endor, while Before the Awakening states that Kes Dameron and Shara Bey moved to Yavin 4 around six months after the Battle of Endor. Given that Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates their move to 5 ABY, the events of Shadow Fall must also take place around that time.
  7. Star Wars: Battlefront
  8. SWAJsmall "A Glimmer of Hope" — Star Wars Adventure Journal 1
  9. Cargo Bay Adventure Journal No. 1 in the StarWars.com Cargo Bay (content now obsolete; backup link)
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