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 rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Used for supporting slower troops, ULAVs were equipped with two laser cannons, a rear-mounted blaster cannon, and a concussion missile launcher.
Ultra-Light Assault Vehicles (ULAVs) were small, fast repulsorcraft. Symmetrical in design and equipped with a repulsorlift, the assault vehicles had a tan-colored hull; air intakes on either side of the nose; and tinted, wedge-shaped windscreens. Some Ultra-Light Assault Vehicles also had fins on opposite sides of the frame.
As assault vehicles, each ULAV was armed with two forward-facing laser cannons; a rotating, rear-mounted blaster cannon; and a concussion missile launcher. The blaster cannon was operated by a single gunner, and the craft was flown by a single pilot.
During the Alliance to Restore the Republic's early rebellion against the Galactic Empire, Ultra-Light Assault Vehicles were used by the Alliance Army to support slower rebel soldiers in battle. In a note to Rebellion leader Mon Mothma, General Pitt Onoran, with insights from Lieutenant Taidu Sefla, listed Ultra-Light Assault Vehicles among the Rebellion's available ground forces. Onoran's assessment was recorded in The Rebel Files, a top-secret collection of rebel intelligence.
Behind the scenes
In the new Star Wars canon, Ultra-Light Assault Vehicles first appeared in the tower defense game Star Wars: Galactic Defense, which was released in 2014 and shut down in 2016. In Star Wars Legends, ULAVs were first mentioned in the 1990 roleplaying book The Rebel Alliance Sourcebook, written by Paul Murphy. The first Legends appearance of ULAVs came in the 1998 novel X-Wing: Wraith Squadron.
In Galactic Defense, ULAVs were a type of enemy unit in the "Dark Side" missions, appearing in original trilogy–themed 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; successfully destroying a ULAV awarded the player with "Scrap," a point standard used to upgrade or purchase towers. While descriptions and lore within Galactic Defense were canon, the actual gameplay was not; consequently, the presence of ULAVs on Hoth and Endor is considered non-canon.
- Star Wars: Galactic Defense (First appearance)
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- Star Wars: Galactic Defense (shutdown date)
- The Rebel Alliance Sourcebook
- X-Wing: Wraith Squadron
- DeNA Co., Ltd. Game Team has stated in an email regarding Star Wars: Galactic Defense that "the descriptions and lore [of Star Wars: Galactic Defense] 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."