The Force Awakens: Vehicles and Vessels (1)

Episode VII gave us some upgraded versions of classic craft in the opening sequence as well as a handful of new designs later on.

Resurgent-class Battlecruiser

Resurgent-class Star Destroyer

Manufacturer: Kuat-Entralla  Engineering

Length: 2,915 metres

Kylo Ren’s flagship the Finalizer is a powerful battlecruiser built in secret for the First Order. While echoing the design of the Imperial Star Destroyers it is nearly double the length and with much improved armament and shielding. The warship features a tiered design, allowing for faster deployment of fighters from launching racks, but also allowed a skilled enemy pilot to manoeuvre through the superstructure of the ship itself. It is unknown how many ships of this class exist.

Atmospheric Assault Lander

Manufacturer: Sienar-Jaemus Army Systems

Length: 18 metres

A starkly practical design, the AAL allows for the rapid deployment of troops onto the battlefield. It carries two squads of stormtroopers, which are rapidly deployed from it’s forward ramp. It carries an anti-personnel blaster to protect its troops, but relies on it’s speed and armament for protection, long enough for troops to exit before returning to safety.

Upsilon-class shuttle

Manufacturer: Sienar-Jaemus Fleet Systems

Height: 37 metres (with wings extended)

An imposing shuttle/transport equipped with the latest in sensor and weapons technology the Upsilon class was reserved for the most senior commanders. Kylo Ren used a ship of this class as his personal transport

T-70 X-Wing

Manufacture: Incom-FreiTek

Length: 12.5 metres

A continuation of the T-65 model used by the Rebellion, the T-70 boasted an improved split-engine design and improved weapons. The model was widely used by the New Republic until the development of the T-85 which replaced it. The resource-strapped Resistance acquired a fleet of outdated T-70s from sympathetic senators who donated the older ships to their cause including Poe’s Black One customised ship equipped with a sensor-baffling black paint-job.

  • In Legends

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The Imperial remnant largely stuck with Imperial class Star Destroyers as their power base gradually dwindled, eventually upgrading to the Imperial-III class. There were individuals who carried personalised ships, but these were largely dreadnoughts or superweapons. In the Legacy comics (set 130 years after Episode-IV) the Empire used the Pellaeon-class Star Destroyer.

I couldn’t find an analogue for the AAL, apart from maybe the Y-4 Raptor, but that only really featured in one book. Again with shuttles the Imperial Remnant largely stuck with Lambda-class shuttles. Legacy introduce the Nune-class shuttle, which also doubled as a troop transport.

In Legends the New Republic introduced a variety of fighter such as the E-Wing, but also largely stuck to X-Wing designs such as the XJ series pictured here. A model called the StealthX was released with sensor-jamming design similar to Poe’s ship – this model was used almost exclusively by Jedi. In Legacy there was a model of ship called the TwinTail that featured an X design…you can start to tell I really liked the Legacy comics!!!

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