Is the Star Wars V wing an early Tie-Fighter?

Star Wars V-wing

Very similar to the Jedi Starfighters, the Star Wars V wing fighter was the latest fighter to be used by the Galactic Republic and then the Galactic Empire at the end of the clone wars.

The V wings fighter design and technology would eventually be used to produce both the Imperial Tie-Fighter and the Rebel A-wing interceptor.

One of the newer and more numerous fighter craft defending the Galactic Republic, V wings are sharp, compact support ships deployed in epic fleet actions or in defense of fortress worlds.

Launched in furious swarms from the Republic’s carriers and warships, these fast agile starfighters are frustratingly elusive targets and their swiveling twin laser cannons make them surprisingly deadly opponents. V wings are piloted by a single clone trooper backed up by an independent Q7 Series astromech droid.

Like many models mass produced for Loyalist forces, V wings are too compact for a hybrid drive, but carry a powerful reactor and used two vertically places ion drive thrusters for astonishingly fast pitch turns.

Streamlined mass production techniques prompted the V wing to replace the v-19 Torrent as the preferred compact space superiority fighter.

Developed by Kuat Systems Engineering, the same company that produced Jedi starfighters, the Alpha 3 Nimbus V Wing utilizes cutting edge technology for maneuverability, making it far more nimble than a ARC-170, and the best choice for clone pilots to engage in dogfights against speedy vulture droids and Tri-Fighters.

Bracketing the wedge-shaped v wing are a set of flat wings extending above and below the ship. The wings are on articulated collars that allow them to rotate 90 degrees for landing. Two pairs of laser cannons are mounted on the wing struts, providing the v wing with rapid fire capability.

V Wings flying alongside Venator class Destroyers
V Wings flying alongside Venator class Destroyers

Because the V wings were too compact to have a hyperdrive, they were often carried into battle by Venator class star destroyers. V wing fighter pilots, usually clones had to wear specially sealed outfits and helmets as the V wing did not include a life-support system.

V Wing during the Clone Wars
V Wings in Star Wars:Dark Times

Appearances of the V wings

Due to the fact there just aren’t that many space battles in the prequel Star Wars movies and that the V wing is supposed to be an Imperial ship, the pre-cursor to the Tie-Fighter, we only get a fleeting glimpse of a V wing at the end of Episode III Revenge of the Sith. For more V wing action, check out the Expanded Universe’s Star Wars:Dark Times:The Path To Nowhere comics.

The Star Wars AT-TE, a mini AT-AT for the clone wars.

The AT-TE was the mini-precursor to the AT-AT.

The intimidating All Terrain Tactical Enforcer is an assault vehicle that offers support to the Republic’s Clone Army, obliterating threats to friendly infantry and reinforcing tactical control.

Wading through the savage din of battle, the walker’s sure-footed, 6 legged stance allows it to cross crevices and climb otherwise impassably rugged slopes. Its massive turret-mounted missile-launcher bombards fixed emplacements or smites slow-moving aircraft, while 6 laser cannon turrets swivel quickly to devastate faster line of sight targets.

AT-TEs work in cohesion with an LAAT/c
AT-TEs work in cohesion with an LAAT/c

Unlike fast-flying aircraft and fighters, each AT-TE exerts a consistently formidable presence on the ground. AT-TE’s take possession of territory and equalize the struggle between clone soldiers and the Separatists war machines. For rapid deployment of troops, AT-TE walkers can ride an LAAT/c cargo gunship to the battlefront. With their passenger cargo unloaded, walkers then hunt down enemies at a more rapid pace.

AT-TEs are effective at penetrating powerful energy shields. Walker movement uses simple surface traction, whereas the high velocity exhausts that drive a speeder or starship are stifled by particle shields. Furthermore, flying craft can be damaged by energy discharges leaping from the ground at shield interfaces, but a walkers natural grounding provides invulnerability against this effect. AT-TEs are also well shield against electromagnetic pulse weapons and ion cannon fire.


In years to come, the success of the AT-TE  will lead to heavier designs, such as the towering AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport) and AT-HE (All Terrain Heavy Enforcer). These craft will incorporate hulls that are raised above the reach of exploding mines, and give greater vantage for their energy weapons.

When devising armaments and vehicles for clone troops, the Kaminoans subcontracted the secret job to Rothana Heavy Engineering, a subsidiary of Kuat drive yards and no friend of the Trade Federation or Techno union. Toiling in immense underground factories and honeycombed orbital shipyards, RHE’s workforce is famous for its diligence. Their star system is uniquely clear of Trade Federation espionage, due to factors ranging from the impenetrably complex Rothanian etiquette (which makes outsiders stand out) to a sizeable KDY corporate-security starfleet and inventively deployed mines in Rothana’s inbound hyperlanes.

Brienne of Tarth Captain Phasma actress is proud to be Star Wars’ first female villain

Brienne of Tarth, Gwendoline Christie, the Game of Thrones actress who plays the villainous First Order commander Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Brienne of Tarth actress Christie tells EW that the story takes a matter-of-fact approach to Captain Phasma’s gender, because in the Star Wars universe it doesn’t matter if a legion commander is a woman.

It’s not even clear if we’ll see Christie without her helmet and the silver armor isn’t especially sculpted around the female form. That’s revolutionary for a genre in which women have traditionally been relegated to roles as vulnerable damsels in distress.

“We know very little about her at this stage, but what I think people are drawn to is that this is a very progressive female character,” the actress says. “We see Captain Phasma, and we see the costume from head to toe, and we know that it is a woman. But we are used to, in our media, connecting to female characters via the way that they look, from the way they are made flesh.”

Captain Phasma played by Gwendoline Christie
Captain Phasma played by Gwendoline Christie

Phasma’s character radiates through the armor, like previous masked villains such as David Prowse’s Darth Vader and Jeremy Bulloch’s Boba Fett. We come to know her not by her expressions, but how she stands, the way she walks, and who she hurts. “We are actually connecting to a female character as a human being,” Christie says, even if, ultimately, she’s does inhuman things.

“It wasn’t just about what I was expressing above the neck, it was also as focused on what I was expressing below the neck,” says Christie. “It was an interesting acting experience as well as a fangirl’s dream.”

Strength defines much of Christie’s work, including her breakout performance on Thrones as the Brienne of Tarth actress, the warrior whose imposing physical prowess is exceeded only by the might of her spirit.

 

Brienne of Tarth actress
Brienne of Tarth actress

 

Brienne of Tarth can stand alongside Princess Leia in the pantheon of tough, smart, no-nonsense heroines, but when Christie got the chance to play within the Star Wars universe, she ended up on the Dark Side.

“She’s Star Wars’ first female villain,” Christie says. “It’s incredible, it’s timely, and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

Captain Phasma demonstrates that not only can a woman be as a good as a man, she can also be as bad.

Although the character is ice cold, the role roused some powerful emotions for Christie. “Little” is not a term usually applied to the 6-foot-3 actress, but once upon a time, when Christie truly was little, she found her life changed by Star Wars

“It’s one of the first Christmases I remember, and A New Hope was on the television. I really just fell in love with it,” the actress recalls. “I remember very distinctly adoring Princess Leia, because even in my infant mind, I thought, ‘Gosh, that’s a woman with strength.’”