LucasFilm Reveals New U-Wing Rebel Starfighter From Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Thursday, 04 August 2016 - 10:52AM
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Star Wars: Rogue One
Thursday, 04 August 2016 - 10:52AM
LucasFilm Reveals New U-Wing Rebel Starfighter From Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Between Star Wars Celebration and the Star Wars installation at San Diego Comic Con, we've gotten a good look at some of the new and familiar faces set to appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. From Death Troopers to new droids and beyond, the character line-up all feels pretty well detailed so far. But what has been severely lacking up to now is more information on new technology. Of course, Rogue One's proximity to A New Hope and the other OT movies means we shouldn't expect too much in the way of new tech, but we still know LucasFilm likes to mix things up a little bit.

So far, we've caught glimpses of new Imperial tech, including the TIE Striker and a riff on the classic AT-AT, the AT-ACT, but we've not seen much of what the Rebels have in their arsenal. A few months back a leaked version of the Rogue One Visual Story Guide revealed a bunch of new images from the movie, including the aforementioned Imperial weapons, but it also showed us our first glimpse at a brand new type of Rebel Starfighter, the U-Wing. Now, The Star Wars Show brings us our first official look at the new ship, and it's actually pretty cool.

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"The U-Wing is a new ship in the Star Wars universe," said LucasFilm storygroup's Matt Martin. "It's a troop transport and gun-ship, so it's there to bring in Rebel troops to heavy fire zones and get out as quickly as possible."
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Martin also revealed that while it's landing shape is what gives the U-Wing its name, the starfighter, like others in the Rebel fleet, has moveable wings that allow it to increase flight speed.


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If you're wondering what the full classification for the ship is, Martin has you covered. It's the INCOM UT-60D, so if you really want to nerd out about it, just refer to it using it's full name and you should be able to suitably impress your fellow Star Wars fans. As Martin goes on to reveal, the U-Wing has actually been under our noses for well over a year now, as it was featured in the early concept art that was revealed to the audience at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim back in April 2015.

Check out the rest of the Star Wars Show, including an interview with Weird Al Yankovic, below.



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