The RZ-1 A-wing interceptor was a Starfighter designed by the Rebel Alliance During the Galactic Civil War. One of the fastest mass-produced interceptors in the known galaxy. The A-wing was even faster than the Imperials' TIE Interceptor despite also having shielding and a hyperdrive, unlike the cheaper TIE model.
The RZ-1 A-wing interceptor was a cockpit attached to twin engines. Like its Clone Wars predecessor the Eta-2 the A-wing required pilots of exceptional skill to take full advantage of the vessel's speed, agility, and special features—and the Rebel Alliance lacked the Galactic Republic's Jedi pilots.
The A-wing's Novaldex J-77 Event Horizon engines remained some of the most powerful sublight thrusters two decades past ges to pilots. Pilots had to adjust two dorsal and two ventral stabilizer wings with great care, as even a minor turn could send the speedy A-wing into a massive spinout. The slight A-wing's wing-mounted laser cannons could rotate up and down sixty degrees for greater fire control. Some of those designs even had their guns modified to swivel in a complete 360-degree arc, thus providing a nasty surprise to any chasing fighter. While a tactical boon, the A-wing had no Astromech Droid to manage its weapons systems, requiring further attention from the pilot. In addition, they also had a high rate of mechanical failure, and contributed to the fighter's extremely costly maintenance-to-flight ratio. This, among other reasons, contributed to the difficulty of keeping a squadron of A-wings operational for any length of time.