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TIE Fighter
Production Data
Manufacturer Sienar Fleet Systems
Model TIE/ln Starfighter
Designation Starfighter
Length 6.3 meters
Beam 4.6 meters
Mast 7.5 meters
Mass 6 tonnes
Crew 1
Maximum Acceleration 20 MGLT/s
Maximum Speed 100 MGLT
Atmospheric Speed 1200 KPH
Engines SFS P-s4 twin ion engines
Hull Rating 15 RU
Targeting Systems SFS T-s8 targeting computer
Armament Two SFS L-s7.2 laser cannons
Cargo Capacity 65 kilograms
Consumables 24 hours

The TIE/ln Starfighter , also called the TIE Line Starfighter or (most commonly of all) simply the TIE Fighter is one of the most recognizable symbols of the Galactic Empire, even more ubiquitous than the Star Destroyer and almost as commonplace in battles as the Stormtrooper. Many myths and fables exist about this fighter, which have resulted in swift and painful deaths for many pilots that underestimated this deadly craft.


Descended from Republic V-Wings and early Twin Ion Engine prototypes, the TIE/ln is actually the second generation TIE Fighter. The original, simply termed the TIE Fighter (not to be confused with the common name of this craft), was closer in line with the snubfighters used by the Rebel Alliance years later. That craft mounted concussion missile launchers and weaker cannon than the TIE/ln, but was hyperspace capable to a limited extent. However, it also cost twice as much as the newer TIE/ln and was less maneuverable.

When the TIE/ln was developed, it rapidly phased out the older TIE fighter. Due to the physical similarities, the moniker for the old craft stuck, but the TIE/ln was a much deadlier, if shorter-ranged creature. The fire-linked L-s1 laser cannons were much more powerful due to improved on-board power generation, capable of inflicting severe damage to outright destruction on most other starfighters and small transport craft. While it sacrificed long-range hyperspace ability, it gained a fair amount of speed and maneuverability. In combat, despite the lack of shields, auxiliary weapons, and a lightly armored hull, this craft could match an X-Wing with a trained pilot at the controls.

Galactic Civil War Service

Never was this more gruesomely displayed than at the Battle of Yavin. Thirty-two Rebel starfighters launched an assault on the Death Star, and twenty-five were destroyed by Imperial action. One X-Wing was lost to a technical malfunction that resulted in it being struck by turbolaser fire, but the remaining twenty-four losses can all be accounted for by a single short-squadron, Black Squadron. Eight Rebel fighters were destroyed by a three-fighter element lead by Darth Vader, patrolling the polar service trench where the reactor exhaust vent was situated. The remaining sixteen Rebel casualties were caused by the six remaining TIE/ln craft and their pilots.

The TIE fighter continued to inflict serious losses on Rebel starfighters during the War, and against less-organized resistance groups it was often extremely deadly. Even so, as Rebel fighter pilots became more experienced and Imperial pilots defected to the Alliance, the kill-to-loss ratios of the TIE/ln began to radically swing in favor of the Rebels. Eventually, while kills against rookie pilots became frequent, seasoned X-Wing, Y-Wing, and A-Wing aces began claiming entire squadrons of new pilots as veteran TIE personnel either transferred to newer craft or were killed.

Ultimately, the Empire intended to replace the TIE/ln with its newer craft, such as the TIE Interceptor and TIE Avenger.


The TIE Fighter is a lethal mixture of small size, high speed, stunning maneuver, and contrary to popular belief, deadly firepower. A solid impact from the original L-s1 and later L-s7.2 laser cannons would do severe damage to most fighters and even transport craft. During the Galactic Civil War, the Rebel Alliance modified several captured TIEs to deliver a supercharged volley from their cannons capable of penetrating the armor of a Star Battlecruiser. Of course, this lethality was downplayed in anti-Imperial propaganda.

In terms of speed, the TIE Fighter was the fastest military craft since the Eta-2 Actis light interceptor and until the advent of the RZ-1 A-Wing light interceptor. Though an X-Wing with closed S-foils could match the top speed of the TIE/ln, it did so at massively impeded performance and would provide an easy target for a TIE Fighter pilot. Nevertheless, it was widely assumed that the X-Wing and TIE/ln were capable of similar sublight performance--an assumption that lead to many a fatally surprised fighter pilot at the Battle of Yavin and beyond.

The TIE/ln was also one of the most maneuverable craft in the Galaxy

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