Ghosts of the Republic
The TIE/IN starfighter, or TIE Interceptor, was a TIE Series starfighter used by the Galactic Empire. The TIE Interceptor was identifiable by its arrow-shaped solar collection panels, a distinct difference from the hexagonal solar arrays of its predecessor, the TIE Fighter. The Interceptor was one of the fastest starfighters in the galaxy at its prime, nearly rivaling the Alliance’s RZ-1 A-wing interceptor.
Due to their speed, distinct shape, and narrow profile in comparison to the TIE/ln starfighter (which was nicknamed “eyeball”), TIE Interceptors came to be referred to occasionally as “squints” by enemy pilots.
Like most TIE models, the TIE Interceptor shared nearly identical cockpits, drive pods, and wing brace designs with the TIE Fighter. The solar collector panels were lengthened and angled, and the forward center section was removed. This new solar array design gave the Interceptor its unmistakable dagger-like appearance, while providing the pilot with increased visibility and shrinking its profile to make targeting more frustrating for enemy gunners. This wing design gave the craft a more menacing visage, continuing the Empire’s reputation of ruling through fear.
The basic production model comes equipped with four L-s9.3 laser cannons, one installed on each wingtip. New targeting software is installed in the TIE Interceptor, and the SFS T-s9a targeting computer offers greater accuracy during complex flight maneuvers. Twin laser cannon hardpoints still remain on the “chin” portion of the cockpit module. Provided that technicians can find room for additional power generators, these cannons can also be utilized. Theoretically the Interceptors are also capable of supporting concussion warheads, hyperdrives, proton torpedo launchers, and advanced shielding.
The TIE Interceptor fields P-s5.6 twin ion engines. The new engines includ an advanced ion-stream projector, thus allowing pilots access to more sophisticated combat maneuvers. Twin-port deflectors support this feat by allowing the pilot individual manipulation of the deflectors, thus providing finer flight control. These advancements in engine technology make the TIE Interceptor a superior platform in space combat, achieving speeds beyond all other Alliance starfighters short of the RZ-1 A-wing interceptor.
The TIE Interceptor’s primary role is as its title suggested. Like its predecessors, the Interceptor lacks heavier armor, deflector shields, a hyperdrive, and life support systems. Interceptor pilots are forced to rely on speed, maneuverability, superior numbers, and advanced weapon systems to prevail in their primary role of space superiority. The craft’s drawbacks mean that any pilot who survives more than a few missions is considered to be a “top gun” in the Imperial fleet.
With no hyperdrive, the TIE Interceptor is reliant on a capital ship for an operations base. Star Destroyers and prominent shipyards such as Kuat and Fondor are common staging areas for Interceptor squadrons; however, smaller vessels and more remote locations had to rely on aging TIE/ln fighters.