The Twin Ion Engine Starfighter revolutionized fighter design and fundamentally reshaped Imperial military doctrine. Based around Raith Sienar's radical Clone Wars-era SIE-TIE twin ion engine concept, these ships were faster and more maneuverable than anything seen before, and the Empire eagerly began planning to have them replace their aging starfighter force. Though small and cheap, the first full production models lacked the power required to provide adequate shielding, hyperdrive, and life support systems.
An inconspicuous but vital component of the standard Imperial fighter wing, the TIE/rc variant is the most prominent sublight reconnaissance craft of the Galactic Civil War. Though the Empire makes extensive use of dedicated scout ships, those craft are built for maximum speed in hyperspace and tend to carry massive and expensive sensor equipment. Consequently, they are not suitable for deployment in or near a combat zone as they would be easy pickings for even the most humble snubfighter.
Slayn & Korpil's B-wing starfighter is a heavily armed and armored assault platform developed during the Galactic Civil War by the Rebel Alliance. Designed as part of the top-secret Project Shantipole by then-Commander Ackbar and a team of Verpine engineers, the B-wing was a response to the Empire's increased deployment of the EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigates and other anti-starfighter vessels that were emerging at the time.