TIE/In Interceptor

In many ways, the Empire's extensive TIE Advanced program was little more than a series of experiments undertaken to find the best application for Sienar Fleet Systems' new I-s3a solar ionization reactor. The product of more than a decade of research and development, this power plant so outclassed its predecessors that the standard TIE/ln starfighter configuration simply could not be made to take advantage of it.

Early TIE Advanced prototype models used this extra power to compensate for the standard TIE's weaknesses, adding shields and hyperdrive capabilities. These changes, though undoubtedly welcome to the starfighter corps, proved unpopular with parts of the naval brass who had grow accustomed to thinking of their fighters as an extra layer of shields. Perhaps because of this prejudice, the first and most important product of the TIE Advanced program was the TIE/ln Interceptor, a model that, rather than addressing the TIE Fighter's weaknesses, chose to build on its strengths: speed and firepower. While the more powerful P-s5.6 engines boosted the interceptor's top speed to the point where it rivaled the Alliance's far more expensive A-wing fighters, the addition of four wing-mounted L-s9.3 laser cannons made it nearly the equal of the X-wing in primary firepower.

In spite of these impressive upgrades, the I-s3a's high initial cost and the greater level of maintenance it demanded lessened the Empire's enthusiasm for the program. Had there been a strong driving force within the fleet hierarchy pushing for the interceptor's adoption, it would have likely replaced the stock starfighter much more quickly, but as a more expensive and temperamental version of a system that was seen as disposable, it was a hard sell. Consequently, most star destroyers are issued only a single squadron of Interceptors, though that number is expected to increase as cost comes down.

TIE/In Interceptor
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