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"We're alive."
"Isn't it a little early to make that kind of statement, Master Solo? We're not in orbit and there's an awful lot of those TIE Interceptors."
Han Solo and C-3PO following the Battle of Vrogas Vas[src]

The TIE/IN interceptor, also known as TIE Interceptor, was a type of TIE fighter used by the Galactic Empire, most notably during the Battle of Endor. It was identifiable by the addition of four arrow-shaped panels tipped with laser cannons.


The TIE/IN interceptor[5] featured four recognizable pointed solar panels, and was a far deadlier opponent than the standard TIE/LN starfighter. Lacking both shields and a hyperdrive, it made up for its lack of defensive capabilities with a top speed of 1,250 kph[4] owing to upgraded engines providing considerably improved maneuverability and speed. In addition, four laser cannons on its wingtips allowed for far more firepower to overload the shields on an enemy craft. With the Empire placing its elite pilots into Interceptor cockpits to maximize the craft's effectiveness, Interceptors were ideally suited for their main function: chasing down and eliminating rebel starfighters.[2]


The TIE Interceptor was created by Sienar Fleet Systems upon realization that the TIE Advanced x1 would be too costly to mass-produce, and was also the Empire's direct response to the Rebel Alliance's introduction of faster starships.[6] Despite this, it was not as fast as the RZ-1 A-wing interceptor, being 50 kph slower.[7] The Interceptor was first deployed 16 years after the founding of the Empire.[3] By the time of the Battle of Endor, the TIE Interceptor and other newer TIE models made up 20% of the Empire's starfighter fleet.[6]

Behind the scenesEdit

Many of the models of the TIE Interceptor used in Return of the Jedi have four laser cannons on their wingtips; however, the main model used in the "Return of the Jedi collection" section of the Blu-ray special edition only has two laser cannons total, on the top two wingtips. That may be due to the fragility of the model kit parts used to create the cannons, as publicity photos taken around the time of Return of the Jedi show the miniatures with four wingtip cannons.[source?]



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Ultimate Star Wars
  3. 3.0 3.1 StarWars-DatabankII TIE Interceptor in the Databank
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  5. TwitterLogo @HolocronKeeper (Leland Chee) on Twitter. “@LelalMekha Fair to assume species names are the same unless you hear otherwise. Same goes for planets. And ship models.” (screenshot)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy
  7. StarWars-DatabankII A-wing Fighter in the Databank

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