The TIE/rb heavy starfighter, also known as the heavy TIE fighter, TIE brute or the Infiltrator was a variant of the TIE line starfighters used by the Galactic Empire, distinguished by its extra pod housing more powerful laser cannons.
Some Imperial admirals were wary of its development, believing it would reduce the need for larger support vessels. Like all TIE models, they were manufactured by Sienar Fleet Systems, and featured twin ion engines and micro-corrugated solar collector panels, with the power being transferred via a conduit located between the panel and the engine systems. The pilot was assisted by an MGK-300 droid brain, which acted in a similar manner to an astromech counterpart.
Cadet Han Solo, during his time at the Carida Academy, was assigned to fly an Infilatrator aboard an Imperial Arrestor Cruiser as part of Onyx Squadron. His ship was damaged during a fight with raiders and crashed in the landing bay, leading to a tribunal.
In 10 BBY, one such fighter was deployed to chase the starship Millennium Falcon inside the Akkadese Maelstrom and was the last surviving TIE Fighter pursuing the Falcon until Solo, now an outlaw, used a maneuver he learned from a street racer on Corellia, causing the TIE/rb to crash.
Behind the scenesEdit
Its design, done by James Clyne, was originally proposed for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. It was added to Solo when the crew decided they needed a "leader" TIE fighter. One of its nicknames was the "Bubba" TIE.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition (First identified as Infiltrator)
- Star Wars: Commander (First appearance) (First identified as TIE brute)
- Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
- The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story
- (First identified as TIE/rb heavy starfighter)