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This article is about the TIE Interceptor. You may be looking for the TIE/ln starfighter, also known as the "TIE Fighter" ("LN" for the original TIE Fighter, "IN" for the TIE Interceptor).
TIE/In interceptor
Production information

Sienar Fleet Systems[1]

Product line

TIE series


Twin Ion Engine Interceptor starfighter



Technical specifications

9.6 meters[2]

Maximum acceleration

4,240 G


110 MGLT[2]

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

1,250 km/h[2]

Engine unit(s)

SFS P-s5.6 twin ion engines[1] (rated 175 KTU)

Hyperdrive system

None standard[1], can be equipped as upgrade

Power plant

SFS I-s3a solar ionization reactor[1]


None standard; can be equipped as upgrade


Titanium alloy hull (20 RU)

Sensor systems

SFS S-c4.1 multi-range TAG

Targeting systems

SFS T-s9a targeting computer

Navigation system

SFS N-s6 Navcon


SFS F-s4 flight avionics system


Original design:

Later refit:


Pilot (1)[1]



Cargo capacity

75 kilograms[2]


2 days[1]

Other systems
"Your generic TIE grunt is just plain suicidal. And the TIE Defender jockey is bloodthirsty. But the TIE Interceptor pilot, he's suicidal and bloodthirsty. When you see a squad of those maniacs flying your way, you'd better hope your hyperdrive is operational."
Kyle Katarn

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.



Philip Santhe watching TIE Interceptors being manufactured on Lianna.

Like most TIEs, the TIE Interceptor shared nearly identical cockpits, drive pods, and wing brace design 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 making targeting more frustrating for enemy gunners.[4] This wing design gave the craft a more menacing visage, continuing the Empire's reputation of ruling through fear.[5]

The original production model came standard with four L-s9.3 laser cannons installed on each wingtip. New targeting software was among other advancements installed in the TIE Interceptor; the SFS T-s9a targeting computer offered greater accuracy during complex flight maneuvers.[6] Twin laser cannon hardpoints still remained on the "chin" portion of the cockpit module. Provided technicians could find room for additional power generators, these cannons could also be utilized.[4]

A TIE Interceptor firing its "chin" cannons.

Later TIE Interceptor models were modified to carry four blaster cannons, replacing the original wingtip laser cannons, along with twin chin mounted laser cannons. It is believed these models participated in the Battle of Endor. However, the older model remained a common sight in Imperial fleets for years to come.[7]

The TIE Interceptor fielded P-s5.6 twin ion engines.[6] These new engines included an advanced ion-stream projector, thus allowing pilots access to more sophisticated combat maneuvers. Twin-port deflectors supported this feat by allowing the pilot individual manipulation of the deflectors, thus providing finer flight control.[4] These advancements in engine technology made the TIE Interceptor a superior platform in space combat, achieving speeds beyond all other Alliance starfighters short of the A-wing.

The TIE Interceptor's primary role was as its title suggested. Like its predecessors the Interceptor lacked heavier armor, deflector shields, a hyperdrive, and life-support systems.[4] Interceptor pilots were forced to rely on speed, maneuverability, superior numbers, and advanced weapon systems to prevail in its primary role of space superiority.[4]

TIE Interceptors engaging the Millennium Falcon.

With no hyperdrive, the TIE Interceptor was reliant on a capital ship for an operations base. Star Destroyers and prominent shipyards such as Kuat and Fondor were common place for Interceptor squadrons; however, smaller vessels and more remote locations had to rely on aging TIE/ln fighters.[4]

There was also a special variant, painted completely red with significant upgrades, that was available for use by the Emperor's Royal Guards. Aside from its paint job and upgrades, this model also featured two small wings protruding from each solar panel.[8]


TIE Interceptors were the new fighter force of the Empire after the Battle of Yavin, but it seems that test models were frequently seen in space battle prior to and during that time in campaigns such as Operation Strike Fear and Operation Skyhook.[9]

Emperor Palpatine, knowing the superior abilities of the TIE Interceptor, as well as its relatively low cost, had planned to replace all standard TIE Fighters with Interceptors. By the Battle of Endor, TIE Interceptors filled twenty percent of the total Imperial starfighter complement, and overwhelmed many Rebel fighters.[4]

Modified TIE Interceptors were used by Warlord Zsinj in an attempt to bait and kill Wedge Antilles. Finding that Wraith Squadron and Rogue Squadron, under Antilles' leadership, were significant impediments to his plans, the Warlord modified twelve Interceptors with droid brains and high-explosives. These ships would fly under the coordination of a central computer and be paired with a piloted craft. They were intended to close with enemy craft and detonate their explosive payloads. The two squadrons thus formed pretended to be the Imperial 181st Fighter Squadron under the command of Baron Soontir Fel.[10]

A TIE Interceptor.

The Warlord knew that Antilles and Fel had a personal relationship, though he was unaware of it's true nature. Using actors such as Tetran Cowall and computer voice modification, he was successful in his efforts to deceive Antilles. However, Voort saBinring deduced that the ships must be automated and jammed their signal, making them easy prey for the Wraiths and Rogues combined. Finally, Wedge splashed Fel's ship, only to discover Tetran Cowall instead of the Baron.[10]

Due to limited pilots and fighters, Grand Admiral Thrawn had many TIE Interceptors fitted with shields to minimize casualties during his reign of the Imperial Remnant. This practice was continued after his death as the Empire could no longer afford to field profuse fleets of TIE Fighters.[11]

Officers of the Imperial Navy were sometimes known to adopt TIE Interceptors as their personal craft, installing shield projectors and hyperdrives so the Interceptors could be utilized as escape vehicles. Apwar Trigit was one such officer.[12]

Due to their speed, distinct shape, and narrow profile in comparison to the TIE/in fighter (which was nicknamed "eyeball"), TIE Interceptors came to be referred to occasionally as "squints"" by enemy pilots.[13] They later became the basis of the Predator-class fighter.[14]

Behind the scenes

TIE Interceptor schematics.

Several sources state that the TIE/In was the main reason behind the development of the RZ-1 A-wing interceptor by the Rebel Alliance (as a countermeasure) and that the Interceptor was deployed after Yavin.

However the existence of the TIE Interceptor around the Battle of Yavin was well established in the timeline. Interceptors made appearances in Star Wars: X-wing, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith video game, LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (though the Lego Star Wars games are non-canon), and Star Wars: Lethal Alliance, all of which take place before, during, or shortly after the Battle of Yavin. West End Games' Star Wars Sourcebook stated that at the time of Yavin, standard Imperial Star Destroyers carried one squadron of Interceptors (12 craft), one Bomber squadron, and four TIE/ln starfighter squadrons. By the time of the Battle of Endor, an additional Interceptor squadron has replaced that of the TIE/ln.

In Battlefront II and Star Wars: TIE Fighter, the TIE/In starfighter could carry warheads without suffering reduced speed or maneuverability, though this is strictly for game mechanics and is not considered canon. Admiral Apwar Trigit flew a modified Interceptor with deflector shields and a hyperdrive, however this significantly slowed the craft down since it was not designed with these in mind. Admiral Zaarin also modified the Interceptor to fit warhead launchers or turbolasers.

Numerous sources depict the TIE Interceptor as having only four wingtip cannons, but their very first appearance shows them firing their chin-mounted fifth and sixth cannons. It has since been established that each TIE Interceptor comes equipped with cannon mountings on the chin, like the preceding TIE Fighter, allowing for the addition of two more cannons. Another version, the Imperial Guard TIE Interceptor mentioned above, was used by Emperor Palpatine's Royal Guard.


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Star Wars: Behind the Magic
  3. Battlefront II: Prima Official Game Guide
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
  5. Imperial Sourcebook
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Stele Chronicles
  7. The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
  8. Star Wars Galaxies
  9. Star Wars: X-wing
  10. 10.0 10.1 X-Wing: Solo Command
  11.  TIE interceptor in the Databank
  12. X-wing: Wraith Squadron
  13. "Alliance Intelligence Report: TIE Fighters" - Star Wars Adventure Journal 10
  14. Star Wars Legacy 0

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