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TIE ap-1
Production information
Manufacturer

Santhe/Sienar Technologies[1]

Product line

TIE series [2]

Model

Twin Ion Engine ap-1[1]

Class

Tracked ground vehicle

Cost

Not available for sale[3]

Technical specifications
Length

6.7 meters[2]

Maximum speed

90 km/h[3]

Power plant

SFS P-s4 twin ion engines (2) (rated 150 KTU)

Shielding

None

Armament

Triple medium Blaster cannons[3]

Crew

Pilot (1)[3]

Passengers

None[3]

Cargo capacity

95 kg[3]

Consumables

5 days[3]

Other systems

Enhanced self-destruct device[1]

Usage
Availability

Military[3]

Role(s)
  • Compact assault vehicle[2]
Era(s)
Affiliation

Galactic Empire[2]

"Mauler ready."
―A TIE mauler pilot

The TIE ap-1, informally known as the TIE mauler, was a light Imperial ground assault vehicle, created by Santhe/Sienar Technologies, used during the early years of the Galactic Civil War. Part of the Twin Ion Engine, or TIE, series, the TIE mauler was created to fufill the Empire's need for a fast ground assault vehicle to use against the growing rebellion against them. The mauler was equipped with three laser cannons and an enhanced Self-destruct mechanism, and, due to its need for speed, was lightly armored. Although it was designed for the Galactic Civil War, it saw limited combat, and the mauler was phased out by the TIE crawler, whose design was based off the mauler's.

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Characteristics

A TIE mauler in action.

The TIE mauler was built around a standard TIE/ln starfighter cockpit, fixed between a pair of tank treads instead of wings. As with its airborne brethren, the mauler emphasized speed and maneuverability at the expense of the protection of armor and deflector shields. Because of their flimsiness, these vehicles were often deployed in groups of five. However, they often proved to be of optimum effectiveness when attacking in even larger numbers (such as 10-15) simply due to their speed, allowing multiple units to quickly overwhelm a defensive force by all attacking one target at a time, which, because of their weak, but rapid-fire cannons, proved highly effective for quickly decimating lighter enemy resistance one target at a time. Given the right situation, TIE Maulers could end a battle that would normally be expected to be drawn-out by striking before the enemy had a chance to prepare their heavier defenses (assuming that they arrived before they were set up).

Although TIE maulers were armed with three rapid fire blaster cannons, the drivers of these vehicles soon discovered that the vehicles' treads were also effective weapons (perhaps more so than the blaster cannons) against enemy troops. Gruesome displays of the ap-1 running over Rebel soldiers earned it its nickname. Maulers were also equipped with core overload technology that could be activated in an emergency. This device would overload the engines, causing them to explode after a few moments. Rebel troops tried to use these few seconds to either destroy the mauler or flee.

History

"Roll out!"
―A TIE mauler pilot

The vehicle was designed by Santhe/Sienar Technologies to fulfill the Empire's need for a fast, low-cost ground vehicle. As a result, maulers were used throughout the Galactic Civil War. However, they were the inspiration for the more advanced century tank, or TIE crawler.

A TIE Mauler being supported by a flight of Lancet Aerial Artillery

Behind the scenes

  • The voice of the pilot of the TIE mauler unit in Star Wars: Empire at War bears considerable resemblance to Darth Maul's voice. "Mauler" also rhymes with "crawler", the nickname of its successor.

Appearances

  • Star Wars: Empire at War (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars: Empire at War: Prima Official Game Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5  TIE mauler in the Databank
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Rebellion Era Campaign Guide
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TIE Aggressor · TIE/ad starfighter · TIE boarding craft · TIE/D Defender · TIE/D automated starfighter · TIE/fc starfighter
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Century tank · TIE ap-1 · TIE fighter boat · Lancet Aerial Artillery
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