Sienar Fleet Systems
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Max Space Speed
Quad Laser Cannons (1)
Concussion Missile Launcher (2)
Background and History
Incorporating the previous successes of the TIE Interceptor and TIE Advanced/1, the TIE/ad or TIE Avenger was one of the first Imperial production starfighters to break away from the doctrine of quantity over quality. Incorporating deflector shields, a hyperdrive, and warhead launchers, it was also significantly faster and more maneuverable than any existing Imperial or Rebel starfighters, causing Rebel pilots to nickname them "brights".
Following the final collapse of the Empire, some of these advanced fighters have made it into private hands, as Imperial war surplus.
The conventional powerhouse in the TIE/ad are twin P-s6 ion engines, with their distinctive sound in atmosphere. Similar to its older cousin, the TIE Interceptor, the Avenger features the intimidating pointed dagger solar arrays, not only in front but also in the rear. The Avenger's sleek design was credited with significantly reducing its profile, compared to other Advanced prototypes, while still retaining a comparable surface area for gathering more light from a nearby star for power and propulsion.
The TIE Avenger's standard primary weapon system are four Sienar Fleet Systems L-s9.3 laser cannons mounted on the front tips of the solar arrays. These laser cannons were initially deployed on the TIE Interceptor, and later incorporated into the TIE/D Defender. These cannons were also more powerful than those of the standard TIE Fighter, capable of destroying an asteroid in a single burst. The Avenger's cannons could be fired in single, dual, or linked modes depending on the pilot's preference.
Warhead launchers consisting of SFS M-g-2 general-purpose warhead launchers form the Avenger's secondary weapon system, possessing a magazine capacity of four concussion missiles each; however, they could also be loaded with three proton torpedoes, two heavy rockets, or one space bomb. It also included a small tractor beam projector, helpful for search-and-rescue operations or recovering vital equipment, but also for locking onto opposing fighter to make them easier targets.