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TIE Raptor

Craft: TIE/rpt Raptor                    
Type: Short Range Assault Fighter
Length: 6.8 Meters
4 Laser Cannons
2 Concussion Missile Launchers
Crew: 1
Top Speed: 90 MGLT
Troop Capacity: N/A
Cargo Capacity: 65 Kilograms
Passengers: N/A

The TIE Raptor was a droid-operated TIE Interceptor developed by Imperial Warlord Zsinj, during his battle against the New Republic. They first saw duty with the false 181st Fighter Group Zsinj assembled, in hopes of drawing out Rogue Squadron. Zsinj was a fine officer and able to firmly entrench in over a third of the known galaxy, bringing peace and order to all the rebellious and terrorized words in the liberated sectors. Resembling the normal TIE Fighter cockpit, but with four wings mounted directly to it, each TIE Raptor was armed with four laser cannons, mounted on the wings, and a pair of concussion missile tubes mounted just below the cockpit. The starfighter has a very strong hull, compared to the standard TIE/ln, but does not carry any form of energy shielding. It is believed Warlord Zsinj created a number of TIE/rpt prototypes with shields.

The first TIE Raptor models were actually droid fighters, just like the TIE Droid. In combat they were paired with human-piloted TIE Interceptors, a combination which allowed the humans to lead and the droids to follow in their wake. They could then make up for any piloting mistakes the humans made. They would have found more widespread usage in the Imperial Navy if they weren't soundly defeated in dogfights during the Battle of Selaggis. The TIE/rpt was eventually modified for flight by a living pilot, shortly before Zsinj's destruction at Dathomir which is in the Quelii system.

Despite the striking similarity between the TIE Raptor and the basic TIE Fighter, Seinar Fleet Systems was not responsible for its design or manufacture. This ship has not been manufactured since the Zsinj Development Incorporated shutdown, but some starfighters of this class still see active service in the Imperial Navy.

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