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TIE Torpedo Bomber

Craft: TIE/tb Torpedo Bomber
Type: Bomber
Length: 10.2 Meters
2 Laser Cannons
1 Proton Torpedo Launcher
Crew: 1
Top Speed: 90 MGLT
Troop Capacity: N/A
Cargo Capacity: 85 Kilograms
Passengers: N/A

The TIE Torpedo Bomber is a modified version of the TIE Bomber, the TIE/tb is designed exclusively to carry a heavy load of torpedoes capable of handing out significant levels of damage to even capital ships. The TIE/tb is easily recognized by its extremely odd single solar panel placement which acts as an aerofoil to keep the fighters maneuverability excellent even within an atmosphere. The double-hull has been replaced with a single pilot's pod, and mounted above this is a large solar panel/torpedo bay.

These fighters featured in many propaganda films for the Empire due to their good looks and efficient design, however in reality they have only been built and used in moderate numbers due to their high cost and maintenance needs. But after the Battle of Endor, the Empire resources were reduced, and fighter transports and disposable fighters fell out of fashion with Imperial forces. Though deadly, this prototype was not very practical, and the Imperial Navy found it just as well to outfit a TIE Bomber with a full load of torpedoes.

During the resurgence of the Empire, the TIE/tb was already equipped and ready to take advantage of the new doctrine, and began to be used in larger numbers as this shift in Imperial policy caused more fighters with shields and hyperdrives to be brought into service.

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