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An atmospheric fighter, or air superiority fighter, was a starfighter variant designed specifically for flight within the atmosphere of a planet. The TIE/sk x1 experimental air superiority fighter, or TIE striker, was a notable example.

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An atmospheric fighter was best deployed in low to high atmosphere, although was capable of suborbital flight. The TIE striker was streamlined for air superiority, featuring a solid stabilizing mass in its central hull, framed by tilting wings where a standard TIE/ln space superiority starfighter's large hexagonal panels were vulnerable to crosswinds, making the vessels difficult to steer outside of a vacuum. The TIE striker was fitted with twin ion engines for forward thrust, although also utilized specialized repulsorlifts for its atmospheric operations.[1] The TIE striker was designed for atmospheric patrols over Imperial ground installations.[2]

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