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The TIE/ca "Punisher" Starfighter, also known as the TIE capital assault or the TIE punisher, was a class of heavy bomber that was used by the Galactic Empire.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

The TIE/ca "Punisher" Starfighter was a class of heavy bomber that was manufactured by Sienar Fleet Systems based on the mainframe of the TIE/sa bomber although it had four times more payload and cost 253,000 credits. The TIE punisher was armed with forward-mounted light laser cannons, a ventral-mounted twin proton bomb chute with tandem release for surface targets, and either four fire-linked forward-mounted proton torpedo launchers or concussion missile launchers. Due to the value of delivering a successful payload, the TIE punisher has a sturdier defense than other TIE craft, including deflector shield systems to ensure delivery of the munitions.[1]

As a bomber, the TIE punisher was not suited for dogfights, and instead used its payload to launch volleys of warheads to blast and obliterate enemy starfighters, freighters, and gunships. The TIE punisher used this same tactic against capital ships, and was able to stay out of range of enemy point-defense laser cannons. The TIE punisher then used its bombs to destroy ground targets, large cruisers and battleships.[1]

The TIE punisher was not equipped with a hyperdrive or navigation computer, and had a short-range sensor and twin ion engines. It was piloted by one individual and had consumables for two days.[1]

Role[edit | edit source]

The TIE punisher was utilized for heavy bombardment missions where Star Destroyers could not travel to, and was used against ground targets as well as against starships. An Interdictor-class Star Destroyer typically carried a squadron of TIE punishers or TIE/sa bombers for heavy targets.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The TIE/ca "Punisher" Starfighter was manufactured in the aftermath of the decisive Rebel Alliance victory at the Battle of Yavin against the Galactic Empire, and saw use during the Galactic Civil War.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The TIE/ca "Punisher" Starfighter was introduced in the new Star Wars canon in Starships and Speeders, a 2020 sourcebook for the Star Wars Roleplaying series by Fantasy Flight Games.[1] It was first introduced in the Star Wars Legends continuity as the TIE/IT Interdictor starfighter in the 2001 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Prima's Official Strategy Guide.[2]

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Galactic Empire starship classes
Space stations
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Executor-class (Executor I-class · Executor II-class)
Assertor-class · Bellator-class · Mandator-class
Maelstrom-class · Secutor-class
Star Destroyers
Gladiator-class (Gladiator I) · Imperial-class (Imperial I-class · Imperial II-class) · qaz-class · Tector-class · Unidentified Interdictor vessel · Venator-class · Victory-class (Victory II-class)
Heavy cruisers
Dreadnought-class · Interdictor-class · Vindicator-class
Cantwell-class · Detainer CC-2200 · Immobilizer 418 · Onager-class
Active-class · CC-7700 · DP20 · EF76 Nebulon-B · IR-3F-class · Pelta-class · Razor-class · Surveyor-class
Imperial escort carrier · Quasar Fire-class (Quasar Fire I-class · Quasar Fire II-class)
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Arquitens-class command (Prison-tug) · Arquitens-class light · Carrack-class · Class 546 · Imperial Gozanti-class (Gozanti-class Assault · Gozanti-class espionage) · S-46I
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR90) · Raider-class (Raider I-class · Raider II-class)
Aerial landing platform · BFF-1 · Class four container · Eta-class · Theta-class · Xiytiar-class · Y-45 · Y-85 Titan
Light craft
Abecederian line (Delta-class T-3c · Lambda-class T-4a · T-5 Deliverance) · Action series (Action VI bulk freighter) · Assault gunboat · Escort gunboat · Harbinger courier · HAET-221 · Imperial Dropship Transport · Imperial heavy freighter · Imperial transport · Nu-class · Sentinel-class · Star Commuter 2000 · Stormtrooper transport · Theta-class T-2c · VT-49 Decimator · YT-2400 light freighter · Zeta-class cargo · Zeta-class
Starfighters & bombers
Alpha-class Xg1 · ARC-40b · ARC-170 · ARX-T3 Suncutter · Clone Z-95 · Delta-series (Alpha-3 Nimbus-class · Eta-2 Actis-class)
TIE line (Auto-fighter · Outland TIE · TIE Advanced v1 · TIE Advanced x1 · TIE/ag · TIE/sa · TIE/rb · TIE/D (TIE/D Elite) · TIE/LN · TIE fighter prototype · TIE/gt · TIE/IN · TIE lander · TIE/ph · TIE/ca · TIE/rp · TIE scout · TIE/sh · TIE/sk · TIE training drone) · XL-5 Guardian
Other classes
Imperial Planetary Occupation Facility · Praetor II-class
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