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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.


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]


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]


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 scenesEdit

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]


Notes and referencesEdit

Galactic Empire starship classes
Space stations
DS-1 · DS-2 · FireStar II-class · Golan I · Golan II · Golan III · Golan M3185 · Harbor-class · ICM-092792 · Imperial dockyard · Mk IX · Supertanker fuel depot
Star Dreadnoughts
Assertor-class · Executor-class (Executor I-class · Executor II-class)
Bellator-class · Mandator-class
Star Destroyers
Gladiator-class (Gladiator I) · Imperial-class (Imperial I-class · Imperial II-class) · Interdictor-class · Onager-class · qaz-class · Secutor-class · Tector-class · Venator-class · Victory-class (Victory II-class)
Heavy cruisers
Dreadnought-class · Maelstrom-class · Vindicator-class
Frigates & carriers
Active-class · CC-7700 · DP20 · EF76 Nebulon-B · Gozanti-class Assault · Imperial escort carrier · IR-3F-class · Pelta-class · Quasar Fire-class (Quasar Fire I-class · Quasar Fire II-class) · Razor-class · Surveyor-class
Cruisers & corvettes
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR90) · Arquitens-class command (Prison-tug) · Arquitens-class light · Cantwell-class · Carrack-class · Detainer CC-2200 · Gozanti-class · Immobilizer 418 · Raider-class (Raider I-class · Raider II-class)
Abecederian line (Delta-class T-3c · Lambda-class T-4a) · Assault shuttle · Class four · Eta-class · Imperial Dropship Transport · Nu-class · Sentinel-class · Star Commuter 2000 · Theta-class · Theta-class T-2c · Y-45 · Y-85 Titan · Zeta-class cargo shuttle · Zeta-class shuttle
Starfighters and bombers
Alpha-3 Nimbus-class · Alpha-class Xg1 · ARC-170 · Eta-2 Actis-class
TIE line (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)
Other classes
Aerial landing platform · Assault gunboat · Escort gunboat · Harbinger courier ship · IGV-55 surveillance vessel · Imperial heavy freighter · Imperial Planetary Occupation Facility · Praetor II-class · Unidentified Interdictor vessel · VT-49 Decimator · YT-2400 light freighter
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