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The TIE/gt (ground-targeting) starfighter was a ground-targeting bomber manufactured by Sienar Fleet Systems.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

The TIE/gt (ground-targeting) starfighter was part of the TIE Series of starfighters manufactured by Sienar Fleet Systems.[1] Physically similar to the standard TIE/LN starfighter with a ball cockpit and hexagonal solar power panels, the TIE/gt had an enlarged[3] and reinforced hull, as well as an elongated cockpit to accommodate the starfighter's ordnance bay.[4]

The TIE/gt was armed with a single laser cannon, and a concussion missile launcher[3] which was designed to be modular[4] to handle variable mission payloads.[1] Standard TIE/gt fighter payloads consisted of twelve concussion missiles, but the launcher could handle other speciality payloads, including six proton torpedoes, eighteen air-deployed mines, two cluster bombs, or 20,000 plastic leaflets[2] for use during propaganda campaigns.[4]

TIE/gt fighters achieved precise targeting by operating alongside TIE/fc starfighters, which provided the bombers with pinpoint target information.[4] Larger targets, such as buildings[2] or capital ships[4] could be hit without external assistance.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

The TIE/gt fighter was a ground support bomber used by the Galactic Empire during its early years; its two-letter identification suffix came from its primary role as a ground-targeting starfighter/bomber.[4] Originally, TIE bomber squadrons were comprised of TIE/gt models, but following the introduction of the TIE/sa bomber, mixed model squadrons became common. The Imperial Navy began a program of transferring TIE/gts out of naval squadrons, and relegating them either to remote outposts, or to Imperial Army controlled ground support squadrons. However, the Imperial Army resisted the Navy's overtures due to the fighter's undesirability and the lack of genuine demand.[2]

Squadrons assigned to Star Destroyers largely purged TIE/gts from their flightlines,[2] although low-priority vessels still retained their TIE/gts.[5]

TIE/gts were deployed in the Nishr Suppression by Governor-General Vin Kollis, where they bombed three major cities on the continent of Feldt.[6]

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TIE Series
Galactic Empire starfighters
T.I.E. starfighter · TIE starfighter · TIE/LN starfighter (Light Duty) · Super TIE · TIE/IN interceptor (Emperor's Royal Guard)
TIE Advanced prototype · TIE Advanced x1 (Modified) · TIE/x2 starfighter · TIE/x3 starfighter · TIE/ad starfighter
TIE/fc starfighter · TIE/rc starfighter · TIE Vanguard · scout ship (TIE model) · TIE/sr starfighter
TIE/gt starfighter · TIE/sa bomber · TIE Heavy Bomber · TIE/IT Interdictor starfighter
TIE/sh VIP shuttle · TIE/br boarding shuttle · TIE lander · Shadow Squadron TIE starfighter
TIE/HU Hunter · TIE/AG Aggressor starfighter · TIE/ph phantom · TIE/D Defender (Prototype) · TIE/D automated starfighter · TIE Oppressor · TIE Sentinel
Experimental starfighters
TIE Experimental M1 · TIE Experimental M2 · TIE Experimental M3 · TIE Experimental M4 · TIE Experimental M5
Non-First Galactic Empire starfighters
Advanced Project ship · Aleph-class starfighter · Lone Scout-A · Nssis-class Clawcraft
TIE Reconnaissance Fighter · TIE/rpt starfighter · TIE stealth · Starhunter · Predator-class fighter · Neutralizer-class bomber
Non-starfighter models
Century tank · TIE ap-1 · TIE fighter boat · Lancet Aerial Artillery
TIE Projects
TIE Experimental Project · TIE Mod Team · TIE Bomber Mark 2 proposal
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