The TIE/rb heavy starfighter,[3] more formally known as the TIE reinforcement battery heavy starfighter,[2] and simply known as the heavy TIE fighter, TIE brute or the Infiltrator was a variant of the TIE line starfighters used by the Galactic Empire, distinguished by its extra pod housing more powerful laser cannons.[3]


The TIE/rb heavy starfighter was an Imperial craft of the TIE line.[2]

Unlike the regular TIE/LN starfighter, it was equipped with a pressurized cockpit. As the fighter was theorized to be a larger target, the viewport was made of extra-reinforced transparisteel.[2]


The prototype was done by Sienar Fleet Systems in response to the Empire's expansion into the Outer Rim Territories.[2]

Some Imperial admirals were wary of its development, believing it would reduce the need for larger support vessels. Like all TIE models, they were manufactured by Sienar Fleet Systems, and featured twin ion engines and micro-corrugated[1] solar collector panels,[4] with the power being transferred via a conduit located between the panel and the engine systems. The pilot was assisted by an MGK-300 droid brain, which acted in a similar manner to an astromech counterpart.[1]

At least three of the starfighters were assigned to the Kullgroon garrison. They were deployed during the uprising on the planet led by Captain Lando Calrissian and the natives. They were all shot down by L3-37 flying the Millennium Falcon.[6]

Cadet Han Solo, during his time at the Carida Academy, was assigned to fly a TIE Brute aboard an Imperial Arrestor Cruiser as part of Onyx Squadron. His ship was damaged during a fight with raiders and crashed in the landing bay, leading to a tribunal.[7]

In 10 BBY,[1] one such fighter was deployed to chase the starship Millennium Falcon inside the Akkadese Maelstrom and was the last surviving TIE Fighter pursuing the Falcon until Solo, now an outlaw, used a maneuver he learned from a street racer on Corellia, causing the TIE/rb to crash.[5]

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Behind the scenesEdit

The TIE/rb was first revealed in the very first look at the Star Wars Anthology Series film Solo: A Star Wars Story, the "Big Game" TV spot released during Super Bowl LII.[8]

Its design, done by James Clyne, was originally proposed for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. It was added to Solo when the crew decided they needed a "leader" TIE fighter. One of its nicknames was the "Bubba" TIE.[9]



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