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"This one's a troop carrier, not a starfighter, but it wears all the hallmarks of the TIE design."
Antoc Merrick in The Rebel Files[src]

The TIE/rp Reaper attack lander, also known simply as the TIE Reaper, was a troop carrier variant of Sienar Fleet Systems's TIE line used by the Galactic Empire. The TIE Reaper differed from the standard craft of the TIE line as it was primarily a troop dropship; designed for ferrying troops amidst the heat of battle, such as the death troopers during the Battle of Scarif.

Characteristics[]

A TIE Reaper narrowly evades a torpedo strike while flying through a debris field.

The TIE/rp Reaper attack lander[13] was a troop carrier[4] variant of the TIE line.[1] Also known as the TIE Reaper,[3] the starship was manufactured by Sienar Fleet Systems, as with all craft of the TIE line,[1] and used by the Galactic Empire.[2]

The transport was designed specifically to ferry elite troops to flashpoints on a battlefield.[8] Thus, the attack lander featured two streamlined flat, pointed, horizontal wings,[2] which had a large horizontal stabilizer hinged between[5] and functioned also as solar collectors.[6] At 24.2 meters long, 16.5 meters wide, and 4.7 meters high, a new TIE Reaper cost 140,000 credits, while a used one cost 65,000 credits. The vessel was equipped with ejector seats, life-support systems, deflector shields and held enough consumables for five days.[5]

Thrust was provided by[6] the dropship's[1] 90 MGLT twin ion engines, with the vessel having a maximum speed of 950 kph. Its Class 1 hyperdrive[5] could be accessed from[7] the cockpit, which housed three seats lined alongside the front-facing window and uncluttered space behind. From the seats, a single pilot could operate the craft,[7] which had a T-s9a targeting computer, SFS N-a1 Navcon navigation system, and two SFS L-s9.3 laser cannons.[5]

The TIE Reaper was similar in design to the TIE/sk x1 experimental air superiority fighter, also known as the TIE striker, a streamlined TIE variant specialized for in-atmosphere missions,[14] such as patrolling important Imperial ground-based installations.[15] The two units complemented each other at the Imperial security complex on Scarif, where they operated alongside Surface Command and the Imperial Army's Scarif Deployment[4] battling rebel forces.[2]

History[]

The cockpit of a TIE/rp

Early in the reign of the Galactic Empire, the Ninth Sister of the Inquisitorius used a TIE Reaper as her personal transport.[9]

At least one TIE Reaper was present in the Ring of Kafrene during Rebel Alliance Captain Cassian Andor's mission to the asteroid belt in 0 BBY. Another TIE Reaper was present during the mission to Eadu, piloted by Captain Feroph.[16] Another TIE Reaper was present near the Scarif Shield Gate, where it was piloted by Major Vermeil of the Imperial Starfighter Corps.[11]

A TIE Reaper was used during the Battle of Scarif with Imperial Director[2] of Advanced Weapons Research Orson Krennic's detatchment of death troopers—elite soldiers of Imperial Intelligence.[10] The squad was inserted into battle to defeat Rogue One—a squad of rebel soldiers who took it upon themselves to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's moon-sized battlestation and planet-killing superweapon. In order to ensure the TIE Reaper could successfully insert the squad, it was escorted by a flight of TIE strikers.[2]

In 3 ABY,[17] a pair of TIE Reapers were utilized by Imperial forces under Darth Vader to travel to the Meridional Ice Cap on Tython, expecting to find the Rebel Alliance's base of operations. When the Imperials were thwarted by the Ice Cap's booby traps, Vader ordered them back to the ships. However, Vader's snowtroopers were betrayed and killed by the rogue assassin droids BT-1 and 0-0-0, who allied themselves with Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra, though they were in turn disabled by Vader. Aphra later escaped with one of the Reapers along with the memory cores of the droids.[7]

Sometime between 32 and 34 ABY,[18] the Ranc gang, a criminal organization formed from remnants of the Galactic Empire, had TIE Reapers under their command on the planet Kaddak.[12]

Behind the scenes[]

Concept art of the TIE Reaper, by Doug Chiang

The TIE/rp Reaper attack lander first appeared, albeit unnamed, in the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story[2] and was designed by co-production designer Doug Chiang.[19] The starship was first identified as TIE Reaper in Electronic Arts' mobile game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.[3]

Appearances[]

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Sources[]

The TIE Reaper in Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 TIE Fighter Owners' Workshop Manual
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Ultimate Star Wars
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Doctor Aphra (2016) 40
  8. 8.0 8.1 FFGXWMG.png Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameTIE Reaper Expansion Pack (Card: Scarif Base Pilot—TIE Reaper)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  10. 10.0 10.1 StarWars-DatabankII.png Imperial Death Troopers in the Databank (backup link)
  11. 11.0 11.1 FFGXWMG.png Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameTIE Reaper Expansion Pack (Card: Major Vermeil)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Poe Dameron 10
  13. Knights of Fate
  14. Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  15. StarWars-DatabankII.png TIE striker in the Databank (backup link)
  16. FFGXWMG.png Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameTIE Reaper Expansion Pack (Card: Captain Feroph)
  17. Doctor Aphra 40 establishes that Echo Base has been constructed on Hoth, and is set prior to Empire Ascendant 1, which in turn takes place before the Battle of Hoth. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states that Echo Base was constructed in 3 ABY and places the Battle of Hoth in the same year, meaning that the events of Doctor Aphra 40 are set in 3 ABY.
  18. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that Poe Dameron began leading Black Squadron on missions two years before the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. SWInsider.png "Resistance Revisited"—Star Wars Insider 190 establishes that the events of Star Wars Resistance Season One take place thirty years after the Battle of Endor, which corresponds to 34 ABY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. As the events of Star Wars: Poe Dameron occur before the events of Star Wars Resistance, Poe Dameron 10 must occur between 32 ABY and 34 ABY.
  19. SWYTlogo.png Rogue One: A Star Wars Story "Binding the Galaxy, Pt 2" on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
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