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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 in that it was a troop carrier; designed for ferrying troops amidst the heat of battle, such as the death troopers on Scarif in the outbreak of the Galactic Civil War.

CharacteristicsEdit

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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 crafts 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. Thrust was provided by the TIE Reaper's twin ion engines.[6]

The dropship's[1] cockpit was spacious, housing 3 seats lined behind the front-facing window. There, a single pilot could operate the craft, and had access to the ship's[7] Class 1[5] hyperdrive.[7]

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 complemented each other at the Imperial security complex on Scarif, where they operated alongside Surface Command and the Imperial Army's Scarif garrison[4] battling rebel forces.[2]

HistoryEdit

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]

A pair of TIE Reapers were utilized by Imperial forces under Darth Vader to travel to the Meridional Ice Cap on Tython, expecting, albeit erroneously, to find the Rebel Alliance's base of operations.[7]

Later, in 34 ABY,[source?] a criminal organization called the Ranc gang had TIE Reapers under their command on the planet Kaddak.[12]

Behind the scenesEdit

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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.[17] The starship first identified as TIE Reaper in Electronic Arts' mobile game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.[3]

AppearancesEdit

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SourcesEdit

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The TIE Reaper in Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

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