- "I always wanted to fly one of these things."
- ―Poe Dameron
The TIE/sf space superiority fighter was a starfighter model used by the First Order, a specialized version of the TIE/fo space superiority fighter. It was a two-seater unlike the previous TIE models, and was outfitted with enhanced weapons and sensor systems as well as hyperdrives and deflector shields. The TIE/sf was reserved for members of the First Order's elite Special Forces. On the lower side of the vehicle, directly below the primary fuel tank, was a turret containing a pair of heavy laser cannons and a mag-pulse warhead launcher.
A two-seat strike fighter used by the First Order's elite Special Forces pilots, the TIE/sf boasted weapons far more powerful than a standard TIE, combining laser cannons with a heavy weapons turret armed and warhead launcher, giving the fighter a 360 degree field of fire and ability to deliver special ordnance. Although the pilot had the ability to fire all weapons, the turret was ideally controlled by the rear-facing gunner.
Special Forces TIEs were equipped with hyperdrives to enable the fighter to go on long range missions far from a base or carrier ship, enhanced deflector shields and high-yield cells that provided additional power to onboard systems (necessary because of the more powerful weapons and stronger shields). These versatile attack ships were used for both reconnaissance and combat operations.
This variant of the TIE Fighter could be visually distinguished from its regular counterpart by the laser turret below the cockpit and the red flashes on its left side; similarly, the Special Forces pilots who operated them also had red flashes on their helmets, in a callback to the flight barons of the Galactic Empire.
The captured Resistance ace pilot Poe Dameron alongside a then-recently defected stormtrooper identified as FN-2187 hijacked a TIE/sf space superiority fighter to escape from the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Finalizer, with their initially running into some problems due to the TIE still being connected to a wire. The fighter ended up crashing on Jakku due to being hit by missiles, although both Poe and FN-2187, rechristened Finn, survived. Several more later attempted to pursue the escaping Millennium Falcon, although they were destroyed by Rey during their pursuit.
During the First Order's attack on the Resistance fleet, Kylo Ren personally attacked the Resistance's flagship, Raddus, in his TIE Silencer with two Special Forces TIEs flanking him. When Ren, sensing the presence of his mother, Leia Organa Solo, hesitated to fire on the Raddus' bridge, his wingmen destroyed it instead using missiles, killing everyone on the bridge except for Organa, who was incapacitated in the attack. Both Special Forces TIEs were destroyed soon after, forcing Ren to retreat.
Behind the scenesEdit
During the early days of brainstorming for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, concept artist Doug Chiang suggested including TIE fighters with headlights, as he thought that it was very cool when the Millennium Falcon showed its headlights in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.
The scale model for what would eventually be revealed as Black Spire Outpost unveiled upon the announcement of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge showed a TIE/sf space superiority fighter parked near what is later revealed to be Docking Bay 9. However, in the actual real-life park, this was replaced with the TIE echelon.
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections
- ↑ Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- ↑ Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ 4.0 4.1
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Star Wars Battlefront II
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
- ↑ Captain Phasma's blaster. Doug Chiang (November 29, 2018). Retrieved on December 10, 2018. "In our early days of brainstorming for EP7, I thought it would be fun to see headlights on the TIE Fighters. I always thought it was cool that the Millennium Falcon had headlights when it went into the asteroid cave in EP5. #starwars #fun #scifi"