TIE Heavy A "Aurek"
TIE Heavy B "Besh"
TIE Heavy C "Cresh"
TIE Heavy D "Dorn"
Sienar Fleet Systems
Particle Shields; Titanium hull with Quadranium
Steel armored Solar Panels
Shortly before the Battle of Hoth
The TIE Heavy series
is a number of TIE Interceptor variants fitted with more powerful
power generators. In most models, this improved energy output is
funneled to improved weapons systems. The heavier guns come at a
minor reduction to manuverability and some loss of speed, putting
them in the same class as T-65 X-Wings. There are four major varients,
simply designated "Heavy Aurek", "Heavy Besh", "Heavy Cresh" and
"Heavy Dorn". In addition to these, there were a number of other
models produced in small, squadron- or wing-sized lots, and are
rarely encountered. The Heavies are often found in elite units or
in the hands of squadron and wing leaders, where the heavier fire-power
is put to good use.
The Heavy A carries
an additional pair of laser cannons in the chin mounts, improving
the energy through put by 33% over the standerd TIE Interceptor.
Heavy B's carry a
pair of ion cannons, and are in demand for units supporting the
Inquisitus, Intelligence and the ISB.
Heavy C's are equipped
with a pair of long range auto-blasters, which while they don't
hit very hard, they have nearly two-thirds greater range over the
regular laser cannons.
Finally, there are
the TIE Heavy Ds, which are not slower or less manuverable than
the Interceptor, but carry a heavy shield generator. All Interceptor's
under Grand Admiral Thrawn's command during his resurgence nine
years after Endor were upgraded to this standard.