| TIE Oppressor Strike Starfighter|
|Certification||Imperial Ace Pilot|
|Weapon Mounts|| Projectile weapon x2|
|Astromech Technology||Flight computer|
The TIE Oppressor Strike Starfighter is a heavy fighter of the Imperial Navy. Imperial Ace Pilots gain the authorization to fly these gunships, and with two weapons pods and three ordnance bays, they make up in firepower what they may lack in maneuverability. The TIE features an unusual dorsal third solar array, and has larger mass than many lesser starships.
Although labeled a heavy fighter, the TIE Oppressor carries far less mass, half the firepower, and possesses a speed and maneuverability profile no better than the B wing, and is actually out maneuvered by the MT-22 Krayt.
Star Wars LoreEdit
A recent development, the Sienar Fleet Systems TIE Oppressor Strike Starfighter is being deployed in limited numbers among selected units of the Imperial starfighter cadre elite. It is an attempt to build a variant of the standard TIE Fighter hull that can carry heavy weapon payloads with sufficient armor and shielding to allow the ship to operate in the vanguard of an Imperial assault force. It also has enough solar array surface to assist in generation of the energy needed to power it all. All of the offensive and defensive equipment packed into the Oppressor comes at the cost of space for engine installations. Although most Imperial fighters are designed to have superior maneuverability, this is a trait in which the TIE Oppressor is rated by most of its pilots as merely average. This lack of dizzying maneuverability is a result of the Oppressor mounting the same basic engine arrangement as seen on earlier TIE starfighter types, but with its thrust being sapped by much heavier and more solid spaceframe. In return for the deficits in combat maneuvering capability, the Oppressor carries one of the most potent offensive and defensive packages fielded in any Imperial starfighter spaceframe.
Only the most veteran Imperial TIE pilots are being allowed to participate in the Oppressor flight test program as only these personnel are deemed to have the tactical know-how to properly employ the ship as well as the loyalty to be trusted with such as expensive flight article. Although currently serving in the fleet as part of a 'Limited Fielding Test Initiative' and considered a minor trial program by the Imperial Navy, the actual numbers of fighters being fielded would make most Alliance officers wince.