The most notable change is the inclusion of an on board Astromech droid, a specially modified version of the new R8 unit. Diverging from recent Imperial Fighter trends, the inclusion of an Astromech would
allow for limited repair capability in flight, the ability to monitor flight performance, the ability to pinpoint and potentially correct technical problems, perform power management, and to actively
optimize shipboard systems. Beyond that, an R8 unit has limited piloting capabilities, meaning that in a pinch, it could take over for the pilot if needed, or even fly the fighter on its own for whatever
The inclusion of an electronic countermeasure suite, capable of limited jamming, and most importantly, to provide near complete protection against enemy missiles. Realistically, enemy missiles would not
have the most space to hold sensor packages, and so it would be expected to be very vulnerable to ECM confusing the on board sensor and targeting capabilities, or if they rely on guidance from a separate
targeting computer, they would be very vulnerable to ECM in the form of jamming and false signals being sent to confuse the missile with regards to what it should be doing. This system would be actively
controlled by the R8 unit, to provide a level of skill that is beyond anything a human could conceivable do. If that fails, there would be a countermeasure system in place, to truly prevent the fighter from
ever being taken out by enemy missiles.
The P-sx7.4 ion engine are upgraded to P-sx7.6 engines. This would be taking to account more recent developments, and would increase the rating from 230 KTU to 240 KTU, and with improvements in design and
technology, would also reduce the mass of the various components between increased miniaturization and both better design and construction practices. With an astromech actively managing system optimization,
higher performance can be achieved, allowing for much higher burst acceleration that would otherwise be possible most other imperial fighters.
SFS I-s3b solar ionization reactor is an upgraded version of the SFS I-s3a solar ionization reactor. It sports increased power output, a refined and well tested design to produce marginally more power with
less mass behind it. With the astromech actively handling system optimization, the system can safely and efficiently increase power output when needed (at key moments during a space battle), or reduce power
output levels to lower levels as needed.
The original model had Novaldex deflector shields, like the venerable Assault Gunboat had. So, this would be increasing the shields along the lines of what the TIE Interceptor mk III has, given the
commonality between the parts, for a 50% increase in shield strength.
The addition of Maneuvering Thrusters and reduction of mass would significantly increase the maneuverability of the fighter design. The hull would be converted to a composite shell, to reduce the mass of it.
Maneuvering thrusters placed along the ship would then push ahead its maneuverability to even higher levels.
The laser cannons would be upgraded. I'm thinking that moving ahead to a later model would make sense, given how much time has gone by. Moving up from normal laser cannons to heavy laser cannons would be to
increase it's capability to deal with enemy fighters. My thinking is that the heavy laser cannons would primarily be for dealing with enemy fighters, with the increase in firepower being so that it would
take few shots to destroy an enemy fighter, but this would also give it limited functionality to fill an assault role.
The N-s6c Navcon would be a compact version of the venerable N-s6 Navcon. The compact version would be miniaturized and would have less direct functionality than the original, because some of the function
would be handled by the R8 droid included, with both providing a net increase to navigational capacity to the fighter over the original.
F-s6x flight avionics system is a radically updated version of the F-s5x flight avionics system used on both the original and the TIE Defender. This would incorporate the nearly two decades of improvements
in computer capability since the original was made, including advances in efficiency, miniaturization, and general improvements. The net result is to improve the ability of our pilots to effectively control
their fighters and to more efficiently use their fighters to the best of their capabilities.
Requirements You have to be a pilot, rank level 7 or higher, in order to fly one.
Organizational: Imperial Space Force
Name/Type: TIE Advanced Mk IV
Designer/Manufacturer: Sienar Fleet Systems
Combat Role: Superiority
Crew: 1 + 1 R8
Length: 9.8 Meters
Speed: 175 MGLT, 1250 Kph
Acceleration: 25 MGLT/s
Maneuverability: 200 DPF
Shield Rating: 150 SBD
Hull Rating: 20 RU
Weapons: 4 Wing Tip SFS L-s10.4 Heavy Laser Cannons and 2 SFS M-g-2 General Purpose Launchers (8 missiles or 6 torpedoes or 4 heavy rockets or 2 space bombs).
Countermeasures: 1 Beam Weapon Compartment Module, ECM Suite, 10 Chaff and flares