The TIE Defender is an extremely recent design. The project was supervised by top Imperial Navy commanders. The Defender has only been deployed to a small number of elite TIE wings. The ship radically departs from conventional TIE designs. It has three sets of solar collection panels mounted at equilateral points around the fighters cockpit. Thie project was a logical advance for Imperial fighter design. The TIE Defender is more than five times the cost of a TIE/Ln. It is nearly 40% faster. Manueverability has also been improved. It,s weapon systems include four laser cannons, two ion cannons, and two missle launchers which can be equipped with concussion missiles and proton torpedoes. It also has shields and hyperdrive.