The recent Star Wars timeline, so far, has been challenging to follow. Every time we reach the end of a Saga story — be it The Force Awakens, or The Last Jedi — we flash back to an earlier movie set between the Prequels and Star Wars: A New Hope, meaning fans have to establish their bearings, remember what they knew, and learn more stuff along the way. At the same time, whenever a new movie opens, we’re able to add to the Star Wars canon by introducing new aliens, droids, villains and ships. Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story introduces the new TIE Fighters shown above. They are known as TIE/rb, and Lucasfilm recently released more details on the ships, explaining:

Compensating for the relative fragility of the unshielded TIE starfighter is the armored TIE/rb, a reinforced heavy starfighter with much more powerful laser cannons.

Ships take a beating in the Star Wars universe. Most of the smaller TIE fighters and even Wing Fighters can be taken out in a single blast. And have you seen the multi-ship space battles that occupy almost every Star Wars movie to date? It’s virtually impossible NOT to get hit when engaging in an airstrike between the Rebel alliance and the First Order — or, in the case of Solo: A Star Wars Movie, the evil Empire.

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