Using the same Twin Ion Engine propulsion system as other models of this series, the TIE bomber carries high-yield proton bombs. The immediate problem of insufficient carrying capacity for these bombs was solved by simply adding a second pod. It was discovered, however, that this greatly impaired the speed and maneuverability of the craft. A more powerful dual engine was required and for this both pods were elongated. Finally, the solar panels on both sides of the ship became canted for greater maneuverability. Underneath the bomb bay pod, a specialized launcher was installed, giving the pilot great accuracy over the delivery of ordnance. The bombs are armed only when near the designated target. This safety feature was included to protect the bomber but also, and more to the point, to protect the bases and ships from where it operates. While more heavily armored than the standard TIE fighter, the TIE bomber still suffers from the fact that it has no deflector shields. To protect the ship the forward firing laser system was retained and as with the TIE-LN, this operates from a separate power generator.