The TIE/HU Hunter multi-role starfighter was a starfighter from the TIE Series used during the First War by the Axis of Empires. Developed by the Empire as a means of countering the Alliance's T-65 X-wing starfighter and Starfury fighters, the TIE Hunter was used exclusively by storm commandos. The Twin ion engine Hunter was an Imperial starfighter which had a wing configuration was roughly the reverse of a TIE/IN interceptor. Similar to the T-65 X-wing starfighter, the TIE Hunter possessed S-foils, which meant that they would open in attack mode and close in normal flight. This was largely because the TIE Hunters were created by the Galactic Empire specifically as a means to counter the T-65 X-wing starfighter. Unlike most other contemporary TIEs of the time, TIE Hunters were equipped with a hyperdrive and shields, making them more valuable than most starfighters the Empire utilized. Because of these characteristics, it was also considered to be the fastest TIE variant among the Imperial fleet. When the S-foils were closed, the craft could not fire its weapons.Many of the TIE/HU hunter multi-role starfighter were captured by the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War.