The TIE Hunter was an Imperial fighter piloted originally by Imperial pilots. The ship is mainly a cross between a Rebel X-wing and a TIE Interceptor. The TIE Hunter is faster and deadlier than any other TIE ship. The TIE Hunter is equipped with blasters, lock-on Proton Torpedoes, and two Ion cannons.
In the first mission, "Deception at Destrillion", Wedge Antilles was sent by General Crix Madine to find an Imperial Research Facility. While traveling in his A-wing through the energy tunnels, Wedge relayed this message to Madine: "Picking up fighters on my scope. They're not like anything I've seen before!", Madine's reply: "Those must be the new TIE Hunters. Be careful, they're very deadly!"
In the mission known as "Fondor Shipyard Assault", the Rebels seem to have captured three TIE Hunters and used them to destroy cloaking devices on a Super Star Destroyer named Fondor.