Shortly after the reemergence of the Nabataean Sith, and amidst the chaos following the Vong War, Maarek Stele set out to design a fighter that would embody his personal philosophy of a space superiority fighter.
One of the key features of the TIE HIMAT was its unique variable wing system, which allowed unprecedented changes to the configuration of the fighter mid flight. The ability of the fighter to radically shift its profile and appearance in mid flight had a significant impact beyond the immediate advantages it provided in maneuverability. The constantly shifting nature of the fighter proved to have a significant psychological effect on opposing pilots.
Depicted here are 3 commonly used wing configurations.
Config A, at top left, was primarily used for Atmospheric combat and was designed to increase the aerodynamic properties of the fighter.
Config B, at top right, was generally used to reduce target profile and as a segue into other configurations.
Config C, at bottom, was used primarily for boosting speed at the expense of maneuverability, using the maneuvering thrusters to contribute to the overall speed. This setting was also the primary storage configuration of the fighter.