Why didn't Tie Fighters have shields? Book Review Summary
I couldn't help but notice that while Rebel fighters had shields, and could absorb several hits, Tie Fighters didn't have any. This was explained away at some point by saying it was cheaper to mass produce them without shields.
But... the ships that carry Tie Fighters, the huge Star Destroyers, must have cost zillions of credits; and one of their main purposes was to ferry Tie Fighters. So they have these zillion dollar ships going around to ferry fighters that can be destroyed with one shot. You would think the Empire, with the tremendous devotion of resources to military purposes, would've built them with shields.
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).