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Century tank
Production information

Santhe/Sienar Technologies[1]


Century tank[2]


Compact assault vehicle[1]


Not available for sale[2]

Technical specifications

6.7 meters[3]

Maximum speed

90 km/h[3]

Engine unit(s)

Santhe SSct power generators (2)[3]


Pilot/gunner (1)[3]



Cargo capacity

65 kg[2]


5 days[3]




Heavy cavalry


The century tank, also known as the TIE crawler or TIE tank, was an Imperial heavy tank. It was an unlikely fusion of two vastly different vehicle types.



TIE crawler schematics.

The century tank resembled a TIE starfighter cockpit suspended between two massive tank treads. It could hold only a single person, who acted as pilot and gunner.

Driving the tank treads at speeds of up to 90 kilometers per hour were twin Santhe SSct power generators. The pilot used foot controls to adjust the angle of steering and speed, while the hand controls were tied into the fire control systems.

The tank had a pair of medium blaster cannons in the familiar "chin" mounts found on most TIE cockpits. Suspended below the cockpit ball was a retractable light turbolaser which provided the tank with considerable firepower.


Although the century tank became famous after Battle of Endor, an early version of the vehicle—the TIE ap-1—saw some action during the first years of the Galactic Civil War, where it fought against the Alliance to Restore the Republic.

The century tank was the first new design to roll out of the newly liberated Santhe/Sienar Technologies in the uncertain times after the Battle of Endor. The independent-minded Santhe family, owners of Sienar Fleet Systems, had long bristled under the restrictive contracts of the Empire, and saw the opportunity of independence following the Empire's defeat.

A TIE crawler on Coruscant in 10 ABY.

Santhe tried to remain neutral in the drawn out fighting between the shrinking Imperial Remnant and the growing New Republic. They still produced TIE fighters for Imperial warlords, but did so on their terms. One unit notable for their use of century tanks was the 71st Elite Mechanized.

In an attempt to break into new markets, the century tank was conceived as a relatively inexpensive to produce and purchase compact assault vehicle (CAV). Its use of recycled components and designs helped cut costs and training time.

The tank was cheap and mass-produced and saw some action in the Imperial Civil War on Coruscant, as squabbling warlords sought to take control of the former Imperial capital prior to the reborn Emperor Palpatine's reappearance.

At least one century tank was in service with the Corellian Security Forces during the Second Galactic Civil War.

Behind the scenes

Diagram of a TIE crawler.

In 2007, LEGO released a set based on the tank. Called a 'TIE Crawler', the set comes with two shadow stormtrooper figures. The century tank was the second only fully-Expanded Universe LEGO set to be released, the first being the TIE/D automated starfighter, although the TIE/D was included in a set with two other in-universe TIE fighters and Darth Vader's TIE/Advanced starfighter.

A Century tank on patrol



Notes and references

TIE starfighter variants
Imperial starfighters
T.I.E. starfighter · TIE/ln starfighter · TIE Advanced x1 · TIE Advanced x2 · TIE Advanced x3 · TIE Advanced x7
TIE Aggressor · TIE/ad starfighter · TIE boarding craft · TIE/D Defender · TIE/D automated starfighter · TIE/fc starfighter
TIE/gt starfighter · TIE Hunter · TIE/In starfighter · TIE Interdictor · TIE lander · TIE Light Duty · TIE Oppressor · TIE Phantom
TIE/rc starfighter · TIE/sa starfighter · TIE/sh shuttle · TIE/sr starfighter · TIE starfighter · TIE Vanguard
Scimitar assault bomber · Predator-class fighter
Non-Imperial starfighters
Advanced Project ship · Aleph-class starfighter · Chir'daki · Clutch · Y-TIE · X-ceptor
X-TIE · TYE-wing · Lone Scout-A · TIE/rpt starfighter · Nssis-class Clawcraft · TIE stealth
Non-starfighter models
Century tank · TIE ap-1 · TIE fighter boat · Lancet Aerial Artillery

This article uses material from the "Century tank" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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