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Droid tri-fighter
Production information




  • New: 20,000 credits[2]
  • Used: 8,000 credits[2]
Technical specifications

5.4 meters[1]


3.45 meters[1]

Maximum acceleration

3,600 G[1]



Maximum speed (atmosphere)

1,180 km/h[4] to 37,000 km/h[1]

Hyperdrive system





Integrated droid brain[1]



Cargo capacity




Year introduced

20 BBY

"They're all over me! Get them off my—"
―A clone trooper pilot during the Battle of Coruscant, being chased by a droid tri-fighter

The droid tri-fighter, also known as the tri-droid fighter or simply tri-fighter, was a deadly Confederacy droid starfighter designed as a fast, agile and powerful space-superiority starfighter, built to excel in dogfighting.[5] It would be used in large numbers in the later parts of the Clone Wars.[6]



A trio of droid tri-fighters over Coruscant.

The droid tri-fighter was designed by the Colicoid Creation Nest—makers of the deadly droideka—and manufactured by Colla Designs and Phlac-Arphocc Automata Industries. The droid's ridged, three-armed design was based on the skull features of a fearsome predator native to the planet Colla IV.[5]

The bracing arms surrounded the droid's advanced artificial brain, housed in a rotating, gyroscopic core.[5] The droid tri-fighter had three independent thrusters, providing it with great agility, and a powerful reactor and control/commucations transceiver that gave the craft unusual range for a fighter drone.[5]

It was armed with one heavy laser cannon protruding from the central ball, and a light laser cannon for each of the three arms. They could fire independently or together and could slightly tilt on rail to improve its deadly aim. Two to six missiles of variable payloads were housed within each arm.[5] The nose-like cannon made the droid tri-fighter similar in appearance to the DSD1 dwarf spider droid also used by the Confederacy.

The droid tri-fighter was capable of deploying buzz droids via discord missiles fixed to the underside, and quickly became rival to the ARC-170 starfighter and the V-wing starfighter. Although it could not outrun the Eta-2 Actis Interceptors favored by the Jedi, it was bulkier and more heavily armed, making it a challenge for even the best living starpilots to overcome.[5]


Tri-fighters in space.

The droid tri-fighter was introduced into the Confederate Navy relatively late in the conflict, and its usage would further deplete Trade Federation coffers.[7] One of its first recorded uses was on Praesitlyn, where they fought against the T-19 starfighters of the Praesitlyn Defense Force.[8] Tri-fighters were also deployed at Boz Pity, Saleucami, and Belderone. It would prove troublesome for even Jedi pilots, as evidenced when three tri-fighters came close to overcoming Jedi ace Saesee Tiin before being taken out by Anakin Skywalker.[6]

Many tri-fighters fought during the Battle of Coruscant, where they decimated ARC-170 squadrons.[9] Swarms of them also fought in the battle within the city, harassing Jedi and clone pilots.[6] Following the execution of the Separatist Council by Darth Sidious's new apprentice, Darth Vader, these units were de-activated. At least one tri-fighter comprised part of the Imperial junkyard during the Galactic Civil War.[10]

Behind the scenes

Another possible version of the droid tri-fighter.

In the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series, a sleeker, more numerous variant of droid tri-fighters appear, armed only with a central cannon. These fighters swarmed the skies of Coruscant during the battle leading up to the third film. There is still discussion amongst fans as to whether this is a different variant of the droid tri-fighter or simply a design error in the cartoon, which has come into conflict with canon in some other areas. It may also simply be a stylistic interpretation of the movie design.

In Star Wars: Battlefront II, the laser cannon is replaced with a chaingun. The fighter is also manned by a droid marine or pilot, rather than a droid brain.


A tri-fighter firing a volley of homing missiles.
  • Secrets of the Jedi
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • CIS Shadowfeed Dispatch 15:2:29 Edition
  • Jedi Trial (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 22"
  • Star Wars: Obsession
  • Star Wars Republic: The Siege of Saleucami
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 23"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 25"
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith comic
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith junior novel
  • Star Wars Dark Times 6: Parallels, Part 1
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  • Star Wars Rebellion: My Brother, My Enemy
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
  • Millennium Falcon

Non-canon appearances

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga


Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7  Starships and Vehicles of Revenge of the Sith on (article)
  3. Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
  4. 4.0 4.1 Battlefront II: Prima Official Game Guide
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Revenge of the Sith: Incredible Cross-Sections
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars: Clone Wars
  7. Revenge of the Sith Visual Dictionary
  8. Jedi Trial
  9. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  10. Star Wars Rebellion: My Brother, My Enemy
Starfighters of the Confederacy of Independent Systems
Belbullab-22 starfighter · C-73 Tracker starfighter · Ginivex-class starfighter
NovaSword Space Superiority Fighter · Sabaoth starfighter · Scarab-class droid starfighter
Droid tri-fighter · Nantex-class territorial defense starfighter · Mankvim-814 light interceptor
Vulture-class droid starfighter
Bombers and heavy assault craft
Belbullab-23 heavy assault craft · Belbullab-24 strike bomber · Hyena-class bomber
Sabaoth Defender · Trade Federation droid bomber

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