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This article is about the military term. You may be looking for the game titled Star Wars: Starfighter.
Size comparison of various starfighters used during the Galactic Civil War.
"Blast! This is why I hate flying!"
Obi-Wan Kenobi, being chased by Jango Fett's Slave I

A starfighter was a small, maneuverable spacecraft designed for military combat.



The majority of starfighters were piloted directly by living beings, although some were either controlled remotely or by artificial intelligence. These light craft were designed to carry out attacks on sensitive installations and targets that required immense precision.

In fleet battle, starfighters worked in concert with capital ships, harassing warships and striking once their shields weakened, failed[1][2] or were re-aligned[3][4] due to enemy capital ship-fire. Alone, fighters had little to no chance of penetrating the shields of capital ships,[5] but most starfighters worked in squadrons and carried weapons like proton torpedoes and concussion missiles. These squadrons could take out a large capital ship with precision fire.

List of starfighters


Galactic Republic

Jedi Master Arca's ship, the SunGem (left), a Jedi Starfighter (bottom right) and a Whitecloak Fighter (top right).

First Sith Empire



Sith Empire (Jedi Civil War)


Confederacy of Independent Systems


Dogfight over Eriadu involving Z-95 Headhunters and TIE Fighters.

Fel Empire/Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire/Empire-in-exile

Rebel Alliance / New Republic / Galactic Alliance

A BTL Y-wing starfighter in deep space.

Ssi-ruuvi Imperium

Corporate Sector Authority

Yuuzhan Vong


Chiss Ascendancy


Diagram showing scale of various well-known starfighters

Behind the scenes

Star Wars 1 refers to the Tantive IV as a starfighter. This is inconsistent with how the term has come to be used in subsequent literature.


Notes and references

  1. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  2. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  3. Shadows of the Empire (comics)
  4. X-wing: The Bacta War
  5. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

See also

Starfighter combat

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