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This article is about the TIE droid starfighter. You may be looking for the TIE/D Defender.
TIE/D automated fighter
Production information
Product line

TIE series


Twin Ion Engine Drone automated fighter


Droid starfighter

Technical specifications

6.1 meters

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

1,300 km/h

Engine unit(s)

SFS twin ion engines

Hyperdrive system


Power plant

SFS solar ionization reactor




Titanium alloy hull with quadanium steel armor


Laser cannons (2)


Cybot Galactica Ace-6 droid brain (1)



Cargo capacity



1 day


Multi-environment attack fighter


New Republic era


Galactic Empire

The TIE/D automated fighter, or droid/drone TIE fighter, was a TIE series starfighter used by the reborn Emperor Palpatine during his attacks on the New Republic in 10 ABY.



Taking the standard TIE series command pod with twin ion engines and twin laser cannons, additional armor plating and rectangular wing panels with adjustable pitch were added. Despite their heavier armor, they could actually reach a higher atmospheric speed than the TIE/In starfighter—overall, they were fast, small, and very expendable. A single TIE/D cost 170,000 credits.


The TIE/D was initially developed by General Arndall Lott, one of many post-Endor warlords. Sienar Fleet Systems engineers based the TIE/D on their original TIE/ln starfighter, and as a result, many of the vehicle's design elements came from the standard TIE.

With the automation experiment of the Katana fleet as his original inspiration, General Lott's first attempts at automated combat systems were based on slaving multiple war machines to a single Human pilot. Though this method saw limited success, its overall inefficiency and susceptability to jamming prompted a new approach.

The droid starfighters of the Clone Wars provided Imperial scientists with the basis for a new automated fighter. Every TIE/D had an integrated Cybot Galactica Ace-6 droid brain which could be updated with new tactics—despite this, it was still often easily outwitted by sentient starfighter pilots.

TIE/D automated starfighters swarm out from inside a World Devastator.

The finalized version of the TIE/D debuted against the New Republic on Dac, six years after the Battle of Endor. The Imperial World Devastators invaded the world in the First Battle of Mon Calamari, and their internal factories made swarms of TIE/Ds from the elements of the very world they attacked.

During the battle, TIE/D fighters were pitted against New Republic V-wings and E-wings. The massive numbers of TIE/Ds provided them with an inherent advantage, but New Republic pilots were able to outwit these drones just as Galactic Republic clone and Jedi pilots were able to outwit Separatist droid starfighters.

When the tide turned against the Empire on Mon Calamari, most of their TIE/D manufacturing capability was destroyed along with the World Devastators. As their piloting ability never matched that of living pilots, the droids were eventually abandoned. The dream of a perfect automated military force would remain out of the reach of the Galactic Empire.

Behind the scenes

The TIE/D was the first Expanded Universe LEGO set, released in the TIE Collection set (10131).



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

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