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TIE/sh shuttle
Production information

Sienar Fleet Systems[1]

Product line

TIE series[1]


Twin Ion Engine/sh shuttle[1]


Personal priority shuttle[1]

Technical specifications

7.8 meters[1]

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

1,050 km/h[1]

Hyperdrive system





Laser cannon (1)[1]


1 (Pilot/Gunner)[1]



Cargo handling systems

1 metric ton[1]


2 days[1]




Ship-to-ship personnel courier/cargo ferry[1][4]


Rebellion era[1]


Galactic Empire[1]

"Get a shuttle ready. I shall assume full responsibility for losing them, and apologize to Lord Vader."
Captain Lorth Needa

The TIE/sh shuttle or, more commonly, the TIE shuttle, was a short-range personal priority shuttle the Imperial Navy used to quickly transport high-ranking officers and other cargo between capital ships of a fleet and ground stations. A modified variant of the TIE/sa bomber and TIE boarding craft, the TIE shuttle had room for two passengers aside from the pilot. Unlike the TIE bomber, the TIE shuttle was not designed for combat. Armed with only a single laser cannon and not very maneuverable, the craft lacked hyperdrive capability and deflector shields, similar to other starfighters of the Sienar Fleet Systems-designed TIE series. Darth Vader's Imperial Death Squadron made extensive use of the TIE shuttle during the Hoth campaign of 3 ABY to deliver face-to-face messages between Star Destroyers of the fleet in order to minimize sensor and communications interference.



TIE/sh shuttle schematics

The Sienar Fleet Systems TIE/sh was a variant model of the twin-pod TIE/sa bomber and TIE boarding craft used by the Imperial Navy as a priority transport for command-level officers and other cargo between starships of a fleet and ground installations. Unlike the TIE bomber, the TIE shuttle was not designed for combat. Minimally armed with a single laser cannon for protection of important passengers and not very maneuverable, the TIE shuttle, like most other TIE series starfighters, lacked a hyperdrive, shielding system, and other advances.[5][3][4]

Measuring 7.8 meters in length, the TIE shuttle achieved a maximum atmospheric speed of 1,050 km/h. The shuttle had room for a single pilot, occupying the starboard side cockpit, and two passengers, sitting one in front of the other, in the port side pod.[4]

The TIE shuttle was available only to the Imperial Military[2] and was not available for sale.[1] The craft typically cost 120,000 credits new, and 45,000 credits used.[2]


The Galactic Empire frequently used TIE shuttles to quickly ferry high-ranking officers between Imperial Star Destroyers.[3] Each capital ship in a line carrying TIE/ln starfighters typically had one TIE shuttle aboard. Whereas higher-ranking flag officers usually employed the larger Lambda-class shuttle as a means of transport, lower-ranking officers were relegated to TIE shuttles.[4]

The TIE shuttle specialized primarily in transporting personnel or cargo over short distances, unlike other Imperial shuttle classes, including the Lambda-class shuttle and the Sentinel-class landing craft, which were meant to carry a greater number of passengers over longer distances.[3] As an alternative to passengers, the shuttle could hold one metric ton of cargo, and contained consumables for two days.[1]


Not long after Alderaan's destruction, Darth Vader piloted a TIE shuttle with Imperial Captain Ryko Vant aboard over the sandy wastes of the planet Jerne, from the Jerne City H.Q. to the nearby Imperial outpost Adony Station, in pursuit of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Vader devised a plan that lured the two Rebels to Jerne, where he hoped to capture them while they searched for the purported Eternity Crystal that would allow them to turn back time and save Alderaan from its fate. However, Skywalker and Organa eluded Vader's trap and escaped Jerne aboard his TIE shuttle.[6]

Captain Lorth Needa's TIE shuttle departs the Avenger

In 2 ABY, Lieutenant Commander Bakki Sourthol of the Rebel Alliance filed a report on the Empire's TIE-series starfighters for the Task Force on Alliance Security for Alliance Intelligence. The compiled report contained detailed technical information on the TIE shuttle's specifications, including a set of schematics.[4]

Vader's personal fleet of Star Destroyers, the Imperial Death Squadron, extensively utilized the TIE shuttle during the Hoth campaign in 3 ABY. Because standard comm traffic between the fleet's Star Destroyers would have interrupted sensor scans and the vital communications from dispatched Viper probe droids, Death Squadron used shuttles to physically deliver non-vital messages back and forth when the fleet was not in hyperspace. Instead of the high-profile Lambda-class shuttle, the squadron opted to use the TIE shuttle.[1]

Captain Lorth Needa of the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Avenger made his final space voyage in a TIE shuttle. After the Avenger lost Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon while pursuing the fugitive Rebel freighter through the Hoth asteroid field in the wake of the Battle of Hoth in 3 ABY, Needa rode a TIE shuttle from the Avenger to the Super Star Destroyer Executor to personally apologize to Darth Vader for allowing the Rebel freighter to escape. Vader executed Needa for his failure.[7]

Behind the scenes


Conception and creation

The TIE shuttle, essentially a TIE bomber without the bomb-chute,[5] first appeared fleetingly in the 1980 film Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, carrying Captain Lorth Needa to his death aboard Darth Vader's flagship, the Executor.[7] The idea of a twin-pod boarding vehicle dates back to the original conception stages of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, in which such a vessel was to be seen among the Imperial forces. The twin-pod craft was included in a brief scene in early versions of A New Hope, the deleted scene of which can be seen here, although the craft was dropped before the final version of the film. Nevertheless, the concept was resurrected for The Empire Strikes Back.[5] The 1998 reference book Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections later established that the originally conceptualized TIE boarding craft did in fact participate in the Imperial capture of the Tantive IV, the opening battle of A New Hope.[8]

The craft that appears in The Empire Strikes Back was first identified by its proper classification, the "TIE/sh," in the May 1996 article Alliance Intelligence Report: TIE Fighters, appearing in the tenth issue of the Star Wars Adventure Journal, which also provided a list of specifications. The article is intended to be written from an in-universe perspective by Rebel Alliance starfighter pilot Bakki Sourthol.[4]

Ambiguous appearances

A craft that appears near-identical to the TIE shuttle from The Empire Strikes Back appears in both Dark Knight's Devilry, a comic originally published by Marvel UK in the early 1980s,[6] and also in Marvel's Star Wars 53: The Last Gift From Alderaan!, published in November 1981.[9] Since both the TIE shuttle and TIE boarding craft are virtually indistinguishable, confusion may arise as to what craft appears in these stories. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, released in 2008, has identified the Star Wars 53 craft as indeed being a TIE boarding craft,[10] but the Dark Knight's Devilry craft remains ambiguous, although the TIE boarding craft would seem to be the natural inspiration. However, the Dark Knight's Devilry craft features a port side pod with an ovular inset, different from the more circular inset of the TIE boarding craft, as illustrated in Incredible Cross-Sections, that more closely resembles the TIE shuttle passenger pod. Given this slight visual variation, this article assumes a TIE shuttle, not a TIE boarding craft, appears in Dark Knight's Devilry.[6][8]


A docked TIE shuttle (far left), among other Imperial starfighters
  • Dark Knight's Devilry (Possible appearance) (as "Scout ship")
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back novelization (First mentioned)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back junior novelization (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (First appearance)


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 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back, Second Edition
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Rebellion Era Campaign Guide
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Star Wars: Behind the Magic
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 "Alliance Intelligence Report: TIE Fighters" - Star Wars Adventure Journal 10
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2  TIE shuttle in the Databank
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Dark Knight's Devilry
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  8. 8.0 8.1 Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections
  9. Star Wars 53: The Last Gift From Alderaan!
  10. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

External links

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
Sienar spacecraft classes
Lambda-class T-4a shuttle - Martial-class shuttle - Mu-class Model 1 Shuttle - Mu-class Model 2 Shuttle - Sentinel-class landing craft - Scimitar - TIE lander - TIE/sh shuttle - WR-542 Shooting Star
Patrol ships
Guardian-class light cruiser - IPV-1 Patrol Craft - Warden-class light cruiser
Enforcer-class picket cruiser - Immobilizer 418 cruiser - Interdictor-class Cruiser - Vindicator-class heavy cruiser
Sienar Battleship

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