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Starfighter size chart

Size comparison of various starfighters used during the Galactic Civil War.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi, being chased by Jango Fett's Slave I[src]

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

Characteristics

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 weakened shields, 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.

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.

Appearances

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Starfighters-SWE

Various starfighter models.

Non-canon appearances

Sources

Notes and references

See also

Starfighter combat

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