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This article is about the military term. You may be looking for the game titled Star Wars: Starfighter.
Starfighter size chart

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[src]

A starfighter, or simply called fighter, was a small, maneuverable starship 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 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 directed at weak points that might otherwise be hard to target (such as a shield generator or the ship's bridge).

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.


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Various starfighter models

Non-canon appearances


Notes and references

See also

Starfighter combat

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