Variable Geometry Self-Propelled Battle Droid, Mark I

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Variable Geometry Self-Propelled Battle Droid, Mark I
Production information


Droid starfighter[1]

Technical specifications

6.96 meters (in flight)[2]

  • 1.86 meters (in flight)[2]
  • 6.87 meters (walking)[2]
atmospheric speed

1,200 kph[3]



"Master, General Grievous's ship is directly ahead, the one crawling with vulture droids."
Anakin Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi, referring to the Invisible Hand during the Battle of Coruscant[src]

The Variable Geometry Self-Propelled Battle Droid, Mark I, also known as the Vulture-class starfighter or more simply as the vulture droid, was a model of droid starfighter utilized by the Trade Federation and later the Confederacy of Independent Systems.


Vulture droids were capable of maneuvers that would crush even the sturdiest organic pilot, but lacked the resourcefulness and cunning that living pilots brought into combat.

Like the ground forces made up of battle droids, vulture droids were controlled by a control ship, but as time passed, they were able to operate with limited independence.[2] They were also known to be able to communicate with each other by chattering.[4] While not in flight, vulture droids could transform into walking mode to patrol the surface or provide support during battles.[2]

The design of the vulture droid formed the basis for producing the hyena-class bomber, another type of automated droid starfighter used by the Separatist Alliance.[5]


Invasion of NabooEdit

"Fighters, straight ahead."
―Bravo Leader's Ric Olié during the Battle of Naboo[src]

Vulture droids being launched from a Lucrehulk-class cargo freighter

Approximately 32 years before the Battle of Yavin, vulture droids were deployed with the rest of the droid forces by the Trade Federation to seize Naboo. During the space battle over the planet, vulture droids were controlled by a Droid Control Ship, made out of a modified Lucrehulk-class LH-3210 cargo freighter, and engaged Bravo Flight's N-1 starfighters. All of the droid starfighters were deactivated when a pilot named Anakin Skywalker destroyed their control ship.[6]

Clone WarsEdit

Vulture Droids

Vulture droids crawling on the Invisible Hand.

During the Clone Wars, many vulture droids were painted with the blue and white hexagonal markings that symbolized the Separatist Alliance. They fought in numerous battles, and one such major battle was the Battle of Coruscant.

In addition to being launched from capital ships, vulture droids were also deployed from Automated Vulture droid deployment stations to defend areas from potentially hostile approaching vessels.[7]

At some period during the war, vulture droids were upgraded to carry missiles which could deploy Pistoeka sabotage droids against enemy starfighters.[4]



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