They possessed yellow and white hulls, and had green-colored cockpits. They were manned by a crew of two men who needed enviro-suits to use it in space due to the lack of life-support systems. They possessed laser cannons. However, they lacked speed and agility.
Several Atoan starfighters were deployed against an Imperial task force in the Atoan system, ambushing them near a wreck. Despite some early victories, however, the Imperials later exploited their lack of speed and agility and managed to overcome them. All of the fighters ended up killed, with one pilot being captured by Darth Vader for interrogation.