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Kylo Ren's TIE silencer was a TIE/vn space superiority fighter used by Kylo Ren during the First Order's war with the Resistance. Ren's use of the TIE silencer allowed Sienar-Jaemus Fleet Systems to refine its onboard system from his detailed post-flight reports.

By flying the silencer against his enemies, Ren continued two traditions—the Imperial tradition that prototype starfighters were tested by aces, with Ren following notable Imperial pilots such as Vult Skerris and Darth Vader; and the tradition that as the son of Han Solo and the grandson of Anakin Skywalker, the former Ben Solo was a natural in the cockpit.


As with other TIE/vn space superiority fighters, the TIE silencer was noted for its speed and ferocity, as well as its laser cannons and missile launchers. The silencer was reminiscent of the Galactic Empire's TIE/IN interceptor, TIE Advanced x1,[3] and TIE/d "Defender" Multi-Role Starfighter. It also featured customized flight controls specifically made for its test pilot.[1]


"Follow my lead."
―Kylo Ren, to his wingmates during the Battle of Oetchi[2]
Kylo Ren Pilots Silencer

The TIE silencer was a prototype starfighter that Kylo Ren field tested during the war between the First Order and the Resistance.

Kylo Ren, the apprentice of Supreme Leader Snoke,[2] was an expert pilot like his father Han Solo,[3] and grandfather Anakin Skywalker,[1] respectively, before him.[3] Due to his piloting skills, he field tested a unique starfighter known as the TIE silencer—following in the tradition of Imperial ace pilots, such as Vult Skerris and Darth Vader, who flew prototype fighters.[1] Developed by Sienar-Jaemus Fleet Systems, the corporation utilized Ren's detailed post-flight reports to improve the vessel's onboard system.[1] Ren utilized the silencer in his mission to destroy the Resistance.[3]

In 34 ABY,[4] Ren participated in the First Order's attack on the Resistance fleet shortly after the evacuation of D'Qar. Escorted by three TIE/sf space superiority fighters, he used the TIE silencer to destroy the Raddus's starboard hangar, killing several Resistance pilots including Tallissan Lintra before moving to attack the bridge. However, he was unable to open fire on his target due to his mother, General Leia Organa, being located the bridge at the time of the attack. Ren was then forced to pilot his starfighter back to the Supremacy at the advice of General Armitage Hux, due to the Resistance fleet managing to outpace the First Order flagship, thereby leaving him without support and at risk of being shot down.[2] In the following year, Ren instead flew a TIE whisper.[5]

Behind the scenes[]

Kylo Ren's TIE silencer was created and developed for Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi,[6] the eighth film in the Star Wars saga, which was released on December 15, 2017.[7] The ship was officially revealed on The Star Wars Show on July 19, 2017.[8] However, prior to the film's release, Kylo Ren's TIE silencer was introduced to the video game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes on November 9, 2017.[9]

Although Kylo Ren's TIE silencer was originally planned by the Industrial Light & Magic VFX team to feature missile pods on its underside and shoot them off, VFX supervisor Mike Mullholland revealed that during the film's early development, director Rian Johnson received an early prototype of the TIE silencer's toy version by Hasbro Inc., so the FFX team were forced to redesign the fighter.[10]

Kylo Ren's TIE silencer, shortened to TIE Silencer, was introduced as a playable ship in the 2015 mobile game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes in 2017, which features characters and ships from both the canon and Legends continuities.[11]


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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 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 StarWars-DatabankII TIE silencer in the Databank (backup link)
  4. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens in 34 ABY. Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi takes place immediately after the end of The Force Awakens.
  5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  6. The star wars show logo The Star Wars Show: Kylo Ren's New Ship, The Last Jedi Cast at D23, & Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link) (Posted on StarWars.com)
  7. StarWars The Official Title for Star Wars: Episode VIII Revealed on StarWars.com (backup link)
  8. The star wars show logo The Star Wars Show: Kylo Ren's New Ship, The Last Jedi Cast at D23, & Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link) (Posted on StarWars.com)
  9. The First Order Relentless on swgohevents.com (November 9, 2017) (archived from the original on April 11, 2020)
  10. A Toy Design Actually Forced a Change to Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Whitbrook, James on io9.gizmodo.com (February 16, 2018): "Initially, the plan was to have missiles on the underside, and shoot them off, and that was it. But halfway through production Rian got a toy, a prototype toy of the Kylo fighter. And they had the missiles on the side wings! So we went and redesigned a bit of it [in the movie] so that we could open it up and pop them out. I've heard of the toys' influence in the past, but that was the first time for me." (archived from the original on January 3, 2020)
  11. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

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