Darth Vader's TIE Fighter is the prototype that was used as the basis for all the terrifyingly effective TIE Fighters and Interceptors that would be developed for future battles. The TIE Fighter has proved itself in battle, as it is capable of withstanding many direct hits. In addition the pilots' chances of survival were considerably enhanced by the incorporation of a hyper drive system, which enables the ship to escape from hopeless battle situations.
TIE Fighters are one-man starfighters with a spherical cockpit, hexagonal wings and two chin-mounted laser canons. The basic TIE fighter first appeared in A New Hope and is the primary Imperial fighter seen in the Original Trilogy.