The TIE/vn space superiority fighter (also known as the TIE silencer) was an angular variant TIE starfighter used by the First Order in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Reminiscent in design of the Galactic Empire's TIE Interceptor and Darth Vader's TIE Advanced, Kylo Ren used one such ship during the First Order–Resistance war before replacing it with the TIE whisper.
The TIE silencer is an advanced prototype starfighter with an angular shape that has advances in power capacity, allowing it to support heavier weapons, and was produced especifically to be used by the top elite members of the First Order. It is a product of the manufacturer Sienar-Jaemus Fleet Systems and has its origins traced back to the Empire's TIE defender, which was a hybrid of a fighter with a bomber that never had a widespread use during the Galactic Civil War, however, the tacticians of the First Order noticed its versatilities and decided to revive them in their war against the New Republic and the Resistance.
The advances in power capacity were previously tested by the First Order designers in the Special Forces TIE, as they made changes in the enegy conversion and power storage of the ship which were later incorpored with improvements in the TIE silencer. Different from the Special Forces TIE, this ship has its missiles launchers and heavy laser cannons at the wing apertures instead of having a ventral turret, which allows both a wider field to fire and a much better targeting. Beneath its hull, there is also a next generation array that replaces the power cell spokes of Special Forces TIE and has shorter runs for converter coils and trunk lines.
The result of these improvements is a fighter that has an aggressive design and is incredibly powerful, being able to destroy shields and armor of the capital ships. In addition to its military innovations, this ship also has a stealth gear to confuse sensors and tracking and customized flight controls.
After being berated by his master, Kylo Ren drove his TIE silencer leading an attack to the Resistance fleet with the intent to destroy the First Order's enemies and prove that Snoke was wrong about him. He manages to blow up the hangar of the Resistance MC85 Star Cruiser, the Raddus, which results in the death of several X-wing pilots, with Poe Dameron, Finn and BB-8 witnessing the destruction very close by. Kylo proceeds to fly towards the bridge of the cruiser, however, he stops his attack upon sensing the presence of his mother inside the Raddus, making him unwilling to fire to completely destroy the ship.
- The TIE silencer was named by the Lucasfilm Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo. Although Hidalgo initially considered the name "TIE vendetta", he eventually decided on the name "TIE silencer", but kept the old name's initials ("/vn") in the full technical name.