I think this is the right thread to post this in. During the Galactic Civil War, X-Wing fighters had Type 1.0 hyper-drives, while the Imperial TIE Fighters did not. Of course, we know why X-wings were equipped with hyper-drives: it allowed them to perform hit and run attacks on Imperial outposts and destroy – or steal – much needed resources. This worsened the Imperial economy, making the Empire less able to fund specialist fighters such as the TIE Defender. Interestingly, the TIE Defender, which was developed later than the standard TIE Fighter, did have hyperspace capabilities. The reason for this is simple: the Rebel fighters, which had hyper-drives, therefore had a clear tactical advantage over the Empire. But, because resources were being destroyed, the Empire should have found a way to get around that and prevent it from occurring. One way, in my view, would have been to equip the TIE Fighters with hyperspace rings, as were seen in the prequels with Obi-Wan's spacecraft, for example. We already know that the Empire realised the importance of the hyper-drive, as evidenced by the TIE Defender, but they were stuck in a vicious cycle because the TIE Defender was far too costly to maintain with the attacks on undefended Imperial resources. However, a TIE Fighter with a hyperspace ring would have easily been able to defend these Imperial resources: standard TIE Fighters relied on Star Destroyers to travel far distances – and Star Destroyers were usually too valuable to divert to remote outposts which had strategic resources. But, a TIE Fighter with a hyperspace ring could fend for itself, escape via hyperspace if necessary and indeed quickly respond to any incursion at a major area if needed. The point about the Star Destroyers is especially important: when Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan escaped from Tatooine aboard the Millennium Falcon, three Star Destroyers were in pursuit. A TIE Fighter, which was given the go-ahead to fend for itself due to its hyperspace ring, would have been much more suited to chase down the Millennium Falcon.