These fighters are some of the least expensive on the market today. It is this fact which makes it very attractive to some of the less profitable groups throughout the galaxy, to include pirates, poor governments, and young pilots without better means. The rather gangly appearance of this fighter translates throughout the entire design. It is unweilding, and difficult to maneuver. In atmosphere, it becomes much like a falling rock, and the pilots that fly these ships tend to be either very religious or wild risk takers as it currently has one of the lowest survivability ratings of any ship in the galaxy.
The Y-TIE can be operated by one pilot and an astromech droid but can also fit a second passenger or extra cargo for the pilot. The components involved are a Y-Wing with the engine pod replaced by TIE-Ln propulsion system and solar panels. Because the TIE propulsion system was built for a much smaller craft the Y-TIE suffers from poor maneuverability and speed making it one of the slowest fighters on the market today. The real advantage of this ship is the availability of spare parts, there are a large number of both craft throughout the galaxy, and that translates to large amounts of spare parts for a very small cost. These ships tend to attack in packs, and in large numbers they tend to be lethal. However, in battles where these fighters are outnumbered their losses tend to be devastating.