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Intent: To create a basic armed shuttlecraft and small transport compatible with the MC75 Ackbar-class Star Cruiser.
Development Thread: Not required
Manufacturer: Silk Holdings/Eshan Drive Yards
Model: MC15 Niathal-class Assault Shuttle
Affiliation: Publicly available
Material: Durasteel hull, glasteel viewports
Description: Little more than a modernized Lambda-class shuttle, the Niathal-class is a standard multirole shuttle or small transport. Standard Mon Calamari redundant shields echo the original Lambda's dual generators. Its weapons loadout is comparable to a Lambda, though trading some of the big laser cannons for light and specialty warhead launchers. Easily outperformed by true gunships and carrying far fewer personnel and vehicles than true dropships, the Niathal-class is flexible and, in some ways, unimpressive apart from the legendary Mon Calamari durability.
It excels as a patrol ship, exploration craft, capital ship service vehicle, diplomatic pinnace, commando team deployment vehicle, and long-range personal transport. It is not, however, a frontline combat vehicle. Its weapons loadout allows it to disable persistent enemies and leave, or deal with pirate vessels that may have captives aboard.
By default, it carries five small beacons with a transmission range of 5 AU, allowing it to assist in mapping and hyperlane creation.
Classification: Small transport
Power Core Generator/Reactor: Cryogenic reactor
Hyperdrive Rating: 2, backup Class 12
Minimum Crew: 2
Optimal Crew: 5
- 2 laser cannons
- 1 ion cannon
- 1 ventral autoblaster
- 1 concussion missile launcher (8 warheads)
- 1 mag pulse launcher (6 warheads)
- 1 tractor beam
- Redundant shields
- Mapping sensors
- HoloNet transceiver (on diplomatic and specialty models)
- Force cylinder
Cargo Capacity: 80 tons lift capacity, 500m^3 spatial capacity (5x5x20m)
Consumables: 1 month
Sublight Speed and Maneuverability: 4