Viking-Class Assault Shuttle
Type: Landing Craft Assault (LCA)
Architect: Freyaspace Corporation
Tech Level: 10
LCA-0104421-000000-30000-0 MCr 63.650 95 Tons
Bat Bear 1 Crew: 2
Bat 1 TL: 10
Cargo: 0.350, Fuel: 3.8, EP: 3.8 Agility: 0
Fuel Treatment: Fuel Scoops
Architects Fee: MCr 0.637 Cost in Quantity: MCr 50.920
HULL: 95 tons standard, 1,330 cubic meters, Needle/Wedge Configuration
CREW: Pilot, Gunner
ENGINEERING: Jump-0, 4G Maneuver, Power plant-4, 3.8 EP, Agility 0
AVIONICS: Bridge, Model/2 Computer
ARMAMENT: 1 Triple Beam Laser Turret organized into 1 Battery (Factor-3)
FUEL: 3.8 Tons Fuel (28 days endurance), On Board Fuel Scoops, No Fuel Purification Plant
MISCELLANEOUS: 16 Acceleration Couches, 0.350 Ton Cargo
USER DEFINED COMPONENTS: 1 Assault Module (40 tons, Sold Separately)
COST: MCr 64.287 Singly (incl. Architects fees of MCr 0.637), MCr 50.920 in Quantity
CONSTRUCTION TIME: 37 Weeks Singly, 29 Weeks in Quantity
A rapid interface craft designed for use by the Marine Corps and Navy of the Confederation of Ursa Major (a.k.a. the Freya Pact).
The Viking-class assault shuttle (LCA) carries a 40-dton rapid deployment module (RDM) in its cargo hold which carries a "stick" of four standard (8-ton) G-Carriers or similar sized military grav-vehicles. The dorsal cargo compartment hatch opens to release the stick of G-Carriers. The RDM is often dropped in space for later recovery while the Viking picks up the next RDM for the next wave of the planetary assault.
The Viking may also carry a 40-dton bulk cargo module or a combination of standard military shipping containers up to 40-dtons which may be loaded through the rear cargo hatch.
The military standard bulk cargo module is a 40-dton pressurized box which is manufactured in quantity for the Freyani armed forces for MCr 1.6 each. The standard Freyani military 5 and 10 ton shipping containers are also designed to fit together in the place of the bulk cargo module. One of the odd consequences of this is that Freyani merchant vessels are now designed to carry the Freyani military standard shipping containers, much to the annoyance of non-Freyani port masters and ground crews.
A 40-dton fuel tank container for refueling operations by the Viking is also available for MCr 0.4 each.
Actually, it would have made more sense to bundle together a bunch of standard cargo containers to form a 40-dton block and then design the G-Carriers so that 4 of them could fit inside the block with enough room for tactical embarkation and deployment.
Perhaps the Freyani aren't always right...