A military vessel that has been in use for over seventy decades, the Harbinger-Class Troop Transport is a dropship capable of transporting up to eight platoons of soldiers into combat while providing ample fire support by way of powerful fire-linked laser cannons and a retractable repeating blaster cannon.
Produced by Hogarth Flight Systems, a subdivision of Tannhauser Shipyards, the Harbinger-Class Transport has seen heavy use by the Rebellion throughout the galactic conflict as a reliable dropship, capable of transporting soldiers from a low orbit into a battle arena, or, in some instances, striking from a nearby system in hit-and-fade missions on Imperial military installations. Due to the Imperial contracts with other shipyards and manufacturers, little interest was shown in the Hogarth Flight systems offerings, but rumor has it that the company did quite well, establishing “under-the-table” deals with private armies and other military factions. No proof of this exists however, and any inquiry made into the matter never turned up any physical evidence.
It also sees common use as an extraction vessel, capable of getting in and getting troops out in a hurry, thanks to twin WMS Flarerstar Ion Drives. Many of the Harbinger-Class Troop Transports have also been modified with sensor-masking equipment to aid in more clandestine operations.
Due to their resiliency, many pilots take to decorating their ships and assigning it a name and personality, due to the extended length of ownership of, or assignment to, the vessel. Still in use in the New Republic, many pilots have been known to purchase their ships from the government after their service is up, modifying them and turning them into blockade runners, mercenary transports and using them to smuggle illegal contraband.
Harbinger-Class Troop Transport
Craft: Hogarth Flight Systems Troop Transport
Type: Long Range Troop Transport
Cargo: 5 metric tons
Consumables: 2 weeks
Nav computer: Yes
Atmosphere: 275; 900kmh
Weapons: 2 Laser Cannons
Fire arc: Front (Fire Linked)
Skill: Starship gunnery
Fire Control: 2d
Space Range: 1-3/12/25
Atmosphere Range: 100-300/1.2km/2.5km