The Ramos-class Cargo Hauler

Ramous-class Cargo Hauler

The Ramos-class Cargo Hauler is a Second Age era transport ship weighing in somewhere between a shuttle and a freighter. It was produced in large numbers to support rapid human expansion to the stars and became known for carrying a wide variety of cargo. The ship lacked bells and whistles when it was new; the large number that remain in service are spartan and dire affairs disliked by their crews. They are, however, cheap to buy and profitable to run.

Ramous-class Cargo Hauler

The Ramos is utilised by a variety of independent operators – from small-time merchants hauling their wares to pirates stowing their loot. The vessel itself is extremely outdated; the FTL drive is inefficient and the sensor suite clumsy. It also manoeuvres poorly and has minimal defensive capabilities. These failings are outweighed by how cheap it is to operate; low running costs mean larger profits. The fact that the ship was produced in such huge numbers during the Second Age means that models can be found – usually in a state of disrepair – on most human colony worlds. Even if no longer spaceworthy, such ships are readily stripped for spare parts and scrap.

Travelling through the Rim is a risk-laden proposition at the best of times; doing so in a Ramos with no escort is deemed near-suicidal. The ships are known to pay for escort themselves or pay a percentage to join a separate convoy. Adventurous or illicit Ramos operators sometimes pilot the ship on low-power with the hope that they will slip under the notice of prying eyes.

Ramous-class Cargo Hauler

Above: A Ramos collects illegally mined minerals from outside of Sisca VII

The Asian Coalition used the ship as a makeshift troop transport during the Pan-Eurasian War; it’s main advantage included the fact that the cargo ramp was covered by forward projected hull plating. Said plating was thick and simple; providing excellent protection against small arms.

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