The Barracuda-class Gunship is a now-illegal vessel manufactured by the Blackmane Corporation. It was originally commissioned as an armed dropship for mercenary and corporate security forces. It was found to be effective, agile and powerful in various roles, however, and a handful of the vessel were sold to the Asian Coalition during the Pan-Eurasian War.
This led to a ban on its sale, but not before scheming Blackmane executives moved the remaining stock to the lawless galactic Rim. The ship proved to be extremely popular amongst the various factions on the edge of humanity; it fulfilled the role later taken over by the strike fighter but without the exorbitant price tag.