Manka-class Armoured Transport
The Manka-class armored transport, also known as armoured personnel carriers (APCs), are designed to transport a section or squad of infantry (generally between twelve and sixteen soldiers) and their equipment. APCs are purely transport vehicles armed only for self-defence.
The Manka-class is a Republic APC that was manufactured and pressed into service in the latter stages of the great galactic war, and was first deployed by the 1012th (Karvoss) Dragoon Guards to great success. The Manka-class gained notoriety through its survivability when on one occasion, an APC from the Karvoss Dragoons survived 15 RPG strikes during a single ambush. It is also well known for its ability to easily traverse mountainous terrain.
The Manka-class was recently re-purposed to suit the needs of the Navy's quick reaction force, under going a number of enhancements as part of the Capability Sustainment Programme.
Weight: 100 tonnes
Crew: 3 (commander, gunner, driver) + 16 troops
Main Armament: 2 laser cannons (forward)
Secondary Armament: 2 twin blaster cannons (side mounted)
Rapier IV Drop Pod
The Rapier MkIV High-velocity Orbital Entry Pod, HOEP for short, is an angular pod, approximately 9 feet in length, a span of 8.5 feet and a height of 18 feet. Within it is a crash seat, communications gear, numerous equipment racks, a rudimentary control system and a single entry and escape hatch. In spite of the size of the pod, there is not much room to move around, as the space given over to equipment storage lines the interior attached to the frame.
In use since the first galactic war, HOEPs allow for the rapid deployment of ground assault troops near or right onto an objective. Their smaller profiles make them more difficult to destroy by defensive fire than conventional dropships, which preceded the HOEP in service. Marines tend to inscribe their name and rank on the inside of the pod; in case the need arises to identify the unfortunate occupant of a destroyed pod.
Insertion Protocols call for the command unit of an HOEP-facilitated assault to land first to minimize the period of disorder that might occur as pods land and troopers deploy. The reasons for this rule include the strongly held belief that officers should lead rather than follow, should be willing to do anything their troops are asked to do, and should expose themselves to the same level of danger as their subordinates. The commander’s pod is equipped with a great deal of equipment that the regular pods do not possess.
NR2 Light Transport
Many within the Senate were surprised - and suspicious - when the small, virtually-unknown manufacturing company Celestial Industries received the lucrative design contract for the Republic armed forces' new primary troop/personnel transport. However, any doubts have long since been removed by the proven reliability of the result: the NR2 Light Transport, nicknamed the "Gully Jumper" by its pilots and crew. Although other transports offer faster speeds, better armament or greater internal carrying and cargo capacity, the Gully Jumper has become beloved for its cheapness, sturdiness, and ease of maintenance.
Heavy armour protects crew and passengers against even the most withering attacks from laser cannons or small-arms fire on the ground, helping ensure safe delivery of its cargo into the fiercest battle. In the event of this armour being penetrated, the rugged and simple design of the NR2's internal systems enable it to continue operating even after sustaining heavy damage, and to be quickly repaired afterwards. The two nose-mounted laser cannons provide only a token offensive capability, as the NR2's purpose is shuttle men and equipment into battle, not to destroy other vessels.