Hercules class Cargo Transport
|Hercules class Cargo Transport|
A large Tukera cargo transport vessel.
|Type: MC Cargo Transport|
|Architect||J. Andrew Keith|
|Canon||Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.|
|EOS||Still in active service.|
|Hardpoints||4 (x50 possible)|
|Passengers||8 High/Med 0 Low|
|Reference||The Traveller Adventure 140.|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
- It is a civilian ship and a Cargo Transport, a freighter.
- It is also known as the Hercules class Heavy Merchant among other names.
It is a vessel with 1-G and J-1 performance with a streamlined cone hull.  Using a 5,000-ton hull, the Hercules heavy merchant is a bulk and containerized cargo carrier developed and produced for operations in the Aramis and neighbouring subsectors by Akerut.  The Hercules is a heavy duty carrier used for both bulk cargo and containerized shipments. The ship is in service primarily in the Aramis Subsector, but several examples are also in service with Tukera. Because its Jump-1 drives make larger distances difficult, Akerut maintains a supply of 500-ton demountable fuel tanks (valued at Cr500,000; can be mounted in 2 weeks) at its starport locations within the subsector. Hercules ships can be fitted with one, two, or even three sets of tanks in their cargo holds, thus displacing cargo capacity. 
- It carries light defensive armament and a defensive suite.  Because its two Master Fire Directors can control the ship's four turrets without requiring them to be manned, the Hercules crew can be reduced by four members by leaving the turrets unmanned. Normal weapon load is four triple laser turrets grouped into two batteries. 
- It ordinarily carries a subcraft and drones when needed.  The ship also carries a 40-ton pinnace. 
- It has a 15 sophont crew and no marines. 
General Description & Deck Plans
No information yet available.
Basic Ship Characteristics
Following the Imperial Navy and IISS Universal Ship Profile and data, additional information is presented in the format shown here. The small craft factor indicates the number of squadrons (...of ten subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (...thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage / Hull||5,000 tons.|
|4.||Electronics||Model/2 bis ship computer.|
|6.||Armament||The normal weapons fit-out for a Hercules class is:
|8.||Craft||x1 40-ton Pinnace|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||Fuel Tankage: 510 Tons.|
|11.||Construction Time||36 months to build, 33 months in quantity.|
The Hercules class Cargo Transport is the epitome of the lumbering big ship which results from an attempt to maximize cargo capacity within a starfaring hull. Fully 58% of the ship's displacement is given over to cargo carriage. The Hercules is a proprietary design built for Tukera Lines and Akerut. 
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Class Naming Practice/s: Ships in the Hercules class carry names suggesting immense size or strength: Hercules, Mammoth, Gigant, Titan, Samson, Brobdingnag, or Goliath.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type MC class Cargo Freighter
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