Suwantek TL-1800 Freighters
Suwantek TL-1800 Transport CL 6
Colossal space transport
Init -2; Senses Perception +7
Defense Ref 15 (flat-footed 12), Fort 26; +12 armor
hp 120; DR 15; SR 30; Threshold 76
Speed fly 12 squares (max. velocity 800 km/h), fly 2 squares (starship scale)
Ranged 2 laser cannons +2 (see below)
Fighting Space 12[ts]12 or 1 square (starship scale); Cover total
Base Atk +0; Grp +36
Atk Options if any
Abilities Str 42, Dex 16, Con —, Int 14
Skills Initiative -2, Mechanics +7, Perception +7, Pilot -2, Use Computer +7
Crew 1-2 (normal); Passengers 7
Cargo 110 tons; Consumables 3 months; Carried Craft none
Hyperdrive [ts]2 (backup [ts]10), navicomputer
Availability Licensed Cost 41,500 (15,000 used)
Laser cannons (2 gunners)
Atk +2, Dmg 4d10x2
The Suwantek Systems TL-1800 has little armament, light shields, and a low speed when compared to other freighters in its class. However, the
TL-1800 does have the advantage over many others in that it was designed specifically to carry cargo pods to supplement the already spacious cargo capacity.
The cargo pods are specially designed by Suwantek to hold more than the typical cargo pod bought and sold throughout the galaxy. The TL-1800 cargo pods can hold up to 100 tons of cargo and are modular to the extent that they can be linked to one another for easy attachment to the ship. A single TL-1800 can safely hold up to 4
of these cargo pods in space, but atmospheric resistance against the ship forces ship owners to detach all but one pod to safely navigate while flying in a planet’s atmosphere. Anyone piloting a TL-1800 within an atmosphere receives a -5 penalty to any of his Pilot checks for every cargo pod attached to the ship beyond the first.
The TL-1800 hosts a superior engine assembly with Suwantek’s Y-v-6 model sublight drive. Although the drive does not allow the ship to be quick, it does relief ship captains’ minds with its low maintenance requirement. The Y-v-6 needs a checkup only once per standard year, unlike the recommended 3 to 5 times for other freighters.
Likewise, the TL-1800’s hyperdrive, Suwantek’s StarBurn 4, performs well and requires an overhaul about once per standard year as well.
One of the few civilian-owned freighters allowed to carry weapon systems, the TL-1800 comes equipped standard with two laser cannons. The cannons, however, are locked into a forward-firing position, but they can be fire-linked to improve the weapons’ performance. A strange twist with this is that the weapon systems in the
TL-1800 are designed by Sienar Flight Systems, Suwantek’s parent company, and are believed to be one generation older or the same generation as the weapon systems used in the Empire’s TIE Interceptor starfighters.
The one major flaw perceived by many owners of earlier models of the TL-1800 is the navicomputer with which the ship comes equipped. Instead of contracting the task out to a company known for designing reliable navicomputers such as Industrial Automaton or Fabritech, Suwantek took a risk and designed their own, the Portal Delta navicomputer. The Portal Delta system performs very poorly, is prone to glitches, and requires almost constant maintenance. As a result, many ship owners quickly remove the Portal Delta and replace it with a better system or rely on an astromech droid.
The TL-1800 caught the eye of one particular organization that bought a large number of them and put them to good use: the Imperial Security Bureau. The ISB began using the TL-1800 to transport high profile personnel and highly classified cargo around the galaxy without drawing much attention.