Dashami Lashas class Merchant

Statistics
 Tons: 1000 Td (SL Thick Disc Supersonic)
 Crew: 8/12
 Cargo: 600 Td (3 x Large Cargo Hatches, Handling: 2 x 300 ton)
 Volume: 14000m3
 Passengers High/Med: 5/10
 Cost: 177.51 MCr (25% bulk discount)
 Mass (L/C): 13049t/4550t
 Passengers Low: 0
 Maintenance Points: 197
 Dimensions: 32.9m x 32.9m x 16.4m
 Troops/Science: 0/0
 Tech Level: 11
 Size: 9
 Frozen Watch: 0

Electronics
 Controls: Dynamic, Standard automation. 3 x Comp (CM: 0.4 CP: 2.5).
           No bridge.
 Communications: 1 x Radio (50,000km, 0.02MW). 1 x Laser (1,000AU, 0MW).
 Sensors: 1 x PEMS (12.5 [1.6mkm], 0MW). 1 x AEMS (9, 0.13MW).
 Survey/Science:
 ECM:
 Signatures: Vis:0.5, IR:0 (0 at 548MW, -0.5 at 55MW), Act:0.5, Neu:0,
             Grav:1

Weaponry
 4 x Empty Turret (3 Td ea.)

Performance
 1 Jump (100 Td/pc fuel)
 1/2.7 Manoeuvre (Thruster: 312MW)
 1/2.7 Contra-grav (174MW)
 736kph/1785kph Atmosphere (Cruise: 552kph/1339kph)
 1 Power (Fusion: 550MW, 0.08yr)
 0 Battery
 100.5 Fuel
 0/10/17/0/0 Accommodations (27 x Sanitary Fittings)
 108 Person/Weeks Life Support (Type: Standard, Good food [Stored])
 1 G-Comp
 0 ESA
 0 Sandcasters
 0 Damper Turrets
 0 Damper Screen
 0 Meson Screen
 0 Force Field
 0 Gravtics
 0 [20] Armour, 18 Structure

Features
 10 x Decontamination Airlock
 1 x Ship's locker (0.5 Td ea.)
 1 x Ordinary Galley (Cap: 27)

Small Craft
 1 x Minimal Hanger (40 Td, 1 hatch)

Backups
 Drives:
 Screens:
 Communications:
 Sensors:
 Survey/Science:
 ECM:
 Power & Fuel:

Crew Details
 2 x Helm
 5 x Engineering
 1 x Maintenance
 2 x Flight
 1 x Command
 1 x Steward (Shugilii)
 1 x Medical

Combat data card (7.41Kb pd. v3 format)

The Dashami Lashas class was the most common Vilani merchant ship plying the space lanes in the Solomani Rim during the Interstellar Wars. It displayed most of the characteristics of the "classic" Ziru Sirka merchant vessel: restricted endurance, reliance on external fuel supplies, the capacity to be armed in emergencies, a flattened disk hull, decontamination equipment on all access points, limited automation, low passenger capacity, and the inclusion of a Shugilii in the chain of command.

The ship's only carried sufficient fuel and supplies for 21 Vilani days (4 Terran weeks) and was incapable of wilderness refuelling. This was a result of the Ziru Sikra's deliberate policy to restrict starships endurance, thus limiting their ability to ignore established trade routes or to travel beyond the confines of the Ziru Sirka. As with all Vilani merchant vessels the Dashami Lashas class was normally unarmed but was also a naval auxiliary and subject to mobilisation in times of emergency. Thus the class was fitted with four empty 3 Td turrets and its fusion plant produced 4.09 Mw of surplus power. This allowed for the ship to be armed in times of emergency. Indeed, throughout the Interstellar Wars many Vilani escorts and patrolships were simply armed merchants.

Unlike Vilani warships, Vilani merchant ships were traditionally given names in the Terran fashion. The Dashami Lashas class were most commonly named after notable persons from Vilani history. Even after the final collapse of the Ziru Sirka the class remained very popular. Not only did it continue to be very popular with the Vilani, but many Terran shipping companies found it to be a highly profitable design for well established trade routes. Captured examples had been highly sought after items during the Interstellar Wars and after the end of the Wars several Terran shipbuilders started production of the class. The Sharik Giidada was the first example to be built in a Terran yard. Named after a humanitarian Vilani Ligumii (Nurse) who had saved at great personal risk had saved 45 Terran prisoners of war during the 3rd Interstellar War.

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