The Brachnid class gunship saw its best years a good while before the UFO incursion against the colonies. However, they could hold their ground for short amounts of time, were cheap to repair and comperativelt easy to find in the outer rim, all good reasons to why it became the cream and butter in the spacebourne defence of the colonies.
About this creation
As with so many of the spaceships and vehicles used by the Exploriens colony forces at the outer rim, the Brachnid had a simple, compact, sturdy, yet durable design.
The crude engines system was one of the reasons to the Brachnids low maintenance costs.
Neither speed nor manouverability were top notch for that time. But they were there when it mattered, and that was all that mattered.