Speed: 680 km/h (422.5 mph) In atmosphere Flight Ceiling: Spaceflight Capable Hyperdrive: None Crew: Two. One pilot, one co-pilot Capacity: 12-16 troops, or 28,000 lbs. (12,700 kg) cargo. May also lift vehicles or weapons with specialized under carriage slings. Armor: 20mm AlumSteel Plating Length: 14.35m (47 feet) Height: 4.5m (14.76 feet) Manufacturer: Hydez-Corpa Heavy Industries Armament: None. Variations mount 12.5mm or 16mm AutoCannons under the nose, some models have been modified to carry reloadable six shot rocket clusters.
Lore:Hydez-Corpa specializes in cargo haulers, from mammoth starfreighters to starfighter sized tugs, their products exist on virtually every planet and many models have been modified for smuggling, pirate, and terrorist activity. The Colonial Protectorate purchase the HC-7 and utilize an after market attachment kit to mount a mid-caliber AutoCannon to the lifter, allowing it to function as a lightly armed dropship and cargo hauler. Along with armor plating, HC-7s are manufactured with millitary grade shield generators, these are of course necessary to protect valuable cargo from enterprising individuals. The sheilds and after market weapon attachments are a 'tongue in cheek' way for Hydez-Corpa to remain neutral, producing non-combatant civilian models and playing innocent when these vehicles are used in a millitaristic manner.
The Ox is typically used to move cargo, troops, or light vehicles from capital ships to planetary surfaces, or from one planetary location to another. The HC-7 utilizes a unique drive system, with lift being generated by eight directional CC-90 drive systems, and propulsion by a single oversized Caser D11 'Pulsar' engine. These tough and durable dropships live up to their name and are the most commonly used mid-size dropship/cargo haulers throughout the colonized universe.
Interesting ship. Good to see an engine design that's different. Also, the way the cocpit tilts down is reminiscent of oxen or other draught animals when they put their heads down haulling heavy loads behind them. Good work man.