CA-17 Bulk Transport . An LDD Midi-scale model I did, one of the few I did make. It's a bulk transport for ESC, serving both civilian and military interests. .
The CA-17 Bulk Transport is a Large Cargo Freighter that ESC uses for its transport needs. Quick for a ship its size, but not too terribly agile. The modular hardpoints can be used to mount many differnt types of cargo and non-carge units, making it useful for just about anything needed.
The powerful engines of the CA-17 produce more foreward acceleration than most Security Forces ships smaller than a cruiser. This allows the unarmed bulk transport to move massive ammounts of cargo and personnel and still be able to outrun pirates.
The bulk transport and its cargo compliment to show how much it can carry. And it can mount cargo containers up to five times the size of the ones seen here. The under belly tank can be used to transport any kind of liquid, but for long hauls, it often carries fuel for the transport.
Shortly after the ESC Security Forces acquired several CA-17's, they found many other uses for them than just cargo transport. Here we see a CA-17 outfitted for use as a carrier/tanker for ESC Security Forces patrol craft and fighters.
In this configuration, the CA-17 has 10 landing pads for docking fighters for refueling and even some repair work. The belly tank is used to hold fuel, as is the back mounted tank. Each pad can hold 4 craft, giving it a maximum of 20 craft that can be transport via dock. It can also service other craft seeking assistance.
Located in slots 1 and 7 on each side are mounted brackets which have mounted AA guns for defense against enemy strikecraft. Fast tracking and high rates of fire, these guns were designed using systems originally designed for the S-13 CONNER. These guns provide nearly complete cover for antifighter defense.
Another military use, this CA-17 is outfitted as a torpedo boat, boasting a tremendous amount of firepower at a fraction of the cost for a full destroyer. The belly tank is used for fueling the CA-17, and the back mounted capsule container is a torpedo magizine for reloading the launchers.
The side mounted launchers have launchers that face foreward, backward, up and down, making the only non-line of sight areas at the sides. Each tordedo bank is controlled in a 360 degree by 360 degree rotating gunner ball mounted inside. It rotates inside giving the gunner an unobstructed full view of the battle field to the range of the ship's sensors.
Each launcher contains one in the tube, and two in reserve, and the top mounted magizine holds enough torpedos for two full reloads. One of the slowest of the optional equipment, this version is particularly useful for ambush tactics, especially with the range and field of fire.
This is the CA-17 fully unloaded. Like this, the CA-17's acceleration is unparalleled, but it has little or no manuvuerability at those extreme velocities. The CA-17's frame is honey combed and extremely durable, both for the protection of the crew and cargo.
While it is possible to mount anything to the belly slot, it is almost always used as a tanker slot. Unloaded, the CA-17 is very lowmass, andd inexpensive to produce. As with all ESC exclusive use units, they are equipped with Crystallic Resonance PowerCells. Production sales units do not have these PowerCells installed and contain contemporary power systems.