I think I could've done a bit better work on the neck back there.
But for now. The monkeys:
Due to increased raider activity, high command has comisioned two new ships:
The primary engineering team concentrated on building a ship capable of long range escort duty.
Classed as a patrol corvette (the original designs classed it as a multi gun corvette), it's larger than most other corvettes and due to a stroke of genius (or insanity), the engineering crew managed to install two frigate sized gatling guns on the craft. As a result, it's firepower is more than enough to take on anything that could threaten the transports.
The ship's above average fuel tanks, highly efficient engines and high level of automatization give it the range necessary for long range escort duty while it's weaponry gives it the capability to scare off or wipe out any raider wing brave (or simply dumb) enough to come in range.
The main weakness of the Hunter is the fact that due to the highly sophisticated nature of most of it, production is slow and the first models have proven difficult to maintain properly.
LC-17 Iron Maiden
Rather than make a ship that can fight raiders, the second engineering team adapted Hunter's design for in-flight refueling, allowing longer escort missions for standard strike craft.
Most of the ammo storage and crew compartments were replaced with additional fuel tanks while the gatling guns and
autocannons were replaced with simple machineguns, mostly to pacify the crews.
Due the volatile nature of it's cargo, crews are suggested to stay away from any trouble and let their escorts take care of the fighting
A small, cheap and efficient shuttle sized cargo transport with limited atmospheric capability. Favourite among small traders, smugglers, mercenary groups and terrorist organisations.
A Hermes modified to be a makeshift bomber.
Dangerous against any target without proper defences.