Buccaneer (DropShip class)

This article is about the DropShip. For other uses, see Buccaneer (disambiguation).
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Production information
Manufacturer Brigadier Gibson facility

Dynamico Limited

Semier Data Tron

Production Year 2708[1]
Use cargo carrier
Type Civilian Aerodyne
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Technical specifications
Mass 3,500 tons
Structural Integrity 8
Length 136.5 meters
Width 127.5 meters
Height 30 meters
Drive System Magna Corp. VX250B
Safe Thrust 1.5 g
Max Thrust 2.5 g
Fuel (tons) 160 tons
Fuel (days) 56.7 days
Armor 13 tons standard
Fore: 7
Sides: 6
Aft: 5
Crew 12
Escape Pods/Life Boats 2/0
Heat Sinks 58
BV (1.0) 998[2]
BV (2.0) 951


First produced in 2708, the Buccaneer was originally conceived as a replacement for the aging Lion Class, but failed to secure a contract with the SLDF as a BattleMech transport when the superior Union Class appeared. The design was modified into a cargo carrier, proving extremely popular due to its fuel-efficient aerodyne structure, landing gear suitable for even unpaved terrain, and fast (by civilian standards) unloading and deployment speeds. The crew accommodations also contribute, with spacious single occupancy rooms and excellent mess and recreation facilities. While not as efficient as the larger Mule Class, its versatility and profitability have ensured that the Buccaneer is an extremely common design.


The Buccaneer's armament and armor is light for a military vessel, contributing to its loss against the Union Class, but are more than suitable for a merchant craft. The design features a single Large Laser and LRM-5 with 1 ton of ammunition in the nose, backed up by two forward facing medium lasers on each wing, with a further two facing aft in the body.


The Buccaneer is capable of carrying 2,300 tons in its three cargo holds, with two main bays running the length of the craft capable of storing 1,000 tons each and directly accessible by large cargo doors on either side of the ship, with a third 300 ton bay split into multiple decks located above the transit drive.


  • A popular and common design in the Inner Sphere, the Buccaneer has numerous variants. Some split each main cargo bay in two, allowing the craft to carry 38 light combat vehicles, though the Buccaneer lacks suitable crew quarters. The most common variant among mercenaries, the Draconis Combine and Federated Suns reduces the Buccaneer's cargo capacity by 30 tons in exchange for adding six tons of armor, a PPC and LRM-10 to the nose, a Large Laser on each wing, and two extra tons of LRM ammunition. This modification allows the Buccaneer increased defense when used in hostile landing zones.[3]

Individual Vessels[edit]

(See Category:Individual Buccaneer-class DropShips)


  • In German products, the unit's proper name was translated to Freibeuter.



  1. MUL online date for the Buccaneer (DropShip class)
  2. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 220
  3. DropShips and JumpShips (ComStar Intelligence Summary), p. 56
  4. Historical Turning Points: Antallos, p. 20