Model 96C Howdah
Production information
Manufacturer Nimakachi Fusion Products Limited
Production Year 2695[1]
Use Tug,
SDS Controller Ship
Type Military Spheroid
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Technical specifications
Mass 15,000 tons
Structural Integrity 25
Length 150 meters
Width 68 meters
Height 68 meters
Drive System PlasmaStar Interplanetary Drives
Safe Thrust 5
Max Thrust 8
Fuel (tons) 700
Fuel (days) 1.84
Armor 77 tons Ferro-Aluminum armor
Nose = 371
Sides = 325
Aft = 279
Crew 9 officers
38 enlisted/non-rated
9 gunners
10 bay personnel
Passengers None
Heat Sinks 200 (400)
BV (2.0) 10,750[2][3]


The Model 96C SDS Command Ship, also known as the "Howdah", was a drone command ship employed by the Star League Defense Force to control drone fighter spacecraft.

Commissioned in 2695, the Howdah was originally was based on an early variant of the Model 96 "Elephant" space tug. Aside from its role of providing a mobile drone controlling platform, the ship would also act as aerospace drone fighter carrier, controlling and maintaining six drones.

When it was first commissioned, the drone fighter complement consisted of six MK20 SwiftStar Robotic Drones, which were replaced over the decades with Mk30 BlackWasp and later Mk39 Voidseeker robotic fighters.

The Howdah saw service during the Star League Civil War, and ultimately all were scuttled by order General Aleksandr Kerensky as part his efforts to destroy all SDS related technology.[4]

Armament and Capacities[edit]

The Howdah shares much of the 2650 update of the Model 96 Elephant's armor, engine, tug adapter, and weapons. Unlike later versions of the Elephant it does not feature Extended-Range PPCs. For protection, the ship is armored with 77 tons of Ferro-Aluminum armor, with slightly more of this thick armor protection found on the nose.

The weapons bays are laid out as follows:

  • Nose Section: ER Large Laser with two medium lasers, four standard PPCs, two Gauss rifles and an Artemis IV Fire Control System-enhanced LRM-10 launcher;
  • Forward Side Arcs : One bay contains an ER Large Laser with two medium lasers, along with two standard PPCs, two Gauss rifles and an Artemis-enhanced LRM-10 launcher;
  • Aft Arcs: Two standard PPCs, a pair of medium lasers, and two Gauss rifles in their own weapons bays;
  • Aft Arc: This section of the ship has four ER large lasers, a pair of medium lasers and an Artemis-enhanced LRM-10 Launcher.

For its primary mission as a drone command ship and aerospace fighter carrier, the Howdah features an Autonomous Tactical Analysis Computer (ATAC), which can handle up to 20 drones at a time.


  • Bay 1: Cargo (1,462 tons) - 1 Door
  • Bay 2: Small Craft (2) - 2 Doors
  • Bay 3: ARTS Fighter Cubicles (6) - 4 Doors

Related Designs[edit]

  • Model 96 "Elephant"
    The base design from 2600 on which the Howdah was based. Early version of the Howdah were converted Elephants of this version, prior to the Howdah getting its own production line.[5][6]

See Also[edit]


  1. MUL online date for the Howdah
  2. Technical Readout: 3075, p. 196: Battle Value 2.0
  3. MUL Profile with Battle Value/Introduction Date for the Howdah SDS Command Ship
  4. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, pp. 171–172: Model 96C Howdah - Detailed background of the Howdah
  5. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 86: Model 96 Type DropShip "Elephant" - Early version mentioned as base model of the Howdah
  6. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, pp. 171–172: Model 96C Howdah - Detailed background of the Howdah originating based on the original version of the Model 96 Type "Elephant" Cass DropShip