|Tech Base||Inner Sphere|
|Drive System||Fusion Engine|
|Safe Thrust||1.5 g|
|Max Thrust||2.5 g|
|Fuel (tons)||400 tons|
|Armament||4 x AC/5 |
12 x Medium Laser
|Armor||32.5 Tons Standard Armor|
|Crew||9 Officers |
10 Bay personnel
8 2nd-Class Passengers
10 Steerage Passengers
First introduced by the Terran Hegemony in the early decades of the 25th century, Jumbo soon became the name of a general DropShip class rather than the name of a specific DropShip, as manufacturers in every interstellar nation began to design and build their own versions. The Jumbo was born out of a combination of the rapid maturation of naval technologies and design philosophies that the colonization boom of the 22nd and 23rd centuries had seen along with the spiraling demand to move ever-increasing quantities of cargo to more and more worlds. The Jumbo would answer the escalating shipping costs that a constantly expanding human sphere was generating.
Capable of moving more than ten thousand metric tons of cargo, the Jumbo represented the pinnacle of civilian engineering for the era and would rule the interstellar space lanes for more than 200 years, until they were eventually replaced with the more modern Mule-class DropShip. Despite the debut of the Mule, Jumbo-class DropShips would remain in service until worn out, serving throughout the Succession Wars and into the modern era.
Despite being designed for the civilian market, the Jumbo-class of DropShips would move more than their share of military cargo as well during the closing years of the Age of War and the Reunification War, as these hardy ships were capable of surviving limited combat operations and rough handling, and would appear at such events as the Malagrotta Incident and Case AMBER.
Armament & Capacities
The Jumbo-class of DropShips mounts two medium lasers in every arc, with two AC/5s mounted in the nose and another AC/5 in each of the forward arcs. Four tons of ammunition keep the AC/5s supplied for brief engagements, and the ship's hull is protected by 32.5 tons of standard armor. The Jumbo carries four Life Boats and two escape pods. While the two small craft bays aboard the Jumbo were largely a holdover from previous DropShip designs that used small ships and cargo shuttles for unloading, these bays also give operators some flexibility when using a Jumbo-class vessel.
- Bay 1 - Small Craft (2) - 2 doors
- Bay 2 - Cargo (1,331 tons) - 4 doors
- Bay 3 - Cargo (4,400 tons) - 2 doors
- Bay 4 - Cargo (4,400 tons) - 2 doors