|Manufacturer||Deller-Bingham-Fouts, New Syrtis Shipyards , Tengo Aerospace, Federated-Boeing, Kathil Shipworks|
|Production Year||2658 (2808 for "standard" version)|
|Tech Base||Inner Sphere|
|Drive System||Bally Tech Super X40|
|Safe Thrust||1.5 g|
|Max Thrust||2.5 g|
|Fuel (tons)||420 tons|
|Fuel (days)||50.2 days|
|Armament||3x Large Lasers |
4x Medium Lasers
2x Small Lasers
|Armor||30 tons standard |
|Escape Pods/Life Boats||6/0|
The largest DropShip capable of landing on a planet, the Mammoth-Class is the mainstay of bulk cargo transportation across the Inner Sphere. Originally designed by Krester's Ship Construction, the Mammoth design was sold to foreign customers, and its construction thus continued on after the company's demise.
The most unusual feature of the Mammoth is the use of four smaller separate drive units attached to the outside of the hull instead of a single internal drive system, capable of being jettisoned in an emergency to protect the ship. This frees up even more space for cargo, even at the cost of ironically small and simple crew accommodations.
Five times the size of the Overlord, most Mammoths are in service only with the largest megacorporations and the Successor State militaries, some of which have modified the design as a hydrogen fuel tanker (not to be confused with the visually similar Aqueduct). The high costs of operating and maintaining a Mammoth restrict their use, so they are a fairly uncommon sight overall.
Armed purely as a defensive measure, the high monetary value of the Mammoth and any cargo ensures that it never need have to call upon the single nose-mounted Large Laser, the Large and Medium Laser on each lower angle, and the two Small Lasers mounted directly aft.
The Mammoth has five massive cargo decks, each capable of holding a little more than 8,000 tons of cargo. Two 400 ton cargo lifts link all five decks, with the lowest deck containing the massive doors for loading and unloading on the ground, with the second deck featuring four airlocks for transferring cargo while in space. Four Small Craft bays and a pair of zero-G rated Industrial Exoskeletons are located next to each lift to aid in cargo transfer in orbit.
- There are contradicting dates for the introduction of the Mammoth. The Master Unit List states that it was originally introduced in 2658. This is in line with the write-up for Krester's Ship Construction in The Star League (p. 165) which states that the first prototypes of the Behemoth and the Mammoth made their maiden flights as early as 2650, and goes on to narrate how Krester's had been promised by the Terran Hegemony that they would be able to sell both designs to other powers, only for both designs to be blacklisted nonetheless which supposedly led to the theft of two prototypes in 2650 [sic] and Krester's being subsequently allowed to sell the designs abroad after all because they would be reverse engineered; since this is before the first prototypes reportedly made their maiden flights (in 2658), either the 2650 or the 2658 date is presumably wrong.
Technical Readout: 3058 Revised meanwhile states an introduction date of 2808 for the Mammoth; the MUL echoes this by giving 2808 for the "standard" Mammoth as opposed to the 2658 version which therefore seems to be different from the later standard version in some undisclosed way (the same mass is stated for both designs).
- In German products the unit's proper name was perfectly translated to Mammut.
Original Mammoth from DropShips and JumpShips: ComStar Intelligence Summary
Mammoth from TRO:3057