- This article is about the DropShip class. For Clan Goliath Scorpion warrior on a quest, see Seeker (Clan Goliath Scorpion).
|Manufacturer||Sacrado Industries |
Semier Data Tron
Salvatore Inc. 
|Production Year||Introduction Year::2815|
|Tech Base||Inner Sphere|
|Drive System||Quad RanTech|
|Safe Thrust||2.5 g|
|Max Thrust||4 g|
|Fuel (tons)||227 tons|
|Fuel (days)||123.37 days|
|Armor||28.5 tons Standard |
|Escape Pods/Life Boats||8/0|
The Seeker's massively powerful Quad RanTech Fusion Drive, accounting for almost a third of the craft's mass, is a large reason for its success and popularity. The drive system is also the model of redundancy, consisting of four small fusion reactors which are independently operated and shielded. Engineers can work on a reactor without shutting down the entire drive system, and the Seeker is capable of operating on two reactors for an extended period and one in an emergency.
Benefiting its role as a deep forward reconnaissance craft, the Seeker features fairly luxurious crew and passenger quarters, at least by military standards, and an extensive medical facility adequate to handle most emergencies to promote and maintain morale on lengthy missions. To enhance its role, the design also carries enough parts, food and water to allow the Seeker to operate for up to four months without resupply.
Relying more upon speed to enter and flee hostile territory, the Seeker's reasonably light weapons array is geared towards lengthy independent operation, dominated by energy weapons. The nose bare, its forward facing armaments consist of just two PPCs, one on each side, while the aft quarters each feature an LRM-10 and Large Laser paired with twin medium lasers on each side, repeating the laser trio directly aft. Two tons of missile reloads are carried for the LRM-10s. The use of primarily energy-based weapons was meant to allow the Seeker to operate for extended periods without regular resupply, however the light weapons array has since proved to be inadequate in encounters with aerospace fighters.
The Seeker is well known for its unique reconfigurable Transport Bays. The primary vehicle bay is capable of carrying 40 light vehicles, and separate living quarters are set aside for up to four platoons of infantry. The vessel also has two cargo bays, a large 1,200-ton capacity unit and smaller 432-ton unit, used for general supply storage including spare parts and ammunition, foodstuff, and other equipment. However it is not unusual to see some Seekers modify their vehicle bays to carry only 28 vehicles, using the saved space to fit a Lance of BattleMechs or even pairs of aerospace fighters. It cannot carry these as effectively as dedicated 'Mech or fighter transports though. In particular, launching and retrieving fighters takes three times as long as it does on DropShips with dedicated bays; for example, the relative velocity for both DropShip and fighters must be exactly zero for the Seeker to recover any craft.
- The Federated Commonwealth states, Free Worlds League and Capellan Confederation all operate Seekers refitted with advanced recovered technology. The most common version is that jointly developed by Semier Data Tron and Salvatore Inc. for the Federated Commonwealth in 3054. A relatively minor modification is done to the weapons array, which switches the PPCs and Large Lasers for extended range models and adds Artemis IV FCS to the LRM-10 launchers. More extensive are the changes to the vessel's transport bays. The primary vehicle bay is reduced to carrying 36 light vehicles, while space for infantry is increased to 9 platoons. A 160-ton capacity cargo bay carries general supplies. The number of bay personnel is also increased to 432. BV (1.0) = 2,676, BV (2.0) = 2,470
- In German products, the unit's proper name was translated to Sucher.
Original Seeker from DropShips and JumpShips: ComStar Intelligence Summary
Seeker from TRO:3057
- DropShips and JumpShips: ComStar Intelligence Summary, p. 17
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 181
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 182
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 183
- MUL online date for the Seeker
- Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, pp. 32-33, "Seeker Ship Profile"
- AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 224
- DropShips and JumpShips: ComStar Intelligence Summary, pp. 30-31, "Seeker Class DropShip"
- Technical Readout: 3057, pp. 34-35, "Seeker DropShip Profile"
- AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 225