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Production information
Manufacturer L-5 Yards, Babylon[1]
Production Year 2875[2]
Use Troop Carrier
Type Military Spheroid
Tech Base Clan
Technical specifications
Mass 3,000 tons
Structural Integrity 10
Length 69 meters
Width 69 meters
Height 63 meters
Safe Thrust 2 g
Max Thrust 3 g
Fuel (tons) 300 tons
Fuel (days) 163 days
Armor 33 tons standard
Crew 30[1]
  • 5 Officers
  • 18 Enlisted
  • 7 Gunners

Bay Personnel: 30

Escape Pods/Life Boats 4/0
Heat Sinks 118 double (236)
BV (1.0) 7,840[1][3]
BV (2.0) 6,878[citation needed]


Based on the venerable Intruder-class combined-arms transport, the Sassanid-class DropShip was the primary battle armor carrier among the Clan toumans, able to carry a complete Trinary of 75 Elementals, into battle. In wide use among the Clan forces, Clan Smoke Jaguar possessed the bulk of produced vessels, while Clans Jade Falcon and Wolf operated the fewest.[1][4]

Like many early Clan DropShips, the first Sassanids were merely cumbersome and ad hoc refits of its parent design, with the first truly new design versions produced in 2875. The modern craft provides each Star their own separate deck, with their own kit rooms, mess hall, medical facilities, and bunkrooms for each Point. However, the Elementals spend most of their time in transit in the advanced holographic simulator training areas on each deck, constantly honing their teamwork and skills.[1][4]


Well armed for its size, the Sassanid can generally see off most foes. The tightly packed nose bay features a single AC/5, twin ER Large Lasers, two Large Pulse Lasers, and six Medium Pulse Lasers, an Artemis enhanced LRM-20 and twin SRM-6 launchers. Each fore angle mounts a single ER large laser, twin Medium Pulse Lasers, and LRM-20 and SRM-6 launchers alongside an LB 10-X AC. Both rear angles feature an ER Large Laser, two Medium Pulse Lasers, and a single AC/5, while directly aft the Sassanid mounts another ER Large Laser, an LRM-20 rack, LB 10-X AC, twin Large Pulse Lasers, and two Medium Pulse Lasers.[1][4]


Beyond its "cargo" of 75 Elementals, the Sassanid has 1,204 tons of storage capacity. Each Star can embark or deploy from 2 access doors each, while the cargo is accessed through another two doors.[1]

Named Vessels[edit]

(See List of named Sassanid-class DropShips)



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, pp. 76–77: "DropShip Profile"
  2. MUL online date for the Sassanid
  3. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 219
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Technical Readout: 3057, pp. 78–79: "Sassanid DropShip Profile"