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Ma Sul Destoryer
The Ma Sul is an old design from KDY, pre-dating the Clone Wars by almost a century, when the greatest threat came from starfighter-equipped pirates. The Ma Sul was designed to handle several tasks: convoy protection, screening duty for fleet/squadron level units, and long range patrol. To help it in these roles, it was equipped with a balance weapons package design to counter both capital class starships and snubfighters. The Ma Sul also carried a flight of starfighters and was equipped with a sensor suite that was quite advanced for its time. The design of the destroyer was bulky and box like, which KDY later used for their Escort Carrier program.
KDY was able to produce several thousand of these ships, due mainly to the simplicity of the design and low cost. When the Clone Wars began the Ma Sul served in every theatre as the backbone of Fleet units. They fought valiantly along aside the ancient Corellian battleships and the advance Victory-Class Star Destroyers. When the Empire came to power it found itself with thousands of Ma Suls that were starting to show their age. The Admiralty, wishing to modernise the fleet, sought to retire the Ma Sul in favour of more modern designs. One thousand Ma Suls were sold to the newly formed Corporate Sector Authority Security Division, and many more assigned to low priority sectors in the Outer Rim. Most though were either scrapped or mothballed. With the upsurge of rebel and pirate activity, the old destroyers have been brought back into service. While many still serve in their original roles; those which had been mothballed have now been refitted to serve in a variety of support roles.
Craft: Kurat Drive Yards Ma Sul Destroyer
Carried Craft: 4 Fighters
Ma Sul Escort Carrier
This was the first variant of the Ma Sul destroyer designed to take on a support role. Cargo capacity was greatly reduced to enable the inclusion of a hanger bay, plus associated facilities, capable of handling a full squadron of TIE fighters, plus a single shuttle or similar sized craft. Beyond the hanger bay, the vast majority of the original configuration has been maintained. The Ma Sul Carrier is ideal as a convoy escort, but also serves as a fleet support vessel by ferrying spare TIE's to frontline vessels and stations. In sectors where there is a high incidence of starfighter combat, the Ma Sul Carrier has been given an expanded role in skirmish and pursuit duties.
Craft: Kurat Drive Yards Ma Sul Escort Carrier
Carried Craft: 12 Fighters and 1 Shuttle
Ma Sul Fast Transport
This variant of the Ma Sul serves as a troop transport. In this configuration the ship loses about half of its armaments in return for increase cargo capacity and a company of soldiers. This ship serves in low priority sectors, mainly to ferry company-sized units or to reinforce planetary garrisons. However, the modified Ma Sul fast transport can also be used to insert a small force on a hostile planet. These vessels typically carry special mission companies or Storm Commandos and have been treated with sensor masking paint. The Ma Sul fast transport carries no shuttles, and must land directly on the planet or use drop pods (about a quarter of all escape pods have been replaced with them and supply pods) to deploy the troops.
Craft: Kurat Drive Yards Ma Sul Fast Transport
Ma Sul Missile Destroyer
This is the missile platform variant of the Ma Sul destroyer. When they were reactivating the mothball vessels, the Admiralty realized that advances in technology made support roles preferable to direct combat. One of the main variants chosen was a missile boat to assist in planetary invasion and in bombardment lines during pacification operations. A number of the ship's lasers were removed and replaced with four missile launchers. The vessel's missile magazine holds 120 missiles.
Craft: Kurat Drive Yards Ma Sul Missile Destroyer
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