Customised from a Lambda class Imperial Shuttle, the Stealth Shuttle is used for covert ops where troops and light vehicles have to be transported in swiftly and silently. The Stealth Shuttle also has limited offensive capability and can function on bombing missions.
About this creation
The front view of the Stealth Shuttle. Besides its armaments, the Stealth Shuttle employs a top secret technology that cloaks it from enemy radar. The cloaking field also utilises Particle Dispersal, which hides it from the visible eye as well. This photo shows the older version as the thingypit cover is not removable.
The back view of the Stealth Shuttle. You can see the 4 bomb compartments peeking out from under the 2 wings. It's too bad I can't get the rear lights to glow in the dark. I think that would have created an even cooler effect.
Each wing of the Stealth Shuttle holds 2 bomb compartments, each capable of holding 2 micro proton torpedoes.
Each wing of the Stealth Shuttle also has 8 laser batteries, more than equivalent to match with a starfighter. Take note however that the Stealth Shuttle is mainly used for covert ops since its speed and manoeuvrability is much less than most starfighter crafts.
Bottom view of the Stealth Shuttle.
Instead of the standard landing gear of the Lambda class Imperial Shuttle, the landing gear of the Stealth Shuttle is retractable.
Cargo compartment of the Stealth Shuttle. Can be easily converted between transporting troops or cargo. In troop-carrying mode, the compartment seats 4 soldiers comfortably and side rails can hold troop weapons as well. Rear rail guard gives protection against accidental ejection in those bumpy asteroid belt runs.
Bomb armaments for the Stealth Shuttle. From the left, proton torpedo, micro concussion bomb and micro proton torpedo. The proton torpedo is deemed too unstable and too big to be carried by the Stealth Shuttle and has been discontinued.
Cockpit view of the Stealth Shuttle.
Instead of the standard cockpit of the Lambda class Imperial Shuttle, the cockpit of the Stealth Shuttle is reinforced and levered. This is upgraded from the original thingypit as seen in the first 2 photos.
Why build 1 when you can build 2??!!
2 Stealth Shuttles seen with pilots and full recon Stormtrooper squads. From the left, Eclipse and Ebony.
Underbelly of the Stealth Shuttle (Ebony)
Ebony is equipped with two 360 degrees swivel 6-gun chain laser cannons. The chain laser cannons reduce the cooldown period required for lasers, effectively giving the shuttle almost continuous fire. Effective against starfighters.
Underbelly of the Stealth Shuttle (Eclipse)
Eclipse is equipped with two turbolaser cannons. The turbolaser cannon is strong enough to knock out starfighters will full shields, however, the longer cooldown reduces its effectiveness against them. Effective against capital ships.
A common tactic is to employ its cloaking field until it comes right up to the side of a capital ship before de-cloaking and blasting it with the turbolasers before zipping away with its cloaking field back on. "They never knew what hit them..."
This looks exactly like a normal Stealth Shuttle... except it's not!
From the rear view, we can see the upgraded Stealth Shuttle has 2 missile racks equipped with 4 X 2 proton torpedoes. The missile racks can be rotated to face forward or aft. It is seen here with missile racks facing aft.
This upgrade has been inspired by the Spathi from Star Control 2 with their starcraft and BUTT (Backwards Utilized Tracking Torpedo) missiles.
The Stealth Shuttle seen here with missile racks facing forward.
Close-up of a forward-facing missile rack of the Stealth Shuttle
Each rack has 4 X 2 proton torpedoes that are launched simultaneously. A fully-loaded Stealth Shuttle has enough torpedoes for 3 launches.
Close-up of an aft-facing missile rack of the Stealth Shuttle
Pretty awesome! The overall black colored design is very smooth and it doesn't look too army-like, neither does it look too epic like Star Wars or Gundam, Robotech etc. It looks like an outbalanced midway between usability and coolness. The black components give it a very sharp and mysterious effect.
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Those are some great shuttles. Pretty well armed for a stealth craft, I guess those guns are for if it gets discovered. Great work on the landing gear and weapons. Those rear missle pods look really cool when facing forward. Awesome spacecraft.