The Sulanko frigate was an early model combat vessel dating back several
hundred years prior to the outbreak of the Clone Wars. Manufactured and
designed by Vaufthau Shipyards, codesigners of the once infamous Invinsible
dreadnaughts, the Sulankos once served the same approximate role that the
Empire's Star Galleons would.
Designed mainly to support combat fleets during an extended tour of duty
by carrying enough supplies to ensure that a planetary layover at a supply
depot would not be required. In addition to carrying supplies, the Sulankos
were equipped with a pair of massive double turbolaser batteries capable
of performing in both vessel-to-vessel combat as well as pinpoint orbital
To give the vessel more of a purpose in a military fleet, Vaufthau made
sure to incorporate a hangar large enough to store a pair of Apone-class
assault shuttles as well as a pair of Ripper-class APCs and a platoon of
soldiers - typically twenty army and twenty navy troopers. The shuttles
provided the Sulankos with added fire support in combat as well as the
ability to deploy squads of troops for both ship boardings and ground
The Sulanko was also an experiment in widespread automation on board of a
dedicated deep space combat vessel. The computer systems were anything but
a marvel of technology at the time. Highly complicated and somewhat confusing
programming and system routings constituted the heart of the Sulanko's
As the years passed, many of the automated systems on board of the typical
Sulanko frigate malfunctioned or completely failed in one way or another.
The ships became easy targets during combat since one or two well placed
hits could cripple the entire vessel. To counter this, the Republic simply
shut down most of the automation and replaced some of the smaller cargo
holds with crew quarters for additional crew members to take over the once
Those Sulankos which were properly maintained and upgraded regularly had
an average life span of nearly two hundred standard years in the Republic
Navy. A handful were still in operation in low priority sectors at the
time of the Trade Federation's invasion of Naboo.
Craft: Vaufthau Shipyards' Sulanko Frigate
Cost: Not available for sale
Size: Huge (352 meters long)
Crew: Minimum 1, maximum 16 (normal +1)
Passengers: 40 (troops)
Cargo Capacity: 67,500 metric tons
Consumables: 4 years
Hyperdrive: x3 (backup x28)
Maximum Speed: Cruising
Defense: 10 (-2 size, +5 armor)
Shield Points: 100
Hull Points: 360
Weapon: Double Turbolaser Batteries (2)
Fire Arc: 1 dorsal turret, 1 ventral turret
Attack Bonus: +7 (-2 size, +1 crew, +2 fire control)
Range Modifiers: PB -4, S -2, M -1, L +0
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