Equipment Labs: Exploring the Galactic Fringe – YKL-37R Nova Courier

There are a multitude of planets to be found in the Edge of the Empire, and the means of reaching them can be just as numerous.  While Gallofree Yards is best known for their range of medium transports, they did manage to produce a surprisingly viable light transport just before going out of business.  Though not as reliable a cargo hauler as their more well-known bulk freighters, Gallofree’s sole entry in the light freighter market proved to be remarkably capable, especially for a ship that was merely viewed as the company’s swan song.

YKL-37R Nova CourierHull Type: Transport
Ship Class: YKL-37R
Manufacturer: Gallofree Yards, Inc
Hyperdrive: Primary: Class 2, Backup: Class 12
Navicomputer: Yes
Ship’s Complement: One pilot, one co-pilot, one engineer
Passenger Capacity: 6
Encumbrance Capacity: 130
Consumables: 6 months
Cost: 120,000 credits/7
Silhouette: 4
Sensor Range: Short
Speed: 3
Handling: +0
Defense: 1/1
Armor: 5
Hull Integrity: 25
Strain Threshold: 18
Customization Hardpoints: 6

Weapons
Dorsal and Ventral Turret Medium Laser Cannons (Fire Arc All; Damage 6; Critical 3; Range [Close])
Concussion Missile Launcher (Fire Arc Forward; Damage 6; Critical 3; Range [Short]; Blast 4, Breach 4, Guided 3, Limited Ammo 6; Linked 2; Slow-Firing 1)

While they are best known for being the company behind the GR-75 medium transport, Gallofree Yards was plagued by the poor reputation of the GR-75, namely its constant need for maintenance, and they quickly found their financial standing trapped in a downward spiral.  Knowing they had one last chance to recover, they decided a different approach was called for, and stepped away from bulk freighters and instead designed a light transport.  In spite of the popular gossip that Gallofree was already a ‘dead company’ and their new light freighter design would be plagued with the same issues as the GR-45 and GR-75 transports, the YKL-37R has proven to be a remarkably adept ship, being well armed and well-armored as well as incredibly easy to maintain, as the ship was built around the idea of a small on-board crew and thus features easy-to-access systems that were surprisingly rugged.

Unfortunately, the rumors of the company’s imminent collapse prevented the Nova Courier from being a top seller in spite of its vast improvement over prior Gallofree designs; too many potential buyers were scared off by the idea of not being able to easily procure replacement parts, especially when compared to ready availability of more reliable starship manufacturers, particularly Corellian Engineering Corporation.  In a last-ditch effort to generate enough revenue to stay afloat, Gallofree arranged for the Rebel Alliance to purchase a large number of their medium transports and several Nova Couriers at discount.  To the surprise and delight of the Rebel technicians, the Nova Courier performed as advertised and quickly became a favorite among the Alliance’s cadre of freighter pilots, with a common modification being to remove the concussion missile launchers in favor of high-output engines to give them better odds of outrunning any Imperial pursuit.  Sadly, this under-the-table deal wasn’t enough to save Gallofree, and when they at last folded, the remaining stock of YKL-37R couriers were sold off at reduced cost, thus winding up in the hands of smugglers and pirates, who found the light transport to be quite capable of dodging Imperial patrol ships or duking it out with TIE fighters.

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