If you can't get a Hyperion Vanguard, get one of these. Even if you have one, buy a Zephyrus anyway. They're fast, cheap and tough, though very plain in design.
The Zephyrus has a long, narrow cigar-shaped fuselage, with the command deck located at the bow. It carries chin-mounted main guns and front and rear turrets, and docks four fighters along the ventral fuselage. Its large stern-mounted engines can propel it to speeds that outpace some TPs and M3s.
TM Military Transport ships are support ships. They carry small numbers of fighters to distant locations very cost-effectively. However, they don't normally have the shields, maneuvering, or weapons to effectively engage in direct combat. Their open docking bays do however make them ideal fighter drone tenders allowing you to deploy heavier carriers elsewhere. Unfortunately TMs will not automatically deploy drones, which limits their usefulness as a patrol unit.
The Zephyrus has armaments above and beyond those of normal TMs and can take on an M3 or two with dual HEPTs and two turrets mounting antifighter weaponry, and its corvette-level shields are enough to protect it in the line of fire. In addition, it is unique among the TM class in that it can wield several types of heavy missiles like the Thunderbolt and Tempest for long-range combat.
Together with fighters, a well-equipped Zephyrus can take out opposing frigates with relative ease.
Thanks in large part to its speed and armament, a Zephyrus makes a good escort for standard freighters. Its respectable cargo capacity enables it to act as a transport ship quite effectively, though admittedly it has the smallest cargo bay of the TM class.
|Ships by Class|
|Capital||M1 • M2 / M2+ • M7 / M7M / M7C|
|Escort||M6 / M6+ • M8|
|Fighter||M3 / M3+ • M4 / M4+ • M5|
|Transport||TL • TS / TS+ • TP • TM|