Meller & Dax's MT/191 drop-ship was a troop transport and shuttle designed to drop company-sized army formations from orbit into combat zones. Measuring 52.5 meters, the drop-ship was crewed by a single pilot and carried one hundred and sixty soldiers. MT/191s had a cargo capacity of two hundred metric tons, and consumables to last a single day.
The MT/191 drop-ship was designed to rapidly drop from orbit to the surface of a planet in a controlled powerdive. Before launching, the drop-ship was covered in VACX, an ablative coating designed to burn off during atmospheric re-entry. As the drop-ship plummeted to the surface, the ablative coating protected the drop-ship from the high-friction temperature of re-entry, protecting the ship before it landed in a controlled fashion. MT/191s were also able to approach and land on the surface of a planet in a normal manner. The MT/191 could reach speeds of 1,200 kilometers an hour during a rapid drop, and speeds of 650 kilometers an hour during the return flight.
The MT/191 employed a single light laser cannon for defense, located directly above the cockpit. The cannon was generally retracted into the body of the drop-ship, and could only fire when extended. The laser cannon could not be extended during an atmospheric drop. The weapon was not intended for combat, and was only to be used as a deterrent as the ship travelled through combat zones. Underpowered, it was only intended for use as an anti-personnel and anti-vehicle weapon during landing operations.