Three variants of the Drake Interplanetary Cutlass ships were sold as a series concept in 2014, the Cutlass Black, the Cutlass Red, and the Cutlass Blue.
- The Cutlass Black is a space superiority fighter manufactured by Drake Interplanetary. It was initially developed in the mid-29th century as a bid for a military contract with the United Empire of Earth Navy (UEEN). When the bid failed, Drake opted to market the Cutlass Black as a low-cost, easy-to-repair spacecraft to civilians. Other Cutlass variants include the Cutlass Blue for law enforcement and bounty hunters and the Cutlass Red medical transport. Drake Interplanetary claims that the Cutlass Black is a low-cost, easy-to-maintain solution for local in-system militia units. The larger-than-average cargo hold, RIO seat, and dedicated tractor mount are, the company literature insists, for facilitating search and rescue operations.
- The Cutlass Red is a variant of the Cutlass fighter developed by Drake Interplanetary. The Red is a combined search and rescue vehicle and medical transport, replacing the standard Cutlass’ cargo bay with an autodoc and other medical devices. Standard equipment on the variant includes a Nav-E7 Echo Transponder, enhanced scanners, and a Secure Plus docking collar to support mercy missions. Cutlass Reds often operate in support of larger hospital ships or space stations. The Cutlass Red converts the standard cargo hold to a well-equipped medical facility including two Medical Beds. This star bound ambulance features the Nav-E7 Long Range Scanner, and Secure Plus Docking Collar making it ideal for search and rescue. This model contains emergency light-bars and a red emergency themed paint job for easy identification.
- The Cutlass Blue is a variant of the Cutlass fighter developed by Drake Interplanetary. Seen as an attempt by Drake to address the criminal reputation of the Cutlass series, the Blue adapts the original design for use as a police interceptor and a medium-range patrol ship. Changes include exchanging cargo space for additional missiles, the addition of a more powerful engine, and the installation of holding cells in the rear of the spacecraft. Due to its low pricepoint and repairability, many law enforcement agencies have adopted the Cutlass Blue as their standard ship. Sleek, mean, and royal. The Cutlass Blue adds missiles, a more aggressive engine, and Durasteel holding cells in the cargo bay to the standard model. The Cutlass Blue is the outworld militia standard ship of choice for patrols.
Here is a short history of publications about the series from the RSI website.
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