|Tech Base||Star League|
|Length||89 meters meters|
|Width||75 meters meters|
|Height||75 meters meters|
|Safe Thrust||7 g|
|Max Thrust||11 g|
|Fuel (tons)||600 tons|
|Armor||75.5 tons Standard Armor|
|Heat Sinks||200 Double Heat Sinks|
Based on the 2650 model of the Pentagon Assault DropShip, the M-3 was the first full production SDS Drone to see widespread use. First deployed in 2698, they replaced the sullied M-2 as the primary drone system of the early SDS network. The M-3 was also the first of the drones to be built new and not as retrofits of existing, crewed ship hulls. Starting in 2704, the M-3 was produced at O’Neil Shipyards and would eventually be built at a half dozen locations across the Hegemony. Being easier to produce than the massive M-5, the majority of Hegemony systems were protected by these diminutive but deadly assault ships.
The M-3 Drone required no crew as it was completely autonomous. The SDS Drone Control System had a gunnery rating of 3 and a piloting rating of 4. The station's internal automated defenses provided 14 Marine Points to fend off boarding actions.
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, pp. 169-170 M-3 Drone - BV & Introduction Date.