|Manufacturer||Stellar Trek, Rashpur-Owens Incorporated, Ioto Galactic Enterprises, Dover Shipyards|
|Tech Base||Inner Sphere|
|Sail Diameter||950 meters|
|Fuel||tons 80 tons (425)|
|Top Thrust||0.1 Gs|
|KF Drive Integrity||3|
|Crew||4 Officers, 17 Enlisted, 10 Bay Personnel|
|Grav Decks||1 x 40 meters diameter|
|Escape Pods/Life Boats||4/0|
|Heat Sinks||99 (single)|
One of the anchors of interstellar freight shipping, the Merchant class of JumpShips is seen at almost any commercial jump point. The craft is flexible and many are used as military craft. Due to modifications over the last 550 years since it was introduced, the crew size has shrunk from 40 to 21. While the initial impression is that the vessel would give more space to the crew, most of the recovered space became cargo storage.
Although the ship is a commonplace design, there seems to be an overall lack of spare parts for the engine power converter.
The Merchant rarely, if ever, has armaments installed. Equipment described as "anti-meteor systems" could be considered weapons, but due to their inefficiency, they are unable to damage any other vessel.
- Bay 1: 330 tons
- Bay 2: 2 Small Craft
- Bay 3: 327 tons
In contrast to other legacy JumpShip designs that often do not accurately reflect the cargo capacity listed in their text fluff, the figures above can be viewed as being reasonably accurate depending on how much tonnage is relegated to other items such as fuel, food and water, and spare parts.
There are at least two mentions of Merchant-class vessels featuring three docking hardpoints instead of only two: The Caliban, and one unnamed Merchant that Wolf's Dragoons had rented to carry three Mules from Robinson to Crossing in 3029. This seems to suggest that a refit, if not a proper variant, exists that increases the Merchant's DropShip carrying capacity from two to three.
It has been noted that, because many Merchant-class vessels are privately owned, interior accommodations and equipment vary from ship-to-ship.
- See also: Individual Merchant-class JumpShips
In German products the unit's proper name was perfectly translated to Händler.
- Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, p. 94, "Merchant JumpShip Profile"
- AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 267
- NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 34
- AeroTech 2
- AeroTech 2 Record Sheets
- Combat Operations
- DropShips and JumpShips
- Historical: Reunification War
- Mercenaries Supplemental
- Mercenary's Handbook 3055
- NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2
- Operation Excalibur (novel)
- Technical Readout: 3026, Revised Edition
- Technical Readout 3057
- Technical Readout: 3057 Revised
- Warrior: En Garde (novel)