Technology and Combat CharacteristicsEdit
The Quiltra-Draenitz Multi-purpose Transport Vessel was the workhorse for all manner of transport tasks ranging from large-scale troop movements through fleet tender duties to raw material carrier, much in the same way as the Quiltra-Queleual served in the Zentraedi fleets. A multi-purpose capability was designed into the class so that they could serve as general supply vessels, mecha landers and tenders for the Robotech Masters' fleet if needed. As such, a point-defense battery was included from the first design.
The Quiltra Draenitzs had a main hull shaped like a tapering rectangular box, with the smallest side vertical and the longest side in the longitudinal direction of the ship. From amidships aft, a massive superstructure sits on the upper deck. The tall command tower points upwards from near the center of the weather deck, while to the sides and the aft a lower superstructure extends, flowing smoothly in the lower hull near the engine. Four large external docking arms project to the flanks from the forward part of the superstructure. These arms are built to connect to asteroids (or the extraction machinery on them) and allow the vessel to dock with even the most irregular formed rocks.
Internally, there are three sections distinguishable in the ship. The command tower houses the living and work spaces for the Tirolian crew, while the majority of the main hull consists of cargo holds and access bays. The holds can be reconfigured to serve as mecha bays, fuel tanks, or evacuation quarters. The third section is the aft engineering section, housing the generators and main engine.
The Quiltra Draenitz design was a success. The design coupled a large cargo capacity with a fast cruise acceleration and was easily adaptable to other tasks. The class started remained in production for over centuries, supplementing older designs at first, replacing them as time went by.
In the Second Robotech War the Draenitsz played a minor role in the Robotech Masters' naval attacks, as this war was fought mostly at short range. On some of the longer ranged raids made by the light forces, Draenitsz vessels went with the combat forces in the role of tankers and tenders. Once, a clandestine landing operation was made with a Draenitsz vessel acting as a survey and recovery vessel. But over all, the Draenitsz class was of little importance in the war.