The YT-2400 Transport comes complete with oversized power core to facilitate inevitable modifications, built in modification space and other Corellian preferences. It was designed to operate on the more competitive and hazardous routes in the Outer Rim Territories, and with the single small-scale independent freighter captain in mind. Because of the increase of piracy on the spacelanes, the YT-2400 comes standard with a heavy double laser cannon, double armoured exterior hull plating, reinforced bulkheads, heavier shielding, and powerful engines. This next progression of the YT-series was on the market at least just before the Battle of Yavin. The sleek and rugged YT-2400 sports the trademark saucer-shape found on most YT-series, as well as the series' virtues of being fast, resilient and infinitely modifiable.
Although CEC officially classified the YT-2400 as a medium-range stock cargo hauler, it is obvious they did so with a nod and a wink. The YT-2400 is just considered legal, and so far the Imperial Registry has only lodged a few complaints against the design. This design's qualities allow it to handle the strain of deep-space combat with ease, and as a result it is attractive to many mercenaries. Besides legitimate cargo haulers, smugglers also employ this craft, not unexpectedly.
It appears that CEC introduced two models of the YT-2400. One model (Model 1) incorporated advanced technology, while a second model employed integrated systems which were at least ten years behind the technological curve. The reasoning for Model 2's incorporation of older technology is that far flung repair facilities in all probability are not well-stocked. Parts for this design are widely available, thereby allowing a very small crew to effortlessly maintain and service this craft in the field, which is one of the Model 2's strengths. It must be noted that many of the required parts for the YT-2400 are also found in the YT-1300. However, it must also be mentioned that some spacers view the Model 2's philosophy as a disadvantage.
A number of aftermarket modification kits are available. Some standard optional packages offered by CEC include: supplemental cargo extensions on the dorsal hull to increase cargo capacity (to at least 200 metric tons for Model 2), hull extent ions, cargo hold to passenger space conversion kits, etc. However, most owners opt to employ third-party kits and parts, or adapt components from other ships instead of purchasing kits offered by CEC. Its power core outputs twice the power of other YT models, thereby allowing for the addition of oversized engines and other modifications requiring a little extra energy. Compared to other YT-series the cargo compartments and crew quarters are not as spacious, since a greater sum of room was devoted for modification. Upgrading the weapons and propulsion systems are the most common modifications performed by YT-2400 captains.
The dorsal and ventral hardpoints on the saucer hull are capable of mounting weapons (after all the stock model mounts its weapon on the dorsal hardpoint). These hardpoints will also accept a sensor dish if the owner so desires. Furthermore, this design will accept engines intended for larger ships. The YT-2400's oversized hull is capable of supporting the most advanced engines and weapon systems currently on the market. A large selling point to those individuals who are on the wrong side of Imperial law and have a lust for speed is that the YT-2400's engine mountings can be effortlessly altered to accept military-grade engines. Meanwhile, the craft's holds provide superb expansion space for large sensor suites, weapon systems, shield generators, etc. and other types of modifications which are of questionable legality. Unfortunately for the Empire, establishing hidden smuggling compartments are an easy affair, since the YT-2400's interior is commonly modified by their owners.
Situated behind the cockpit that seats three is the primary escape pod. Its placement allows for easy access by the flight crew. In the forward reinforced bracing arm (directly beside the cockpit) is the captain's suite and first mate's cabin. The forward section of the saucer contains the second mate's cabin, living suite, stowage, primary and secondary cargo holds. On the port side of the freighter is the galley, head (toilet), and refresher. Meanwhile, the aft quarter is consumed by three cabins, machine shop and engine room. On the port side, coming off the compartment holding the machine shop and engine room is the secondary escape pod. The centre of this design is consumed by its gun turret machinery.
|Sources: ANH! (Scene where Luke and party enter Mos Eisley, and camera gives overview of a thoroughfare) / EGVV***Pg 32, 33 / NEGVV***Pg 100, 101 / PP***Pg 61 / SS***Pg 17-20 / SOTESB***Pg 119 / TFOP***Pg 67 / XA Tech Library|