Federal Dropship
Federal Dropship
ManufacturerCore Dynamics
Years Produced3300-Present
TypeCombat Multipurpose
Cost14,314,210 CR
Insurance715,710 CR
Faction RankMidshipman
Default Specifications
Landing Pad SizeMedium
Dimensions73.9m x 52.3m x 21.7m
Pilot Seats2
Fighter HangarNo
Hull Mass580 t
Mass Lock Factor14
Armour Hardness60
Shields104 MJ
Top Speed182 m/s
Boost Speed304 m/s
Unladen Jump Range7.25 ly
Cargo Capacity56 t
Fuel Capacity16 t
Hardpoints4x Utility Mounts
4x Medium Hardpoints
1x Large Hardpoint
Internals1x Size 1 Compartment
1x Size 2 Compartment
2x Size 3 Compartments
1x Size 4 Compartment
2x Size 5 Compartments
1x Size 6 Compartment
2x Size 4 Military Compartment
Maximum Non-Engineered Specs
Top Speed209 m/s
Boost Speed348 m/s
Unladen Jump Range19.66 ly
Cargo Capacity166 t

Developed by Core Dynamics, the Federal Dropship is a versatile combat vessel widely used by the Federal Navy. Boasting one large and four medium hardpoints, the vessel can contend even with larger ships such as the Python, while its two military compartments allow the pilot to enhance the ship's defensive profile.

— In-Game Description

The Federal Dropship is a military ship produced for the Federation by Core Dynamics. Pilots must earn the rank of Midshipman with the Federal Navy before they are permitted to purchase it. The Federal Dropship has excellent hardpoint placement, and is known for its ability to remain functioning even when the hull is at very low integrity thanks to its module protection.


The Federal Dropship is generally available for purchase at Stations controlled by minor factions that are aligned with the Federation. Systems controlled by Federal President Zachary Hudson are guaranteed to have the Dropship on hand, along with other Core Dynamics vessels. Its body shape and design is shared with the Assault and Gunship, sometimes making it difficult to tell them apart at a glance. The Dropship is the cheapest of the three and the lowest needed federal rank.

The Dropship is a very good combat vessel. Featuring a large hardpoint and 4 medium hardpoints it has no trouble dealing with ships lower than its price and can put up a good fight against even higher tier ships like Pythons. Furthermore, the Dropship has above average armour as well as two military compartments for extra defense making it bulky. It suffers from low shielding and has rather poor mobility so it is poor against nimble ships like Vultures. Overall the Dropship is a respectable ship for both a Bounty Hunter or Pirate.

As a Trader, the Dropship has 164T of space to haul cargo. This is very good for a medium ship; and is the fifth best of all non-large ships. Combined with its impressive defense, even when unshielded and ability to easily dodge interdictions the Dropship can be a very appealing trade ship. The biggest downside is its very low jump range, especially when fully laden which may make trade options very limited.

As an explorer, the dropship is notorious as one of the worst ships in the role with a poor jump range of 19.66LY or so, the second lowest jump range in the game, being only a fraction higher than the Federal Gunship. Needless to say, the Dropship is a poor choice as an exploration vessel and its terrible jump range can make both trading and chasing bounties very cumbersome, especially as the ship will be weighed down further with combat modules or cargo. Engineering the Dropship is almost mandatory.

The Dropship is an excellent miner. 4 Medium hardpoints for one of each mining tool, while retaining a large hardpoint for self defense, small size, great cargo space and good defences make the Dropship a fantastic miner and can be a miner's next stepping stone after the Keelback. Its only downsides are its lack of an SLF and its terrible jump range, which can make reaching specific mining points tricky.

Overall the Dropship sacrifices some combat aspects to be better at trading and mining. The biggest downsides the ship suffers are its miserable jump range and its required federation rank. However, its price tag lets it be a good stepping stone ship, as there are no other medium ships in its range without required military ranks.

The weapon hardpoints are located as follows: Two side-mounted Class 2 Medium hardpoints in front of the lower wing (One each side), two bottom-mounted Class 2 Medium hardpoints located slightly behind the point at which the front fuselage tapering ends (One on each side of the underside), and One bottom mounted Class 3 Large hardpoint located under the nose of the ship and slightly forward of where the front fuselage tapering ends. Although all hardpoints have good to excellent fields of fire when fitted with turrets, the side mounted hardpoints benefit the most from turrets.

Purchase Locations Edit

System Station Date Seen Notes
Majhwar System Bond City May 13 2017
Kadu Mist Burroughs City May 04 2017
LHS 2310 Levy Hub Feb 26, 2016
Okinura Stafford Enterprise Oct 20, 2015
AC +26 37030 Culbertson Port Dec 27, 2015
Alioth Irkutsk Version: 1.06
Nang Ta-Khian Hay Point
Chamunda Gidzenko Ring Gamma 1.0
Breksta Pierres Ring Gamma 1.0
Mambojas Conrad Station May 25, 2015
FK5 2550 Wundt Gateway Gamma 1.05
Gliese 563.1 Matteucci Ring Jul 23, 2015
Branglal Skripochka Gateway Gamma 1.05
TURIR Brooks Terminal
64 Arietis Weyn Dock
LP 908-11 So-Yeon City Dec 29, 2014
LTT 3572 Horowitz Hub Jan 16, 2015
GD 219 System McKee Ring Jan 2, 2015
Quivira Godel Dock Jan 2, 2015
Enawar Adams Dock Jan 3, 2015
Arexe Janes Horizon Jan 4, 2015
Misisture Gelfand Dock Jan 6, 2015
Zaragas Jenner Hub Jan 9, 2015
Bhritzameno Feynman Terminal Jan 14, 2015
Turona McNair Terminal Jan 14, 2015
GD 219 McKee Ring Jan 23, 2015
Abrog Thagard Ring Feb 07, 2015
San Zaihe Ackerman Orbital Feb 11, 2015
Una Hoard Orbital Feb 19, 2015
Ross 129 Yang Hub Mar 22, 2015
Ededleen Tepper Hub Mar 31, 2015
LTT 7786 Parise Gateway April 11, 2015
Ngombivas Linaweaver port April 11, 2015
LP 926-40 Lee City April 23, 2015
Mikinn Wallace Dock April 26, 2015
LP 339-7 Gell-Mann Ring May 14, 2015
LHS 531 Nelson Terminal May 17, 2015
Autahenetsi Artyukhin Ring May 25, 2015
Ugrashtrim Northrop Orbital June 08, 2015
44 B Ophiuchi Feustel Gateway Jan/ 17, 2016
Tolians Kuo Dock Aug 11, 2015
LHS 215 Spring Gateway Nov 3, 2015
Grabil Klimuk Terminal Jan. 1, 2016
GL 606.1 B Harvey Ring Jan. 5, 2016
Panik System Bennett City Jan. 17, 2016
Delta Equulei Bison Station Jan. 28, 2016
Sol Deadalus April 22, 2016 10% discount
LTT 15574 Haxel Port May 10, 2016
Ualangur Atkov Enterprise Jan. 22, 2017
LHS 3505 Olivas City Jan. 12, 2018
LHS 3447 Bluford Orbital August 28, 2017
Shinrarta Dezhra Jameson Memorial January 26, 2018 10% Discount, Founders Permit Needed
LHS 450 Stevenson Relay June 23, 2018
Ki Ashby Port August 30, 2018 15% Discount
Ye'kuape Bobko Hub Feb 4, 2018


Main article: Outfitting

All ships are highly customisable through the Outfitting menu of Station Services. Listed below is the default load-out for the Federal Dropship.

Category Default System Default Rating Default Class Max Class
Medium Hardpoint Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Empty -- -- 2
Empty -- -- 2
Large Hardpoint Empty -- -- 3
Utility Mount Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Bulkheads Lightweight Alloys I 1 8
Reactor Bay Power Plant E 6 6
Thrusters Mounting Thrusters E 6 6
Frame Shift Drive Housing Frame Shift Drive E 5 5
Environment Control Life Support E 5 5
Power Coupling Power Distributor E 6 6
Sensor Suite Sensors E 4 4
Fuel Store Fuel Tank [x16] C 4 4
Internal Compartments Cargo Rack [x32] E 5 6
Cargo Rack [x16] E 4 5
Shield Generator E 5 5
Cargo Rack [x8] E 3 4
Empty (M) -- -- 4
Empty (M) -- -- 4
Empty -- -- 3
Empty -- -- 3
Empty -- -- 2
Supercruise Assist E 1 1
Planetary Approach Suite (H) I 1 1


  • "Dropship" is a science fiction term for a type of orbit-to-planet military "landing craft", by analogy to those deployed from ships to land.
  • "Drop-shipping" is also the practice of transferring goods directly to a customer, among other aspects. This could explain the ship's high cargo capacity and lack of Fighter Hanger.
  • The wings on the Dropship are front-swept, which is seen on some aircraft and helps with lift.



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