VCX-820 Escort Freighter
The VCX-820 escort freighter was a freighter designed by the Corellian Engineering Corporation as an escort freighter a few years before the Yuuzhan Vong War. It was a heavy, fast, "flying guns"-platform. With its armament, it could easily guard convoys of otherwise defenseless bulk freighters and commerce craft.
It was first produced shortly before the Xen'Chi invaded the galaxy, and found instant popularity in the Mid and Outer Rim Territories as a true escort. At 20.2 meters in length, the VCX-820 was a small ship, but its heavy weaponry and enhanced shielding gave it more than enough advantage in a firefight.
The VCX-820 was named to admit that it was built to military specifications without directly labeling it as a warship and was originally designed to patrol the border of the New Republic. The VCX-820 is armed with a pair of twin heavy laser cannons, eight autoblasters, and a proton torpedo launcher. It requires a pilot and co-pilot to operate, as well as eight gunners to handle the weapons. Because of the ship's small size, no passenger space is found aboard the VCX-820, and a minimal one metric ton of cargo space is provided, thereby giving it freighter status.
Visually, the VCX-820 takes many cues from the old YT-1300, with two forward-facing mandibles jutting at the front. These mandibles connect to the thin center section, with the cockpit mounted between the mandibles and the engine section along the rear.
The invasion by the Yuuzhan Vong caused many smugglers and private traders to seek out a vessel that would allow for protected travel through profitable, yet highly dangerous, space lanes. As a result of this desire, many larger trade-firms invested in these vessels, making it quite common during the hard times of the New Republic.