The Ratel-class combat packship has been used as an frontier orbital light hauler for decades. It is heavily armed and capable of defending itself against most smaller warship. Named after the long-extinct honey badger, the Ratel (pronounced raah-til) is a hardy workhorse carries its cargo on a self-contained palette from which it detaches before engaging threats. The palette can be remotely maneuvered away from the altercation while the Ratel engages the opposition. Once the engagement has been resolved, the Ratel locates and recovers the palette and the cargo. It has a crew of four and is designed for system operations so has no inter-stellar capability.