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The C-23 Infantry Carriage is a utility attachment for the Petrel Heavy Dropship.
Hexagonal in shape, the Infantry Carriage is quite large, capable of holding about 100 men sitting. The sides of the carriage drop down to allow the infantry to mass disembark. The seats are helded in double facing rows against the central wall of the carriage. The frame is constructed from superplastic-formed diffusion-bonded metal matrix composites. These light, oxidation resistant matrix composites are formed from high modulus, high strength gold and chrome doped zirconium oxide reinforced fibres and a titanium aluminide matrix. The skin is formed from four layerd plates attached to the frame. The inside layer is a carbon composite bonded to the middle layer of single crystal carbon, which does not melt on reentry and protects the ship and occupants. The third layer is a ceramic outer layer providing themral and oxidation protection. The top layer is a composite buffer system, with a depleted uranium mesh insert. The walls and floor are reinforced with a layer of titanium alluminide.
The Carriage can be dropped onto landing studs so it can be temporarily operated as a in field barracks/cover, as the spacious cargo room can be reorganised into a barracks, temporary medical facility of simple cover from environmental conditions or enemy fire.