The Gladius-class light freighter was a sleek, fast and nimble craft. It was used by defense forces and Sector Rangers as a scout vessel or system patrol craft. Gladius-class freighter had a round, flat vertical section and smooth, curved body design. It also had a circular cockpit area that allowed for easy movement between stations. It was armed with an impressive quad laser cannon, but did not possess enough defense to withstand attacks by pirates and other criminals. Its fast hyperdrive allowed the vessels to escape from most attackers and reach safety.