The Arvus Lighter is a small, general purpose shuttle, widely used throughout the Imperium of Man for many tasks, both in space and for surface operations. The Arvus is a small, solid, reliable workhorse utility vessel, used for transferring cargo or small units of personnel from ship-to-ship or ship-to-planet. Squat and durable, the Arvus has two powerful engines for carrying heavy loads. It has no armaments and is not expected to engage the enemy.
As standard the Arvus is unarmed, although some will be modified to carry weapons when operating on hostile worlds. A wide variety of other adaptations also exist for the lighter, such as converting the cargo hold to carry fuel or elongating the hull to carry more cargo at the expense of speed and handling.
In times of need, the Arvus can also be used as an assault boat, although a good look at its design shows that it is clearly not designed for this purpose.
The ship’s interior is very basic and does not include many advanced systems beyond standard navigational and sensorium equipment and proximity alarms. It is crewed by a single pilot who controls the ship from a cramped cockpit, connected directly to the cargo compartment. The cockpit’s canopy can also swing up to allow access from the front, while the cargo compartment is easily accessed by a rear ramp.
The Arvus has the capacity to transport twelve individuals along with the pilot.