The Delta-class JV-7 Escort Shuttle (originally Cygnus Spaceworks' JV-7 Prototype) is the bread-and-butter shuttle of the Jod Military Forces for multipurpose transport needs, behind that of the near numberless M-1FD Planetary Drop Ship. Over the M-1FD, the Delta-class provides an armed shuttle (and hyperspace-capable) for small-unit deployments, commando raids, VIPs or officers, and general multipurpose transport needing special protection.
The shuttle shares the paint scheme of the JV-7 Prototype built by Cygnus Spaceworks. Part of the wider Dixon-William Files carried out by the House of Royal Intelligence, the Delta-class JV-7 Escort Shuttle is a product of the Re-Acquisition Product Program (APP).
The JV-7 Prototype shares the same fate as the BTL-S8 K-Wing Assault Starfighter, except that the sabotage to Cygnus Spaceworks by the House of Royal Intelligence was limited to the stealing and henceforth complete destruction of notes, records, plans, projects, or prototypes of the shuttle; one prototype was saved and flown away in the sabotage to study (see photo below). All Delta-class shuttles are now designed & built ground up by the Jod Defense Engineering Shipwrights, with crew size reduced to 5, with only 2 Navy Shuttle Gunners (instead of 6), a newly added Tac-SenCom Engineering Technician, and two Shuttle Pilots from the original prototype design; additionally, the Jod shuttles also feature stronger armor then the prototype, with the shuttle encased in titanium-reinforced alusteel to afford better protection. The shuttle can still carry 10 passengers and it's paint scheme is the same as the prototype (see photo below).
The shuttle's optional attachment of 1 drop belly fuel tank extends their range 3-fold, making a pairing with BTL-S8 K-Wing Assault Starfighters ideal for diplomatic envoys and other special protection/transport operations ideal. Royal Command uses a JV-7 that is painted in matte black finish and coated in Reflec & Nightshadow.
The addition of a H-1ME Battle Mechanic Droid (which comes standard), acting as an emergency option for repairs, also greatly increases survivability rate on missions for the shuttle.