The Lesthisk-class armed freighter was originally designed and produced by Arakyd Industries around the time of the Jedi Civil War. While it may not be flashy by modern standards, the galactic elite once prized the Lethisk-class as the epitome of luxury. Although originally designed to be a sturdy freighter reliable enough to allow the average independent freighter captain to cross the galaxy without the need for an escort, high research and development costs put the ship out of the price range of all but the wealthy or otherwise well-connected.
Despite moderate cargo capacity, the lack of a hanger or docking bay made that space difficult to effectively utilize. This abundance of space coupled with amenities for thirteen passengers made the ship an excellent candidate for luxury retrofitting. The stock package may have been far from luxurious, but its quality and sense of unattainability made it the status symbol of its day in the space lanes. The Lethisk-class's craftsmanship and revolutionary design are best exemplified by its armor and shield systems. Even millennia after the ship was introduced, the Lethisk-class is still one of the safest freighters around, with hull strength, deflector shields, and ion resistance exceeding that of many of the newer and more popular light freighters. When it cannot escape a dangerous situation, its complement of weapon systems allows its crew to defend themselves.
The Lethisk-class's sturdiness came at a price, and construction costs ultimately pushed it out of production. A boom of innovation made more affordable, reliable ships available to the budget-conscious freight pilot, and the Lethisk-class's wealthier market eventually moved on to larger corvettes and capital ships. Although many were purchased by wealthy families and some transportation concerns, demand was much lower than Arakyd anticipated and the company allowed the design rights to lapse. Today the Lethisk-class is a collector's item and a museum piece. Although working examples are still very capable ships, most owners view them as an investment and are unwilling to risk their damage, destruction, or theft.