The shuttle has a moderately large cargo capacity (80 tons) for a ship of it's size, making it very useful. It is equipped with a Class 1 hyperdrive and a medium capacity deflector shield system. Because of it's high speed and survivability, it is a very popular with high-ranking members of nearly every military and corporation.
The ship can be fairly heavily armed for a transport craft, although most civilian models are only lightly armed. In it's military configuration, it is armed with two steerable twin laser cannons at the base of it's wings and two more fixed twin laser cannons in the main hull. It also has a retractable twin blaster turret mounted aft, although many models do not include this. Most civilian models only mount a single pair of twin laser cannons in the main hull.
According to secondary sources, the Emperor's personal shuttle is equipped with a cloaking device and heavier shields and armor, sacrificing most of it's cargo capacity.