The Gladius is a medium-sized transport. It is used to get troops through enemy blockades and onto the battlefield.
About this creation
This is a medium-sized troop transport. It has 2 high-impact shell cannons at the "chin" 2 rotating light blaster turrets, and 3 heavy long-range turrets. This ship is manned by a crew of 1 pilot and 5 gunners. It can carry up to 20 soldiers with their weapons, and 3 portable turrets. The Sphindar Empire is maintaining a total of 50,000 of these there are 2,500 for each legion. It does have a hyperdrive, so it can attack/escape without a capital ship.
Just saw your "Thunderhead" and thought I'd comment here as well. I absolutely love your designs. This one is terrific! I'd love to see you attempt something no-studs some time. I think you've got the skill to pull it off really well. I might also suggest cleaning up your color scheme a bit (if you're not too limited with parts). Of course, these are just my personal biases. Regardless, you've got some excellent MOC's, and this one has got to be one of my favorites! Great job!
I love your use of angled plates. However, it's too studdy. If you want a five, replace the plates with bricks turned on their sides to eliminate the studs. It may be harder to attach a lot of details, but trust me, it's worth it.