I'm wondering if anyone else has toyed with this.
I compulsively capture ships, and the Gremak Assault Carrier is amazing as a troop ship. It's as fast as lighter ships, can take over most smaller ships in one go, and drops three armor units on the ground during invasion. It's also much better equipped than other troop transports.
The Ashdar Carrier is great for invasion, and well fortified, but really too slow and bulky for capturing ships.
The Terros Escort Carrier is basically an Armored Transport with a smaller weapon port. Since I use it for point defense, the difference is only having the PD weapon on a light vs medium mount point. (I'm not sure if that even makes a difference.)
Is this a thing I've been missing?
(For those who haven't tried it, there are "Berth" and "Hangar" hardpoints on ships. Fighters can go into Hangars, but Assault Shuttles (carry melee units) can go into Berth or Hangar. Berth points can only take fighters, while Hangars take both.)