As the Luscan Assault Frigate began to show its age, the Circasian War Council was left with an urgent need for a new troop transport. Proposals for new assault cruiser designs were rejected as being too expensive; instead, the War Council opted to begin converting surplus Nalessin Military Freighters for the role.
Aschar Troop Transports were typically used to transport ground personnel between Circasian military installations and bases. The Aschar is larger than the Luscan and was capable of carrying a larger number of troops and their equipment. This meant that a single Aschar could replace multiple Luscan frigates on personnel transfer runs.
The Chouka War saw the Aschar Troop Transport’s first active deployment into hostile territories. Aschar Troop Transports rarely accompanied the forward battle fleets. Rather, Aschars waited until a colony was mostly subdued before arriving at the scene to deploy peacekeeping and occupation troops.