The Tow Ship was a civilian spacecraft used to tow larger vessels.
There were many spacecraft designed for civilian use. The Tow Ship was built to tow larger vessels, such as transport trailers that did not have their own propulsion, or big ships that had their thrusters turned off during docking.
The Tow Ship had six external fuel tanks that powered its three thrusters but its operating range was very limited. It had an tow cable in the rear that was used to clasp on the vehicle it towed.
It was about the same size as a mobile suit and could tow three standard-sized mobile suits.
The Tow Ship was strictly for civilian use and hence had no weapons equipped.
Behind the scenes
Kunio Okawara was the original mechanical designer.