Defiant class Light Fighter
|Defiant class Light Fighter|
Unpublished, non-canon smallcraft design.
|Type: PL Light fighter|
|Cost|| MCr16.615 (base)|
|Passengers||0 High/Med 0 Low|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
The Defiant class Light Fighter is a combatant smallcraft.
- It is a paramilitary ship and a fighter.
- This is a generic class of smallcraft.
- Please also see AAB article: Ships of the Distant Fringe.
The Light Fighter is a cheap, reliable vessel designed to precisely engage enemy units. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled. It is defined as a microfighter due to its small size.
- The vessel is a TL-9 design.
Basic Ship Characteristics
Following the Imperial Navy and IISS Universal Ship Profile and data, additional information is presented in the format shown here. The small craft factor indicates the number of squadrons (of ten craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) when necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage||The Light Fighter is constructed using a 7 Ton hull built in a generally needle-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has airfoil surfaces, giving excellent atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.|
|2.||Crew|| Total Crew Complement: 1
|3.||Performance|| The vessel mounts a Maneuver-6 drive and a Power Plant-6, giving performance of 6-G acceleration and producing 0.42 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 6. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient to give the power plant 9 weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics||The cockpit contains an acceleration couch and control equipment. The vessel is fitted with a Model/2 Computer: no backup computer is installed.|
|6.||Armament|| The normal weapons fit-out for a Light Fighter is:
The Light Fighter is equipped with an Auto-Cannon in a fixed forward-facing mount.
|7.||Defenses|| The hull is unarmored.
|8.||Craft||The vessel carries no subcraft.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 1 Ton.|
|10.||Cost|| The basic cost of the vessel is MCr16.615.
|11.||Construction Time|| 24 weeks (5.5 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||The vessel has no internal cargo capacity.|
An ubiquitous design used throughout the Distant Fringe, the Light Fighter is cheap, durable and reliable. The design is representative and a large number of variants exist, particularly with regard to the allotted weapons systems and onboard electronics. Despite their status as space fighters, designs of this type have airframe features, augmenting their handling characteristics within planetary atmospheres.
These craft are generally limited when trying to attack capital ships: the difference in computational power is a serious limitation in scoring hits. The agility demands that missiles are carried and there is no room for larger computers. The lack of big computers does, however, help help keep the cost per unit relatively low. These craft excel at tackling other fighters of their ilk and the interdiction of merchant traffic. They can operate from small hidden bases and they can dominate the COACC environment as dual environment combatants. The autocannon allows limited tank busting, versus enemy army and marine vehicles, conserving the more expensive missiles for dogfighting.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Individual designs of Light Fighter are named by the companies that produce them but these organizations generally draw on traditional naming protocols.
- Individual vessels are issued specific serial numbers but are generally named by their crews.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
Light Fighters are mass produced commercial fighter craft, made from standardized components and assembled in class A and B starports of TL-9 or greater across the region. A range of different hull shapes are available but two main variants have become standard:
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- Marc Miller, Frank Chadwick, John Harshman. High Guard (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 20-37. (Design Sequence Used)
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