Drakkon class System Defense Boat

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Drakkon class System Defense Boat
Distant Fringe Logo.gif
Distant Fringe vessel.
Type: SB System Defense Boat
Also see System Defense Boat
Architect Ade Stewart
Blueprint No
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 5 Tons
Cost MCr568.234 (base)
MCr454.588 (qty)
Crew 16
Officers 4
Enlisted 12
Era 1105
Hardpoints 4
Hull Wedge Hull
Illustration Yes
Jump J-0
Maneuver 6 G
Marines 6
Model Model/4 Computer
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 0 High/Med 0 Low
Reference Ade Stewart
Size 400 Tons
Size-cat {{{size-cat}}}
Streamlining [Streamlined Hull]]
Tech Level TL–11
USP SB–4106842–800000–30002-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Drakkon class System Defense Boat is a defensive warship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The System Defense Boat (...usually abbreviated to SDB) is designed to defend key points within a system such as gas giants. It is a common paramilitary vessel within the Distant Fringe. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.

  • The vessel is a TL-11 design.

Image Repository[edit]

J0 400dT SDB.jpg
A Drakkon class System Defense Boat.

Basic Ship Characteristics[edit]

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 subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (...thousands of tons) where necessary. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
#. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage The SDB is constructed using a 400 dTon hull built in a generally wedge-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined, plated, and structurally reinforced, with an armor rating of 8: the ship is equipped with fuel scoops.
  • Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • The hull includes internal grav plates and inertial compensators. All accessible sections of the hull have life support.
2. Crew TBD. The SDB requires 16 crew: 5x command, 2x engineering, 7x gunnery, and 2x service. The vessel carries 6 troops.
3. Performance TBD. The vessel mounts a maneuver-6 drive and a power plant 8, giving performance of 6G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 6. There is fuel tankage of 32 dTons, giving the power plant four weeks duration. The craft is fitted with a fuel purification plant.
  • The engineering section has a main control room.
4. Electronics TBD. Adjacent to the bridge is a computer model/4: the vessel carries an additional backup computer model/4. There are 13 staterooms. Double occupancy accommodations are required for all except the command crew. Cargo capacity amounts to 5 dTons.
  • The vessel is fitted with communications equipment, an advanced sensor array, full ECM, and an avionics suite.
5. Hardpoints TBD hardpoints.
6. Armament TBD. The ship is fitted with 4 turrets. These are grouped into:
  • one beam laser battery, consisting of 2 linked triple turrets
  • one missile battery, consisting of 2 linked triple turrets
7. Defenses TBD.
8. Craft None.
9. Fuel Treatment TBD.
10. Cost MCrTBD. The basic cost of the vessel is MCr568.234.
  • The ship is a standard design. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the ships in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces their price to MCr454.588.
11. Construction Time TBD months.
12. Comments None.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Formations of SDBs are often deployed by vessels such as the Military Ship Transporter.

A design that dates to the time of the Terran Confederation. The design is representative and a large number of variants exist, particularly with regard to the allotted weapons systems, onboard electronics, and the fit out of internal spaces.

Distant Fringe Vessels[edit]

The Distant Fringe is said to be a far spinward-rimward area inhabited by colonists and refugees originating on Terra. The region is extremely isolated, separated from the rest of Charted Space by vast, almost uncrossable rifts that were once broached by a system of calibration Points and the use of tankers. Those few academics within Charted Space who have found references to the Distant Fringe regard it as little more than a tall tale. Likewise, many of the inhabitants of the Distant Fringe believe the existence of Charted Space to be mythical.[3]

Vessels originating within the Distant Fringe are very rarely encountered outside of the region. However, misjumps do occur and anomalies with bizarre spacetime and Jumpspace effects exist: as such, craft of this type are not entirely unknown within Charted Space.[4]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Each vessel within the class is named by the government of the state that produces it. They generally draw on traditional naming protocols and it is not uncommon for a historical class name to be reused.

  • Individual vessels within the class are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes.
  • Naming a ship is considered a serious affair and is generally accompanied by a traditional ceremony, usually pouring a local beverage over the bows of the craft. Starfarers tend to be superstitious folk and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Paramilitary Vessel - System Defense Boat:

  1. Type SB class System Defense Boat
    1. Drakkon class System Defense Boat

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  4. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak