Flare class Gunboat

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Flare class Gunboat
Imperial Sunburst-Sun-IISS-Traveller.gif
Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type: PG Gunboat
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Blueprint {{{blueprint}}}
Canon {{{canon}}}
Cargo 1 Tons
Cost MCr374.75 (base)
MCr299.80 (discounted)
Crew 14 (including 3 Marines)
Officers 2
Enlisted 9
Hardpoints 3
Hull {{{hull}}}
Jump J-1
Maneuver 6 G
Model Model/4
Origin Winston Democracy
Passengers 0 High/Med 0 Low
QSP No information yet available.
Reference {{{ref}}}
Size 300 Tons
Streamlining {{{aerodynam}}}
Tech Level TL–10
USP CE-3216942-100000-21002-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.

The Flare class Gunboat is a light warship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Flare Class Gunboats serve with The Democratic People's Defense Forces, the armed forces of the Winston Democracy. They are fast and agile but have a light weapons load: the class are armed with missiles, lasers and a single plasma cannon. The hull is very lightly armored. Flare class Gunboats are carried by Stormbringer class Fleet Tenders to provide additional local sensor coverage and to extend the fleet's scouting range.

  • The vessel is a TL-10 design.

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

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage The Flare class is constructed using a 300 Ton hull built in a cone configuration. The hull is fully streamlined, giving a good atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.
  • The vessel has two airlocks.
  • The vessel has a sturdy retractable undercarriage, allowing surface landings.
2. Crew x14 personnel, including x3 Marines.
  • x2 Officers.
  • x9 Enlisted.


  • There are 7 staterooms. All quarters are double occupancy.

Accessible areas of the hull are fitted with grav plates and inertial compensators and have full life support and environmental systems.

  • There are internal monitoring and security systems throughout the vessel: individual sections of the hull can be sealed off.
  • There are multiple emergency lockers.
3. Performance The vessel mounts a Jump-1 drive, a Maneuver-6 drive, and a Power Plant-9, giving performance of Jump-1 and 6-G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 6. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for two consecutive Jump-1s and gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section has a main control room.
  • The jump drive utilises a lanthanum hull grid.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/4 computer: no backup computer is installed.
  • The vessel is fitted with communications equipment, an advanced sensor array, and an avionics suite.
    • It is fitted with backup commo and sensor systems.
  • It has a transponder unit that can be deactivated on command.
5. Hardpoints x3 hardpoints.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for a Flare class is:
7. Defenses The hull is plated, structurally reinforced, and built with secure bulkheads and compartments that give it a High Guard armor rating of 1.
  • x1 triple sandcaster turret, forming its own battery.
  • The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
8. Craft The vessel carries no subcraft.
9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 87 Tons.
  • The hull is fitted with fuel scoops.
  • The vessel is not equipped with fuel purification equipment.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr374.75
  • Architects Fee: MCr3.748
11. Construction Time 56 weeks (13 months) as standard.
  • Build times can be reduced by mass production and the efficiencies such processes generate, by increased financing, and by allotting additional yard resources and facilities to the construction contract.
12. Comments Standard cargo capacity amounts to 1 Ton (a secure locker). The locker can be sealed and has independent life support and environmental systems.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Flare class Gunboats are part of The Democratic People's Defense Forces, the military of the Winston Democracy.

Refined fuel is a serious concern to Flare class crews: the vessel is not fitted with onboard refining equipment and many local ports don't provide it. Crews are cautious about misjumps.

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.