Granite class Interceptor
|Granite class Interceptor|
Unpublished, non-canon smallcraft design.
|Type: PL Smallcraft|
|Cost|| MCr8.150 (base)|
|Passengers||0 High/Med 0 Low|
|Reference||Ade Alagoric Stewart|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
The Granite class Interceptor 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 Interceptor is a cheap, reliable vessel designed to engage enemy units from close range. 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-7 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 Interceptor is constructed using a 6 dTon hull built in a generally cone-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has airfoil surfaces, giving good atmospheric performance. The vessel is not fitted with artificial gravity generation equipment but has thrust vectoring capability, giving it VTOL performance within atmospheres and gravity wells.|
|2.||Crew|| Total Crew Complement: 1
|3.||Performance||The vessel mounts an extremely efficient reaction-based Maneuver-2 drive and a Fission Power Plant-2, giving performance of 2-G acceleration and producing 0.12 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 2. The internal fuel supply provides reaction mass for the Maneuver drive and is considered sufficient to support up to 20 weeks of operations. Activity in significant gravity wells and atmospheres exponentially reduces the vessel's maneuver endurance.|
|4.||Electronics||The cockpit contains an acceleration couch and control equipment. The vessel is fitted with a Model/1bis Computer: no backup computer is installed.|
|6.||Armament|| The normal weapons fit-out for an Interceptor is:
The Interceptor is equipped with a Light Machinegun in a fixed forward-facing mount.
|7.||Defenses|| The hull is plated, braced and structurally reinforced, with an armor rating of 4.
|8.||Craft||The vessel carries no subcraft.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has an internal fuel tank containing 1 dTon of reaction mass for the Drives.|
|10.||Cost|| The basic cost of the vessel is MCr8.150.
|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 Interceptor 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.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Individual designs of Interceptor 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
Interceptors are mass produced commercial fighter craft, made from standardized components and assembled in class A and B starports of TL-7 or greater across the Distant Fringe 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)
- Traveller Wiki Editorial Team
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master Scout Emeritus Adie Alegoric Stewart of the IISS
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science