Knuckle Head class System Defense Monitor

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Knuckle Head class System Defense Monitor
Imperial Sunburst-Sun-IISS-Traveller.gif
Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type: BML Light Monitor
Also see
Blueprint {{{blueprint}}}
Canon {{{canon}}}
Cargo 0 Tons
Cost MCr678.75 (base)
MCr543.00 (discounted)
Crew 28
Officers 5
Enlisted 23
Hardpoints 10
Hull {{{hull}}}
Jump J-0
Maneuver 4 G
Model Model/2 fib
Origin Winston Democracy
Passengers 0 High/Med 0 Low
QSP No information yet available.
Reference {{{ref}}}
Size 1,000 Tons
Streamlining {{{aerodynam}}}
Tech Level TL–8
USP SDB-A9044B2-900000-00007-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.

The Knuckle Head class System Defense Monitor is a warship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Knuckle Head class System Defense Monitors serve with The Democratic People's Defense Forces, the armed forces of the Winston Democracy. Four can be carried by the Stormbringer class Fleet Tender. The vessel is a TL-8 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 Knuckle Head class is constructed using a 1,000 Ton fusion-tunneled Buffered Planetoid hull. It is unstreamlined and cannot operate in anything denser than Trace atmospheres without risking catastrophic structural failure.
  • There are four airlocks located around the vessel.
2. Crew x28 personnel: x5 command, x3 engineering, x3 gunnery, and x2 service. There are x15 Marines.

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 Maneuver-4 drive and a Power Plant-4, giving performance of 4-G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 4. The internal fuel tankage gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section has a main control room.
    • Ladders, gantries and platforms give access to the machinery.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/2 fib computer: no backup computer is installed.
  • The vessel is fitted with communications equipment and a standard sensor array.
    • It is fitted with backup commo and sensor systems.
  • It has a transponder unit that can be deactivated on command.
5. Hardpoints x10 hardpoints.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for an Knuckle Head class is:
  • x1 100-Ton bay, mounting heavy 50cm warhead missile launchers. The vessel is equipped to handle nuclear ordinance.
7. Defenses In addition to the inherent protection offered by its planetoid structure the hull is plated, structurally reinforced, and built with secure bulkheads and compartments that give it an armor rating of 9.
  • 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 40.0 Tons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr678.75
  • Architects Fee: MCr6.788
11. Construction Time 120 weeks (28 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 The ship does not have a cargo hold.

History & Background[edit]

Knuckle Head class System Defense Monitors are built for The Democratic People's Defense Forces, the military of the Winston Democracy. The vessel is a fusion-tunneled buffered asteroid: the interior compartments are protected by heavy armor plates and the craft has extensive structural bracing. The design is built around its large missile bay. Knuckle Heads carry a section of marines for boarding actions and inspections.

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.