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A HQT-class Q-Ships are spaceships or starships designed to lure Corsair Vessels by giving the appearance of a weak, poorly-armed merchant ship, but having sufficient combat power to defeat them.

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Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
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Description (Specifications)[edit]

Most Q-ships range from 200 to 800 tons, matching the range of common merchant ships and freighters. They are even built using the same hull designs, simply adding armour and weaponry. Typically, they mount the maximum number of turrets for the hull size. Any turrets over and above the usual number on a merchant ship are in the form of "pop" turrets. These are similar to the pop turrets found on xboat tenders. [1]

The designs tend to trade cargo space for improved drives and a good computer. Since boarding actions are common, Q-ships normally carry a squad of marines or security personnel trained in such operations. Small craft carried by Q-ships are specially equipped for troop transport. [2]

The Attack Cargo Vessel is a form of a Q-ship that is an armed and often armored cargo vessel, used to transport war matériel or troops to war zones or to re-supply Naval vessels, the attack cargo vessel is sometimes built from scratch and sometimes made from a converted merchant ship. Q-ships are often smaller vessels with concealable pop-up weaponry used as merchant raiders and is other specialized roles. Q-ships are either constructed for very specialized purposes or by very desperate navies in need of immediate fleet replacement regardless of military effectiveness. Q-ships tend to be very low-capability vessels. Q-ships are most often designed as patrol ships, raiders of unarmed logistic vessels, or surprise attackers. [3]

Image Respository[edit]

  1. A conversion of a late model Type-R, a Gyro Cadis class Subsidized Merchant, into a Q-Ship.
    Type-R-Q-Ship-Challenge-25-Cropped-Brian-Gibson 15-May-2019c.jpg

Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

The operative tactic for a Q-ship is surprise and ambush. They wait to have a nimbler, faster corsair or other raider approach and then close the trap.

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Q-ships typically serve the following roles:

  1. Attack Cargo Vessel
  2. Defender
  3. Defender Vessel
  4. Guardian
  5. Guardian Vessel
  6. Monitor
  7. Q-Ship (HQT) (Namesake)
  8. System Defense Boat

Supraclass Archetypes[edit]

TBD Supraclass Archetypes
Archtype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
Q-Ship HQT (Namesake) Fenris class Q-ship None

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

These ships can be a valuable element in anti-pirate forces of many planetary and subsector governments throughout known space. Companies may also purchase Q-ships for use in areas where local governments either cannot or will not control piracy; they find the expense of Q-ships a bargain when a raider which has preyed upon a profitable trade route is finally hunted down.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Paramilitary Vessel - Q-ship:

  1. Type QT class Q-ship
    1. Ashigaru class Q-ship
    2. Fenris class Q-ship
    3. Gyro Cadis class Q-ship
    4. Sokhkhun class Raider Q-Carrier
    5. Yellow Jacket class Q-Ship
    6. Yeoman class Attack Cargo Vessel
    7. Zahzicih class Q-ship

Ship Summary List[edit]

Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role or these roles include:

10 Representative Q-Ship (HQT) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Admiral Bertil class Armed Liner HQT X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Ashigaru class Q-ship HQT 7,000 BCS 12 Ras Tennol Force 2 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Fenris class Q-ship HQT X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gyro Cadis class Q-ship HQT X ACS X Third Imperium X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sokhkhun class Raider Q-Carrier HQTV 400 ACS 10 Vargr Extents 1 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type QT class Q-ship HQT X ACS X Third Imperium X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Vigilant class Starmerc Armed Liner HQT X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Yellow Jacket class Q-Ship HQT 200 ACS 10 Outcasts of the Whispering Sky 1 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Yeoman class Attack Cargo Vessel HQT 400 ACS 11 Third Imperium 1 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Zahzicih class Q-ship HQT 400 ACS 400 Hive Federation 2 3.73 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


References & Contributions (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. Loren Wiseman. "Lisani." Challenge 25 (1986): 18-31.
  2. Loren Wiseman. "Lisani." Challenge 25 (1986): 18-31.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Morandir Armson