System Defense Boat

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A non-starship specifically intended for defensive operations inside a star system.

Please see the following AAB articles for more information:

Description[edit]

System Defense Boats (SDB's) range in size from 100 to 10,000 tons and are constructed at all tech levels from TL 8 to 15. There are hundreds of different types, depending upon the specific mission for which they are designed.

Please see Military Starship Types for more information.

Strategy and doctrine[edit]

SDBs most often operate according to predetermined plans designed to optimize their defensive potential. SDBs are typically stationed at the vital points of a system including gas giants, asteroid belts, major worlds, and so on.

Because SDBs usually have no jump drives, shifting them from system to system can be a problem. Some types have jump shuttles which fit to the craft and provide jump capability.

Another method is simple transport in large bulk cargo containers; the SDBs are loaded into 10,000-ton or 20,000-ton bulk carriers for the multi-parsec journey. This method, of course, is not recommended if immediate combat is expected at the destination.

History and background[edit]

SDB's were developed on the principle that a non-starship, because of the additional armament made possible by its lack of jump drives, can ordinarily defeat a jump-capable starship of equal tonnage.

Representative Types[edit]

38 Representative System Defense Boat (PF) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Avoram class System Defense Boat Solomani PF 14 600 0
Caryatid class System Defense Boat Third Imperium PF 14 500 0
Chariot class System Defense Boat Third Imperium PF 13 600 0
Chiang class System Defense Boat Kao Republic PF 9 3,800 0
Cudin class Attack Boat Unity of Sed PF 11 40 0
Dragon class System Defense Boat Third Imperium PF 400
Dzegkno class System Defense Boat First Fleet of Dzo PF 8 2,000 0
Exarch class System Defense Boat Jarnac Pashalic PF 13 300 0
Fazachu class System Defense Boat Hive Federation PF 12 400 0
Fringian System Defense Boat Distant Fringe PF 11 400 0
Frundsberg class System Defense Boat Langemarck Coalition PF 12 1,000 0
Grunt class System Defense Boat Outcasts of the Whispering Sky (Stalkers) PF 10 1,000 1
Gundong class System Defense Boat Solomani PF 14 400 0
Hatchet class System Defense Boat Kingdom of Peladon PF 11 500 0
Jugendworld class System Defense Boat Langemarck Coalition PF 8 1,000 0
K282 class Heavy System Defense Boat Principality of Caledon PFA 11 1,200 0
K56 class System Defense Boat Principality of Caledon PF 10 300 0
Kaufman class Dual Environment Fighter Caliphate of Estalia PF 10 90 0
Khanate class System Defense Boat Khan World League PF 10 1,000 0
Kuomsi class System Defense Boat Solomani PF 14 600 0
Namor class Patrol Torpedo Craft Ushran Navy PFM 12 90 0
Nassin class System Defense Boat Rimward Federation PF 9 2,000 0
Nexus Harrier class System Defense Boat Distant Fringe PF 12 600 0
Nogo class Fast Attack Craft Worlds of The Leader PFM 11 200 2
Oromet class System Defense Boat Protectorate of Leset PF 11 5,000 0
Penner class System Defense Boat Council of the Wise PF 11 500 0
Pounce class System Defense Boat Darrian Confederation PF 15 500 1
Purvaine class System Defense Boat Solomani PF 14 7,500 0
Scorpion class System Defense Boat Third Imperium PF 15 1,000 0
Sentry class System Defense Boat Third Imperium PF 11 400 0
Thele class System Defense Boat Firstworlds PF 9 800 0
Tigershark class Patrol Boat Third Imperium PF 12 200 0
Type SB class System Defense Boat Third Imperium PF
Wolvesbane class System Defense Boat Third Imperium PF 15 200 0
Yunus class System Defense Boat Khuur League PF 8 3,300 0
Zydeterranal class System Defense Boat Zydarian Codominium PF 9 3,000 0
Zydpedallion class System Defense Boat Zydarian Codominium PF 8 1,000 0
Zydpharn class System Defense Boat Zydarian Codominium PF 7 200 0

References and contributors[edit]

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