System Defense Boat

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


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]

17 Representative System Defense Boat (PF) Classes[edit]

Class Origin Hull
Tonnage Jump
Avoram Class System Defense Boat Solomani PF 14 GTL-11 600 Jump 0
Caryatid Class System Defense Boat Third Imperium PF 14 500 Jump 0
Chariot Class System Defense Boat Third Imperium PF 13 600 Jump 0
Chiang Class System Defense Boat Kao Republic PF 9 3,800 Jump 0
Cudin Class Attack Boat Unity of Sed PF 11 40 Jump 0
Dzegkno Class System Defense Boat First Fleet of Dzo PF 8 2,000 Jump 0
Exarch Class System Defense Boat Jarnac Pashalic PF 13 300 Jump 0
Fringian SDB Distant Fringe PF 11 400 Jump 0
Frundsberg Class SDB Langemarck Coalition PF 12 1,000 Jump 0
Grunt Class System Defense Boat Stalkers PF 10 1,000 Jump 1
Gundong Class System Defense Boat Solomani PF 14 GTL-11 400 Jump 0
Hatchet Class System Defense Boat Royal Peladon Navy PF 11 500 Jump 0
Jugendworld Class SDB Langemarck Coalition PF 8 1,000 Jump 0
K282 Class Heavy System Defense Boat Caledonian PFA 11/12 1,200 Jump 0
K56 class System Defense Boat Caledonian PF 10 300 Jump 0
Kaufman Class Dual Environment Fighter Caliphate of Estalia PF 10 90 Jump 0
Khanate Class System Defense Boat Khan World League PF 10 1,000 Jump 0

References and contributors[edit]

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