Arden class System Defense Boat
|Arden class System Defense Boat|
Federation of Arden vessel.
|Type: HSB System Defense Boat|
|Architect||Ronald B. Kline, Jr.|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|Cost|| MCr4,194.800 (base) |
|Origin||Federation of Arden|
|Passengers||0 High/Med 0 Low|
|Reference||Ron Kline Design|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.|
The Arden class System Defense Boat is a heavily armored military bigcraft used by the defense forces of Arden, an important neutral system in the Spinward Marches. It is a rugged, reliable design that has seen much action and is well liked by its crews. The Federation of Arden is believed to operate at least four of these vessels and a number of additional completed hulls have been exported to neighboring neutral worlds.
- The vessel is a TL-8 design.
A heavily armored Arden class SDB.
The Arden class is a flattened streamlined wedge with a mean width of 48 meters, a mean height of 25 meters, and a length of around 90 meters. The ship has a total enclosed volume of approximately 39,150 cubic meters. The hull is solid and extremely thick, though there are access and maintenance spaces, and almost half of the internal volume is given over to machinery and fuel. The vessel is a tail lander: the decks within the vessel are arranged vertically and are accessed by elevator shafts. The bridge, the computer and the electronics are forward, accommodations are located centrally, while the cargo hold is located aft and is at ground level when the vessel is landed. The avionics bay and computer room are spacious and can be accessed.
A basic deck plan of the vessel indicating the general layout and positioning of major elements.
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 subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (...thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage||The Arden class is constructed using a 2900 Ton hull built in a wedge configuration. The hull is streamlined and has good atmospheric capability: its atmospheric handling characteristics are heavily reliant on its onboard gravitic systems.|
|2.||Crew|| Total Crew Complement: 46 (x10 Officers, x36 Enlisted).
|3.||Performance|| The vessel mounts a Maneuver-5 drive and a Power Plant-7, giving performance of 5-G acceleration and producing 203 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 4 and an emergency agility of 5. The internal fuel tankage gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics|| Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/2bis Computer: there is no backup computer.
|5.||Hardpoints|| x29 hardpoints.
|6.||Armament||The normal weapons fit-out for an Arden class is:|
|7.||Defenses|| The hull is plated and structurally reinforced, with an armor rating of 8.
The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
|8.||Craft||The ship carries no subcraft.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 203 dTons.|
|10.||Cost||The basic cost of the vessel is MCr4,194.800.|
|11.||Construction Time|| 132 weeks (33 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||Standard cargo capacity amounts to 50.0 tons.|
History & Background (Dossier)
This vessel is a streamlined needle/wedge configuration hull to provide defense versus meson armed combatants. The hull carries as much armor as possible the only other defense is four triple sand caster turrets grouped as a battery. A set of five triple pulse laser turrets can target up to fifteen targets to blunt missile strikes and fend off fighters. The major weaponry is a pair of massive weapon bays. One is allocated for missiles and the other is a particle accelerator. The 5G main drive allows fair agility. The model/2 bis computer is seen as a tactical limitation. There is a large fifty ton cargo bay that allows some flexibility. Extra troops, vehicles, and supplies can be moved around the system to support defensive operations needed to maintain the system's strict neutrality.
The Federation of Arden builds and maintains as large a system defense force as it can afford. The linchpin of the Federation Defense Fleet is a class of large system defense boats which strain the local TL–8 ship building capabilities. Despite it's lower Tech Level (TL-8), it often rebuilt with modernized ship weaponry (...typically to a TL:13-15 standard) and are still often a potent threat, even to top-of-the-line warships.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type SB class System Defense Boat
- Arden class System Defense Boat
References & Contributors (Sources)
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The exact layout and content of decks and internal spaces can vary considerably between vessels in the same class, and as such exact deck plans are left to the discretion of the referee. Detailed deck plans for individual vessels can be created using resources such as Starship Geomorphs, a free and comprehensive product available from Pearce Design Studio. Other similar products are available.
- 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), Captain, and Lead Naval Architect Ronald B. Kline, Jr. of the Imperial Navy
- 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