Defiant class Light Fighter
|Defiant class Light Fighter|
Distant Fringe vessel.
|Type: FC Microfighter|
|Also see||Light Fighter|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|Cost|| MCr16.615 (base)|
|Passengers||0 High/Med 0 Low|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
The Defiant class Light Fighter is a combatant smallcraft.
- It is a military ship and a fighter.
- This is a generic class of smallcraft.
- Please also see AAB article: Ships of the Distant Fringe.
- Please also see AAB article: Warships of the Distant Fringe.
The Light Fighter is a cheap, reliable vessel designed to precisely engage enemy units. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled. It is defined as a microfighter due to its small size.
- The vessel is a TL-9 design.
General Description & Deck Plans
No information yet available.
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 / Hull||The Light Fighter is constructed using a 7 Ton hull built in a generally needle-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has airfoil surfaces, giving excellent atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.|
|2.||Crew|| Total Crew Complement: x1
|3.||Performance|| The vessel mounts a Maneuver-6 drive and a Power Plant-6, giving performance of 6-G acceleration and producing 0.42 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 6. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient to give the power plant 9 weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics||The cockpit contains an acceleration couch and control equipment. The vessel is fitted with a Model/2 Computer: no backup computer is installed.|
|6.||Armament|| The normal weapons fit-out for a Light Fighter is:
The Light Fighter is equipped with an Auto-Cannon in a fixed forward-facing mount.
|7.||Defenses|| The hull is unarmored.
|8.||Craft||The vessel carries no subcraft.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 1 Ton.|
|10.||Cost|| The basic cost of the vessel is MCr16.615.
|11.||Construction Time|| 24 weeks (5.5 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||The vessel has no internal cargo capacity.|
An ubiquitous design used throughout the Distant Fringe, the Light Fighter is cheap, durable and reliable. The design is representative and a large number of variants exist, particularly with regard to the allotted weapons systems and onboard electronics. Despite their status as space fighters, designs of this type have airframe features, augmenting their handling characteristics within planetary atmospheres.
These craft are generally limited when trying to attack capital ships: the difference in computational power is a serious limitation in scoring hits. The agility demands that missiles are carried and there is no room for larger computers. The lack of big computers does, however, help help keep the cost per unit relatively low. These craft excel at tackling other fighters of their ilk and the interdiction of merchant traffic. They can operate from small hidden bases and they can dominate the COACC environment as dual environment combatants. The autocannon allows limited tank busting, versus enemy army and marine vehicles, conserving the more expensive missiles for dogfighting.
Distant Fringe Vessels
The Distant Fringe is said to be a far spinward-rimward area inhabited by colonists and refugees originating on Terra. The region is extremely isolated, separated from the rest of Charted Space by vast, almost uncrossable rifts that were once broached by a system of calibration Points and the use of tankers. Those few academics within Charted Space who have found references to the Distant Fringe regard it as little more than a tall tale. Likewise, many of the inhabitants of the Distant Fringe believe the existence of Charted Space to be mythical.
Vessels originating within the Distant Fringe are very rarely encountered outside of the region. However, misjumps do occur and anomalies with bizarre spacetime and Jumpspace effects exist: as such, craft of this type are not entirely unknown within Charted Space.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Individual vessels are generally named by their crews.
- Individual vessels within the class are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes.
- Naming a ship is considered a serious affair and is generally accompanied by a traditional ceremony, usually pouring a local beverage over the bows of the craft. Spacefarers tend to be superstitious folk and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".
Selected Variant Types & Classes
Light Fighters are mass produced commercial fighter craft, made from standardized components and assembled in class A and B starports of TL-9 or greater across the region. A range of different hull shapes are available but two main variants have become standard:
Smallcraft - Fighters:
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