Type P class Corsair
|Type P class Corsair|
Rearview of corsair with its large cargo area and clamshell doors. This is a Nishemani class Corsair.
Canon starship design.
|Type: PP Corsair Vessel|
|Hull Configuration||Wedge Hull|
|Fuel tank||0 Tons|
|End of Service||Still in active service.|
|Quick Ship Profile||PP-DA42|
|Also see||Iron Fist class Corsair and Type XT class Express Boat Tender|
|Canon||Published, fan design|
|Reference||Traders and Gunboats 15, 30, 44.|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
- It is ordinarily a paramilitary ship used by pirates, or corsairs and is classified as a Corsair Vessel.
- It is often a converted and customized starship rather than purpose built. 
- While the design is most commonly used for piracy these days, it was originally designed as a gunboat for use as a close escort and privateer. 
- Many variant classes exist of this type. 
Patrolling the Starlanes: With high levels of trade between the stars, both the ships and the worlds they call on become vulnerable to a variety of ills. Merchants become the prey of pirates and corsairs. Worlds become the prey of smugglers and raiders. Huge warships built for fleet actions are nearly useless in this sort of situation, and special ships — gunboats — are designed and committed to the everyday patrols of the starlanes. 
Unfortunately, sometimes the gunboats and merchants that provide the life blood of interstellar economies, are captured and converted from gun boats, close escorts, tenders, and traders into corsairs and pirates. Almost any commercial or military craft can be converted into a corsair. However, the Type P class Corsair, almost as often encountered as the Nishemani class Corsair, a purpose-built corsair, are as often encountered as converted monstrosities. 
- A typical Nishemani class Corsair viewed from the rear, exposing it's large cargo bay, lying in ambush in an asteroid field.
- The ubiquitous Rrazaaghz class Corsair, common through the Vargr Extents and coreward Imperial Space.
- A typical Nishemani class Corsair viewed from the side, showing off its expansive hull.
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||440 tons.|
|2.||Crew||TOTAL: x11 crew: (Bridge: x3, Engineer: x3, Gunnery: x3, Command: x1, Medical: x1).|
|3.||Performance||Maneuver-3, Jump-2 & Agility-2.
|4.||Electronics||x1 Model/3 computer|
|6.||Armament||x4 Beam Lasers.|
|7.||Defenses||The ship is typically armored, and rarely carries screens. Many equip it with sandcasters. |
|8.||Craft||A variety of smallcraft can be carried in the cavernous cargo hold of the corsair. Although typically, no more than two or three smallcraft are carried. |
|9.||Fuel Treatment||Yes. Scoops and fuel treatment equipment. |
|11.||Construction Time||Most shipyards can construct the design in 14 months or less. A few quicker ones can do it in 12 months or less. The very worst yards can do it in 36 months on average if they can do it at all. |
|12.||Comments||120.0 tons of cargo.|
The origins of the Type P class Corsair go back all the way back to the Vilani Imperium and the Ziru Sirka, in which a very similar design was once used by the Vilani as a close escort. Variations of the basic Vilani design have been encountered across Charted Space, for several thousand years. Many modern vessel designs found within the Vargr Extents use some of its better engineering innovations. The Vilani prized it for its easy “roll on / roll off” cargo bay with big accessible clamshell doors, and it ease of maintenance, simple solid engineering, as well as solid performance. The most common of the current models can push 3-G’s make several Jump-2’s, and yet still maintain Agility-2 performance, not bad for a craft with so much cargo capability. 
Ships with large, accessible cargo bays make excellent corsairs, especially if upgunned. Typically, cargo ships easily converted to corsairs, will be surprised and hijacked by a band of thugs, often feigning shipwreck in order to attract the ship's attention. If they are lucky, such ships such as express boat tenders will come with a scout/courier, a couple of xboats, or several smallcraft, which are then used to make the newly designated corsair look more realistic when it plies the space lanes. The large ship bay allows most smaller ships to be enveloped and then boarded at the pirate's leisure. 
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Distress Call Tactic: Distress calls often emanate from corsairs. They may be legitimate, or be decoys to lure a victim ship into a pirate or corsair; corsairs are often produced from common ship types SB, CE, or XT. 
- Individual World-State Shipyards throughout Charted Space
- General Products
- Relani & Wong
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type PR class Raider
- Type VP class Corsair AKA Type PV class Vargr Corsair
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