Defender Cruiser



  • Era: Interstellar Space Era
  • Manufacturer: Mars Shipyards
  • Government(s)/Organization(s): UEG, later Colonies, SAN
  • Type: Cruiser
  • Crew: 192
  • Size: Large
  • Speed: C
    • Cruise: 1G
    • Max: 7G
  • FTL: UEG Military Linear Type 1A (1.5 ly/m)
  • Agility: C
  • Armor: C+
  • Endurance: B
  • Weapons: 4 Artillery Railgun Turrets, 12 UV Heavy Laser Turrets, 12 Light laser turrets, 8 Standard Missile Launchers (1-16 shot, 80 max)
  • Defenses: Stealth, Flare/Chafe Launcher
  • Sensors: B
  • Small Craft Capacity: 8 Large Flight Bays (16 XL Docks)


The Defender Cruiser is a multi-purpose craft capable of acting as a warship, a planetary assault ship, a transport, a research vessel, or a survey vessel depending on need. However they excel at no one particular thing, being outgunned for their day by the Alamo Class Destroyers and not as capable a transport as the Venture Class Freighters. Many would be the SAN military exploration vessels to map the early second generation of systems before being replaced by the Odyssey Light Cruiser.

The Defender is armed with 4 big Artillery railguns in the fore, 12 UV heavy laser systems on the fore section of the ship, 12 light laser systems positioned along the ring, and 8 missile launchers mounted forward. It is powered by 8 Fusion Torch drives to provide it with thrust. It also has a FTL drive for interstellar travel. It uses a spin gravity ring to provide limited gravity. It has massive hangar bays compared to it’s size allowing the transport of fighters, shuttles, or any other small craft. It has eight bays and each Bay can hold up to two XL sized craft, typically shuttles. One specific instance actually involved carrying 16 Corvettes, though this was not a standard practice. However in later use these were often re-arranged for up to thirty two fighters by splitting each dock in half. Usually seven of the eight bays would be converted to carry fighters giving it two XL docks and twenty eight fighters.

Defender Cruiser

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