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Traveller™System Defence Boat
Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
A non-starship (spaceship) specifically intended for defensive operations inside a star system.
Developed on the principle that a spaceship, with increased armament and defences due to lack of jump drives, can normally defeat a starship of equal tonnage.
SDB's are typically stationed at the vital points of a system (the gas giants, the asteroid belts, the major world's oceans, and so on) and attack invading vessels according to one or more pre-determined plans.
System Defence Boats range in size from 100 to 1000 tons and are constructed at all tech levels from 8 to 15. There are hundreds of different types, depending upon the specific mission for which they were designed.
Refs: ADV-12, 1107