Defender

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Defender
ManufacturerBanu Souli (BANU)
SizeSmall
FocusLight Fighter
Production stateActive for Alpha 3.5
Minimum crew1
Maximum crew2
Cargo capacity0 SCU
Cost
Pledge cost185 USD
Specifications
Null-cargo mass78,406 kg
Length33.5 m
Beam13.2 m
Height4 m

The Banu Defender is a small two-seat combat ship utilized by the Banu to provide protection and fly alongside the Merchantman. Its design features both Xi’an thrusters, Tevarin shields, and four Singe tachyon cannons. As a result, with a light-weight hull, it allows the ship to be agile and fast. Though cargo space is limited, the Defender features modest accommodations for its crew and provides easy access to components.[1][2]

Features

Although the shape, hull, and design of the Defender remains consistent across all Defender models, features can be different from different manufacturers. The below features are based on the Human export model manufactured by Jannue Mon-Li.[3]

Dual cockpit

The Defender utilizes the Banu's different style of piloting and co-piloting, where the co-pilot can control the main armament of the ship alongside the pilot in the dual cockpit system of the Defender. If desired, the co-pilot could focus on engineering or other ship matters to free up the pilot's attention.[1] Different from the Human variant, the Defender built for Banu have isolated functions on the pilot seats so responsibilities cannot be shared between pilot and co-pilot. This is because the Banu pilot prefer to specialize in one task, while Human pilots prefer flexibility and an ability to assign functions as needed.

Phalanx shield

The Tevarin Phalanx shield combined with light oxus composite armor keeps the fighter light and fast, which is ideal for quick maneuvering during combat.

Minimalistic interior

With its emphasis on combat, the Defender has minimal cargo space and small sleeping quarters. Engines and components are shielded by cascading spinal shutters. Doors and shutters are molded into the walls to create a smooth, seamless aesthetic while still providing operator access.

Extended range

The Banu developed the Defender to provide protection and fly alongside the Merchantman, so its design includes a much improved range over other fighters of similar size due to its fuel intakes, dual fuel tanks, large quantum drive, and a powerful, efficient jump drive.[4]

Tactics

The Defender has an edge in maneuverability over human fighters like the Super Hornet and Sabre, which themselves have edges in durability and armament, respectively. Defenders excel in distracting and confounding would-be attackers, giving their charges (like the Merchantman) the chance to slip away to safety. Their speed and mobility make them good for holding the point position, intercepting threats, and reacting quickly to flanking maneuvers. These traits make the Defender an defender. They present attackers with a dilemma; expend precious time and fuel trying to pin down an agile escort, or try to weather their fire while focusing on the Merchantmen? Since raiders often favor fast, heavily armed, but lightly armored ships, the choice can be a difficult one.[4]

History

While the Merchantman boasts a cavernous cargo area, it lacks the offensive capabilities to ward off large numbers of attackers. The Defender is designed to defend and escort the Merchantman. The ship has been around since Humanity's first contact with Banu in 2438, it has changed since then. Since the Banu have traded heavily with other species for hundreds of years, the Defenders have a patchwork design that incoroporates elements of tech from other cultures. In the latest iteration, the shield were originated from the Tevarin's Phalanx shield, and the previous Human thrusters were abandoned because Xi’an's design has superior performance. This approach highlights one of the key points of Banu engineering, if the technology works better for the overall design, the Banu will use it.[3]

The name "Defender" is chosen by individual manufacturers that manufacturers Human variant of Defender in an attempt to appeal to the Human market.[3]

Specifications

Avionics
Component Manufacturer Model Size (Max) # per mount x total
TBD S Radar Small (Small) 1 x 1
TBD S Computer Small (Small) 1 x 1
Systems
Component Manufacturer Model Size (Max) # per mount x total
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Power Plants
TBD S Power Plant Small (Small) 1 x 2
TBD S Cooler Small (Small) 1 x 2
TBD M Shield Generator Medium (Medium) 1 x 1

Propulsion
Component Manufacturer Model Size (Max) # per mount x Total
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Fuel Intakes
TBD S Fuel Intake Small (Small) 1 x 2
Fueltanknav.svg
Fuel Tanks
TBD M Fuel Tank Medium (Medium) 1 x 2
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Quantum Drives
TBD S Quantum Drive Small (Small) 1 x 1
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Jump Modules
TBD S Jump Module Small (Small) 1 x 1
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Quantum Fuel Tanks
TBD S Quantum Fuel Tank Small (Small) 1 x 2
Thrusters
Component Manufacturer Model Type # per mount x Total
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Main Thrusters
TBD Retro Thruster Retro 1 x 2
TBD Main Thruster Main 1 x 2
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Maneuvering Thrusters
TBD Fixed Maneuvering Thruster Fixed 1 x 10

Weaponry
Component Manufacturer Model Details Size (Max) # per mount x Total
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Weapons
Banu Singe Tachyon Cannon 2 (3) 1 x 4
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Missiles
TBD S3 TBC EMP Missiles Banu Missile Rack 3 (4) 2 x 2

Development

The design whitebox layouting the basic structure of the ship

The Defender's concept is designed by Jan Urschel (Freelance Concept Artist) in collaboration with Paul Jones (Art Director).[5] Jonny Jacevicius (Technical Designer), John Crewe (Lead Technical Designer), and Todd Papy (Design Director) are responsible for the tech design.[4]

It was first revealed in 2017-04-21 in the RSInotext.svg Banu Defender concept sale.

Design brief

Early concept sketches of the Minuteman
The concept sketch approved by Chris Roberts
Aims
  • Banu combat ship, nimble fighter
  • Designed as a multi-crew escort fighter/interceptor for the Banu Merchantman
Aesthetic
  • Banu design with cobbled-together parts from other alien races. Should be using Tevarin shields, for example
Early whitebox in concept of the Minuteman
Approximate statistics
Length 28 Meters Longer than the Gladius, but sleeker and has to fit two crew and a small interior.
Mass 18,000 kg Larger than the Gladius (16,000 kg) but lightly armoured.
Crew 2 Seats a dedicated pilot and a support seat. The Banu specialise in their roles, so one usually takes on the role of firing the weapons or managing power/shields, while the other concentrates on flying.
Engine 1 x Medium One medium engine which powers four main nozzles, using Xi’an engine technology.
Thrusters 12 x Fixed Thrusters 4 on top, 4 on the sides and 4 on the bottom to cover all angles of movement. Uses fixed thrusters to improve ship agility.
Power Plants 2 x Small Enough to power all ship systems. It uses one more than most light fighters as it has an interior, additional seat and a larger shield.
Weapon Hardpoints 4 x Size 2 Weapons (Gimbal – Nose)

2 x S3 Missile Hardpoint (4 x S2 Missiles)

Gimballed weapons on the nose for the co-pilot to more easily control (if co-pilot is controlling weapons) while the pilot is flying. Weapons on the nose have fixed gimbal mounts, fixed mounts. Weapons of larger sizes cannot be equipped.
Shield 1 x Medium Large ship for a light fighter. Uses advanced Tevarin shields as a unique feature of the ship, so these need to be powerful.
Armour Light Very nimble fighter. More defensive focus is on the advanced Tevarin shields to keep it light and fast.
The component distribution of the Minuteman
The interior design of the Minuteman
Metric & Templates
A list of all components, templates and measurements that the concept artist needs to adhere to.
Animation Templates
  • Seat template: Gladius (low tech, static ejection seat).
  • Enter/exit animation for the seat: New (entering from the rear, might require a new anim to get in and out of the seat).
  • Enter/exit animation for the ship: None, transport-style entrance via ramp.
Ship Components

Components that need to be accessible behind walls or floor panels, or have the interior built around them:

  • Power Plants: 2 Small (0.5m x 0.75m x 0.5m)
  • Shield Generator: 1 Medium (0.5m x 1.5m x 0.5m)
  • Avionics: 1 Small (0.75m x 0.5m x 0.375m)
  • Coolers: 2 Small (0.5m x 0.75m x 0.25m)
  • Gravity Generator: 1 Small (0.5m x 0.5m x 0.5m)
  • Jump Drive: 1 Small (0.5m x 0.75m x 0.75m)
  • Life Support: 1 Small (0.5m x 0.5m x 0.25m)
  • Radar: 1 Small (0.5m x 0.5m x 0.25m)

Components that don’t need to be accessed but are somewhere on/inside the ship:

  • Fuel Tanks: 2 Medium (1.0m x 2.0m x 1.0m)
Interior Spaces Basic interior space for a crew of 2 to enter, walk around in, access components and access the cockpits.
Cargo No cargo requirements
Requirements
Separate Cockpits & Ejection
  • Cockpits need to be doored off from the rest of the interior, so crew aren’t exposed to depressurisation when the ramp is opened.
  • This also prevents the entire interior from depressurising when a crew member ejects from the ship.
  • Keeping the cockpits separate means each crew member may choose when to eject, rather than being ejected when the other crew member is.
Cockpit View – Suggestion
  • Banu crew work closely together to merge their specialised roles. It would be nice to keep crew members in view of each other from either cockpit
Ejection Capable Cockpit/Seat
  • Banu seat needs to be capable of ejecting.
  • Cockpit needs quick release/open capability.
  • Clearance for the seat to eject without colliding with the ship.
Support Cockpit & Controls
  • This cockpit needs to be nearly identical to the pilot’s in terms of screen and UI layout.
  • It needs a joystick for controlling ship weapons. No throttle required.

Naming

According to Ben Lesnick (Director of Ship Concepts), the Defender was originally pitched as the "Banu Minuteman" with the idea that it was intended specifically to protect Merchantmen (and larger trade ships) at a moment’s notice. The name had ultimately changed because “Minuteman” is such a specifically American historical reference that it wouldn’t really make sense for an alien race.[5]

Pledge price history

Date Pledge cost (USD) Insurance Availability Sale
2017-04-21 185 (Warbond - 170) LTI Time limited Concept sale [6]

See also

Gallery

Forlink.svg  For a full gallery, see :Category:Defender Images.


References