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Boquomouxy Quel-Quallie
Electronic warfare/ long range recon vehicle.
Terran codename: Cyclops

Zentraedi Seal
Theatre Scout
Naval Separator

Note: While Zentraedi ships have been assigned Terran naval/space type designators, it must be stressed that their size and capabilities placed them in a class of their own, matched only by contemporary Tirolian and modern Terran construction of like designations. As such, their designations must be viewed as indicators of intent and use rather than absolute strength. In addition, the proper translation of the Zentraedi vessel designations into English was never completely agreed upon; for instance, some texts call the Quel-Quallie-class recon auxiliary a 'theatre scout pod' or 'troop carrying recon vehicle'.

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Theatre Scout firing Minstrels

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Strategic Electronic Warfare System:
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Elint management systems:

(*) Terran designation. The Tirolian designers considered the sensors part of the design and did not assign separate designations for these systems.

Design notes and history:

The Quel-Quallie was a Zentraedi naval auxiliary with the size of a small Terran wet navy frigate. Designed for reconnaissance taskings, the Quel-Quallie had standard a very comprehensive sensor suite. In addition, the vessel had a cargo bay in the belly. This cargo bay could hold a large sensor drone, a recon team of up to five Zentraedi mecha, or a large sensor jammer. The latter payload turned the Quel Quallie into a potent EW craft, capable of completely disrupting the radar functions of large ships, albeit only over a limited section of space.

Beauty is one quality the Quel-Quallie will never be accused of having had. The hull was short relative to its width, and two large main engines pointed to the rear. Two blisters flared out to the sides, containing reaction mass tanks, attitude thrusters, and two large semi-independent telescoping legs mounted on one large 'V' housing. The belly of the craft bulged down around the cargo bay, necessitating a supporting frame when the vessel was docked within a mothership or base. A large radar antenna sat on top of the craft, and could be erected before use.

The Quel-Quallie was used for many duties, ranging from preliminary reconnaissance to permanent surveillance. In addition, the craft was occasionally pressed into supporting offensive operations, either as an EW vehicle or as an assault team transport.

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