The Defender is a Banu combat spacecraft that can generally be found escorting their trading caravans. A point defense interceptor, it is equipped with four tachyon cannons and delivers excellent performance in terms of speed and maneuverability. The Banu typically operate as two-person spacecraft. Like many Banu designs, the exact origin of the ship is unknown but the Defender has clearly evolved with a mix of technology acquired from multiple sources, including the Xi'an. Defenders occasionally become available to Human civilians.