We know a surprising amount of detail about the Warbird in terms of
when and where it was first seen, but relatively little about its capabilities.
Most people assume that a Warbird out-guns a Galaxy class by a considerable
factor, but I've never seen anybody provide an actual specific bit of dialogue
to support this. On the other hand, we have seen that when the Romulans
wanted to capture or destroy the Enterprise in "The Defector", they sent
two Warbirds - and these were chased off by the threat of having
to deal with two or three Klingon Bird of Prey types in addition to the
Enterprise! In another encounter, in "Tin Man", much is made of the fact
that a Warbird damaged the Enterprise with just a few shots - but the Enterprise
had already been heavily damaged by Tin Man itself, so it's hardly
a fair fight.
Given that the Warbird seems to be just about the only serious
warship employed by the Romulans, I assume that it is about 10% weaker
than a Galaxy class and exists in much larger numbers than the Galaxy,
although in rather smaller numbers than Starfleet as a whole. I've put
this weakness down to relatively lower technology - I think Warbirds are
basically built huge to threaten and frighten an opponent, which is in
line with the psychological approach the Romulans seem to take to things.
Last updated : 15th November 1998.
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