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Canon Facts Backstage Info  Speculation
Type
Fighter
Unit Run
Unknown. 17,451 believed to be in alpha quadrant. 8,529 destroyed during the war.
Commissioned
Unknown, but the design is believed to be less than 15 years old
Dimensions
Length : 152 m
Beam : 149 m 
Height : 25 m 
Decks : 4
Mass
75,000 tons
Crew
30
Armament
2 x Phased Polaron Beam emitters, total output 8,750 TeraWatts
1 x torpedo tube
Defence Systems
Shield system, total capacity 256,500 TeraJoules 
Standard Varethiel double hull plus 2.0 cm High Density armour
High level structural integrity field
Warp Speeds
(TNG Scale)
Normal Cruise : Warp Factor 7 
Maximum Cruise : Warp Factor 9 
Maximum Rated : Warp Factor 9.4 for ten hours
Strength Indices
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 175
Torpedo Firepower : 115 
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 130
Shield Strength : 95
Hull Armour : 420
Speed : 941
Combat Manoeuvrability : 4,000
Overall Strength Index
220
None
Expected Hull Life
50 years
Refit Cycle
Minor : 5 years 
Standard : 10 years 
Major : 25 years

Notes : The first encounter between Starfleet and Dominion forces occurred in 2370 when the USS Odyssey, accompanied by three Runabout class vessels, was attacked by three Jem'Hadar fighters. The results were spectacular - the Odyssey and all Runabouts suffered heavy damage during the brief battle. When the Starfleet forces began to retreat, a Jem'Hadar vessel rammed the Galaxy class ship, rupturing one of her nacelles and destroying her with all hands. The Runabouts escaped, but it was later learned that this was a deliberate action on the part of the Dominion in order to insert a covert agent into the alpha quadrant.

Faced with a probable Dominion invasion, Starfleet sent the Defiant into the gamma quadrant to negotiate with the founders. The ship encountered a force of Jem'Hadar fighters and was rapidly overwhelmed, a defeat that did nothing to calm the situation at Starfleet command. It seemed that these vessels comprehensively outclassed Starfleets best and most powerful designs in every respect.

In fact, subsequent experience has allowed a more realistic appraisal. Initial skirmishes against these ships were heavily tilted in the enemies favour by the inability of Starfleets shielding systems to repel fire from the Phased Polaron weapons; in terms of actual firepower, shield strength and manoeuvrability the Jem'Hadar fighter is not dissimilar to a Klingon Bird of Prey. It is used in a similar role, i.e. as a general purpose scout and light attack craft, capable of landing on planetary surfaces and operating small numbers of ground troops.

Neutralizing the Jem'Hadars ability to fire through Starfleet shields therefore became a priority. This effort was initially unsuccessful, but in 2373 the Defiant recovered a crashed fighter craft from a planet in the gamma quadrant. Although somewhat damaged, the ship provided a wealth of technical information to Starfleet, most especially in the capabilities of Dominion weaponry. With a fully functional polaron beam weapon recovered, Starfleet R&D was able to formulate a series of measures that dramatically increased the ability of a standard shield system to withstand these weapons. A great deal was also learned about the power systems and general capabilities of the craft; indeed, the ship was eventually repaired and utilized by Starfleet on a covert mission which resulted in the destruction of a Dominion facility.

The fighter craft remains a significant threat, now because of its sheer numbers rather than its technological edge. The ships, like their Jem'Hadar crews, are designed for ease of manufacture and several shipyards are thought to be in operation in the alpha quadrant. Despite combat losses, these ships are appearing in ever greater numbers.
 


Last updated : 27th October 1999.
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