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Light combat / scout ship
Unit Run
IKS Hegh'ta
IKS Vorn
IKS Korinar
IKS Buruk
IKS M'Char
IKS Etam
IKS Rotarran
plus 4,183 built in twenty nine subtypes since 2277. 2,100 were in service at the onset of the Dominion war or have been built since; 1,452 have been lost during the war, 648 remain in service.
2277 - 2355
Length : 109 m
Width : 92 m
Height : 20 m
Decks : 5
30,000 tons
10 - 25, depending on subtype
2 x Mark 6 pulse disrupter cannon, total output 10,500 TeraWatts 
1 x Photon torpedo tube + 35 torpedoes
1 x Single shot emergency photon torpedo torpedo tube
Defence Systems
Shield system, total capacity 337,500 TeraJoules 
Heavy Duranium/Tritanium double hull plus 5.0 cm High Density armour
Standard level Structural Integrity field
Warp Speeds
(TNG Scale)
Normal Cruise : Warp Factor 5 
Maximum Cruise : Warp Factor 7 
Maximum Rated : Warp Factor 8.2 for twelve hours
Strength Indices
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 210
Torpedo Firepower : 160 
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 200 
Shield Strength : 125
Hull Armour : 700
Speed : 582
Combat Manoeuvrability : 18,000
Overall Strength Index
Expected Hull Life
40 years
Refit Cycle
Minor : 5 years 
Standard : 10 years 
Major : 30 years

Notes : Perhaps the most successful design of vessel in history, the B'Rel class has been in service in larger numbers over more subtypes for a longer time than any other class in known space. First fielded in the late 2270's, the B'Rel was built from the start to fill a variety of roles. As a special operations ship she would using her cloak to penetrate Federation border defences and attack lightly defended targets such as sensor outposts, communications relays and cargo craft, creating confusion in advance of a Klingon fleet attack. She was also a natural scout ship, ideal for locating and tracking Federation fleets from under cloak. During the long period of tensions between the Federation and Klingon Empire, many B'Rel class vessels operated as Raiders, cruising deep inside Federation space to pick off occasional lone vessels or outposts.

Although the B'Rel was a potent threat to the Federation in this role, one such vessel was captured by Admiral Kirk in 2285. The Admiral was at this time operating outside of Starfleet authority, and the vessel concerned later sank in San Francisco Bay during an attempted landing; nevertheless, on his return to Starfleet Admiral Kirk and his crew provided full details of the vessels operation. The ship itself was raised from the water and subjected to detailed analysis. This provided crucial help in devising countermeasures for use against the B'Rel, allowing Starfleet to modify the sensor networks already in operation on its ships and installations in order to significantly increase their effectiveness. Despite this coup, these vessels have remained a factor to be reckoned with ever since. Many hundreds continue in service until the present day, naturally having been vastly upgraded and refitted over the years.

In design the B'Rel conforms to Klingon norms, with a single torpedo tube at the extreme forward point of the hull. The command centre is above this, with crew quarters - such as they are - located in the 'neck' section directly aft. The rear of the ship comprises the engineering compartments and a small cargo bay. A pair of wings carry small disrupter cannon at their tips, while a single fire emergency torpedo tube provides a backup to the main armament. The wings allow the B'Rel to operate in an atmosphere and landing gear is fitted, the first Warp capable craft known to have this ability.

Last updated : 26th October 1999.
This page is Copyright Graham Kennedy 1998.

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