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Heavy Warship (Figures for Type 2)
Unit Run
405 in service during the Dominion war. 250 of these have been destroyed by the allies.
2365 - present
Length : 366 m
Beam : 220 m 
Height : 60 m 
Decks : 17 excluding nacelles
1,400,000 tons
1 x High power phaser bank 
8 x Medium power phaser banks, total output 19,750 TeraWatts
2 x Rapid fire photon torpedo tubes + 250 torpedoes
Defence Systems
Shield system, total capacity 850,500 TeraJoules 
Heavy Kelindide double hull plus 8.0 cm High Density armour
Standard level structural integrity field
Warp Speeds
(TNG Scale)
Normal Cruise : Warp Factor 6 
Maximum Cruise : Warp Factor 9.2 
Maximum Rated : Warp Factor 9.6 for four hours
Strength Indices
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 480
Torpedo Firepower : 200 
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 590
Shield Strength : 440
Hull Armour : 920
Speed : 1,285
Combat Manoeuvrability : 2,900
Overall Strength Index
Approximately equivalent to Starfleet Grade 3
Expected Hull Life
60 years
Refit Cycle
Minor : 2 years 
Standard : 4 years 
Major : 12 years

Notes : The Keldon class is the most powerful vessel in the Cardassian fleet. Essentially an enlarged and uprated Galor class vessel, the Keldon class is an improvement on its predecessor in almost every respect. The secondary armament has been boosted from six to twelve phaser banks, while the primary phaser has been upgraded to put it on a par with a Type X phaser array. The photon tubes are capable of firing at more than twice the rate of the Galor class tubes, and the Keldon includes a great deal of new sensor and computer equipment designed to increase its ability to target vessels under cloak or capable of a high level of manoeuvrability. The shield system has been heavily upgraded, while the hull beneath has received a layer of high density armour plate.

While these measures put the Keldon class significantly above the Galor, they still do not rank with the larger, more sophisticated ships that the larger alpha quadrant forces can field. The Cardassians planned to produce the Keldon in huge numbers to compensate for this - over three hundred were planned, but the difficulties suffered by Cardassia in the last few years have made this more a fond hope than a realistic plan.

Last updated : 27th October 1999.
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