Subject: COMSFE: 4) CL - QoghvaQ Bird-of-Prey 90317

81123.1416  81128.2222  81230.2330  90201.1700  90301.1722  

Class Name        : QoghvaQ-class (Bird-Of-Prey)
Classification    : Warship
Typical Roles     : Patrol, Long Range Interception, Strike.
SFE Designation   : CL
Introduced        : 2395
Model Number      : G12
Number in service : 85

Known Registries  : I.K.C. QoghvaQ
Length            : 380 m
Span              : 360 m
Draft             : 89 m
Displacement      : 2,550,000 mt

Total Standard    : 375
Officers          :  40
Crew              : 335
Troop Capability  : Berthing for 300 Troops.

Warp Propulsion System
Drive Type        : QoghvaQ-Class Variant Grade 6.
     Number       : 2 Inboard (Aft plasma venting.)
Main Reactor      : Vor'cha-Class Dilithium M/AM Reactor, Grade 12.

Impulse System
Drive Type        : vaQHugh-Class Throttle Type, Grade 2.
     Number       : 4
Secondary Reactor : vaQghor-Class Generic Operations, Grade 9.

     Standard Cruise Speed    : 7.0
     Maximum Cruise Speed     : 9.5
     Sustainable for 12 hours : 9.7 (Estimate)
     Maximum Emergency Speed  : Unknown
     Core Failure Imminent    : Unknown

     Phase Disruptors, Pulse Type, Class 11 Power Output.
          Number : 4 cannons.
          Range  : 250,000 km
          Arcs   : 4 wing mounted forward firing, 50 degree conical 
     Phase Disruptors, Omnidirectional Crystal Type, 'Long Range' 
     Class 10+.
          Number : 3 banks.
          Range  : 330,000 km
          Arcs   : Nose mounted array
                   Aft ventral array
                   Aft dorsal array

     Photon Torpedo Launchers
          Number : 3 tubes (Number of torpedoes, unknown.)
          Range  : Tactical to'peng-Class Photon-Type  : 1,900,000 km
                   Strategic Duppeng-Class Flux-Type   : 3,200,000 km
          Arcs   : 2 forward, 1 aft

Deflector System : botlhyoD-Class Cocoon Multiphasic type, Grade 11.

Cloaking Device  : SeySo'wI'-Class Plasma Coil Enhanced Tactical type.

Atmospheric Flight System
     Variable Geometry Wing Control.
     vaQHugh Throttled Impulse Drive.
     vaQchuyDaH Reaction Control Thrusters.

(See notes.)

     6-person, small cargo           : 4
     25-person, Troop movement       : 4
     Cargo, recovery                 : 2

Cargo Bay
     Ventral hatchway, small cargo void with transporters.
Embarked Craft (Full complement - also maximum due to configuration.)
     Travelpod, 4 man                  : 4 in aft docking bay.
     jach-Class Orbital Interceptor  : 6 in ventral recess bays.
     Mogh-Class Runabout               : 1 in ventral recess bay.


If there was an urgent agenda behind the development of new warp
technologies over recent years, then the subtitle to the design brief
would have been 'Beat QoghvaQ!'

The newest and fastest vessel in the Klingon Defense Force (barring 
the few post-prototype DujHoH-class) these ships are dangerous in the
extreme. Unfortunately for the KDF, the lethal threat posed by these
vessels to potential foe is weakened: this enlarged, sleeker, K'Vort
evolution design is proving extremely unreliable in service.  

Formidable when running within normal parameters, these ships were
designed around the latest variant of the reactor core found in the 
much larger Vor'cha Attack Cruisers.  While the powerplant allows 
plentiful power for the ship systems and weapons arrays, the revised 
cradle superstructure in which it sits was underengineered, and the 
consequences under stress conditions have been found to be deadly.  
At least one G12-Class QoghvaQ Bird-of-Prey has been known to have 
been destroyed due to Magnetic Constriction Segment misalignment, 
with subsequent plasma conduit rupture and avalanche failure of the 
M/AM reaction.

The existance of a more robust G13 variant has yet to be confirmed by
TACFLEET intelligence.

Otherwise, reports of the largest yet Bird-Of-Prey type vessel are 
that of an extremely fast and deadly interceptor.  In normal cruise, 
the QoghhvaQ is capable of matching the warp seven only recently 
achieved by the new generation of SF vessels, and only these vessels 
(with their unique M/AM cores) can outrun the QoghvaQ.  Low warp and 
impulse acceleration has been limited only by SIF/IDF design, and the
four vaQHugh impulse drives, while crude, have massive total 

Weapons are of typical specification.  StarFleet Engineering were
surprised to note that the maximum range achieved by revised Class 10
Crystal Phase Disruptors was over three-hundred thousand kilometres. 
Further intelligence suggests this is achieved with a reduction in 
beam strength, but this has not been confirmed. If this is so, these 
weapons are similar in ideal to the long-range electro-plasma 
discharge weapons of Ferengi Marauders, to surprise and erode the 
shields of an adversary before close range attack with the pulse 

QoghvaQ Battle Cruisers are theoretically capable of atmospheric 
flight, but sheer size prohibits low-level flight and safe landing.  
An emergency landing would be comparitivly painless, but whether the 
vessel would successfully return to orbit would be doubtful.  Failure
in the SIF/IDF units would cause the hull to buckle under a 1.4g+ 
sustained absolute acceleration. 

Much thought has been given to support craft with this Bird-of-Prey, 
and all vessels are docked in special recesses with airlock access.  
This eliminates the need for extensive forcefielding around a large 
vulnerable access port.  The ship carries a small wing of jach 
orbital superiority fighters and a Mogh runabout in addition to four 
shuttlepods.  The availability of such vessels lends a complex 
multi-role capability to an already extremely flexible vessel. 

    Mark Fox.
=^= Commander Darius Cannell,
    Executive Officer, Starfleet Engineering.