Type : Fighter Craft
Unit Run : 323 in service.
Commissioned : 2377-present
Length : 8.4 m
Width : 5.5 m
Height : 2.1 m
Decks : 1
Mass : 9,100 kg
Crew : 1 x Pilot
Flight Performance :
Maximum Acceleration : 400 ms-2
Endurance : 5 hours 10 minutes at full thrust
Phasers : 6 x Type-VIII Phasers.
Torpedoes : 2 x Combination Standard/Micro-photon Torpedo Launchers.
Up to 6 full size photon or quantum torpedoes can be carried.
Defence Systems : Heavy Duranium/Tritanium single hull, Shield system.
(total capacity 32,700 TeraJoules)
Strength Indices (Galaxy Class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 50
Torpedo Firepower : 10
Weapon Range & Accuracy : 40
Shield Strength : 40
Hull Armour : 20
Speed : 45
Combat Manoeuvrability : 120,000
Overall Strength Index : 80
Diplomatic Capability : No diplomatic function
Expected Lifetime : 50 years
Refit Cycle :
Minor : 8 months
Standard : 16 months
Major : 5 years
The Crescent-class is a recent addition to Starfleet's support vessels. Following the Dominion War and the Borg encursion into Sector 001 it was beleived that a more sturdy fighter was required to tackle the problems presented in recent times. The older Trainer craft converted to use as fighters during the Dominion War proved that such methods could bolster the strength of larger ships during combat situations. Individual ships in the field would virtually have their own small "fleet".
Currently only a small number of ships have been equipped with them, in consideration of shuttlebay space and combat position. More practical testing is recomended, though there are neither the resources nor the time to test under controlled conditions.