Tactical Systems

3.0 TACTICAL SYSTEMS

3.1 PHASERS

Phaser Array Arrangement: The dorsal saucer section is covered by four phaser strips; two of which extend from the aft curvature, along the length of the saucer and stop short of the auxiliary deflector incision. The aft firing arc is covered by two smaller arrays angled on the rear of the saucer section. The relative bottom of the ship is protected by two similar arrays as on the dorsal saucer section, extending to the rear of the saucer and following the curve to the aux deflector incision. Along with those arrays, are two small aft-angled phaser strips similar to the dorsal aft-fire strips. Additional protection is provided by a single array that extends laterally across the ventral engineering hull just fore of the warpcore ejection port. Far-aft strips are provided on the underside of the mobile nacelle pylons and under the shuttlebay landing deck on the underside of the ship for a total ship’s complement of 13 arrays.

Phaser Array Type: The Intrepid class utilizes the Type X array system. The thirteen arrays are all Type-X, the new standard emitter. Each array fires a steady beam of phaser energy, and the forced-focus emitters discharge the phasers at speeds approaching .986c (which works out to about 182,520 miles per second - nearly warp one). The phaser array automatically rotates phaser frequency and attempts to lock onto the frequency and phase of a threat vehicle's shields for shield penetration.

Phaser Array Output: Each phaser array takes its energy directly from the impulse drive and auxiliary fusion generators. Individually, each type X -emitter can only discharge approximately 5.1 MW (megawatts). However, several emitters (usually two) fire at once in the array during standard firing procedures, resulting in a discharge approximately 10.2 MW.

  • Phaser Array Range: Maximum effective range is 300,000 kilometers.
  • Primary Purpose: Defense/Anti-Spacecraft
  • Secondary Purpose: Assault
3.2 TORPEDO LAUNCHERS

Arrangement: Four standard torpedo launchers. Two fore, and two aft. Torpedo tubes one and two (fore), are located over the main deflector dish in the Stardrive section. Aft coverage is handled by a third and fourth torpedo launcher facing the rear of the ship in the upper engineering hull near where it meets the saucer.

Type: Type-6, Mark-XXV photon torpedo, capable of pattern firing (sierra, etc.) as well as independent launch. Independent targeting once launched from the ship, detonation on contact unless otherwise directed by the tactical officer.

Payload: The Intrepid class can carry a maximum of 55 torpedo casings. Of that complement, 10 are typically configured as probes with a manufacturing capacity to produce 10% more torpedoes with available warheads.

  • Range: Maximum effective range is 3,500,000 kilometers.
  • Primary purpose: Assault
  • Secondary purpose: Anti-Spacecraft
3.3 DEFLECTOR SHIELDS

Type: Symmetrical occilating subspace graviton field. This type of shield is similar to those of most other starships. Other than incorporating the now mandatory nutational shift in frequency, the shields alter their graviton polarity to better deal with more powerful weapons and sophisticated weaponry (including Dominion, Breen, and Borg systems).

During combat, the shield sends data on what type of weapon is being used on it, and what frequency and phase the weapon uses. Once the tactical officer analyzes this, the shield can be configured to have the same frequency as the incoming weapon - but different nutation. This tactic dramatically increases shield efficiency.

Output: There are 14 shield grids on the Intrepid class and each one generates 157.35 MW, resulting in total shield strength of 2,202.09 MW, however typical shield configuration is 8 emitters with an output of 1,258.8 MW. The power for the shields is taken directly from the warp engines and impulse fusion generators. If desired, the shields can be augmented by power from the impulse power plants. The shields can protect against approximately 42% of the total EM spectrum (whereas a Galaxy class Starship's shields can only protect against about 23%), made possible by the multi-phase graviton polarity flux technology incorporated into the shields.

  • Range: The shields, when raised, maintain an average range is 30 meters away from the hull.
  • Primary purpose: Defense from hazardous radiation and space-borne particulates.
  • Secondary purpose: Defense from enemy threat forces

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