416m x 288m x 36m
9 decks: 250 crew: 40 officers 210 enlisted
3x Type XII Phasers
3x Type X Phasers
5x Rapid Fire Phaser Pulse Cannons
2x Type 3 Burst Fire A-Class Torpedoes (Aft)
1x Type 4 Burst Fire A/D Class Torpedoes (Fore)
2x Rapid Fire A/D Class Torpedoes (Fore)
Shileds: 5 million TJ
Ablative Armor: 45 cm
High Power SIF
Warp Cruise: 16
Max Warp: 21
Wepons Range: 1000
In 2409 the Federation was feeling the heat, several small skirmishes and wars had left their mark, and hostilities were rising. The old Sovereigns and newer Squorpion Class Battle Cruisers had been admirable in action however a new ship was needed. The Sovereigns were old in comparison to the rapid developments by the powers, it had already received several minor refits to amp it up in the modern battle, but it wouldn't be long before the technologies reduced it to the title of deep-space explorer/light cruiser. The Squorpions were a suitable complement to the Sovereign as a more heavily armed warship, however the Squorpion was just barely in the realm of Battle Cruiser and needed a fast nimble ship like a Sovereign to complement.
In 2411, The Federation council decided that a new Battle Cruiser Class was needed to add to the arsenal of the Federation. Starfleet, both for disinformation and so they could get a variety of designs, created seven different groups all designing their version of what was to become the newest Battle Cruiser. All seven were given six months to deliver their versions to Rear Admiral Brizger who was put in charge of finalizing the design. Four of the designs had circular saucer, two triangular, and one group tried their hand at a sphere. There was a wide variety of nacelle arrangements as well; the only common thing among them was their armament size which was rather heavy, similar to the Squorpion.
The Admiral slowly began to pick various elements from several of the designs piecing them together slowly into a cohesive whole. The admiral also increased the size of the Engineering area and incorporated several extra systems to increase the ships overall speed, and reduced the armament on the ship as needed. Overall, the Admirals half of the design stage took just over seven months, placing the final designs on the desk of Starfleet Command in February 2412.
The Design was approved first by the Admiral of Starfleet, then by the Federation Council, who had requested they be notified of the final design. The Luter, or Fighter, Class was put into production that June, with a 21 month scheduled production time. The engineers, and future crew of the ship, which were pulled out of active duty in June 2413 in preparation, labored over the ship, hoping to complete it a little ahead of the scheduled time. The just made it, the USS Luter moved out of Space dock, mid-way through February for it's maiden voyage.