|Class Name :
|Unit Run :
1,200 built in total. 892 have been lost in all.
2345 - 2370, class remains in service
||Length : 85.78 m1
Beam : 60.14 m2
Height : 12.43 m2
Decks : 3
120,0002 metric tons (estimated)
4 x Medium Power spiral wave disruptors2
1 x Medium Power spiral wave disruptor2, total output 3,750 TeraWatts
1 x Model 1 photon torpedo tube with 20 rounds
|Defence Systems :
||Standard shield system, total capacity 94,500 TeraJoules
Standard Kelindide Double hull plus 2 cm High density armour.
Standard level Structural Integrity Field
(TNG scale) :
|Normal Cruise : 5
Maximum Cruise : 7
Maximum Rated : 9.52 for 1 hours.
|Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
|Beam Firepower : 75
Torpedo Firepower : 50
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 55
Shield Strength : 35
Hull Armour : 260
Speed : 955
Combat Manoeuvrability : 8,770
|Overall Strength Index :
|Diplomatic Capability :
|Expected Hull Life :
|Refit Cycle :
||Minor : 3 year
Standard : 3 years
Major : 18 years
The Hideki class is one of the most important ships in the Cardassian fleet, if only due to their high numbers. The Cardassians have always sought to produce simple, easy-to-build ships which pack a heavy punch for their size and in the Hideki they have accomplished just that. Although these ships are generally compared - unfavourably - to the Klingon B'Rel class Bird of Prey, in some ways this is unfair. Cardassian policy emphasizes that these ships are intended for largely border patrol or system defence duties, keeping Cardassian space defended in order to free up the larger ships for offensive duties. The B'Rel, on the other hand, is intended to be a fully capable attack vessel in its own right, albeit a light one. While the Hideki is not as capable as the Klingon vessel, it is thought to take almost one third of the resources to build and run - and three Hidekis would certainly be a match for a single B'Rel class.
The Hideki is thought to have a long term cruise speed of Warp 5, about right for a ship which will not be expected to cover large distances unsupported. The Armament is capable of dealing with pirate and mercenary type vessels that the Hideki might encounter on patrols and is sufficient to allow the Hideki to act in support of major fleet actions or operate as a light scout unit - although the relatively low speed is a limiting factor in this role.
The Hideki has been built in very large numbers, and as is inevitable with a class this size several variations have been fielded. The Type 1 is the basic Hideki class described above; the Type 2 is four metres longer; it has extra fuel and a greater degree of automation to reduce the crew to 32, giving a higher accommodation standard and allowing this variant to undertake longer patrols. The Type 3 has a more advanced sensor suite than previous models and is equipped with a new model of warp core which increases efficiency. The Type 4 is a new model which has added high density armour and a third phaser bank, although this is accomplished at the cost of lower maximum speeds and reduced range.
In service the Hideki has proved a solid, reliable design which is popular with its crews. In combat the type is well tested against lightly armed conversions of civilian ships common to pirates and other such bandits; the Hideki's major debut in a fleet action came when thirty four of these ships fought with the Dominion fleet which captured Deep Space Nine. Against a modern heavily armed defence system the Hideki did not fare so well; fourteen of the ships were destroyed and nine heavily damaged. During the Dominion war the Hideki has not taken part in offensive actions, but is instead operating in its old border patrol mission. Although Klingon B'Rel class ships took something of a heavy toll on these ships in the early days of the war, the Hideki's have begun to operate in packs of three or more, sometimes with a Jem'Hadar fighter craft in attendance, since which time they are holding their own.
This is another of those classes that I've just had to guess at. I've made the Hideki a kind of equivalent to the World War II torpedo boats; the kind of ship that would patrol borders, and in big battles might try to swamp an enemy with numbers. Other than that I've just tried to give them a history roughly in line with their size and role.