|Universe :||Prime Timeline|
|Class Name :||Akira Class|
|Type :||Heavy Cruiser|
|Unit Run :|
|Commissioned :||2363 - present|
|Dimensions :||Length : 464.43 m 
Beam : 316.67 m 
Height : 87.43 m 
Decks : 19 
|Mass :||3,055,000  metric tons|
|Crew :||500 , evacuation limit 4500 |
3  x Type X  phaser arrays , total output 17,500 TeraWatts
15  x Pulse fire photon torpedo tube  with 300 rounds
|Defence Systems :||Standard shield system, total capacity 1,876,500 TeraJoules
Standard Duranium / Tritanium Double hull plus 5.4 cm High density armour.
Standard level Structural Integrity Field
(TNG scale) :
|Normal Cruise : 6
Maximum Cruise : 9.3
Maximum Rated : 9.8  for 12  hours.
|Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
|Beam Firepower : 350
Torpedo Firepower : 3,750
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 910
Shield Strength : 695
Hull Armour : 640
Speed : 1,203
Combat Manoeuvrability : 1,880
|Overall Strength Index :||1,493|
|Diplomatic Capability :||3|
|Expected Hull Life :||80|
|Refit Cycle :||Minor : 1 year
Standard : 1 years
Major : 20 years
Another unusual feature of the Akira class is the hangar bay arrangements. There are two large shuttle bays in the saucer section, one at the forward edge of the saucer section and one at the rear.  These are linked together through the centre of the ship, allowing large numbers of launch and landing operations to be handled simultaneously. During peacetime this allows the Akira to evacuate large numbers of small survey craft, or ferry evacuees on board at a high rate. During the Dominion war the ships often serve as fighter carriers; in this role they can carry up to one hundred attack fighters, although a load of thirty six fighters and a dozen utility craft is more usual.
The USS Akira entered service in 2363, and a rapid production run put nearly a hundred others into the fleet over the next twelve years. Most were assigned to units on the outer Federation territories, performing patrol and presence missions as well as the normal mapping and exploration duties which any Starfleet vessel is expected to handle.
More recently the escalation of tensions at the Federations core over the last few years has led to almost all of the Akiras being recalled to operate nearer to Earth; thirty five where assigned to the Typhon Sector Fleet in 2370, the remainder being assigned to the areas adjacent to the Cardassian, Klingon and Romulan borders. Akira class vessels featured prominently in the 2373 Borg attack on Earth ; the Typhon Fleet, together with several reinforcement squadrons, fought a running battle with the Borg vessel from the Typhon sector to Earth. Many of the ships were destroyed during this battle. A notable participant was the USS Thunderchild, NCC 63549, which participated in the final assault which destroyed the Borg cube. 
The Akiras had been due to cease production in 2373, but with the disastrous contact with the Dominion Starfleet decided to continue production at an increased rate. When the Dominion war began, production of the Akira was boosted to eighteen per year as the Federation converted its economy to a war footing. The Akiras have now become a common sight on the front lines, participating in most of the major battles.
|Canon source||Backstage source||Novel source||DITL speculation|
|1||Star Trek Fact Files|
|2||Star Trek : First Contact|
|3||Star Trek Encyclopedia|
|4||Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual||Stated on page 153|
|6||Visible on the shooting model|
|7||Star Trek : The Magazine|
|8||Generic official information|
|Source :||Star Trek Fact Files|
|Film:||Star Trek : First Contact|
|Book :||Star Trek Encyclopedia|
|Book :||Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual|
|Comment :||Stated on page 153|
|Source :||Production drawing|
|Source :||Visible on the shooting model|
|Source :||Star Trek : The Magazine|
|Source :||Generic official information|
I must confess, I was one of those who argued against the Akira being some sort of super-warship, but it seems that I was totally in the wrong on that one. Since it first appeared, everything we learn about this ship just makes it better and better! The recent Star Trek Magazine article on the ship stated that she had no less than fifteen torpedo tubes, and confirmed the speculation that she was indeed intended to carry and handle large numbers of shuttles with hangar doors both forward and aft on the saucer.
The location of the tubes was given in the article, and is as follows :
Pod: 7 total, 4 in upper section of pod, 3 in lower section, all face forward
Saucer: 7 total, 3 forward below the front shuttle bay doors, 4 in dorsal surface, 2 port, 2 starboard. The latter four face out to port and starboard, respectively - so far as I know these are the only torpedo tubes we've ever seen which don't fire parallel to the direction of motion. Finally there is 1 in the lower hull section, just below the deflector dish.
There are only three phaser arrays visible on the model, one long one on the dorsal saucer and two on the ventral saucer. The DS9 TM calls them type 10, and much of the data on the specs page comes from here.
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