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Peregrine Class

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Affiliation : Federation
Class Name : Peregrine Class
Type : Medium fighter
Unit Run : 10,897 built in total. 7,840 have been lost in all.
Commissioned : 2367 - present
Dimensions : Length : 14 m1
Beam : 13.6 m
Height (overall) : 4.53 m
Decks : 1
Mass : 27 metric tons
Crew : 1
Armament : 3 x Type IV phaser bank, total output 1,200 TeraWatts
2 x Micro photon torpedo tube with 10 rounds
Defence Systems : Standard shield system, total capacity 67,500 TeraJoules
Light Duranium/Tritanium Single hull.
Low level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TNG scale) :
Normal Cruise : 4
Maximum Cruise : 4.5
Maximum Rated : 5.1 for 4 hours.
Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 24
Torpedo Firepower : 20
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 15
Shield Strength : 25
Hull Armour : 3.13
Speed : 119
Combat Manoeuvrability : 18,780
Overall Strength Index : 53
Diplomatic Capability : None
Expected Hull Life : 30
Refit Cycle : Minor : 1 year
Standard : 1 years
Major : 10 years

Notes

The Peregrine is a medium fighter/interceptor designed to assist in fleet actions by forcing the enemy to split their fire between as many targets as posible. The craft are designed primarily to operate at impulse or low warp speeds near to their home base, or from a suitable carrier vessel such as an Akira class. While they are capable of warp speeds, the Peregrine is not a true interstellar vessel. At its top cruise speed the ship takes over 58 hours to cross one light year and since it carries no facilities for crew rest or refreshment, pilot fatigue makes trips of even this duration difficult. Nevertheless, many operators have used these ships for limited interstellar missions - most especially the Maquis, who operated a small number of Peregrines during their campain against the Cardassians. Details of Maquis operating practices are uncertain, but it is known that they used Peregrines several times across interstellar ranges. Some have suggested that they used modified cargo vessels as makeshift carrier vessels, while others claim that Maquis Peregrines may have been fitted with stasis chambers to allow the crew to 'hibernate' during missions of several days. With the extermination of the Maquis by the Jem'Hadar, the answer to this riddle will probably remain unknown.

In design Peregrines are relatively conventional - there is a large pair of impulse engines at the rear, flanked by the warp nacelles. The cockpit is in the forward section, as is the micro torpedo launcher. Phaser armament comprises a single phaser cannon in the nose and a pair of cannon on the wings.2 There are two cockpits available; the one person cockpit uses the rear space for extra equipment, while the two person model allows the workload to be split, so enhancing crew performance. Both types exist in several different models which are optimised for various roles and operating conditions.

The Peregrine has seen considerable service in the Dominion war, and has suffered heavy losses. Nevertheless, these ships continue to fulfil a vital role and production is continuing.


Yellow text = Canon source Green text = Backstage source Cyan text = Novel White text = DITL speculation

References

# Series Season Source Comment
1 Speculative Approximation based on the cockpit being large enough for a single person.
2 DS9 2 The Maquis, Part 2
Source : Speculative
Comment : Approximation based on the cockpit being large enough for a single person.
Series : DS9 Season 2 (Disc 6)
Episode : The Maquis, Part 2

Comments

Well, it's been a very long time coming but I've finally re-done the Peregrine page to match closer to what we see in reality. So, here are the facts as I understand them at this time :

There is no absolutely canon reference to exactly what a Peregrine is. However, it seems that the Peregrine is a relatively small, lightly armed craft used as a fighter in the Trek universe. We have seen them used in "A Time to Stand", where several accompanied the battered Federation fleet seen at the beginning of the episode. We have also seen them in "Sacrifice of Angels", where Sisko launched many waves of fighter attacks at the Cardassians as the beginning of the "Valley of Death" battle to retake Deep Space Nine. These ships are small, but no concrete size has been established - if the cockpit module can only just hold one person then the overall length could be as low as 10 metres! However, most sources give a figure in the region of 30 metres for the Peregrine. This seems high to me; I drew a stick outline of a person sitting in the cockpit, and it gave me a length of around 15 - 20 metres. I've settled on 18 m as a compromise, but if anybody knows of an official length - or any other official figures - I'd love to hear about it.

Ships which have often been misidentified as Peregrines include the ships seen in "Preemptive Strike" and Chakotays vessel as seen in "Caretaker". These are not Peregrines, but are apparently two variants of the "Raider" type ship. Just to add insult to injury, the Star Trek Encyclopedia II puts a side-picture view of a Peregrine under the "Academy Trainer" entry. They have even added academy logos to the ship!

This is one of the larger mistakes in the Encyclopedia. We don't get many terribly good views of the Academy trainer in the episode, but if you look at the image on the "Trainer" entry of this site, and compare it with the size comparison view on the Peregrine page, you can see that they are nothing alike. Rick Sternbach is also on record as confirming the Encyclopedia's mistake.


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