|Universe :||Prime Timeline|
|Class Name :||Dominion Battlecruiser|
|Unit Run :||Unknown; 1405 are thought to have been imported or built in the alpha quadrant 1,405 built in total. 1,172 have been lost in all.|
|Commissioned :||Unknown, but the design is believed to be less than 15 years old|
|Dimensions :||Length : 639.75 m1
Beam : 528 m2
Height : 204.97 m2
Decks : 25
|Mass :||4,215,0003 metric tons (estimated)|
63 x Heavy duty Phase polaron cannon3, total output 75,000 TeraWatts
3 x Mark 2 photon torpedo tube with 400 rounds
|Defence Systems :||Standard shield system, total capacity 2,565,000 TeraJoules
Heavy Variethiel Double hull plus 8.1 cm High density armour.
High level Structural Integrity Field
(TNG scale) :
|Normal Cruise : 8
Maximum Cruise : 9.4
Maximum Rated : 9.63
|Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
|Beam Firepower : 1,500
Torpedo Firepower : 1,080
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 1,410
Shield Strength : 950
Hull Armour : 1,250
Speed : 1,000
Combat Manoeuvrability : 900
|Overall Strength Index :||1,207|
|Diplomatic Capability :||Believed to be equivalent to Starfleet Grade 5|
|Expected Hull Life :||Unknown|
The main weapons are polaron beam devices and torpedo style launchers scattered around the ship. Turret mounted, these are thought to be very similar, possibly identical, to those mounted on the fighter class of ship. The beam weapons are believed to be approximately equal to a Starfleet Type IX phaser array. Reports of other weapons are unconfirmed at this point.
Despite the relatively large size of the ship it is substantially more manoeuvrable than comparably sized Starfleet ships, a measure most likely meant to offset the narrower firing arcs of the main armament. On any Starfleet or Klingon vessel the apparent lack of accommodation facilities would limit the Battlecruisers ability to make long deployments, but the Jem'Hadar are apparently able to tolerate a much greater degree of physical discomfort than even the Klingons.5 These ships have been known to have made patrols lasting in excess of six months without any sign of outside supply or support, though these estimates are based on limited intelligence information.
During battle the Dominion appear to use these impressive vessels as multi role combat types, operating with equal effectiveness against fixed installations, spacecraft and in the ground forces support role. In peacetime they are frequently used on diplomatic missions, which seems at odds with their military nature. Some sources have suggested that the Battlecruiser is the Dominion equivalent of the Starfleet Explorer type, their large size allowing them to carry out an almost unlimited number of roles. However, given the nature of the Dominion it seems more likely that these vessels are indeed warships, used in the diplomatic arena as an implied threat rather than because of their suitability to host extended negotiations.
Naturally the Dominion is not forthcoming concerning the Battlecruisers capabilities; they commonly run with sensor jamming equipment active to prevent detailed information being obtained. One has reportedly been detected travelling at a sustained speed Warp 9.92, although it is not known if this is the maximum for the class. They are extensively shielded and their armament appears comparable to all but the most powerful alpha quadrant designs. As with all Dominion vessels, they are apparently designed for great ease of construction and are thought to heavily outnumber those few Starfleet vessels which are capable of tackling them one on one.
The type was involved in combat against the Federation during the capture of Deep Space Nine,6 when their heavy firepower was instrumental in bringing down the stations shields. Subsequently they have been heavily involved in the war, generally operating in groups of two or three at the core of a small fleet.
|Canon source||Backstage source||Novel source||DITL speculation|
|1||Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual||Stated on page 169|
|4||Various Deep Space Nine episodes|
|6||DS9||6||Sacrifice of Angels|
|Book :||Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual|
|Comment :||Stated on page 169|
|Source :||Production drawing|
|Series :||DS9 Season (Disc )|
|Episode :||Various Deep Space Nine episodes|
|Series :||DS9 Season 5 (Disc 1)|
|Episode :||The Ship|
|Series :||DS9 Season 6 (Disc 2)|
|Episode :||Sacrifice of Angels|
This is something that happens a lot in Trek, and irritates me immensely. We get introduced to some new enemy like the the Dominium, the Borg, Species 8472, etc; to start off with they are really powerful, but then suddenly they seem to get a lot weaker, but a lot more numerous. With better technology and a significant size advantage, these ships should easily beat a GCS - but recently we're told that a Dominion ship twice the size of a Galaxy has only three times the firepower.
Anyway, I'm not here to rant! I'm sticking to my "GCS + 30%" strength for the Dominion battlecruiser for the moment, but might revise it downwards in future. Pretty much everything else about these ships is speculative - we've not seen them in action all that much, and we've not seen much of their interior.
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