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Dominion Battlecruiser

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Affiliation : Dominion
Class Name : Dominion Battlecruiser
Type : 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 m [1]
Beam : 528 m [2]
Height : 204.97 m [2]
Decks : 25
Mass : 4,215,000 [3] metric tons (estimated)
Crew : 2,500 [3]
Armament : 6 [3] x Heavy duty Phase polaron cannon [3], 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 cm High density armour.
High level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TNG scale) :
Normal Cruise : 8
Maximum Cruise : 9.4
Maximum Rated : 9.6 [3]
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


Of the major classes of non Cardassian Dominion vessel currently in widespread use in the alpha quadrant, Starfleet only has detailed knowledge of the smallest. Of the Battlecruiser type, virtually nothing is known for certain.

In appearance the Battlecruiser class vessel is reminiscent of a Klingon design; the engineering section is at the rear of the ship, with the nacelles sloping sharply downwards in a fashion similar to the B'Rel class wings at their lowest setting. [4]
A forward housing is thought to hold the command and control systems and accommodation. Despite the relatively small size of this section the Battlecruiser apparently can carry significant numbers of troops.

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.

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# Series Season Source Comment
1 Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual Stated on page 169
2 Production drawing
3 Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual
4 Various Deep Space Nine episodes
5 DS9 5 The Ship
6 DS9 6 Sacrifice of Angels
Book : Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual
Comment : Stated on page 169
Source : Production drawing
Book : Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual
Series : DS9 Season
Episode : Various Deep Space Nine episodes
Series : DS9 Season 5
Episode : The Ship
Series : DS9 Season 6
Episode : Sacrifice of Angels


The "big guns" of the Dominion fleet, I've rated these ships as being somewhat more powerful than the Galaxy class Starship in most areas. This is due to the "isn't the Dominion so advanced and powerful" statements that we kept hearing when they were first introduced. But now these ships seem to be becoming both more numerous and easier to beat.

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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