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Xindi Insectoid Warship

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Affiliation : Xindi
Class Name : Xindi Insectoid Warship
Type : Combat unit
Unit Run : 38 built in total. 20 have been lost in all. 18 have been retired from service.
Commissioned : 2142 - 2153, remained in service until 2183
Dimensions : Length : 120 m [1]
Beam : 86 m [1]
Height : 70 m [1]
Decks : 5
Mass : 40,000 metric tons
Crew : 60
Armament : 4 x disruptor beam emitters, total output 20 TeraWatts
3 x 20 round Merculite rocket pack with 60 rounds
Defence Systems : Low capacity shield grid shield system, total capacity 1,000 TeraJoules
Light Monotanium Single hull plus 1.5 cm High density armour.
Low level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TOS scale) :
Normal Cruise : 4
Maximum Cruise : 4.5
Maximum Rated : 5
Higher speeds available via subspace vortex travel [2]
Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 0.4
Torpedo Firepower : 15
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 15
Shield Strength : 0.37
Hull Armour : 150.31
Speed : 65
Combat Manoeuvrability : 3,500
Overall Strength Index : 36
Diplomatic Capability : 2
Expected Hull Life : 30 years
Refit Cycle : Minor : 1 year
Standard : 1 years
Major : 6 years


These vessels were in use with the Xindi from the 2140s through 2160s. Primarily combat vessels, they were capable of carrying out a variety of patrol and presence missions. They were equipped with a hangar bay capable of carrying small assault craft. Each vessel was also equipped with a hatchery to look after the eggs the crew laid whilst on a mission. [3]

One of these vessels crash-landed in 2154 and was subsequently discovered by the NX-01. Captain Archer discovered that the crew had sacrificed themselves, diverting life support to the Hatchery maintanence systems so that their children could live on. Archer was exposed to a secretion from one of the eggs which temporarily affected his judgement, briefly necessitating his removal from command. [3]

Several of these ships battled the NX-01 when it attempted to destroy the final version of the Xindi weapon at Azati Prime. The Starship was badly damaged in the exchange [4], but managed to remain in operable condition. [5] The NX-01 subsequently battled the Insectoid ships again when they stole the Xindi weapon [6] and attempted to take it to Earth. When the Insectoids began to doubt the validity of the mission to destroy Earth, the remaining Insectoid warship was destroyed by a Reptilian vessel. [7]

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Canon source Backstage source Novel source DITL speculation


# Series Season Source Comment
1 Speculative
2 Various Enterprise episodes
3 ENT 3 Hatchery
4 ENT 3 Azati Prime
5 ENT 3 Damage
6 ENT 3 The Council
7 ENT 3 Countdown
Source : Speculative
Series : ENT Season
Episode : Various Enterprise episodes
Series : ENT Season 3
Episode : Hatchery
Series : ENT Season 3
Episode : Azati Prime
Series : ENT Season 3
Episode : Damage
Series : ENT Season 3
Episode : The Council
Series : ENT Season 3
Episode : Countdown


This is one of those ships that I've had to speculate madly about, even though we know maddeningly little about them. We know that Archer and the NX-01 crew got a good long look at one of these vessels, albeit a damaged one, so they should have lots of information about them. And we know that the Xindi end up as Federation members eventually, so would then gain access to all the necessary information - though admittedly that might come after the TNG era when this site is set. But even if they weren't Federation members as of that time, it's pretty hard to credit that the Federation wouldn't know about these ships over two hundred years later - how secret are warships of the early 1900s today?

I've rated the ship as being a little short of the refitted NX class, since the NX-01 seems to be at least the equal to any single Xindi ship - they usually only give it a bashing when they have a numbers advantage, as at Azati Prime, or when the ship is damaged as in the encounters afterwards.

I picked Merculite rockets as the torpedo type weapon because these have been mentioned a few times in TNG as "ye olde weapons". Since Humans seem to go straight from spatial to photonic torps, and the Klingons are already using photonics, I figured that the Xindi would be a reasonable choice for having these little-seen weapons. Disruptors are also a complete guess, but seem to be the weapon of choice for non-Federation types.
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