1 Intimidator Refit-Class Introduction
1.1 Mission Objectives
In response to an increase in the perceived threat from the Dominion, and the Continued threat from the Borg collective as well as the general aging of the bulk of the Federation fleet the following objectives were issued for the Intimidator Class in 2370:
1. Provide a multi-mission mobile platform for a wide range of scientific and explorative research projects.
2. Provide a more rounded counterpart to the sovereign class design while still providing a strong deterrent to armed engagement by hostile forces.
3. Provide autonomous capability for full execution of Federation defensive, cultural, scientific, and explorative policy in deep space or border territory.
4. Serve as a frontline support vehicle during times of war and emergencies.
5. Provide a mobile platform for testing and implementation of mission-specific or new technology of any kind.
In 2383 the following objective was introduced leading to the refit of the Intimidator Class
6. Provide heavy fire support for combat situation involving multiple Borg Vessels
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1.2 General Overview
In 2370 work was nearly completed on the USS Sovereign, a design hailed as the most powerful, well rounded vessel ever constructed by Starfleet. The Sovereign class was unparallel in terms of speed, scientific capabilities, and not least fire power. Labeled an Enhanced Deterrence Explorer, the Sovereign was more than a match for any other War ship produced in the Alpha quadrant at the time. Starfleet decided to peruse a second design lay out based off the Sovereign class, but with more internal volume for more scientific equipment as well as additional fire power.
In 2383 the Borg war loomed on the horizon and Starfleet saw fit to retool the Intimidator to fill a more combat oriented roll. The Intimidator continued to undergo a number of refits to keep in step with advancing technology and increasing straining combat environments. Production of the Intimidator Refit class currently takes place at the rebuilt San Francisco, Utopia Planitia and DR-32 yards.
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1.3 Construction History
The Intimidator design went through several refits incorporating new more advanced equipment and weaponry. The NX-Intimidator was equipped with the same type XII arrays as had been used on the Sovereign class and had been formerly known as the 'Type X+' for security reasons. The type twelve has a raw beam power output some 60% more powerful than the Type ten arrays installed on the Standard Galaxy class. In addition the type twelve has a shorter recharge time and can fire a longer sustained burst, giving each array a combat effectiveness 79.4% greater than a type ten array.
The vessel also received a greatly increased torpedo compliment. The Intimidator was equipped with an experimental dynamic fire chambering system. This new system allowed the ship to fire photon, quantum, and hellfire torpedoes from the same tube in rapid succession as well as to fire probes form torpedo tubes. Each dynamic fire tube is capable of firing twelve round bursts. The quantum torpedo turret forward of the deflector dish, which was still restricted to quantum torpedoes, is capable of firing five rounds per second, a greater overall rate of fire than the two main ten round burst torpedo tubes of the Standard Galaxy class combined. This gave the Intimidator class the most powerful torpedo armament of any vessel in Starfleet service.
The shield system of the Intimidator class was similarly the most powerful of any Starfleet vessel. The design was modified just prior to installation in order to increase effectiveness against both high energy tractor beams and phased polaron particles, measures clearly aimed at the Borg and Dominion respectively. Under normal operation the shield modulation frequencies are under the control of the ships computer system, which continually evaluates incoming weapons fire and automatically re-modulates the shields to give the most effective possible defense, however shield modulations could be manually maintained to meet the needs of any situation.
The Engine systems in use aboard the Intimidator Class were among the most advanced ever seen. A handpicked team of engineers worked meticulously for nearly two years redesigning the engine system used on the Sovereign class to dramatically increase output. The engineers came through and the Intimidator was among the fasted vessels in Starfleet, with a maximum cruise speed of Warp 9.85 and a top speed of Warp 9.98 for up to sixteen hours. This high warp capability allowed the Intimidator to respond to situations as they developed, and provide additional fire power in any situation which might demand it. The Impulse drive system and maneuvering thrusters of the intimidator were the most sophisticated model in production, giving the Intimidator class a maneuverability equal to that of a vessel one quarter its size.
In 2383 the Federation began to prepare for the coming Borg War. Among the major changes to the Fleet was the near complete redesign of the Intimidator Class Dreadnaught/explorer. A large area of the saucer section was gutted, and an internally mounted type XX Phaser cannon was installed. The cannon greatly improved the Fire power of the intimidator, allowing it to smash through Borg vessels, and provide heavy fire support for federation operations. Among the First vessels to receive this refit was the USS Horus. The Intimidator class was also slightly lengthened and expanded to accommodate for the extra space of the new weapon.
While the Intimidator refit was in many ways more powerful than its predecessor, the Phaser cannon represented a tremendous power draw, and when in use nearly all other ship systems were drained significantly. In response to this problem Starfleet equipped the intimidator with a second smaller defiant style warp core to provide additional power to the Intimidator in 2385. The intimidator was also equipped with six more powerful type-XV Dynamic fire phaser arrays. The Forward phaser cannon was replaced with a type XXV cannon, which require less power to operate, had a greater range, and delivered a far greater yield.
Starfleet continued to upgrade its compliment of Intimidator Class vessels. When the Romulan Empire collapsed, and joined the Federation in the midst of the Borg war the Intimidator was once among the first ships to be equipped with the Romulan heavy plasma torpedo. The dynamic fire chambering system allowed the intimidator to use these new weapons with little to no modifications.
The Intimidator class faired extremely well throughout the Borg war, with its powerful weaponry and shielding the class could easily hold its own when engaging the Borg. Several Intimidator class vessels were equipped with the ‘war’ refit. This included a greatly expanded armor package, greater torpedo loads, feeding the phasers directly off the warp core, and the complete removal of virtually all non-tactical elements from the vessel. This refit was given to a limited number of vessels and came with a number of draw backs. The intimidators speed was reduced to a maximum of war 9.97 for 14 hours. The ships maneuverability was also greatly reduced, and the crew compliment dropped significantly. Only 10 Intimidator Class Vessels received the war refit, and there are no plans to reintroduce the design.
In 2406 the Federation introduced one final intimidator refit. In light of the increased hostility with the Cardassian people the federation decided to greatly improve the combat capabilities of the class. The vessels top warp speed was increased to warp 9.9975 and the maximum emergency speed to Warp 9.99985 for 14 hours. The Intimidator was also equipped with 4 energy cannons, and its torpedo compliment greatly increased. The Intimidator Refit was also the test bed for the federations new Redundant Triple Ark Shielding which more than compensated for the reduction in armor from the war variant, without compromising the ships speed or maneuverability. The Federation also equipped all Intimidator Class Vessels with the latest slip stream drive generator, which allowed for a theoretically limitless operation time.
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