Warhammer Class Strike Fighter

OVERVIEW

The Warhammer class was originally designed to work as a larger companion to Federation Fighters as well as a smaller escort for the Defiant and Sabre class starships. Warhammers were designed with powerful ship-to-ship weapons, enhanced sensors, thick armor, and powerful engines for space and atmospheric flight. Slightly smaller than a Danube class runabout, the Warhammer's internals are devoted to combat systems, but variants of it can be used in a number of ways ranging from long range strike fighters, close air support, electromagnetic warfare, signals intelligence, and special warfare support.

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SPECIFICATIONS

GENERAL
Type: Heavy Strike Fighter Warhammer Mark XII
First commissioned: 2370
Length: 18 meters
Width: 14 meters
Height: 9 meters
Decks: 1
Complement: 2 (1 pilot, 1 systems operator).
Passenger Complement: 6 (Evacuation capacity: 10)

TACTICAL
Offensive Systems
4 x Type VI Phaser banks (2 fore, 2 aft)
2 x Type J Phaser emitters (mounted on underneath each wing)
1 x Type U turret-mounted pulse phaser cannon
2 x Type M micro-torpedo pod (maximum loadout: 30 torpedoes each)

Defensive Systems
Density-hardened duranium plating with a double-layered ablative armor matrix
Class II-a multiphasic shields.
1 x Type N Electronic Countermeasures Suite
Standard chaff, flare, and plasma countermeasure launchers

OTHER
MARA/C self-regulating Matter/Antimatter Reactor
Maximum cruising speed: Warp 3
Maximum Warp: 7 (2 hour duration)
2 x Rolls Royce Thrust-Vectoring Impulse Engines
Modular ports for additional cargo/standard torpedoes/other equipment.

OVERVIEW
In 2365, Starfleet R&D identified a need for a multi-role fighter development program intended to replace a wide range of existing fighter, strike, and close air support craft nearing the end of their projected life cycles. Over the course of the next two years, the airframe and it's accompanying systems were designed and began testing at Patuxent River spaceframe testing yard.

In 2367, the Warhammer Mark II was introduced to the fleet as a multi-role strike fighter and heavy interceptor and formed the backbone of the newly commissioned Akira-Class carriers' mobile fighter wings. The Mark III was released to the fleet as a search and recovery variant and the Mark IV as the SFMC's close air support variant at the same time.

Shortly after the Mark II, III, and IV were fielded, the Marks V and VI were fielded in 2368. The Mark V was developed with more powerful atmospheric engines for use by colonies as a ground-launched fighter and provided to planetary militias and outposts as defensive craft. The Mark VI was developed as an signals intelligence gatherer. Instead of heavy armoring, the Mark VI carried a large extendable sail which would allow it to "sniff" for sensor emissions and other signals transmitted.

The Mark VII, VIII, and IX were used as test-beds for experimental technology between 2367 and 2371 and were never fielded as front line fighters.

The Mark XI was fielded in 2371 as an upgrade to the SFMC's Mark IV close air support fighters and were modified to work as drop ships for use when the Dominion War began in 2373.

During the Dominion War from 2373 to 2375, Starfleet's fighter production facilities focused construction efforts on Mark II and XI variants in order to replace fighters lost in combat. All research efforts on improving the Warhammer type fighter were suspended until the war ended.

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After the war ended, the Mark XII, XIII, and XIV variants were designed, but construction on these new types was suspended in favor of the Viper Class short range interceptors and the Crescent Class fighters during the conflict with the Valkurak Alliance. Of the three variants, only the Mark XII was built in the interim between the end of the Valkurak War and the beginning of the Rukakon War. The Mark XIII and XIV variants were cancelled due to the aging spaceframe and it's technological limitations. The Mark XII was designed primarily as an electronics countermeasure craft with a jamming pod able to significantly inhibit proximity, long range, and targeting sensors either on a single craft or over the area. The craft is also able to inhibit transporter signals and disrupt communications as well. Together with the development of the Mark XII and it's countermeasures suite, R&D developed a passive-lock Reaper missile that can be mounted to several hardpoints on the hull of the Mark XII. This missile is designed to seek out the transmission source of a communications or sensor signal and suppress the transmitter.