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Federation attack fighter
Federation attack fighters.jpg

A pair of attack fighters

A pair of attack fighters
Affiliation: Starfleet
Maquis
and civilian use
Type: Attack fighter
Active: 24th century
Crew complement: 1-2
Armament: At least 3 torpedo launchers and 2 phaser emitters
Defenses: Deflector shields
Federation attack fighter, aft ventral.jpg

Ventral view

Ventral view
For the mirror universe counterpart, please see Terran raider.

The Federation attack fighter was a type of starship, employed by Starfleet as an attack fighter during the Dominion War. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels")

History

The Maquis appropriated several of these ships and used them as attack fighters during their insurrection against the Cardassian Union. Prior to 2370, these ships were civilian Federation support couriers not used by Starfleet. (DS9: "The Maquis, Part II"; TNG: "Preemptive Strike")

Federation attack fighters attacking Dominion fleet

Fighters attacking the Dominion Fleet during Operation Return

Large numbers of these ships were used by Starfleet in the Dominion War. During Operation Return, eight successive waves of fighters were sent to attack the Cardassian ships of a Dominion fleet, hoping to provoke them into breaking formation and creating an opening for the Federation fleet. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels")

This ship type was also used as an Academy flight trainer by Starfleet Academy. (VOY: "Drone", "The Voyager Conspiracy", "Life Line")

Academy flight trainer

Side view

Tactical systems

Maquis fires on runabout

Firing Pygorian pulse cannons

The attack fighter was capable of carrying an impressive arsenal. When used by Starfleet in 2374, the ships had several forward torpedo launchers and at least one phaser bank with two forward emitters.

When used by the Maquis in 2370, the fighters were armed with whatever weapons were available. Pygorian weapons, including photon torpedoes, pulse cannons, ship-mounted high-energy disruptors and particle accelerators were among the weapons used when an attack was planned at a weapons depot on the Bryma Colony. (DS9: "The Maquis, Part II")

Captain Keogh referred to these two vessels as "lightly armed shuttlecrafts," compared to the Dominion ships he expected to face. (DS9: "The Jem'Hadar")

Later in 2370, according to Gul Evek, the Maquis attacking his ship were armed with photon torpedoes and type 8 phasers acquired from an unknown source. (TNG: "Preemptive Strike")

Appendices

Appearances

Background information

Type18cockpit

The fighter cockpit interior reused unchanged as the type 18 shuttlepod cockpit in "The Search, Part I", "The Search, Part II" and "Destiny"

The fighter cockpit interior, seen in "The Maquis, Part II", was a modification of the Type 15 shuttlepod set. It was reused later from DS9: "The Search, Part I" onwards to represent the Type 18 shuttlepod cockpit.

In the script of "The Maquis, Part II", the phasers used by the Maquis attack fighter are identified as the pulse cannons mentioned earlier in dialogue. [1] The initial phaser blasts in the episode however seems like regular phaser fire from the extended bank under the nose of the ship. Photon torpedoes are seen being fired from the tube at the nose of the ship. When the torpedo tubes are damaged, the fighter opens fire with pulse cannon phasers from two wing mounted banks that are not visible on the model.

Federation attack fighter used by the Maquis firing

Firing type 8 phasers from nacelle mounted banks

Visual effects in "Preemptive Strike" show phaser fire pulses coming from the wings, where there are three visible tubes on each wing. Phaser fire is also seen coming from the front ends of the embedded warp nacelles. These banks seem to be targetable, instead of firing straight ahead like the Pygorian pulse cannons in "The Maquis, Part II."

The script of "Sacrifice of Angels" states that the attack fighters were firing a barrage of quantum torpedoes when attacking the Dominion lines. [2] The effects used for the phasers and quantum torpedoes of the fighters in this episode were not what is normally associated with these Starfleet weapons. The torpedo launchers were mounted on the wings and on the nose of the ship. In some shots, the wing torpedoes seem to be launched from the same spot where the pulse cannons were located in "The Maquis, Part II." In others, they seem to be coming from the three small visible tubes on each of the wings. These tubes would seem to be much too small to launch full-sized torpedoes.

In one shot of "Sacrifice of Angels," one of the fighters is seen firing a bluish-white beam from the one of the two forward phaser emitters, on the extended phaser bank, under the nose of the ship. When a fighter fired the phaser from the same location in "What You Leave Behind," the regular Starfleet phaser effect was used.

For information on the studio model, see here.

Apocrypha

According to Star Trek Online, the Peregrine-class mentioned, but not seen, in DS9: "Heart of Stone" was the class name for this ship type.

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