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Klingon Bird-of-Prey
Klingon b-o-p, Borderland 2.jpg

Port quarter view

Port quarter view
Affiliation: Klingon Empire
Type: Warship
Active: 22nd century
Speed: Warp 5+
Armament: 8 disruptor cannons; 2 photon torpedo launchers (1 forward and 1 aft)
Defenses: Dispersive armor (bridge), deflector shields
Klingon b-o-p shuttlebay, Cold Station 12.jpg

Aft view

Aft view

During the mid-22nd century, the Klingon Empire operated a type of small warship known as the Klingon Bird-of-Prey.

History Edit

This class is one of the earliest class of starships encountered by Earth Starfleet during the early 2150s. The first encounter occurred on the outer perimeter of the Sol system in early 2153. (ENT: "The Expanse") Starfleet, however, had known of the existence of these ships as early as late 2151. (ENT: "Sleeping Dogs")

This Bird-of-Prey design was revamped over the next two centuries, and was used to represent several different variations of this class that were collectively known under the same name. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

Technical data Edit

Physical arrangement Edit

Klingon b-o-p docked with Enterprise, Borderland

Docked with an NX-class starship

Comparable in design to its sister classes, the Raptor-class scout and D5-class battle cruiser, the exterior design of the Bird-of-Prey utilized the same basic avian design, including vaguely feather-like hull plating on its wings.

Klingon b-o-p, msd, Augments

Overview of vessel

The bulk of the ship's overall mass was incorporated in the aft section of the ship. The bridge module was located on a bulbous forward section, which was separated from the aft section by a relatively thin 'neck' that attached to and flared into the aft portion which swept down below the main body, forming wings.

Located on the caudal section of the ship were the ship's shuttlebay, impulse engines and two warp nacelles. The port and starboard nacelles were directly connected to the extreme upper aft section of the ship, perpendicular to the impulse engine. (ENT: "The Augments", "Divergence")

Tactical systems Edit

The offensive arsenal of the Bird-of-Prey was rather impressive, for the time, as the ship possessed at least eight forward disruptor banks, including a twin-pair of neck-mounted disruptor cannons, a pair of wing-tip mounted disruptor cannons, and a 360º rotating turret containing twin belly-mounted disruptor cannons. The class was also equipped with dual photon torpedo launchers, positioned fore and aft, and defensive shields. (ENT: "The Expanse", "Borderland", "Cold Station 12") This class, however, had minimal aft weapons. (ENT: "The Augments")

Prior to the refitting of Enterprise, one Bird-of-Prey was more than a match with the NX-class; however, it was unable to repel three older Earth vessels at one time. After Enterprise was upgraded, it was nearly an even match with the Bird-of-Prey. (ENT: "The Expanse") This class of Bird-of-Prey could outgun an Orion interceptor, two to one. (ENT: "Borderland")

It was stated by Arik Soong (in "The Augments") that the Enterprise outgunned their Bird-of-Prey "three to one." It is unclear if this statement, which seems unfair based on previous encounters, was Soong being overly cautious of the situation, or if his statement reflected the current condition of their vessel, which had sustained some damage at that time and was limited to warp 3.8.

Additional systems Edit

Klingon b-o-p tractor beam, Borderland

Tractoring a transport shuttle

This class of vessel was equipped with tractor beam technology. It had one emitter located on the underside of each wing that, when used in conjunction, could be used to manipulate a ship to its belly docking port. (ENT: "Borderland")

Unlike the Raptor class, this class of Bird-of-Prey was equipped with escape pods. The Bird-of-Prey's escape pod hatch was also located on the belly of the ship. (ENT: "The Augments")

One major flaw of the Bird-of-Prey's design was found at the nape of the ship's neck and primary hull; a direct hit on the main plasma junction, located above the sensor array, could disable the entire power grid. (ENT: "The Augments")

Shuttlebay Edit

The shuttlebay was located on the extreme aft of the ship, directly below the impulse engines. It was large enough in capacity to store a Denobulan medical ship. (ENT: "Cold Station 12", "The Augments")

Interior design Edit

Like the Raptor-class scouts of this era, live food was kept aboard these Birds-of-Prey in the targ pits, presumably adjacent to the galley. (ENT: "The Augments")

Bridge Edit

Located in the "head" of the forward section of the vessel, the bridge, which was plated with dispersive armor, was one of the most protected sections of the ship. (ENT: "The Augments")

The configuration of the Bird-of-Prey's main bridge shared with many features found in contemporary designs.

In the front of the bridge, against the forward bulkhead, was the ship's viewscreen. Directly behind the viewscreen, near the center of the bridge was the captain's chair. Directly behind the captain's chair, was the entryway to the bridge, with two manned consoles located on either side of the doorway. Along the perimeter of the bridge were several stations, each designated for a specific task. (ENT: "Borderland", "Cold Station 12", "The Augments")

While filming on the set of the Bird-of-Prey's bridge was taking place for "The Expanse", the set was located on Paramount Stage 8 and was visited by Penny Juday. She reported, "The Klingon bridge looks even better in real life – console screens flicker with video playback, alongside little flashing 'blinkies' on the control panels [....] The dark, dismal, dimly-lit, brown, goo-streaked walls are the same kind we've seen (or is it will see?) in all of Star Trek lore." (Star Trek Monthly issue 107,  p. 21)

Crew quarters Edit

Ships of the class Edit

Appendices Edit

Appearances Edit

Background information Edit

Klingon Bird-of-Prey

A Klingon Bird-of-Prey from the class prevalent in the 23rd and 24th centuries

The term "Bird-of-Prey" was first referenced on Enterprise in "Sleeping Dogs", and may have been implied to be the "two ships approaching at high warp" at the end of that episode. An earlier reference made in "Broken Bow" to "a fleet of warbirds" might have originally intended to be a reference to the Bird-of-Prey.

The design for the 22nd century style of Bird-of-Prey was inspired by the original Klingon Bird-of-Prey, which was designed by Nilo Rodis and first appeared in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. [X]wbm At that time, the "Bird-of-Prey" designation was initially believed to be a Romulan term adopted by the Klingons in the late 23rd century. With the appearance of ships of this name in use by both Klingons and Romulans during the 2150s, the "in-universe" origin of the term is much more obscure.

Klingon Bird-of-Prey (22nd century) artwork

Concept artwork of a Klingon Bird-of-Prey from the 22nd century

The 22nd century Bird-of-Prey was designed by John Eaves. He did at least two concept sketches of the ship, which he was delighted to design. [1][2][3] The craft was built as a CGI model by Koji Kuramura at Eden FX. Doug Drexler remarked, "It has a paired down feel to it like a muscular dune buggy [and an] [...] aggressive trademark stance." Rick Sternbach enthused, "I like the big tubes. Looks like a fast way to get to an escape pod (oh, wait…Klingons don't have escape pods), or a fast way to dump a subordinate who wants to take over," Sternbach joked. [X]wbm

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