Phantom Class IX Superscout

Phantom Class IX Superscout

 

From Starfleet Prototype - The Journal of Innovative Design and Ideas, David Schmidt & Mastercom Data Center

Notes - circa 2330:

      An attempt to create a more stealthy design, the Phantom Class scout was considered both an oddity and an oxymoron when it was first proposed. Star Fleet command had continued to search for designs that were stealthy, without compromising power or performance. Although single engine designs were much harder to detect, even the Andorian mono-lock design could only make a vessels so stealthy.
      In mid 2288, engineers at Star Fleet Dynamics began toying with new engine configurations. Although most proved useless, the Ticonderoga Class did create an unusual warp signature that was more difficult to detect on long range. Borrowing the design, engineers used two shuttle engines to begin tests. By early 2289, the Phantom was nearing production.
      The Mk I was built around a standard FWE-2 drive system, mounting one nacelle on top of the other. The design created significant warp field variations, requiring months of calibration, to extend the warp field along the X axis, but the resulting warp signature was over 20% harder to detect than other designs. The Mk I also allowed the placement of the Sensor Industrial’s LRSS-3 sensor package into a single, replaceable undercarriage mounted below the main body of the ship. The LRSS-3, which was touted as the newest wave in sensor equipment, extended the range of both the primary and long range sensors, giving the scout tremendous observation ability. Coupled with its unusual warp signature, the Phantom was a dangerous package.
      But the Mk I was not without its flaws. By 2298, the under-powered nature of the scout was relegating it to less and less forward areas, and by 2300, the Mk I was nearly out of service. In 2301, the Phantom was being re-examined as a forward observation platform. It was felt with extensive automation the scout could be made cost effective. But in early 2302, with the arrival of the LRSS-6 sensor package, a new version of the Phantom was envisioned. In late 2302 the Phantom Mk II was launched, and by 2304, all of the nearly 30 mothballed Phantoms were re-activated and upgraded. The Mk II was better armed and better shielded, but retained the low warp signature that was so coveted.
      The Mk III was launched four years later after a weapon and power upgrade. Using the powerful FH-11s and the time-tested FIF-2, the Mk III was considered a military success. The Mk IV saw an increase in the main weapons yet again, giving the scout more combat ability. The Mk IV also saw the introduction of the Chokis Long Sight VII sensor package as well as the ‘B’ version of the successful M-4 computer system. Coupled with the ships normal sensors, the Long Sign gave the Phantoms a more passive long range sensor capability.
      The Phantom was constructed at the Mursa B'jea Starship Construction Drydocks and Mursa Twin Orbital Drydock at a combined rate of 2 per year. Currently, there are no plans to continue construction. Of the 49 constructed, 1 Mk I has been listed as missing and 1 Mk III was lost in combat. The remaining 47 have all been upgraded.

 

Construction Data:                
     Model-    Mk I    Mk II    Mk III    Mk IV
     Class-    IX    IX    IX    IX
     Class Commission Date-    2290    2302    2306    2330
     Number Produced-    37    12    48 refit    47 refit
Hull Data:                
     Superstructure-    30    30    30    30
     Damage Chart-    C    C    C    C
     Size:                
          Length-    268 m    141 m    86 m    268 m
          Width-    141 m    141 m    141 m    141 m
          Height-    86 m    86 m    86 m    86 m
          Displacement-    135,483 mt    135,633 mt    135,633 mt    136,448 mt
Cargo:                
     Total SCU-    240 SCU    240 SCU    240 SCU    230 SCU
     Cargo Capacity-    12,000 mt    12,000 mt    12,000 mt    11,500 mt
Equipment Data:                
     Computer Type-    M-4    M-4    M-4    M-4b
     Transporters-                
          Standard 6-person-    2    2    2    2
          Emergency 18-person-    2    2    2    2
          Cargo-    2    2    2    2
Other Data:                
     Crew-    256    256    256    256
     Passengers-    30    30    30    30
     Shuttlecraft-    9    9    9    9
Engines and Power Data:                
     Total Power Available-    38    38    42    42
     Movement Point Ratio-    3/1    3/1    3/1    3/1
     Warp Engine Type-    FWE-2    FWE-2    FWE-2    FWE-2
          Number-    2    2    2    2
          Power-    13    13    13    13
          Stress Chart-    G/K    G/K    G/K    G/K
          Max Safe Cruising-    Warp 7    Warp 7    Warp 7    Warp 7
          Emergency Speed-    Warp 9    Warp 9    Warp 9    Warp 9
     Impulse Engine Type-    FIF-1    FIF-1    FIF-2    FIF-2
          Power Units-    12    12    16    16
Weapons and Firing Data:                
     Beam Weapon Type-    FH-13    FH-17    FH-11    FH-20
          Number-    6    6    6    6
          Firing Arcs-    2 f/p, 2 f, 2 f/s    2 f/p, 2 f, 2 f/s    2 f/p, 2 f, 2 f/s    2 f/p, 2 f, 2 f/s
          Firing Chart-    T    Y    Y    Y
          Maximum Power-    8    6    10    14
          Damage Modifiers                
               +3    (1-5)    (1-10)    (1-10)    (1-14)
               +2    (6-12)    (11-17)    (11-17)    (15-19)
               +1    (13-18)    (18-24)    (18-24)    (20-24)
Shield Data:                
     Shield Type-    FSL    FSP    FSP    FSS
          Shield Point Ratio-    1/3    1/4    1/4    1/4
          Maximum Shield-    15    16    16    20
Combat Efficiency:                
     D-    117.9    136.9    144.9    152.9
     WDF-    39    43.2    64.2    87.6