L-20 (Swift) Class X Fast Battleship

Original B&W

A by John J. Stevens, Forest Brown
re-draw by James H. Smith

NOTES - circa 2330:

Known Sphere Of Operation: Empire-wide use
Data Reliability: B for L-20A; C for L-20B & D
Major Data Source: Klingon Sector Intelligence
 
     In the years following the abortive Federation/Klingon war of Organia, the Klingon High Command decided to design and construct a cpital ship thjat would exceed the capabilities of any Federation vessel. Many officials believed the requirements were impossible to achieve, but when the Thoras Shipyards submitted their design, these same individuals were stunned. Here was a vessel that met and, in some cases, exceeded all the minimum standards. The L-20 designer, Captain Kangar sutai Kinzan, had proceeded under the assumption that, if cost was no consideration, anything was possible.
     The L-20 prototype, the Keth Ke Se, was completed in 2273 and had the distinction of being the most expensive ship ever constructed for the Imperial Navy. This new battleship earned her name while on trials, when she single-handedly destroyed three Romulan vessels in the Triangle, taking no damage to herself. Her main batteries were capable of crippling the most powerful vessels then in service.
     Heavy bow and stern torpedoes give the L-20 the ability to strike hard while still maintaining high speeds. An oversized impulse engine insures that the L-20 has plenty of maneuver power. Equipped with the best deflectors and shielding available at the time it was constructed, and given a strengthened superstructure, the L-20 prototype could take damage as well as give it. Design specifications called for Warp 6 capabilities, but the ship delivered went a step further with a speed of Warp 7.
     An interesting addition to the lower hull is an assault shuttle bay, which adjoins the staging area for the main transporters. This assures that a landing by the ship's compliment of 350 marines need not be halted by transporter failure or the need to maintain shielding. The most devastating feature of the L-20 is its basic resemblance to the famed D-7 cruiser, which could lead to tragic mistakes on the part of an opposing captain.

 

Construction Data:            
     Model-    a    b    d
     Class-    X    X    X
     Class Commission Date-    2273    2289    2327
     Number Produced-    11    8    1
Hull Data:            
     Superstructure-    26    28    30
     Damage Chart-    C    C    C
     Size:            
          Length-    260 m    260 m    260 m
          Width-    181 m    181 m    181 m
          Height-    70 m    70 m    70 m
          Displacement-    150,095 mt    154,190 mt    157,805 mt
Cargo:            
     Total SCU-    300 SCU    300 SCU    300 SCU
     Cargo Capacity-    15,000 mt    15,000 mt    15,000 mt
Equipment Data:            
     Computer Type-    ZD-7    ZD-8    ZD-8
     Transporters-            
          Standard 6-person-    3    3    2
          Combat 22-person-    9    9    9
          Emergency 18-person-    4    4    4
          Cargo-    4    4    4
     Cloaking Device Type-    -    KCD    KCD
          Power to Engage-    2    48    48
Other Data:            
     Crew-    487    492    497
     Troops-    350    350    350
     Passengers-    20    20    20
     Shuttlecraft-    12    12    10
Engines and Power Data:            
     Total Power Available-    63    63    59
     Movement Point Ratio-    4/1    4/1    4/1
     Warp Engine Type-    KWE-3    KWE-3    KWE-3
          Number-    2    2    2
          Power-    20 ea.    20 ea.    20 ea.
          Stress Chart-    J/M    J/M    J/M
          Max Safe Cruising-    Warp 7    Warp 7    Warp 7
          Emergency Speed-    Warp 8    Warp 8    Warp 8
     Impulse Engine Type-    KIF-2    KIF-2    KIF-2
          Power Units-    23    23    23
Weapons and Firing Data:            
     Beam Weapon Type-    KD-8    KD-17    KD-18
          Number-    4    4    4
          Firing Arcs-    2 f, 2 a    2 f, 2 a    2 f, 2 a
          Firing Chart-    U    X    U
          Maximum Power-    7    9    11
          Damage Modifiers            
               +3    (1-7)    (1-12)    (1-7)
               +2    (8-15)    (13-17)    (8-15)
               +1    (16-20)    (18-22)    (16-20)
     Beam Weapon Type-    KD-12    KD-6    KD-17
          Number-    4    4    4
          Firing Arcs-    2 f/p, 2 f/s    2 f/p, 2 f/s    2 f/p, 2 f/s
          Firing Chart-    H    T    X
          Maximum Power-    9    6    9
          Damage Modifiers            
               +3    (1-3)    (-)    (1-12)
               +2    (4-8)    (1-18)    (13-17)
               +1    (9-10)    (-)    (18-22)
     Torpedo Type-    KP-4    KP-6    KP-11
          Number-    3    3    3
          Firing Arcs-    2 f, 1 a    2 f, 1 a    2 f, 1 a
          Firing Chart-    Q    R    R
          Power To Arm-    2    2    1
          Damage-    18    20    26
Shield Data:            
     Shield Type-    KSP    KSQ    KST
          Shield Point Ratio-    1/3    1/3    1/3
          Maximum Shield-    15    20    32
Combat Efficiency:            
     D-    124.1    134.5    155.4
     WDF-    68.6    92.2    118.5

 

NOTES:

Not only do we have James H. Smith's rendering (in color no less!), but Brad has also take the liberty of re-drawing this nifty design. Big thanks to James.