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[Lentark] Type-40 raider.
« on: 07 September 2009 12:48 AM »
[Lentark] Type-40 raider.

Class: Type-40 raider.
Length: 500 feet
Beam: 75 feet
Beam(including nacelles): 125 feet
Height: 50 feet
Height(including nacelles): 90 feet
Departmental class: light frigate, fast attack ship.
Cruise Velocity: Warp 6
Maximum Velocity: Warp 8.7 (observed)

Weapons systems: Two forward-facing missile tubes, one forward photon torpedo launcher,
5 Type-9 phaser arrays, 2 type-10 main phaser arrays (side-mounted).

Decks: 7
Crew compliment: Unknown (Assumed to be somewhere around fifty).

Design:  The type 40 raider was the first Lentark starship ever encountered, when three of them engaged in an unprovoked attack on the Enterprise-E. Although they were easy disabled by the larger ship, they managed to severely damage its shields. However, these were apparently an older model, lacking the main missile launcher observed in subsequent engagements.

The truly startling part of these starships is the  design of the weapons systems. The main phasers, rather than being mounted on the front of the hull, are mounted on the sides of the ship. This puzzled some federation strategists, until they were observed in action against a Miranda-class starship, using their vastly superior maneuverability and impulse speeds to avoid incoming fire by flying around the ship in circles, using their side-mounted phasers to do critical damage. Things would have ended badly, if not for the timely arrival of a Saber-class starship, which was able to outmaneuver and destroy one of the ships. In the confusion, the Miranda-class was able to disable the other ship, which self-destructed.

Another puzzling piece of these ships is their extremely fast acceleration, and ability to travel at almost-relativistic speeds. Amongst the federation engineers, this incredible acceleration was a popular topic for discussion for almost ten years. Popular explanations included the use of a Iconian-designed impulse engine, some sort of anti-relativity device, or the ability to slow down their warp drives to impulse-like speeds. However, when one of their ship's impulse drives was finally recovered from a destroyed ship, all these explanations were proved false. In fact, what they had done was jam an impulse unit designed for the galaxy-class ships into a ship less than a twentieth of the intended size.

Although ships of this type do not pose much threat to a starfleet ship by themselves, they are almost always flying in groups of three or more ships.