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Kolm-An class   ●   Assault Ship

his is a rare class that was not included in the FASA Ship Recognition Manuals.  Many thanks to Gary Perry for digging it up out of the old, now-defunct Stardate Magazine (once officially endorsed by FASA).  This class is but one of several such ships that Gary has kindly submitted to the OLD&A, almost all of which came under the Stardate Magazine header "Jaynz Ships of the Galaxy", an obvious nod to the real Janes military hardware information service.
        In early 2006, while doing a site rebuild, I decided it was time to tackle the Kolm-An's schematics in the same fashion as I had previously tackled the Paine frigate and the Envoy cruiser: removing the inconsistent structural details and giving the craft a facelift consistent with Federation military starship design in the post-Kirk, pre-Picard era; as exemplified by the Ambassador and Excelsior (refit) classes.  Like almost all UFP designs in the FASA manuals, the Kolm-An had originally borrowed a lot of parts from the TMP-era Enterprise design, without paying any attention to correct scaling.  Thus we had a design contemporary with the Excelsior, using Excelsior-style warp nacelles, proportioned to roughly the size of a Constitution class cruiser.
        Wrong, wrong, wrong!  I got rid of the Enterprise saucer and put in its place a hybrid model of my own making--bridging the Excelsior, Ambassador, and Galaxy-style saucers, and replaced the 'thin' warp nacelles with an advanced Excelsior-type design of more robust quality.  The addition of the new saucer necessitated changing the angle and root joint points of the warp pylons so as to not block the rear impulse exhausts, and the new saucer is crouched lower to the secondary hull, too, abandoning the TMP Enterprise two-bay torpedo deck in favor of form-fitted, twin, two-tube torpedo bays on either side of the deflector dish (the original stats for this ship always gave four torpedoes firing into the forward arc, even though the schematics showed but two.)  The deflector itself has been angled, in keeping with the deflector featured on the Ambassador, and the secondary hull detailing has been revised with a great many additional portholes and three extra gangway hatches; I reason that a sizeable troopship would need such hatches for rapid on-loading and offloading of material and personnel while in dock.  The large, aft-mounted shuttle bay has also been clearly defined, as a class like this would need a larger-than-usual shuttle hangar to accommodate combat shuttles and heavy planet-fall craft capable of lofting armored personnel carriers, hover vehicles, light and heavy tanks, and other hardware in use by the Starfleet Marine Corp.
        The exact nature and purpose of the twin ventral "fins" escapes me, and I almost scrapped them during the final edit.  But, because I still wanted to preserve the original outline of the Kolm-An as much as I could, I kept them.  Perhaps they contain sensors?  Heat sinks?  Might they have some function involving the warp core intermix chambers?  I leave this detail up to the imagination of the players.
        Of course, what good is a superficial makeover without upgrading the guts?  The original text for this class emphasizes its "muscle", but she can't even hold her own against 24th century light frigates or destroyers, so I built out an additional range of stats which should compensate for this deficiency.  I also gave the "new" version larger troop-carrying capacity, since her greater dimensions would allow for expanded transport operations.  Instead of ferrying a single company of Marines, the Kolm-An now carry roughly two battalions, plus room for training and simulation exercises and maintenance and storage bays for all combat and logistics equipment.

          --- Brad, STSTCSOLD&A

From STARDATE MAGAZINE, courtesy of contributor Gary Perry
Class design by J.M. Kuzee and Pete Rogan; re-drawn by Brad R. Torgersen, 2006

Kolm-An Class VIII-XV Assault Ship
NOTES:  "Muscular" is the word used to describe the formidable Kolm-An assault ship.  The Makin and Continent classes carry more men and equipment, but the Kolm-An carries a heftier load of shipboard weaponry, the better to provide its landed troops with fire support from orbit.
        The Kolm-An class was designed to transport up to a company of Federation marines, their vehicles and equipment, to land them on a hostile world via transporters and/or assault shuttlecraft; to provide all their support needs for up to 30 standard solar days without re-supply, and to hold off minor counterattacks, all of this without aid or support from accompanying Star Fleet vessels.
        Star Fleet felt it necessary to have such ships as the Kolm-An class to provide swift deployment of needed defensive forces at short notice along the Klingon and Romulan Neutral Zones.  Unlike the larger assault ships, Kolm-An need not be based or restricted to limited patrol routes, or provided with extensive escort and support ships, all of which increase response time.  To deal with the threat of deliberate invasion or even sudden raids on Federation or neutral worlds on the frontier, the best course was to place single companies of Marines on constant combat patrol, and the best way to do that was to build a ship capable of holding its own with a minimum of external aid.
        The Kolm-An can land its troops combat-ready, in approximately ten minutes from 'go'.  Its dual-purpose Combat Information Center on the bridge coordinates reports from the ground and monitors the space situation.  The ground commander can order phaser or photon torpedo bombardment with pin-point accuracy in less than thirty seconds from the receipt of the fire order, evaluate the overall terrain with spaceborne sensors to determine the local threat, and ensure backup communications control with the aid of the Kolm-An's sophisticated track-and-comm station.
        For quick insertions and rapid extractions, the Kolm-An has no equal on either side of the frontier.  But its mission profile demands that the local threat be conclusively dealt with in thirty minutes before the ship's orbit carries it beyond the battle zone.  Some Marine commanders have extended their combat ability by landing as much as an orbit ahead of time, and attacking the objective only as the Kolm-An arrives above the Horizon (ATH).  Time and circumstances do not always permit this, though standard orders always explicitly grant Marine commanders the option to retreat from too large a threat.  Only once has a Kolm-An retreated before landing its forces.  Apparently the Marines can adapt to fighting for extended period with only sporadic orbital support.
        Kolm-An are being built at the rate of 16 per year at the Salazaar, Sol II and Star Base 12 shipyards.  Of the 39 Kolm-An class vessels built, 34 remain in active service.  of the remainder, 2 are used by Star Fleet Training Command, 2 have been scrapped, and 1 has been destroyed.

Construction Data:
     Model Numbers-
     Ship Class-
     Date Entering Service-
     Number Constructed

MK I
VIII
2/2003
39

MK II *
XIV-XV
2317
(classified)

MK III *
XIV-XV
2335
(classified)

MK IV *
XIV-XV
2350
(classified)
Hull Data:
     Superstructure Points-
     Damage Chart-
     Size
         Length-
         Width-
         Height-
         Weight
              Dry Weight-
              Fully Loaded-
     Cargo
         Cargo Units-
         Cargo Capacity-
     Landing Capability-

19
C

212 meters
93 meters
54 meters
 
117,838 tons
(unknown)
  
350 units
17,500 tons
None

48
C

476.4 meters
251.4 meters
127.4 meters
 
273,500 tons
330,000+ tons
  
variable
variable
None

55
C

476.4 meters
251.4 meters
127.4 meters
 
279,250 tons
330,000+ tons
  
variable
variable
None

61
C

476.4 meters
251.4 meters
127.4 meters
 
287,100 tons
330,000+ tons
  
variable
variable
None
Equipment Data:
     Control Computer Type-
     Transporters-
         Standard 6-person-
         Combat 20-person-
         Emergency 22-person-
         cargo large-
         cargo small-
  
M-3
  
4
4
2
4
2
  
MBT-07
  
6
20
10
8
6
  
MBT-07
  
6
20
10
8
6
  
MBT-08
  
6
20
10
8
6
Other Data:
     Crew-
     Troops-
     Passengers-
     Shuttlecraft
              Standard-
              Combat (personnel)-
              Combat (logistics)-
  
30
350
none
 
4
?
?
  
235
1,600
variable
 
8
16
10
  
235
1,600
variable
 
8
16
10
  
210
1,600
variable
 
8
16
10
Engines and Power Data:
     Total Power Units Available-
     Movement Point Ratio-
     Warp Core Type-
         Warp Core Output-
         Stress Charts-
         Maximum Safe Cruising Speed-
         Emergency Speed-
     Impulse Reactor(s) Type-
         Impulse Reactor(s) Output-
    
36
3/1
FWE-2
24
G/K
Warp 7
Warp 9
FIF-1
12
    
98
4/1
FNWD-4A
80
K/F
Warp 7
Warp 9
FNIS-110
18
    
107
4/1
FNWD-4A
80
K/F
Warp 7
Warp 9
FNIS-210
27
    
115
4/1
FNWD-4A
80
K/F
Warp 7
Warp 9
FNIS-300
35
Weapons and Firing Data:
     Beam Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Maximum Power-
         Damage Modifiers
               +3
               +2
               +1
     Missile Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Power To Arm-
         Damage-
   
FH-12
6 in three banks
2f, 2f/p, 2f/s
R
6
 
 
(1 - 9)
(10 - 16)
FP-7
4 in one bay
4f
R
1
8
   
FAHW-20
8 in four banks
2f, 2f/p, 2f/s, 2a
T
12
 
(1 - 6)
(7 - 14)
(15 - 18)
FP-9
4 in two bays
2f/p, 2f/s
T
1
18
   
FAHW-20
8 in four banks
2f, 2f/p, 2f/s, 2a
T
12
 
(1 - 6)
(7 - 14)
(15 - 18)
FP-13
6 in three bays
2f/p, 2f/s, 2a
V
3
23
   
FAHW-20
8 in four banks
2f, 2f/p, 2f/s, 2a
T
12
 
(1 - 6)
(7 - 14)
(15 - 18)
FP-13
6 in three bays
2f/p, 2f/s, 2a
V
3
23
Shields Data:
     Deflector Shield Type-
         Shield Point Ratio-
         Maximum Shield Power-
  
FSI
1/2
13
  
NGSS-D
1/3
15
  
NGSS-F
1/3
21
  
NGSS-H
1/3
27
Defense Factor-
Weapon Damage Factor-
86.4
67.8
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown

* Denotes completely hypothetical model number and stats, devised by Brad R. Torgersen.

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