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Reliant class (aka: Miranda/Soyuz)   ●   Cruiser

his is maybe my second all-time most favorite ship design, but in official Trek canon there is no such thing as the "Reliant class".  We find out in ST:TNG that these ships are known as the Miranda class, and we also see a mildly modified sub-class of the Miranda, w/o the 'roll bar', called the Soyuz.  Personally, I never liked the removal of the roll bar, especially since it made perfect sense that this is where the all-important torpedo bay would be located--along with the two phaser banks that fired forward/port and forward/starboard.
        This class is, of course, most famous as the ship that Khan uses to attack Kirk and the Enterprise in Star Trek II.  The USS Reliant, NCC-1864, is the only ship on which we ever see Pavel Chekov approach command rank; as first officer.  And the USS Reliant kicks the crud out of the USS Enterprise throughout Star Trek II and its famous Mutara Nebula 'submarine combat' sequence, before ultimately being dealt several gosh-wow special effects blows by the Enterprise's phasers and torpedoes.
        The Enterprise versus Reliant  ship battle sequences have got to be among the most breathtaking and involved ship-to-ship battles we've ever seen in Star Trek's big-screen history.  The only thing that comes close is probably in Star Trek VI when Enterprise and Excelsior take on a Klingon Bird of Prey, but even then, the Star Trek II battles set the standard against which all future Trek films would be measured.  Which probably means that more STSTCS scenarios have been carried out re-enacting this big-screen melee than any other scenario possible in the game.  I would defy any experienced STSTCS gamer to prove me wrong.  The Reliant versus Enterprise fight is irresistible in gamers' terms, not only because of its on-screen analog, but because the Reliant class is almost a match for the Enterprise (Constitution Refit) class in terms of firepower, superstructure, shields, and engines.  A skillful gamer can defeat an Enterprise class with a Reliant class, given a lucky roll or two during firing phases; especially if you match a later-model Reliant against an earlier model Enterprise.  The matchup is that even.
        In aesthetic terms, compared to the Anton, I kind of don't understand what FASA was thinking, because the Anton looks bigger than the Reliant in many ways.  And the Reliant is supposed to have 'evolved' from the Anton??  The warp pylons on the Anton are longer, the secondary structure behind the saucer seems to be larger and longer, etc.  The basic shape is sort of there for both ships, but looking at the two designs side by side the supposed 'evolution' from Anton to Reliant does not seem as obvious as the Constitution to Enterprise classes.  But hey, even though it is not part of official Trek canon, I always loved the FASA backstory of the Reliant having come out of the Anton in the same fashion the apocryphal Enterprise class came out of the Constitution.
        Because the Miranda/Soyuz classes appear to have such extraordinarily lengthy operational lives--evidenced by their frequent appearances in both ST:TNG and ST:DS9--I took the liberty of fleshing out an additional range of stats, taking the design well beyond the era of Kirk and the Enterprise-A.  This does not mean the class is completely contemporary with truly advanced types such as the Intrepid or Akira, but I can't believe the design would remain unaltered for the decades-long period between the last time we see it on the big screen (Star Trek IV) and the first time we see it on the small screen (ST:TNG).

          ---- Brad, STSTCSOLD&A

From the FASA Star Trek FEDERATION SHIP RECOGNITION MANUAL, circa 1985
Reliant Class X-XII Cruiser
NOTES:  The Reliant Class cruiser evolved from the Anton Class research cruiser in much the same manner as the Enterprise Class cruiser evolved from the Constitution Class.  On Stardate 2/1410, the USS Reliant, an Anton Class research cruiser, was brought into the shipyards of Morena for a refit to the Mk IV.  As the ship was being dismantled for an engine refit, Star Fleet Command decided to mount the FWF-1 and FIE-2 engine systems instead of the FWC-2 and FIC-3 systems normally used on the Mk IV.  This change in both the warp and impulse drive systems created several exterior design changes that prompted Star Fleet to christen this a new class.
        During this time, the Reliant was further fitted with the 'roll bar' weapons pod, which gave a better field of fire and allowed the addition of photon torpedoes.  The Anton Class had suffered from lack of intense firepower during the Four Years War, in which 16 Antons were destroyed due to their inability to deliver massive blows to their targets.  After the war, when public feeling was to disarm instead of rearming, no consideration was given to rearm research ships, but after the Klingon attempt to take Organia, public opinion changed and the problem of the undergunned Anton Class resurfaced.  In considering the refit and upgrade to more firepower with the emerging Reliant Class, the problem of preserving the massive onboard research facilities prompted the 'roll bar' weapons pod.  This pod contains the phaser banks mounted on the outer edges, and the fore and aft torpedoes mounted centrally.  The major components of the fire control system are also located in the pod, thus giving additional room for personnel and work stations.
        The USS Reliant, being the first of this type, was made the class vessel.  It retained its original hull number, as have all converted models, but newly constructed ships have been given a different series of numbers. Once the decision was made, production of new ships and modifications of existing models was then ordered.
        Since they entered service, Reliant Class vessels have undergone two changes.  The first, upgrading to the Mk II, saw an improved impulse drive system and the changing of the phasers to the FH-11.  The second and most recent change, refitting to the Mk Ill, includes a more powerful set of warp drive engines, which are actually lighter than several of the older styles still in use.  All production of Mk I and II models will be halted with the completion of the ships that are already in production, and new Reliants will be of the Mk III type.
        The Reliant Class cruisers are produced at the Morena, Sol IV, and Salazaar shipyards.  The rate of production is currently 10 per year.

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

MK I
XI
2/1507
52

MK II
XI
2/1802
46

MK III
XI
2/2204
175

MK IV *
X
2307 A.D.
183

MK V *
XI
2314 A.D.
204

MK VI *
XII
2329 A.D.
212
Hull Data:
     Superstructure Points-
     Damage Chart-
     Size
         Length-
         Width-
         Height-
         Weight-
     Cargo
         Cargo Units-
         Cargo Capacity-
     Landing Capability-

22
C

233 meters
140 meters
64 meters
165,800 tons
  
400 units
20,000 tons
None

24
C

233 meters
140 meters
64 meters
169,600 tons
  
400 units
20,000 tons
None

24
C

233 meters
140 meters
64 meters
161,600 tons
  
400 units
20,000 tons
None

30
C

233 meters
140 meters
64 meters
153,300 tons
  
400 units
20,000 tons
None

32
C

233 meters
140 meters
64 meters
174,200 tons
  
400 units
20,000 tons
None

35
C

233 meters
140 meters
64 meters
182,600 tons
  
400 units
20,000 tons
None
Equipment Data:
     Control Computer Type-
     Transporters-
         Standard 6-person-
         Combat 20-person-
         Emergency 22-person-
         cargo large-
         cargo small-
  
M-4
  
4
None
3
2
None
  
M-4
  
4
None
3
2
None
  
M-6
  
4
None
3
2
None
  
M-6A
  
4
None
3
2
None
  
M-6A
  
4
None
3
2
None
  
M-6A
  
4
None
3
2
None
Other Data:
     Crew-
     Passengers-
     Shuttlecraft-
  
336
75
4
  
346
75
4
  
352
75
4
  
338
60
4
  
325
60
4
  
290
60
4
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-
    
48
4/1
FWF-1
40
G/L
Warp 6
Warp 8
FIE-2
8
    
52
4/1
FWF-1
40
G/L
Warp 6
Warp 8
FIF-1
12
    
56
4/1
FWG-2
44
H/K
Warp 8
Warp 9
FIF-1
12
    
68
4/1
FWG-3
52
D/F
Warp 8
Warp 9.9
FIE-3
16
    
68
4/1
FWG-3
52
D/F
Warp 8
Warp 9.9
FIE-3
16
    
74
2/1
FNWD-2C
54
D/F
Warp 8
Warp 9.9
FNIS-120
20
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-10
4 in 2 banks
2f/p, 2f/s
W
7
 
(1 - 10)
(11 - 17)
(18 - 20)
FP-4
2 in 2 bays
1f, 1a
S
1
20
   
FH-11
4 in 2 banks
2f/p, 2f/s
Y
10
 
(1 - 10)
(11 - 17)
(18 - 24)
FP-4
2 in 2 bays
1f, 1a
S
1
20
   
FH-11
4 in 2 banks
2f/p, 2f/s
Y
10
 
(1 - 10)
(11 - 17)
(18 - 24)
FP-4
2 in 2 bays
1f, 1a
S
1
20
   
FH-11
6 in 3 banks
2f/p, 2f/s, 2a
Y
10
 
(1 - 10)
(11 - 17)
(18 - 24)
none
   
FH-11
6 in 3 banks
2f/p, 2f/s, 2a
Y
10
 
(1 - 10)
(11 - 17)
(18 - 24)
FP-9
3 in 2 bays
2f, 1a
T
1
18
   
FH-11
6 in 3 banks
2f/p, 2f/s, 2a
Y
10
 
(1 - 10)
(11 - 17)
(18 - 24)
FP-11
4 in 2 bays
2f, 2a
U
1
21
Shields Data:
     Deflector Shield Type-
         Shield Point Ratio-
         Maximum Shield Power-
  
FSL
1/3
14
  
FSL
1/3
14
  
FSL
1/3
14
  
NGSS-E
1/3
18
  
NGSS-F
1/3
21
  
NGSS-G
1/3
24
Defense Factor-
Weapon Damage Factor-
105.0
63.8
110.8
67.8
113.8
67.8
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown

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

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