CLASS NAME: K-22 "Bird of Prey"
CLASS TYPE: Scout
GOVERNMENT: Klingon Empire

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BRAD'S COMMENTS:   In the same way that the Consitution Refit class would inspire an entire new design aesthetic for Starfleet vessels, the 'Bird of Prey' class would redefine the Klingon design aesthetic, assuming an altogether sleeker and more predatory aspect when compared to the older "D7" model as seen in ST:TOS and Star Trek TMP and Star Trek II.  I've covered most of my opinions on the 'Bird of Prey' in blurbs for the D-32 and the L-42 ships.  Suffice to say that this smallish Scout is the craft that makes its mark on film first, and in many ways still defines what the 'Bird of Prey' is all about.  This design was also the basis for much of the new FASA Romulan fleet seen in the Romulan Ship Recognition Manual--with boom-neck pod and the swept wings with 'feathering' stamped into the hull.  It's hard to calculate exactly how much this single ship, as it first appeared in Star Trek III, has molded the Klingon ship designs of ST:TNG and ST:DS9.  Certainly it is an intricate and attractive design!  At the time of printing, this ship was included in both the Romulan and Klingon inventories, as the conventional Trek wisdom of the mid 1980's indicated that the Romulans and Klingons were still exchanging technology; and that the 'Bird of Prey' was more Romulan than Klingon in heritage.  The arrival of ST:TNG and later ST:DS9 obliterated this entire premise, leaving us with only the tantalizing suggestion in an early Star Trek III script that Kruge stole  his Bird of Prey from the Romulans before galloping off to the Mutara Sector.
        Like all the other "Bird of Prey" classes, I have created additional stats which take this scout well beyond the era of Kirk, into the middle period between the launching of the Enterprise-B and Picard's captaincy of the Enterprise-D.  A great number of "Bird of Prey" ships, of varying sizes and capabilities, operate throughout this period, and well into the events of ST:TNG and ST:DS9, so I have tried to give this little ship as much of a fighting chance as I could against the more advanced enemies it will face in the TNG-era.

From the FASA Star Trek KLINGON SHIP RECOGNITION MANUAL, circa 1985
K-22 (Bird of Prey) Class V-VI Scout
Known Sphere Of Operation: Empire-wide use Data Reliability: D for K-22A; A for K-22B
Major Data Source: K-22B in Star Fleet possession, Klingon Sector Intelligence
The infamous K-22 (Bird Of Prey) scout is the Klingon prong of the double threat posed to Star Fleet by vessels of this design, equipped with cloaking devices and operated by both the Klingon and Romulan navies.  The wing mechanisms of these vessels are ingenious and pratical, the most interesting feature of the design.  When the vessel is cruising, the wings are extended horizontally, which distributes the stress evenly throughout the vessel.  When in combat, the wings are down, which gives a broader field of fire and protects a weak area on the lower central hull.  When performing atmospheric operations, the wings are up, which gives more lift when the 'feather" plates located along the wings, (originally thought to be merely decorative), are individually adjusted to compensate for air turbulence.
        The command pod of the K-22 is a blending of Klingon and Romulan designs, but it cannot be detached in an emergency, for the heart of the ship is located in the main hull, including the computer system and the life-support system.  Also located within the aft hull of the ship are the warp engines, which cannot be jettisoned, as well as the transporter system and the exit ramp.  The cloaking device that is used on this vessel is unreliable at best; it has been confirmed the device is capable of driving crewmembers mad, though Federation medical specialists do not fully understand the cause.
        The most important fact concerning the construction of these vessels was that the Klingons already were producing approximately 80% of the internal components prior to receiving prototypes from the Romulans.  On Stardate 2/1805, the Romulans delivered seven hulls and an undetermined number of cloaking devices, and, within 13 months, the Imperial Navy commissioned its first vessels. 
        The S-11 hulls were fitted out into the K-22A.  As received from the Romulans, they had no mounting point for an aft-firing disruptor.  Intelligence reports indicate that all seven of these vessels were completed, but that afterward no production-model vessels were constructed. The disposition of these seven ships is unknown.
        The first production model, the K-22B, was modified to accept the KD-12.  A further modification was made to allow the KSD shielding system to be installed. These systems increase offensive capabilities by 25% and defensive capabilities by 45%.  These vessels are very maneuverable in combat and have an impressive offensive capability.  Although they are not really capable of fighting major warships, they are able to defend themselves long enough to engage their warp systems to escape, with the ability to travel at Warp 8 in emergencies.
        The K-22B may be found in all areas of space, performing its missions of espionage and terrorism; they have been reported by Klingon, Triangle, Romulan, and Spinward Sector Intelligence as operating in those respective areas.  The ability of the ship to penetrate outer defenses and travel freely about the Federation was seen recently, when one of them was captured by Admiral James T. Kirk.  In an attempt to steal the plans of the secret Genesis Project, a K-22B penetrated Federation space undetected as far as the Mutara Nebula.  Most of the information about this class, and the similar Romulan S-11 scout, was obtained from the computer banks of the captured vessel.
        Of the 79 K-22Bs built, 1 has been captured by Star Fleet and the remaining 78 are believed to be in active service, their whereabouts unknown.  The K-22 is being produced at the Taamar facility at an approximate rate of 20 per year.
        The class name is a reference to the Romulan name for the S-11; the Klingon name D'Gavama is a direct translation of "bird of prey".

Construction Data:
     Model Numbers-
     Ship Class-
     Date Entering Service-
     Number Constructed
   
A
V
2/1805
8
   
B
V
2/1906
72
   
C *
V
2299 A.D.
(classified)
   
F *
V
2217 A.D.
(classified)
   
G *
VI
2234 A.D.
(classified)
   
H *
VI
2247 A.D.
(classified)
Hull Data:
     Superstructure Points-
     Damage Chart-
     Size
         Length-
         Width-
         Height-
         Weight-
     Cargo
         Cargo Units-
         Cargo Capacity-
     Landing Capability-
   
10
C
   
88 meters
130 meters
16 meters
46,300 tons
  
5 units
250 tons
Yes
   
10
C
   
88 meters
130 meters
16 meters
47,000 tons
  
5 units
250 tons
Yes
   
15
C
   
90 meters
133 meters
19 meters
52,500 tons
  
5 units
250 tons
Yes
   
19
C
   
90 meters
133 meters
19 meters
58,340 tons
  
5 units
250 tons
Yes
   
21
C
   
90 meters
133 meters
19 meters
65,300 tons
  
5 units
250 tons
Yes
   
25
C
   
90 meters
133 meters
19 meters
71,900 tons
  
5 units
250 tons
Yes
Equipment Data:
     Control Computer Type-
     Transporters-
         Standard 6-person-
         Emergency 18-person-
         cargo-
     Cloaking Device Type-
         Power Requirement-
  
ZD-4
  
1
None
None
KCB
22
  
ZD-4
  
1
None
None
KCB
22
  
KISC-E
  
1
None
None
KCB
22
  
KISC-E
  
1
None
None
KCB
22
  
KISC-E
  
1
None
None
KCB
22
  
KISC-E
  
1
None
None
KCB
22
Other Data:
     Crew-
     Passengers-
     Shuttlecraft-
  
12
None
None
  
14
None
None
  
15
None
None
  
15
None
None
  
13
None
None
  
10
None
None
Engines and Power Data:
     Total Power Units Available-
     Movement Point Ratio-
     Warp Engine Type-
         Number-
         Power Units Available-
         Stress Charts-
         Maximum Safe Cruising Speed-
         Emergency Speed-
     Impulse Engine Type-
         Power Units Available-
    
25
2/1
KWC-3
1
22
L/M
Warp 7
Warp 8
KIB-1
3
    
25
2/1
KWC-3
1
22
L/M
Warp 7
Warp 8
KIB-1
3
    
34
1/1
KNMW-1
2
13
F/G
Warp 7
Warp 9
KFID-2
8
    
43
1/1
KNMW-2
2
16
F/G
Warp 7
Warp 9
KFID-3
11
    
49
1/1
KNMW-3
2
18
F/G
Warp 7
Warp 9
KFID-4
13
    
55
1/1
KNMW-3
2
18
F/G
Warp 7
Warp 9
KFJD-2
19
Weapons and Firing Data:
     Beam Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Maximum Power-
         Damage Modifiers
               +3
               +2
               +1
     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-

KD-8
2
1f/p, 1f/s
U
7
   
(1 - 7)
(8 - 15)
(16 - 20)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
KP-5
1
F
Q
1
10

KD-8
2
1f/p, 1f/s
U
7
   
(1 - 7)
(8 - 15)
(16 - 20)
KD-12
1
A
H
9
 
(1 - 3)
(4 - 8)
(9 - 10)
KP-5
1
F
Q
1
10

KD-8
2
1f/p, 1f/s
U
7
   
(1 - 7)
(8 - 15)
(16 - 20)
KD-12
1
A
H
9
 
(1 - 3)
(4 - 8)
(9 - 10)
KRP-10
1
F
Q
1
15

KD-8
2
1f/p, 1f/s
U
7
   
(1 - 7)
(8 - 15)
(16 - 20)
KD-12
1
A
H
9
 
(1 - 3)
(4 - 8)
(9 - 10)
KRP-11
1
F
R
1
18

KAVD-17
2
1f/p, 1f/s
U
12
   
(1 - 6)
(7 - 14)
(15 - 18)
KD-12
1
A
H
9
 
(1 - 3)
(4 - 8)
(9 - 10)
KRP-12
1
F
T
1
20

KAVD-20
2
1f/p, 1f/s
V
17
   
(1 - 8)
(9 - 16)
(17 - 21)
KAVD-19
2
A
V
15
 
(1 - 8)
(9 - 16)
(17 - 21)
KRP-14
1
F
V
3
24
Shields Data:
     Deflector Shield Type-
         Shield Point Ratio-
         Maximum Shield Power-
  
KSC
1/1
10
  
KSD
1/2
11
  
KST-W
1/2
14
  
KST-W
1/2
14
  
KST-X
1/2
18
  
KSU
1/2
20
Defense Factor-
Weapon Damage Factor-
45.8
17.7
65.3
21.4
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown

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

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