CLASS NAME: M-8 "Nightwing"
CLASS TYPE: Assault Ship
GOVERNMENT: Romulan Empire

Port
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Dorsal
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Bow
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BRAD'S COMMENTS:  Same as the M-4.  Window dressing.  Actually lighter in terms of armor and power.  Won't serve as any kind of offensive or defensive weapon when faced with solid opposition.  Keep this class protected behind a screen of light cruisers or destroyers, if at all possible.  Otherwise, try and keep planets and asteroid between this ship and the enemy.  Aesthetically, I love the feather pattern on the upper surface of the hull!  This will be a recurring theme among most Romulan vessels, as they strive for bird-like quality.

From the FASA Star Trek ROMULAN SHIP RECOGNITION MANUAL, circa 1985
M-8 (Nightwing) Class VIII Assault Ship
Known Sphere Of Operation: Conflict areas
Data Reliability: D Major Data Source: Project Grey Ghost; Triangle Sector Intelligence
        Useful for both troops and cargos, the M-8 assault ships are reported to be the second most important troop carriers in the Romulan Navy.  Although the M-8s do not carry as many troops as do the M-4s, they are capable of keeping pace with any fast-moving fleet, as well as being more maneuverable than their counterparts and carrying more effective shields.  Of the approximately 100 built, nearly all are in active service.  Approximately 60 vessels of this class are thought to be operating in the civil sec- tor, but, until close scans are possible, this will remain speculation.  If the expected confirmation is forthcoming, intelligence will upgrade the Data Reliability to B, for several of these vessels are suspected to be operating in the Triangle.  The class is named from the RomuIan temar vastari (night flyers), in reference to a large reptilian bird of Hannrileth, solid black in color.  In keeping with its namesake, the assault ships reportedly are painted midnight black.

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

Type 1
VIII
2/14
100
Hull Data:
     Superstructure Points-
     Damage Chart-
     Size
         Length-
         Width-
         Height-
         Weight-
     Cargo
         Cargo Units-
         Cargo Capacity-
     Landing Capability-

12
B

260 meters
172 meters
72 meters
103,500 tons
  
2,000 units
100,000 tons
None
Equipment Data:
     Control Computer Type-
     Transporters-
         Standard 9-person-
         Combat 20-person-
         cargo-
     Cloaking Device Type-
         Power Requirement-
  
R4M
  
3
5
3
None
None
Other Data:
     Crew-
     Troops-
     Shuttlecraft-
  
62
700
4
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-
    
38
3/1
RWE-1
2
13
I/L
Warp 7
Warp 8
RID-3
12
Weapons and Firing Data:
     Beam Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Maximum Power-
         Damage Modifiers
               +3
               +2
               +1

RB-7a
2
1p, 1s
M
4
   
(1 - 3)
(4 - 9)
(10 - 14)
Shields Data:
     Deflector Shield Type-
         Shield Point Ratio-
         Maximum Shield Power-
  
RSH
1/2
8
Defense Factor-
Weapon Damage Factor-
63.2
6.0

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