The Invincible-class Carrier-Heavy Battleship
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Join Date: Dec 2007
06-02-2012, 03:40 PM
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Also, just going to throw this out there, the entire concept of "carriers" in Star Trek is nonsense. Its just trying to apply earth-bound naval strategy to space, where it is completely pointless. The weapons in Star Trek are far too powerful, and far too fast, for carriers to have a purpose. Why have twenty ships that explode when you so much as shine a light on them try to deliver a payload of twenty photon torpedoes and twenty mid-range phasers, when you can put a few high-power phaser strips and a quantum torpedo launcher in half the space it takes to launch those twenty ships.
Well, one of the maxims of war is that there is a use for any weapon, it just takes the right commander to find it. Fighters would have uses in Star Trek, but only those an armed shuttle would have...namely, ground support, recon, and close-in attack. As was shown in one episode of STTNG, launching fighters against a starship that can see them coming and has nothing else to worry about is a futile effort, as the starship has enough spare firepower to sweep them all aside without even slowing down (as the Enterprise demonstrated while the crew were under alien control).
Against such a target, you need another ship able to occupy the starship while the fighters move into their range, or have the ability to hide them until they are in effective range. At that point, the massed firepower of the fighters will actually exceed that of a starship, and can result in crippling damage before the target is aware of what's happened. The downside is that, should the attack fail to cripple the ship, or the fighters are seen before they can fire, the fighters will be doomed. For this reason, I think it's more than likely that a large part of the fighter designs seen in STO are stealth and ECM equipment to throw off enemy targeting systems, which is why they require a carrier to haul them around....all that gear means a warp drive that is probably extremely short-ranged and/or short duration. Unlike a standard shuttlecraft or runabout, a fighter would probably only be able to maintain warp speed for a few minutes.
Anyway, that's my take on it.