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01-13-2013, 05:56 PM
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I do wish they would make set ships Tier III or V retrofits. Say what you will but if teeny tiny Defiant can pack a punch why not a retrofitted classic?!
The Defiant was and is the Federation's only purpouse-built offensive Warship.
Star Trek is just about the only sci-fi franchise to have gotten it right: the most powerful ships of war would be smaller, not larger (at Starfleet's level of technology) simply because in space combat, inertia is your number one enemy.
You can purpouse-build a ship the size of a Dreadnought to wage nothing but war, but suddenly you're a cumbersome platform and relying (in the shows/movies) on many underpowered 360-degree weapon platforms instead of very destructive fore weapons that you can reliably bring to bear with superior mobility.
It seems like it's very 'cool' among the uninformed on these forums to rip on the Defiant, as if it was unrealistic somehow that it would be one of the Federation's most powerful vessels. In fact, it's anything
It's all down to warp core miniaturization, making a warp core small enough to supply power to this fearsome weaponry, something the Federation have mastered.