it was not exactly big, but with an adjusted scale it would probably work.
For some reason Cryptic has decided that all freighters in this game must look alike.
Even though we know the Cardassians and Klingons appearently used the same design, with the Klingon larger by a factor of 2 in all dimensions (meaning 8 times it volume), it's a bit odd the Feds do as well.
Maybe the ships are all produced by ACME...or maybe, given the rushed way the game was put out ,they never bothered to make any more models.
(maybe with a cargo pod attached to the bottom) would make a good freighter for the Feds with the current model used by the Cardassians and the Klingon one replaced by one of those posted here. /END OFF-TOPIC RANT**
Anyway, I like your idea about defense missions.
We already have the opposite with the Pi Canis Raids, why not escort missions for freighters from the Homeworld to the front?
Ganalda is our jump-off point into enemy space.
It must be supplied at all times.
You do have a point, though, about the "newer" ships... Though I think the only reason they use the same is because the show FX guys got lazy and recycled a lot (that's the real reason you see excelsiors and mirandas in the DS9 showdowns) and then they fill in a back story to justify it lol
Still, I'm not complaining. Whatever they look like, it would add a couple of dimensions to the game.