Akira class starship

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The USS Thunderchild (NCC-63549), an Akira class starship
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The USS Thunderchild (NCC-63549), an Akira class starship

In the Star Trek fictional universe, the Akira class is a type of starship used by Starfleet. Akira class starships served during the Dominion War; several Akira class starships were destroyed by Cardassian orbital defense platforms in the Chin'toka system in 2374. The Akira class also served during the Battle of Sector 001 in 2373.

Ships of the Akira class are large vessels composed of a circular, saucer-shaped primary hull with a low-slung navigational deflector and two beams rising from the top heading aft; the beams attach to an arch, which supports two warp nacelles at its ends and a weapons pod that fires photon torpedoes at its zenith. Like the Steamrunner class, the main bridge, primary dorsal phaser strip and lifeboats are embedded into the saucer to provide for better protection from enemy fire by blocking against attacks. The ventral saucer is occupied with the navigational deflector, a photon torpedo tube and additional lifeboats. The design of the Akira class superficially resembles a catamaran and the old NX class, particularly from the dorsal profile. This similarity led some fans to dub the Enterprise (NX-01) the "Akiraprise".

There are often disputes about the amount of weaponry present on the Akira class, as many technical (which are non-canon according to Paramount canon policy) manuals cite that the Akira is only three quarters the length of the Sovereign class, therefore it may not have enough space onboard to stockpile enough torpedoes for fifteen torpedo launchers. In the video game Star Trek: Bridge Commander(which is non-canon according to Paramount canon policy), the Akira class is shown as a light attack and scout vessel with 8 standard phaser banks and six photon torpedo launchers. The issue is still currently in dispute.

In the real world, the Akira class was designed by Alex Jaeger of Industrial Light and Magic and first appeared on Star Trek: First Contact.

Known Akira class cruisers


Star Trek starship classes

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Akira | Ambassador | Constellation | Constitution | Danube | Defiant | Excelsior | Galaxy | Intrepid
Miranda | Nebula | Nova | Oberth | Olympic | Prometheus | Sovereign | Steamrunner | Wells
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