The Qor (“Battle”)-class Battlecruiser is an intermediate capital ship design used by the Klingon Empire. In service beginning in the early 2300s, the Qor-class built on the success of the long-serving K’t’inga-class, but at a scale more comparable to contemporary Federation and Romulan ships.
With a length of 342.9m, the Qor-class was still smaller than the Federation’s large explorer ships, but this mostly reflects a difference in role and design philosophy. Whereas the Federation tend to favour very large, luxuriously-appointed vessels with a more generalised role – explorers that can be pressed into service as capital ships – the Klingons favour a more directly military approach to their ship design, and their ships are built expressly for combat and generally more powerful on a ton-for-ton basis. In addition, Klingon military tactics tend to favour smaller ships for highly mobile, slashing attacks using the spatial equivalent of light cavalry squadron tactics.
The Qor-class was designed by the House of Martok as a new battlecruiser design intended to supplement and replace the aging K’t’ingas and D7s of the Imperial Fleet. Due to the aforementioned steady increase in the average size of Federation vessels, the basic K’t’inga hull plan was scaled up to make the incorporation of new technologies easier. This necessitated a thorough redesign, however, and the class is its own design rather than just a scaled-up D7.
The initial run of Qor-class ships offered the Klingon commander vast increases in effective combat power, but the early ships were troubled by a poorly-designed new warp system that never produced the higher warp velocities it promised. The House of Martok lost some standing over this, and the Qor gained a reputation as having “disappointing” performance, even though it was an increase over the K’t’inga in almost every respect.
Following the strengthening of the Federation alliance and new technology-sharing agreements, the Qor-class were upgraded with improved warp reactors and control suites, which allowed the ships to finally achieve the Warp 9.4 that the original engines had so confidently promised.
- Length: 342.9m
- Beam: 281m
- Height: 109.5m
- Mass: ~1,980,000 metric tons
- Decks: 36
- Complement: 620 (plus up to 600 ground troops)
- Speed: Warp 8.7 (original engines) / Warp 9.4 (2250 refit)
- Armament: 8 disruptor cannons, 2 pylon-mounted heavy disruptors, 2 torpedo tubes (1 forward, 1 rear-firing; upgrading to 2 forward, 1 rear in refit)
The obvious solution to the problem of Star Trek’s ridiculous paucity of Klingon ship designs (and consequent insanely long service lives for the ones they do have) is to build some of my own designs.
This one’s supposed to be an intermediate step between the TMP-era K’t’inga and the TNG Vor’cha, obviously borrowing heavily from the D7/K’t’inga design but evolving it in a sort of TNG-esque direction. Sort of the Klingon version of the Ambassador-class.
The “poor warp system” of the writeup is supposed to be a kind of nod to onscreen Trek canon, even though I’ve been forced into the opinion that at least some of the visuals are lying to us (the Bird-of-Prey size paradox, for instance, makes no objective sense at all and I discount the visuals of the ~330m BoP of TNG).
Anyway, my thinking is that if the ships got a reputation for disappointing performance, it might explain why we’ve never seen any until now.
Still, this ship would make far more sense than the ~330m Bird of Prey that TNG blessed us with, and way more sense than still using TMP-era K’t’ingas in the Battle of Deep Space Nine. That’s about a hundred and fifty years of service life for the same hull design, and as I’ve said, there really does come a point at which “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” no longer holds water.