3.0 Tactical Systems

3.1 Phasers


Phaser Array Arrangement: The dorsal saucer section is covered by four phaser strips; two of which extend from the aft curvature, along the length of the saucer and stop short of the auxiliary deflector incision. The aft firing arc is covered by three smaller arrays angled on the rear of the saucer section. The relative bottom of the ship is protected by four similar arrays as on the dorsal saucer section, extending to the rear of the saucer and following the curve to the aux deflector incision. Along with those arrays, are four small aft-angled phaser strips similar to the dorsal aft-fire strips. Additional protection is provided by a single array that extends laterally across the ventral engineering hull just fore of the warpcore ejection port. Far-aft strips are provided on the underside of the mobile nacelle pylons and under the shuttlebay landing deck on the underside of the ship for a total ship’s complement of 18 arrays.

Phaser Array Type: The Prometheus class utilizes the Type XII array system. The eighteen arrays are all Type-XII, the new standard emitter. Each array fires a steady beam of phaser energy, and the forced-focus emitters discharge the phasers at speeds approaching .986c (which works out to about 182,520 miles per second - nearly warp one). The phaser array automatically rotates phaser frequency and attempts to lock onto the frequency and phase of a threat vehicle's shields for shield penetration.

Phaser Array Output: Each phaser array takes its energy directly from the impulse drive and auxiliary fusion generators. Individually, each type XII-emitter can only discharge approximately 5.1 MW (megawatts). However, several emitters (usually two) fire at once in the array during standard firing procedures, resulting in a discharge approximately 10.2 MW.

Phaser Array Range: Maximum effective range is 300,000 kilometers.
Primary Purpose: Defense/Anti-Spacecraft
Secondary Purpose: Assault

3.2 Torpedo Launchers

Arrangement: Four standard torpedo launchers. Two fore, and two aft. Torpedo tubes one and two (fore), are located over the main deflector dish in the Stardrive section. Aft coverage is handled by a third and fourth torpedo launcher facing the rear of the ship in the upper engineering hull near where it meets the saucer.


Type: Type-6, Mark-XXV photon torpedo, capable of pattern firing (sierra, etc.) as well as independent launch. Independent targeting once launched from the ship, detonation on contact unless otherwise directed by the tactical officer.
Type: Type-7, Mark XI Quantum torpedo, capable of pattern firing (sierra, etc.) as well as independent luanch. Independent targeting once launched from ship, detonation on contact unless otherwise directed by the tactical officer.

Payload: The Prometheus class can carry a maximum of 150 torpedo casings. Of that complement, 10 are typically configured as probes with a manufacturing capacity to produce 10% more torpedoes with available warheads.

Range: Maximum effective range is 3,500,000 kilometers.
Primary purpose: Assault
Secondary purpose: Anti-Spacecraft

3.3 Deflector Shields

Type: Symmetrical occilating subspace graviton field. This type of shield is similar to those of most other starships. Other than incorporating the now mandatory nutational shift in frequency, the shields alter their graviton polarity to better deal with more powerful weapons and sophisticated weaponry (including Dominion, Breen, and Borg systems).

During combat, the shield sends data on what type of weapon is being used on it, and what frequency and phase the weapon uses. Once the tactical officer analyzes this, the shield can be configured to have the same frequency as the incoming weapon - but different nutation. This tactic dramatically increases shield efficiency.


Output: There are 14 shield grids on the Prometheus class and each one generates 157.35 MW, resulting in total shield strength of 2,202.09 MW, however typical shield configuration is 8 emitters with an output of 1,258.8 MW. The power for the shields is taken directly from the warp engines and impulse fusion generators. If desired, the shields can be augmented by power from the impulse power plants. The shields can protect against approximately 52% of the total EM spectrum (whereas a Galaxy class Starship's shields can only protect against about 23% and the Intrepid protects against about 42%), made possible by the multi-phase graviton polarity flux technology incorporated into the shields.

Range: The shields, when raised, maintain an average range is 30 meters away from the hull.
Primary purpose: Defense from hazardous radiation and space-borne particulates.
Secondary purpose: Defense from enemy threat forces

3.4 Ablative Shield Generator

The Ablative Shield Generator is composed of 4 basic components:
1. Subspace divergence field generators.
2. Modified transporter pattern buffer.
3. Molecular pattern storage unit.
4. Emitter array.

Ablative Generator


The subspace divergence field has the ability to duplicate matter atom to atom of equal energy mass (E=mc^2). This field is generated in modified dual shield generators. The field is then shunt into the transporter pattern buffer where the subspace field is processed to give it an energy pattern of certain matter with the same properties such as colour, texture, and strength. The pattern is from the molecular pattern storage unit which contains the energy and molecular pattern of the metal known as adamantium. Adamantium is one of the strongest metals known to exist second only to neutronium. Why adamantium and not neutronium? Neutronium would burn out the pattern buffer instantly. Though adamantium can be replicated, the maximum possible output is only 2kg a day, so therefore, simulated adamantium is the next best solution. Also a starship does not have the energy storage to create a true shell around the ship. The newly formed adamantium pattern is sent to the emitter array where it forms a shell less than 1mm thick around the ship a few metres away, following the contours of the hull like the standard shield grid. This process differs from particle synthesis.

Since the shield generator requires a lot of power to maintain its “molecular structure,” the ship has to sacrifice power from areas that also require a lot of power, such as warp drive or weapons. If for example weapons are needed, then warp engines are deactivated. If warp drive is needed, then weapons are powered down. It is a similar problem for warp capable stealth ships that uses cloaking devices such as the Klingons and the Romulans. Since the adamantium shell does not have a true molecular structure, then the shell can be opened and closed very easily in order to fire weapons for example. Opening in the shell for impulse and thrusters exhaust, warp grille and others are protected by independent force fields.

USS Voyager Deploying Ablative Armor

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License