R-8 (Death Swarm) Class V Escort

«Last Updated – December 15, 2020»

Romulan-R8

design by Morgan Donivan

Known Sphere Of Operation:  Klingon & Triangle Border
Data Reliability:  B
Major Data Source:  Project Grey Ghost; Romulan Sector Intelligence

NOTES:
The Death Swarm is believed to have first entered service in approximately 2257. At the time of it’s launch, it was extremely agile, and reasonably powerful, though its limited interior hull volume leads to a limited tactical systems package. Its RB-8 disruptors were powerful, but were short-ranged, and was backed by a single RP-2 forward torpedo. It is always deployed in groups of three to five vessels in order to overwhelm opposing forces with numbers, forcing attackers to split their defensive fire in multiple directions and maintain full combat shields in all arcs.
The primary virtue of the Death Swarm is simplicity of construction and ease of maintenance. When first introduced, the Type-1 was being produced D’Ravasasz at a healthy rate of five hulls per year. Almost as soon as the RCB cloaking device entered service, the class received it as an upgrade, along with a more powerful impulse engine to help support its power requirements. Conversion of most of the then-extant units was rapid, and new production of this Type-2 continues.
Of the approximate 100 R-8’s built so far, reports indicate that roughly 10 have been destroyerd or scrapped. 4 have been traded to Freeman’s Port although Star Fleet has not been able to access these ships at this time.
The class in named for another native insect of Korma’ahve. Roughly the size of a Terran sparrow but resembling a wasp, the death swarm hunts in packs of 10 individuals, employing sophisticated strategies to take down prey. It is still unknown how the insect developed this mammalian hunting strategy.


Construction Data:
Model Number — Type 1 Type 2
Ship Class — V V
Date Entering Service — 2257 2267
Number Constructed — 40 60
Hull Data:
Superstructure Points — 9 9
Damage Chart — B B
Size:
Length — 103.7 m 103.7 m
Width — 108.1 m 108.1 m
Height — 27.5 m 27.5 m
Weight — 58,633 mt 59,070 mt
Cargo:
Cargo Units — 50 SCU 50 SCU
Cargo Capacity — 2,500 mt 2,500 mt
Landing Capacity — None None
Equipment Date:
Control Computer Type — R-4M R-4M
Transporters:
Standard 9-person — 1 1
Emergency 20-person — 1 1
Cargo — 1 1
Cloaking Device Type — None RCB
Power Requirements — 0 10
Other Data:
Crew — 107 107
Passengers — 6 6
Shuttlecraft – 1 1
Engines And Power Data:
Total Power Units Available — 29 42
Movement Point Ratio — 2/1 2/1
Warp Engine Type — RWC-1 RWC-2
Number — 2 2
Power Units Available — 12 ea. 15 ea.
Stress Charts — M/P N/Q
Max Safe Cruising Speed — Warp 5 Warp 6
Emergency Speed — Warp 7 Warp 8
Impulse Engine Type — RIB-3 RID-3
Power Units Available — 5 12
Weapons And Firing Data:
Beam Weapon Type — RB-8 RB-8
Number — 2 2
Firing Arcs — 1 f/p, 1 f/s 1 f/p, 1 f/s
Firing Chart — N N
Maximum Power — 6 6
Damage Modifiers:
+3 (1-4) (1-4)
+2 (5-9) (5-9)
+1 (10-13) (10-13)
Torpedo Weapon Type — RP-2 RP-2
Number — 1 1
Firing Arcs — 1 f 1 f
Firing Chart — H H
Power to Arm — 1 1
Damage — 8 8
Shield Data:
Deflector Shield Type — RSH RSH
Shield Point Ratio — 1/2 1/2
Maximum Shield Power — 11 11
Combat Efficiency:
D — 69.9 88.9
WDF — 10.4 10.4