D-4 (Predator) Class VII Cruiser

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from Klingon Ship Recognition Manual, 2nd Edition, FASA, design by Forest G. Brown, graphics by Dana Knutson

Known Sphere Of Operation: Interior of the Klingon Empire
Data Reliability: A for all models
Major Data Source: Models A and E in Star Fleet possession, Klingon Sector Intelligence

The D-4, predecessor to the famed D-7 class, pioneered the command pod forward design that has become the standard for most modern Klingon warships. The class was introduced on Stardate 1/8407 with the commissioning of eight ships, which had been produced at the alarming rate of one per month at facilities operating as if under wartime production orders. This was a clear signal that the Klingons were either preparing for a war with either Romulan or Federation forces or were involved in a conflict along an unknown border. Only recently, because of intelligence gained from Operation Dixie, has it come to light that the Klingons were in fact being attacked by an unknown enemy along their coreward border. During this conflict the D-4 saw extensive action and went through several different modifications, many of which were never brought into production. This conflict ended somewhere around Stardate 1/8610, slowing further development.

On Stardate 1/9108, the D-4E was tested and proclaimed successful. Production was converted over to this newer model, and, by Stardate 1/9203, the first vessels were commissioned. By 1/9501, the D-4A was no longer being produced, and most of the D-4A’s in service were being converted to D- 4E’s, which mounted a more powerful impulse drive system.

The major improvement was the replacement of the KD-2 by the KD-3, with a range of 120,000 km, extending the offensive capability of the D-4 by 20,000 km. The shielding system was also upgraded, with the new KSE system giving the ship 65% more protection from incoming fire. The superstructure was strengthened to handle the uprated equipment. Even though the D-4 proved to be valuable in combat, witnessed by its class name of “Predator” from the Klingon “d’ama”, its days were numbered. The D-7, with its higher firepower and more powerful engines, would replace it by Stardate 2/0806.

Of the 814 D-4s built, 277 are in reserve fleets (48 As and 229 Es), 462 were destroyed, 14 have been captured (3 As and 6 Es by Star Fleet and 2 As and 3 Es by the Romulans), 6 reported as missing, 16 were scrapped, 11 sold to the Orions (4 As and 7 Es), and 28 sold to prominent families of the Empire (10 As and 18 Es).

Construction Data:
Model – A E
Ship Class – VII VII
Date Entering Service – 2239 2249
Number Constructed – 430 384
Hull Data:
Superstructure Points – 16 17
Damage Chart – C C
Length – 205 m 205 m
Width – 130 m 130 m
Height – 45 m 45 m
Weight – 82,485 mt 84,595 mt
Total SCU – 80 SCU 80 SCU
Cargo Capacity – 4,000 mt 4,000 mt
Landing Capacity – None None
Equipment Date:
Control Computer Type – ZD-5 ZD-5
Standard 6-person – 3 3
Emergency 18-person – 1 1
Cargo – 4 4
Other Data:
Crew – 295 305
Shuttlecraft – 4 4
Engines And Power Data:
Total Power Units Available – 30 34
Movement Point Ratio – 4/1 4/1
Warp Engine Type – KWC-1 KWC-1
Number – 2 2
Power Units Available – 14 ea. 14 ea.
Stress Chart – L/O L/O
Max Safe Cruising Speed – Warp 7 Warp 7
Emergency Speed – Warp 8 Warp 8
Impulse Engine Type – KIB-2 KID-1
Power Units Available – 2 6
Weapons And Firing Data:
Beam Weapon Type – KD-2 KD-3
Number – 5 5
Firing Arcs – 2 f/p, 2 f/s, 1 a 2 f/p, 2 f/s, 1 a
Firing Chart – G I
Maximum Power – 4 5
Damage Modifiers:
+3 (-) (-)
+2 (-) (-)
+1 (1-10) (1-12)
Shield Data:
Deflector Shield Type – KSB KSE
Shield Point Ratio – 1/1 1/1
Maximum Shield Power – 6 10
Combat Efficiency:
D – 41.9 50.3
WDF – 7 13.5