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from FASA’s Star Trek© The Role Playing Game Supplement – The Romulans: Starfleet Intelligence Manual
Known Sphere Of Operation: Empire-wide use
Data Reliability: B for all models
Major Data Source: Romulan Sector Intelligence
This shuttlecraft is carried by many Romulan vessels, especially those not capable of atmospheric landing. It is quite versatile, able to be refit within about 30 minutes from its usual capacity of 1 pilot and 7 passengers to an emergency landing craft carrying up to 12 passengers or cargo craft with the passenger seats removed.
The Songbird travels as a maximum of .82 light-speed and is not capable of warp speed. Some models, usually those aboard combat vessels, are mounted with twin disruptors. These are mounted under the nose and have a 180° field of fire; they are considered useless against larger space born targets like starships, but are effective against many ground targets. However in larger groups, the Type-2 and Type-3 can discourage enemy ships.
The most dramatic example of this was in 2273 when a Klingon D-20 attempted to attack a small Romulan station along the mutual border. The Klingon commander waited until the stations patrol support was at it’s farthest distance and launched his attack. With it’s nearest help several minutes away, the base commander launched his entire complement of H-11s. Individually, the shuttles were ineffective against the cruiser, but did force the Klingon vessel into a global defense pattern, reducing the D-20’s combat effectiveness. In the end, the Klingon commander was only able to fire several shots before being forced to withdraw by the return of the stations support cruisers. Only one shuttle was lost in the battle, a testament to the maneuverability and capability of these small craft.
The unarmed Type-1 and Type-3 remain in production, with 10 Type-1s and 60 Type-3s produced each year. Commercial production of the Type-1 is estimated at 40 or more per year. The Type-1 is a common sight throughout the Triangle.
The ships is named for the distinctive high-pitched whine of the armed versions disruptors, lending the craft its unusual name.
|Model Number —||Type-1||Type-2||Type-3|
|Ship Class —||I||I||I|
|Date Entering Service —||2252||2264||2271|
|Number Constructed —||1120||450||330|
|Superstructure Points —||1||2||2|
|Damage Chart —||C||C||C|
|Length —||11.65 m||11.65 m||11.65 m|
|Width —||9.2 m||9.2 m||9.2 m|
|Height —||3.4 m||3.4 m||3.4 m|
|Weight —||2,041 mt||3,941 mt||3,991 mt|
|Cargo Units —||12 SCU||12 SCU||12 SCU|
|Cargo Capacity —||6,600 mt||6,600 mt||6,600 mt|
|Landing Capacity —||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Control Computer Type —||R-1M||R-1M||R-1M|
|Standard 9-person —||1||1||1|
|Engines And Power Data:|
|Total Power Units Available —||2||4||4|
|Movement Point Ratio —||1/3||1/3||1/3|
|Max Safe Cruising Speed —||Warp 0.52||Warp 0.54||Warp 0.54|
|Emergency Speed —||Warp 0.82||Warp 0.84||Warp 0.84|
|Impulse Engine Type —||RIA-1 (x2)||RIA-2 (x2)||RIA-2 (x2)|
|Power Units Available —||1 ea.||2 ea.||2 ea.|
|Weapons And Firing Data:|
|Beam Weapon Type —||–||RB-1||RB-2|
|Firing Arcs —||–||1 f/p 1 f/s||1 f/p 1 f/s|
|Firing Chart —||–||G||K|
|Maximum Power —||–||2||2|
|Deflector Shield Type —||RSA||RSA||RSA|
|Shield Point Ratio —||1/1||1/1||1/1|
|Maximum Shield Power —||5||5||5|