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from FASA Star Trek© Starship Tactical Combat Simulator – Federation Ship Recognition Manual (2nd Edition), FASA, Redraw – Brad R. Togersen, text update – Lee Wood
The Kiev class frigate was designed to fill the need for a fast response craft with heavy weapons capability. Serving primarily along the Romulan Neutral Zone, the Kiev was conceived as an interceptor against any Romulan incursions along the border. Currently it has also supplemented fleets along other borders.
The nature of Romulan border incursions- mainly one to three ships using cloaking devices- warranted the development of a ship with intercept capabilities to counter these incursions when detected. Unlike the large intercept groups on the Klingon border, where incursions tend to be of three or more vessels without cloaks, the Romulan border called for a more flexible design which could catch the intruders within the boundaries of Federation space. The Kiev class was chosen to fill this role.
Along the Romulan border, Kievs are usually deployed in groups of two, where they patrol an area of space within a classified radius of Starfleet Neutral Zone monitoring outposts. When a possible Romulan vessel is detected within the neutral zone or Federation space, the Kievs nearest the detected “bogies” are dispatched. Other Kiev groups are then deployed in an entrapment pattern to seal off any potential escape routes for the enemy vessels. Along the Klingon border, Kievs mainly supplement formed fleets and assume the traditional role of a frigate. Kievs have been-known to operate alone within the Triangle.
Kievs carry a contingent of 124 marines aboard. These marines are specialized in boarding operations against starships, with each contingent specially trained in boarding actions against ships particular to their current deployment area. These marines also have two assault shuttlecraft available for any missions that may manifest. These shuttlecraft are in addition to the two standard shuttlecraft aboard.
In October of 2287 (2/23), the USS Ramon and the USS Chawla, both Mk I Kievs, were deployed to assist the USS Richland, Mk III Northampton class frigate, against a Romulan V-6 Gallant Wing which had invaded Federation space. Although the majority of the incident is classified, the Richland had sustained damage to its warp engines while doing battle against the V-6 and was in need of assistance in stopping the Romulan vessel from reentering Romulan space. Due to the actions of the Ramon and Chawla, the Gallant Wing was destroyed and the battle-damaged Richland was escorted back to starbase.
Of the 210 Kiev class frigates built, 66 Mk Is and 91 Mk IIs remain in active service, with 30 Mk Is having been upgraded to Mk IIs. One Mk I and 2 Mk IIs have been assigned to Starfleet Training Command. Twelve Mk Is and 4 Mk IIs have been destroyed. One Mk I is listed as missing and 2 Mk Is and 1 Mk II have been scrapped. The Kiev is manufactured at the Salazaar and Merak shipyards at a combined rate of 14 per year. The Mk I is no longer in production.
|Model –||Mk I||Mk II||Mk III||Mk IV||Mk V||Mk VI|
|Ship Class –||XI||XI||XI||XI||XI||XI|
|Date Entering Service –||2271||2287||2297||2315||2343||2355|
|Number Constructed –||84||43||17||5||Refit||Refit|
|Superstructure Points –||25||28||30||31||46||56|
|Damage Chart –||C||C||C||C||C||C|
|Length –||280 m||280 m||280 m||280 m||280 m||280 m|
|Width –||140 m||140 m||140 m||140 m||140 m||140 m|
|Height –||50 m||50 m||50 m||50 m||50 m||50 m|
|Weight –||167,743 mt||173,363 mt||177,420 mt||179,255 mt||162,503 mt||179,576 mt|
|Total SCU –||150 SCU||150 SCU||150 SCU||150 SCU||150 SCU||150 SCU|
|Cargo Capacity –||7,500 mt||7,500 mt||7,500 mt||7,500 mt||7,500 mt||7,500 mt|
|Landing Capacity –||None||None||None||None||None||None|
|Control Computer Type –||M-4||M-6||M-6A||M-6A||I-6||I-6a|
|Standard 6-person –||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|Combat 20-person –||3||3||3||3||3||3|
|Engines And Power Data:|
|Total Power Units Available –||44||44||56||56||71||71|
|Movement Point Ratio –||3/1||3/1||3/1||3/1||4/1||4/1|
|Warp Engine Type –||FWC-1||FWC-1||FWC-1||FWC-1||FNWD-2a||FNWD-2a|
|Power Units Available –||16 ea.||16 ea.||16 ea.||16 ea.||23 ea.||23 ea.|
|Stress Chart –||O/M||O/M||O/M||O/M||C/D||C/D|
|Max Safe Cruising Speed –||Warp 7||Warp 7||Warp 7||Warp 7||Warp 8||Warp 8|
|Emergency Speed –||Warp 9||Warp 9||Warp 9||Warp 9||Warp 10||Warp 10|
|Impulse Engine Type –||FIF-1||FIF-1||FIG-1||FIG-1||FII-8||FII-8|
|Power Units Available –||12||12||24||24||25||25|
|Weapons And Firing Data:|
|Beam Weapon Type –||FH-8||FH-9||FH-11||FH-18||FNH-23||FNH-33|
|Firing Arcs –||2 f/p, 2 f/s, 2 a||2 f/p, 2 f/s, 2 a||2 f/p, 2 f/s, 2 a||2 f/p, 2 f/s, 2 a||2 f/p, 2 f/s, 2 a||2 f/p, 2 f/s, 2 a|
|Firing Chart –||T||X||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Maximum Power –||5||6||10||12||18||25|
|Torpedo Weapon Type –||FP-4||FP-4||FP-9||FP-9||FP-11||FP-22|
|Firing Arcs –||1 f, 1 a||1 f, 1 a||1 f, 1 a||1 f, 1 a||1 f, 1 a||1 f, 1 a|
|Firing Chart –||S||S||R||R||S||R|
|Power to Arm –||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Deflector Shield Type –||FSL||FSP||FSS||FSQ||FST||FSU|
|Shield Point Ratio –||1/3||1/4||1/4||1/4||1/4||1/4|
|Maximum Shield Power –||14||16||20||30||45||50|