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Old February 20 2012, 08:46 PM   #163
Ian Keldon
Fleet Captain
Re: My homebrew kitbashes

some bonus material on the Aesirs:

From "Jane's Fighting Starships" Communications to the Editor (August 2295 edition)

"Aesir-class Battlecruisers: Soldiers that need to fade away"
Submitted by Commodore Augustus Wainright, Starfleet Plans and Policies Division

Few subjects are as controversial as that of Starfleet's battlecruiser program. Starships designed primarily around combat operations have always been the "third rail" (to use an ancient term) of Plans and Policies debates. Supported mostly by TacFleet and it's boosters, battlecruisers (along with dreadnaughts) are ships built in the sincere hope that they will never have to be employed.

With the general outbreak of peace following the signing of the Khitomer Accord, the time has come to finally face the fact that battlecruisers have never provided a solid return on investment for Starfleet, either because they proved impossible to perfect (as in the disaster that was the Menahga class), or simply were too resource intensive to maintain relative to the amount of time spent on deployment.

The later case is represented by the 2 dozen Aesir class hulls currently gathering dust at Utopia Planetia, Proxima, and Beta Antares Fleet yards. While ton for ton one of the most capable combatants we've ever built, the Aesirs are like Arabian horses: high strung and high maintenance. The PB-49 hybrid/circumfrential nacelles may have provided sustained cruise speeds in the Warp 11 range, but only because the Mark 6 M/AMRC was designed for reactant injection rates nearly 25% greater than any other reactor in service. The attendant need for increased reactant storage led to the elongation of the secondary hull, increasing the ship's mass and reducing it's maneuverability.

With nothing out there appearing to pose any significant threat to Federation interests, the tonnage limits imposed by the Accords, and the overall expense of maintaining relatively inefficient and overly-specialized combat vessels, it's well past time that the Aesir class, like it's mythological namesakes, pass from this world and into legend.
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