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Old June 28 2012, 06:11 PM   #158
C.E. Evans
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Re: The operational status of NCC 1701-A...?

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True, but the refit took what 18 months?
Part of that 18 months included a redesigning (and likely R&D of new systems) phase of unknown length that wouldn't be necessary for subsequent ships. Subsequent upgrades could be accomplished in less time.
If you could build a brand new ship in less time than that. Which is more efficent?
It may really be just as easy (if not possibly easier) to upgrade an existing Constitution-class ship than to build a totally new one from scratch. Of course, with an existing ship, you've already got a basic spaceframe already in place for modification. After the incorporation of the already proven newer systems and hull components, the rest would be a matter of cosmetic changes.
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