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Old October 22 2013, 10:24 PM   #111
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Re: Starfleet Procurement Policy Draft

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Allied and Rival State Ship Procurement Policy
The Klingon Empire
The Klingon Empire and its interstellar arm, the Klingon Defense Force, utilize a unique procurement model that takes advantage of the Empire's quasi-feudal structure. Where the Federation Starfleet orders hulls from various shipyards then fits them with mission payload, the Klingon Defense Force acquires starships as contributions from the noble houses of the Klingon Empire. The annual personnel, ship, and resource levies provided by the Great Houses are the most prominent measure of their influence within Klingon society. Reserve procurement consists of House militias, each operating starships reflecting the priorities and capabilities of the house in question.

Well aware of the Great House tendency to overbuild or scale up hull designs, the Klingon Science Institute at Ty'gkor will typically start a hull configuration at roughly three or four times the length of the final design. Once a given hull design and warp geometry is confirmed to work at larger dimensions, the KSI then produces a baseline vessel scaled down to the specs requested by KDF High Command. Baseline prototypes are evaluated and if approved the schematics of the ship class is distributed to the noble houses. Certain sensitive systems component designs are retained by the Science Institute and KDF. These typically include warp reactor design and details on nacelle coil elements. While the largest Great Houses usually have in-house engine design capability, their level of technology is anywhere from five to ten years behind that of the KDF.

Fleet strength goals are set by the Chancellor every third year subject to the approval of the High Council. Once baseline numbers are established the noble Houses are asked to contribute a certain number of hulls per size class. Each House maintains substantial autonomy in how individual ships are configured, ranging from basic dimensions to weapons load out. So long as a vessel meets performance trials in its particular classification, the ship is then accepted into KDF service with a name chosen by the House ghIntaq.

Despite this feudal levy structure, a small number of ships are built entirely by the KDF to maximize quality, commonality and performance. The Chancellor-class is an example of this process, combining the best House refinements of the basic Vor'cha spaceframe with the latest Science Institute testbed systems. The resulting battlecruiser is among the best balanced starship designs in known space. A Chancellor compares favorably with ships of other advanced stellar powers such as the Romulan Mogai and the most recent revision of the Federation Akira class.

Klingon ship designs favor modular monocoque construction. Distinct hull modules are built using high density duranium-tritanium crystalline composite alloys sandwiched with ceramic nanopolymers. Cast rodinium hull plating makes up the outermost layer of the hull and serves as both a pressure hull and armor layer. SIF-integrated trussed frames are used primarily as reinforcement to the basic structure, meaning Klingon ship designs tend to be more densely constructed and less efficient on a cubic meter volume base than comparable Starfleet designs. Due to the use of distinct modules in the frame, Klingon ships easily modified. A single ship might be configured as anything from a torpedo heavy assault ship, to a disruptor based escort, or heavy amphibious troop transport over the course of its career. The latitude given to the Great Houses manifests as substantially different internal configurations. Externally identical ships might feature completely different weapon configurations, deflector shields, cloaking devices, and transporter technology.

The KDF currently uses a battle role based classification system which stresses the importance of a ship's combat mission over its overall payload or size. Because of the wide variation in physical dimensions of ships in what are ostensibly the same design class, the classifications emphasize measurable performance metrics ranging from total primary weapons yield to shield capacity. Ships that are lacking in a given metric might be classified as an inferior support combatant.

For example, certain K'Vort-class ships built by the House of Gannik in the 2350s had a design flaw which compromised their shield geometry and effectiveness. Despite exceeding baseline specs for battlecruisers in every other metric, these ships were bought into service as B'Rel-class raiders and given appropriate identification hardware. Their greater size required more manpower and resources to maintain as raiding vessels than the KDF could afford, and these vessels were sold to private concerns. These ships were later used by Ferengi privateers in an attempted hijacking of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) in 2370. Due to their transponder hardware the Enterprise computer systems registered them as B'Rel-class birds of prey despite the fact the ships had been upgunned well beyond even the K'Vort-class standard.

When a Great House finds a configuration that fits its needs, it will continue producing upgraded variants of existing ship designs despite the availability of more modern hull configurations. Smaller Houses in particular maintain production of older hull frames due to their reluctance (or inability) to discard large investments in industrial fabricators and drydocks. As a result KDF fleet composition eventually tends to coalesce around a small number of highly successful multigenerational ship designs. Examples of this phenomenon include the various Bird of Prey models, the D7/K'tinga family of cruisers, the Vor'cha and Qang type cruisers, and the Negh'var family of battleships.

KDF Ship Classifications
  • Battleship - Heavy line combatant with main weapons battery and deflector shield system of class XII output or higher. Minimum troop complement of 3,000. e.g. Negh'var, Sword of Kahless
  • Battlecruiser - Heavy line combatant with main weapons battery of class XII output or higher and deflecter shield output of class X or higher. Minimum troop complement of 1,500. e.g. Chancellor-class.
  • Attack Cruiser - Line combatant with main weapons battery and deflector shield system of class X output or higher. Minimum troop complement of 1,000. e.g. Vor'cha-class.
  • Strike Cruiser - Support combatant with main weapons battery and deflector shield system of class VII output or higher. Minimum troop complement of 250. e.g. K'Tinga (2370 configuration), Karas-class.
  • Bird of Prey - Light combatant with class V weapons and deflector shield capabilities. e.g. B'Rel-class.

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