The USS Axanar completed its pre-space trials at Utopia Planitia yards, in the Sol System, in early 2372. It is one of the last Akira class vessels scheduled for construction.
The Akira is one of the very few Starfleet vessels which is heavily biased toward the combat role. The ships carry an extremely heavy torpedo armament of no less than 18 photon torpedo tubes. 13 of these are mounted in the large roll bar pod, seven facing forwards, and three each mounted to port/starboard aft; the remaining five are located in the saucer section, two of which face directly out to port and starboard – an unusual feature in a Starfleet vessel.
Another unusual feature of the Akira class is the hangar bay arrangements. There are two large shuttle bays in the saucer section, one at the forward edge of the saucer section and one at the rear. These are linked together through the centre of the ship, allowing large numbers of launch and landing operations to be handled simultaneously. During peacetime this allows the Akira to deploy large numbers of small craft, or ferry evacuees on board at a high rate. As standard, the Akiras carry a single squadron of Peregrine class fighters, three Danube class runabouts, and three dozen shuttles and utility craft, plus any mission-specific vehicles. During times of conflict, loads of 36 or more fighters are regularly carried.
The USS Akira entered service in 2363, and a rapid production run put nearly a hundred others into the fleet over the next twelve years. Most were assigned to units on the outer Federation territories, performing patrol and presence missions as well as the normal mapping and exploration duties which any Starfleet vessel is expected to handle.
More recently the escalation of tensions at the Federation’s core over the last few years has led to almost all of the Akiras being recalled to operate nearer to Earth; thirty five have been assigned to the Typhon Sector Fleet in 2370, and the remainder being assigned to areas adjacent to the Cardassian, Klingon and Romulan borders.
The Akira is due to cease production in 2373.
|Class Name :||Akira Class|
|Type :||Heavy Cruiser|
|Unit Run :||189 built in total. 12 have been lost in all. The class remains in production.|
|Commissioned :||2363 – present|
|Dimensions :||Length : 464.43 m
Beam : 316.67 m
Height : 87.43 m
Decks : 19
|Mass :||3,055,000 metric tons|
|Crew :||500, evacuation limit 4500|
|Armament :||3 x Type X phaser arrays, total output 17,500 TeraWatts
15 x Pulse fire photon torpedo tube with 300 rounds
|Defence Systems :||Standard shield system, total capacity 1,876,500 TeraJoules
Standard Duranium/Tritanium Double hull plus 5.4 cm High density armour.
Standard level Structural Integrity Field
|Warp Speeds :||Normal Cruise : 6
Maximum Cruise : 9.3
Maximum Rated : 9.8 for 12 hours.
|Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
|Beam Firepower : 350
Torpedo Firepower : 3,750
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 910
Shield Strength : 695
Hull Armour : 640
Speed : 1,203
Combat Manoeuvrability : 1,880
|Overall Strength Index :||1,493|
|Diplomatic Capability :||3|
|Expected Hull Life :||80|
|Refit Cycle :||Minor : 1 year
Standard : 1 years
Major : 20 years