Despite its achieveable success during the war, three out of five vessels built were destroyed, but there were more on the drawing board.
|Owner:||United Federation of Planets|
|Mass:||700,000 metric tons|
|Speed:||Warp 9.975 (max.sustainable cruise velocity)|
|Armament:||14 phaser arrays (type XII), 10 phaser emitters (type X), 19 torpedo launchers (2 fore, 2 aft, 3 ventral, 6 saucer), photon torpedoes (mark VI), tricobalt devices, spatial charges|
|Defenses:||Deflector shields, ablative hull armor (like the Defiant)|
In the final months of 2372, as the Dominion War was getting near, Starfleet decided that the Defiant-class vessels won't be enough. Their concern was proven right, as the Valiant and the Sao Paulo were destroyed a month ago, leaving the Defiant the only vessel of its class to be in operation.
The Intrepid-class development project was significantly delayed until the shocking results occurred. The class was then redesignated from an explorer to a destroyer.
Its original technology featured bio-neural circuitry and the revolutionary new class 9 warp drive. However, 14 more photon torpedo launchers were added along with the standard 5, and 10 phaser emitters were installed. Some rooms of the class were armories right behind the torpedo launchers with large complements of torpedoes. The shuttlebays were filled only with type 9 shuttlecraft.
The class also had ablative hull armor installed, like the USS Defiant, to extend its duration in battle. It was also capable of firing numerous phaser strikes at numerous vessels at once.
The USS Intrepid was constructed in 2371, with the USS Voyager closely following it. Both vessels were launched in 2372, with Voyager launching three months after the class prototype. The results were impressive. Both vessels managed to destroy and withstand numerous Jem'Hadar fighters, and with combined effort of both vessels, destroy a Jem'Hadar battle cruiser.
Shortly after the beginning of the Dominion War, the USS Bellerophon was launched. In 2374, the USS Pathfinder and the USS Jefferson were launched.
Despite the successful campaign of the Intrepid-class, the Intrepid was destroyed in 2374 during Operation Return, and the Pathfinder and Jefferson were destroyed during the Second Battle of Chin'toka.