|Type:||strategic heavy cruiser|
|Armaments:|| 6 Pulse phaser cannons|
5 Type XII phaser arrays
3 Quantum torpedo launchers
6 Micro-torpedo phalanx arrays
The Achilles class was designed as a response to a Starfleet design request for a "strategic heavy cruiser" (another example of Starfleet dancing around more militaristic terms, they were in essence asking for a battle cruiser), which were to be a new line of large "pulse phaser" cruisers. Two designs were chosen to participate in the prototype phase of the project, the Achilles and the Swiftsure. With the successful deployment of the pulse phaser cannon on the Defiant-class Starfleet wished to replicate this into a larger more powerful vessel. The Achilles is a fairly conservative design that follows the design lineage of the Intrepid and Sovereign classes. The saucer and engineering hull are directly connected with no neck. The nacelles are connected to the aft of the engineering section by struts at the top of the section that curve downwards, this places the nacelles in line with the saucer section, which helps to keep the ship streamlined.
The primary weapons on the Achilles are six pulse phaser cannons in two banks of three located on the front dorsal section of the saucer. The ship's other weapons' systems are three quantum torpedo launchers, two at the forward edge of the saucer and one launcher at the rear of the engineering section. The ship also has five Type-XII phaser arrays, two located dorsally and two ventral arrays on the saucer as well as a ventral array on the engineering hull. The ship also had a prototype weapon system installed, micro-torpedo Phalanx array. Mounted midway down the engineering section of the ship on the dorsal side the system covering the entire upper hemisphere of the ship. The array allowed the ship to combat multiple vessels with a devastating assault of micro-torpedoes while still keeping its forward firepower focused on a single target.
Problems with the Phalanx array delayed the launch of the first prototype. The Swiftsure prototype made it out of shipyards first and proved itself in its first combat action, however an accident put that ship back into the yards allowing the team working on the Achilles more time. The Achilles prototype was launched in 2373 and test flights proved the vessel to be a excellent vessel. Following the Cardassian Union joining the Dominion Starfleet decided to put the class into production.
The next Achilles did not enter the fleet until after the war with the Dominion begun. Several of the vessels were assigned to Special Operations Command. The ship's formidable firepower, speed and stamina made them perfect ships for SOC operations in highly dangerous areas and for extended missions behind enemy lines. (Star Trek: Swiftfire: "A Dreadful Operation", "Always on My Mind")
|Achilles - Devastator|
Several aspects of this ship have been changed from its game counterpart. The history has been adjusted to fit into Star Trek: Swiftfire continuity by making the class a design competitor for the Swiftsure-class, which is very similar to this class.
Its weapons have been changed as well. The game gives 2 launchers, 8 micro-torpedo arrays and 8 pulse phasers. However, on the model of the ship you can only see two banks of three micro-launchers and the pulse phasers are similarly in two banks of three, even the intro video shows these triple banks so these numbers were adjusted. As for the torpedo launchers, there seem to be two forward launchers in the nose of the saucer an extra was added to the fore and aft launchers. It also doesn't mention the phaser arrays on the model. Two are obvious on the top of the ship and while there are none others visible on the model extra arrays were added to provide a more complete weapons' coverage.
Its crew figure was doubled as well to put it more inline for a vessel of its size.