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Last Updated June 24, 2007
Challenger Heavy Frigate


United Federation of Planets
Class Heavy Combat Vessel
Availability Restricted Deployment (10%)
In Service 2352
Out of Service n/a
Source Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Best of Both Worlds"
Author Tyrel Lohr
Last Updated November 23, 2002
Challenger Heavy Frigate

A rare hull, the Challenger Heavy Frigate was a design study on the feasability of a new style of phaser array. Although new phaser array technology had greatly improved the arcs of fire compared to older phaser banks they felt that there was still room for viable improvement. Using scaled down versions of existing designs, the Challenger was constructed.

The finished model of the Challenger was in many ways a design success. Three heavy phasers could be installed on the vessel with extreme arcs of fire allowing it excellent weapons coverage even after sustaining damage. However, unlike almost every other Starfleet vessel, the Challenger was not equipped with photon torpedo launchers at all, the extra space being needed to house the phaser's associated equipment and power systems. These facts combined with the design's other failings led Starfleet to limit future new construction of Challenger hulls and the design was shelved.

When the Borg first invaded Federation space, at least one Challenger Heavy Frigate was activated to serve in Admiral Hanson's defense fleet. The new Starfleet technologies would not turn the tide of battle at Wolf 359. After the Borg attack Starfleet research proceeded in new directions, and the Challenger was all but forgotten, the few surviving specimens left to defend important worlds in the role of a light system monitor.

Ship Control Sheet(s):
Challenger Heavy Frigate - SCS
 Restricted Deployment (10%)
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Related Entries:
Galaxy Command Ship
Design Notes:

The Challenger is another of the ship models created for the Wolf 359 graveyard scene. Made up of Galaxy parts,
I conjectured that the ship--which is a departure from conventional Starfleet design--must have been a prototype model for new
technologies research.

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