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- For other uses, see Chimera.
History and specifications
The starship development project for what would become the Chimera began at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards at Mars in the year 2405. Named "Project Lotus", it was a top-secret program conceived by Starfleet planners to produce a medium-sized starship maneuverable enough to engage the Klingon bird-of-prey raiders and square with Negh'Var-class battlecruisers. With that function in mind, Project Lotus aimed to design the vessel around the Dynamic Tactical System (DTS), a weapon system for targeting multiple targets at once.
A key contributor to the project was Commander Nog, who joined Project Lotus after completing his tour as chief engineer aboard the USS Enterprise-E. At Utopia Planitia, Nog joined a cadre of Advanced Starship Design Bureau engineers.
The prototype, USS Chimera (NCC-97400) was launched in 2407. Nog received a promotion to captain to become the ship's commanding officer. The Chimera and its sister ships were deployed in the war with the Klingon Empire. Unfortunately, the complexity of constructing a ship around the DTS hindered mass production. (STO Issue 02: "U.S.S. Chimera NCC-97400")
In the year 2409, the Starfleet Corps of Engineers (SCE) had been working on a special new destroyer class starship, designed for high-level combat situations. The project was so secret that access to the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards was restricted for months while the project was completed.
The Chimera-class heavy destroyer was similar to an escort, but had many qualities of light cruisers and science vessels. While in its innate regenerative mode, excess power was transferred to the auxiliary systems and deflector shields. It was equipped with a prototype Dynamic Tactical System (or DTS). This system allowed the Chimera to transform between regenerative mode and tactical mode. In regenerative mode, the tachyon inversion beam was enabled, which could siphon shields from multiple targets. Activating tactical mode transferred additional power to weapons. In tactical mode, the DTS enabled a powerful multi-targeting Lotus, which was capable of piercing multiple targets. However, while in tactical mode, the deflector shields and auxiliary power systems were weakened and the tachyon inversion beam was disabled. (STO Issue 02: "U.S.S. Chimera NCC-97400")
Following the success of the Chimera class, the Manticore-class heavy destroyer was an upgraded version. Due to their modular design, components were interchangeable between Chimera- and Manticore-class starships. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
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|Chimera-class heavy destroyer starships|
|standard configuration||Chimera • Manticore • Sphinx|
|variant configuration||Manticore-subclass: Manticore • NCC-93202|
|Terran Empire Starfleet
|standard configuration||ISS Chimera • unnamed|
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- What would become the Chimera was submitted to Cryptic Studios by Jason "Vektor" Lee for the USS Enterprise-F fan design contest. Lee named the design Magellanic class. Cryptic Studios incorporated the ship for the heavy destroyer, a new type of ship and reward for Lifetime Subscription players.
- STO Issue 02: "U.S.S. Chimera NCC-97400"
- Season 6 Dev Blog #31 at the official Star Trek Online website.
- Chimera Heavy Destroyer article at The Star Trek Online Wiki.