The Kuthar-class was a Federation starship type, an Andorian tier 6-rated pilot escort in Starfleet and Andorian Imperial Guard service from the 2410s decade. Its design based on the Kumari-class escort, and the prototype USS Kuthar developed at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards in conjunction with eight other Alpha Quadrant Alliance pilot escort classes. In addition to Starfleet's standard USS code, ships of the class could also carry the prefix I.G.V. (Imperial Guard Ship) and I.G.S. (Imperial Guard Ship). (STO - Season 14: Emergence mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock", STO websites: The Allied Pilot Escort Mega Bundle!, Stats of the Allied Pilot Escort Bundle!)
History and specifications
In 2411, the Alpha Quadrant Alliance cooperated to launch nine more pilot escort starship classes. The original set had been based on Starfleet, Klingon and Romulan designs. The AQA called on its members to contribute the new pilot escorts. The Andorian Imperial Guard launched three prototypes.
The standard weapon equipment was phaser-based but modified by the Andorians. These phasers emitted blue energy beams. The standard complement included dual beam banks, cannon and turrets. In addition, starships were outfitted with quantum torpedo launchers. The hull was defended with deflector shields and deflector arrays. The standard equipment carried a Mark X rating. The equipment was customizable, however.
These escorts were tier 6 starships and a match for most opponents, including some dreadnoughts. They had a standardized Starfleet interior, although the bridge could be modified to look like the one from the original Kumari-class battlecruiser of the 2150s decade. The new pilot escorts could carry any Federation shuttlecraft and were equipped with escape pods. (STO websites: The Allied Pilot Escort Mega Bundle!, Stats of the Allied Pilot Escort Bundle!)
Due to the technological advancement of the early 25th century, high warp velocities and transwarp speeds were attainable. Starfleet installed quantum slipstream drives on all vessels commanded by an officer ranked Vice Admiral or higher. Like any tier 6 vessel, the commanding officer had to carry a minimum rank of vice admiral. (STO - Tour of Duty mission: "Promotion Vice Admiral")
Compared to the other Andorian pilot escorts, the Kuthar class was engineering-centric. The class shared its capabilities with the Oniros- and Dynnasia-classes of the Klingon Defense Force and Romulan Republican Force, repsectively. These variants of pilot escorts drew from Lethean sensibilities of subsystem reinforcement and computer processing speeds, and therefore offered additional engineering bridge officer seating and consoles, while sacrificing little in terms of its offensive capabilities.
Such a pilot escort carried five weapons in the bow and two in the aft. With an additional console, it could be fitted with wing torpedo platforms. Its experimental weapon slot was pre-equipped with the purposely made Alliance hypercannon. The pilot maneuvers mechanic allowed it to use thrusters for tactical purposed in combat. With combat experience gained, a ship of the class, and its crew, benefitted from precise weapon systems which improved accuracy, tactical maneuvering improving defense, enhanced weapon systems increasing damage dealt, and devastating weaponry to improve critical chance. The tier-6 starship trait of the engineering-centric pilot escort was 'painful memories'. (STO websites: The Allied Pilot Escort Mega Bundle!, Stats of the Allied Pilot Escort Bundle!)
The design of the Kuthar-class pilot escort allowed its commanding officer to choose from different hull liveries, which could be modified further. Due to the ship's modular design, hull components were easily exchangebale with those of other Kumari-line escorts and pilot escorts. (STO - The Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
Furthermore, the installation of deflector shields from specific factions modified the hull appearance, including shields from the Reman Resistance, the Breen Confederacy and the Dominion. (STO missions: "Coliseum", "Cold Storage", "Boldly They Rode")
|Andorian starship classes|
|By name||Atlira • Atlirith • Charal • Chimesh • (D3) • Ilthirin • Khyzon • Kumari • Kuthar • Omtil • Shran • Sevaijen • Spirit • Taholsin • Tanathooef • Thofsin • Thozyn • Thris • Umarev • Yravas|
|By type||attack ship • courier • escape pod • escort (2370s-80s) • escort (2400s onwards, Charal-class) • cruiser • destroyer • escort (2400s onwards, Khyzon-class) • escort (2400s onwards,Kumari-class) • battlecruiser (2140s-2260s) • battlecruiser (Interstellar Union, 2290s) • battlecruiser (2380s) • fighter • freighter • frigate • light cruiser (2150s-2160s) • light escort (2400s) • pilot escort (engineering variant) • pilot escort (science variant) • pilot escort (tactical variant) • science vessel • shuttle • surveyor • warship (2140s-2150s) • warship (2360s)|
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