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The Raptor class was a name given to a small Klingon scout vessel in Imperial Defense Force service beginning in the 22nd century, first commissioned around 2130. (ENT episode: "Sleeping Dogs"; Decipher RPG module: Starships; ST reference: The Official Starships Collection)


The Klingon Raptor-class scout ship was a small raiding vessel that first entered service in the 2130s. They were typically employed to patrol the edge of Imperial space and raid alien outposts and ships. (ST reference: The Official Starships Collection)

The Raptor class was considered a type of bird-of-prey. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Live by the Code)

The basic design was similar to the D5-class battlecruiser, with a primary hull connected with the engineering hull through a long, narrow neck. A warp nacelle was attached to a wing on either side of the Raptor. Unlike the D5, the Raptor's wings were upswept. At 145 meters in the 22nd century, the ship was shorter than a D5-class battlecruiser. The access hatch was the top-most part of the ship. A disruptor turret sat on top of the main bridge, on the head section. Sensor arrays were mounted to the fore of the wings. The reactor pit was located behind a red grill in the bulge on between the wings. The impulse engines were attached to the aft. (ST reference: The Official Starships Collection)

The vessel lacked escape pods. (ENT episode: "Sleeping Dogs")

The Raptor's hull was twice as thick as that of an Earth Starfleet NX-class starship, and reinforced with a coherent molecular alloy that enabled it to withstand pressures of up to 15.000 GSC.

Although the ship was designed to survive for a maximum of six months without returning to Klingon space, a Raptor-class scout rarely operated far from other Klingon starships.

The Raptor had a crew complement of 12. The ship's galley was located on deck four. A targ pit provided live food for the crew. Its bridge design followed the standard Klingon design ethics, with a central command chair facing a forward viewscreen. The bridge could be operated by a minimum of three officers. Main engineering, called the reactor pit, was located one deck below the bridge. (ST reference: The Official Starships Collection)

By the 24th century, the ship's length was shortened to 105 meters, the number of decks reduced to three. (Decipher RPG module: Starships)


The Raptor-class scout was launched in the 2130s. (ST reference: The Official Starships Collection)

The Raptor was named by Vulcans who fell victim to these vessels, which were frequently used by Klingons to raid shipping and exploratory vessels. (Decipher RPG module: Starships) The Vulcans' database contained 900 pages of information about his ship type. (ENT episode: "Sleeping Dogs"; ST reference: The Official Starships Collection)

In 2151, the Raptor-class was one of the first Klingon starship classes encountered by Humans. Earth Starfleet got a good look on Klingon technology when a landing party boarded the derelict IKS Somraw and helped save the ship from destruction in a gas giant's atmosphere. It was here that Humans first learned about photon torpedoes.

Gradually, the Raptor-class scout was supplanted by the newer Klingon bird-of-prey, which had a similar mission profile. The Raptor's basic arrangement was reserved for battlecruisers rather than small vessels. (ST reference: The Official Starships Collection) Nevertheless, the class remained in service into the 24th century. (Decipher RPG module: Starships)

By the early 25th century, the Raptor class had spawned its own starship classification, the raptor escort. The venerable Raptor-class scout was finally succeeded by the Somraw-class raptor escort. (ST video game: Star Trek Online)

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Bird-of-prey classes
Romulan birds-of-prey 2150slate-2150s bird-of-prey22nd century23rd century (Kelvin timeline)24th centuryT'varoT'LissVas HathamTemar Vastaram Romulan insignia image.
Reman birds-of-prey T'varo Romulan insignia image.
Klingon birds-of-prey 22nd century2260s23rd century (Kelvin timeline)M'ChlaB'relChuq'BehD12D'GavamaE4E6G2KhitomerK'vortQuDZ'gavastaZ'gavvaQulDunNorghKi'tangHegh'ta Klingon insignia image.
Klingon starship classes
Klingonese names AkifAn'quatBaSro'BatlhBre'elB'relB'RotlhBaka Re'Ber'taaBesz Ra'te'BirokBortasBortaS bIrBortasqu'Ch'TangCharghCharghwI'Chava'KalChontayChunDabChuq'BehChutokDaSpuD'akaD'amaDath D'lanD'esta KarD'GavamaDujHodEakin K'nallFek'lhrFer'JaiH'ban PavHaqtajHegh'taHoH'SuSJachJach'EngJfolokhKlinzhaiK'mirraK'nallK'nelK't'aggaK't'allaK't'ingaK't'karaK't'maraK't'rikaK'TancoK'vortK'vort ChaKalathKamaragKarasKas MaalK'el Ri'andaKh'exrilinK'hanakhKhitomer (bird-of-prey)Kl'arKlolodeKl'sarzaKl'xenovaKolothKom Ka'desKomo ValKorathKorebaKoro't'ingaKronosK'tochL'rexaLar'halLara'atanLI'wI'Mas To GalMat'HaMay'DujM'ChlaMoghMoQMortum HestaNa Ra'denNegh'VarNemosinNing'taoNorghNovNuQ'DujOnirosPachPeghqu'PIHPlen ZhaPumwI'Puyjaqqa'HoSQangQaw'DunQeh'RalQexaQeylIS BetleHQibQinQojQorghQuDQughRiskadhSechSivistaSomrawSuQ'jaghSuQobSuvwI'QehT'h'larTa'SubTajtiqTalat Kh'exestaTas'estaTor'KahtTy'GokorV'al'konV'kar ZadanV's'taloVakkVo'QuvVoDleHVoodiehVor'chaVor'KangXechasZ'galZ'gavastaZ'gavvaZ'mortamaZha Mortas Emblem of the Klingon Empire.
Translated names AccuserAdministratorAllianceBattle CruiserBird of PreyBringer of AgonyBringer of DestinyBringer of DestructionBringer of JusticeCarrier of DoomCatapultChancellorDeath BootDeath RiteDeath StalkerDefenderEmperorEnforcerEver VictoriousFat ManFierce RevengeGreat BirdGrim Reaper • (Gull) • HealerInsurrectionLittle KillerLucklessMenderMover • (Murph) • One WingPainbringerPathmakerPredator • (Raptor) • RavenousRelentlessRevengeSaberSeekerShadowSpeedstarStalkerStarStingerStingtongueStrong VictorStronger BirdSuspiciousSwiftwindSword of KahlessThrone SeekerTrader's GameTruthbringerTugboatUnseen CreeperWarrior's AngerWatcherWinner
Alphanumeric names B5D2D3D4D4xD5D6D7 • (D7/D5 KlolodeD7 AkifD7AD7CD7GD7MD7RD7SD7 Koloth) • D9D10 (bird of prey)D10 (cruiser)D11D12 (bird of prey)D12 (cruiser)D14D16D18D20D32E4E6F5F5BF5CF5GF5GBF5KF5LF5WF5YF6FWCFWKFWLG2G3G4G5G6G8K3K4K5K6K14K15K17K18K22 • (K22B) • K23K24K26K27K30K32L6L9L13L24L42S4S5S8T3T5T12W2
By time period or type Birds-of-prey (22nd century bird of prey2260s bird of prey) • 23rd century scout vesselmobile battle basebattleshipcargo shipcolony shipconstruction shipdropshipmining freighterprison bargerepair shipscout ship

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