The Charal-class was a Federation starship type, an Andorian tier 5-rated escort in Starfleet and Andorian Imperial Guard service from the 2400s decade. The design was, together with the Khyzon and Kumari-classes, part of the Kumari Line of escorts. These ships were derived from the 22nd century Kumari-class. Their role was between that of offensive firepower and defensive staying power. In addition, these vessels were equipped with a pair of wing cannon platforms that attacked their parent ship's targets. (STO website: Kumari Line)
The hull of the Charal-class escort allowed its commanding officer to choose from different designs of livery, which could be modified further. The options were designated Andorian, Andorian Type 2, Charal, Khyzon and Kumari. In addition to the standard hull patterns available for Starfleet ships, the escort's components could be patterned in Kumari A and Kumari B, for example. (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")
- USS Charal (also IGV Charal, prototype)
|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)|
|translated names in parentheses|
- Season 7 Dev Blog #38 at the official Star Trek Online website.
- Andorian_Charal_Escort article at The Star Trek Online Wiki.