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The Charal-class was a starship class developed by the Andorians and available to service in Starfleet in the early 25th century. The design was, together with the Khyzon-class and Kumari-class, 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 four different designs of livery, which could be modified further. The four options were designated Andorian, 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. (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 (prototype)
|Starship classes of the Andorian Empire|
|Atlira • Atlirith • Charal • D3 • freighter • Ilthirin • Khyzon • Kumari • Omtil • Shran • Sevaijen • Spirit • Taholsin • Tanathooef • Thofsin • Thris • Umarev • Yravas|
- Season 7 Dev Blog #38 at the official Star Trek Online website.
- Andorian_Charal_Escort article at The Star Trek Online Wiki.