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The Bird-of-Prey was a Klingon type of starship used by the Empire's Defense Force in the 22nd century, one of the early ships in the long line of Klingon Birds-of-Prey. (ENT episode & novelization: The Expanse)
Nimble bird-like craft known as birds-of-prey had been an essential part of the fleet since the Klingons achieved spaceflight. While the design was adapted to become more and more powerful, the basic layout of an engineering hull with a pair of wings and a bridge module connected by a long neck to the primary hull remained consistent. Like their precursors, the Bird-of-Prey of the 22nd century served as scouts and raiders. (ST reference: The Official Starships Collection #35)
In the early 25th century, the QuIDun- and Norgh-class Birds-of-Prey designs harked back to their earlier counterpart. The pointed bridge module and the dorsal superstructure on the engineering hull were reminiscent of their precursor. (ST video game: Star Trek Online)
22nd century Birds-of-Prey have a substantially higher number of disruptor banks compared to their later relatives however one assumes the disruptor cannons of later variations would be somewhat more powerful.
The Bird-of-Prey is a formidable opponent, but does possess one Achilles-heel: a direct hit on the main plasma junction above the sensor array can disable the entire power grid, at which point the vessel can be easily neutralized. (ENT episode: "The Augments")
The Birds-of-Prey in operation in the 22nd century are the earliest Birds-of-Prey known to be used by the Klingon Empire. Birds-of-Prey have been used in a number of engagements with Humans and one was even stolen by a group of Human Augments in the year 2154. (ENT episode: "Borderland")
- Duras's bird-of-prey (destroyed in 2153 by Enterprise NX-01 inside the Delphic Expanse)
- Malik's bird-of-prey (destroyed in 2154 by Malik)
- unnamed Klingon birds-of-prey
|Romulan birds-of-prey||2150s • late-2150s bird-of-prey • 22nd century • 23rd century (alternate reality) • 24th century • T'varo • T'Liss • Vas Hatham • Temar Vastaram|
|Klingon birds-of-prey||22nd century • 23rd century (alternate reality) • B'rel • Chuq'Beh • D12 • D'Gavama • E4 • E6 • G2 • Khitomer • K'vort • QuD • Z'gavasta • Z'gavva • Klingon bird-of-prey • QulDun • Norgh • Ki'tang • Hegh'ta|