Klingon Bird of Prey

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[[Image:Brel class.jpg|thumb|300px|right|A small Bird of Prey creates a UFO sighting]]
 
The '''Klingon Bird of Prey''' is a type of vessel that has seen service in the [[Klingon Empire]] for almost a century.  It has become a ubiquitous warship of the empire used in a wide variety of missions, such as spying, reconnaissance, commerce raiding, and combat.  Birds of Prey proved quite effective even during the [[Dominion War]], where they fared well against the mainstay of the [[Dominion]] fleet - the [[Jem'Hadar]] [[Attack ship]].
 
The '''Klingon Bird of Prey''' is a type of vessel that has seen service in the [[Klingon Empire]] for almost a century.  It has become a ubiquitous warship of the empire used in a wide variety of missions, such as spying, reconnaissance, commerce raiding, and combat.  Birds of Prey proved quite effective even during the [[Dominion War]], where they fared well against the mainstay of the [[Dominion]] fleet - the [[Jem'Hadar]] [[Attack ship]].
  
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There are actually two distinct classes of Klingon Bird of Prey.  
 
There are actually two distinct classes of Klingon Bird of Prey.  
  
===''B'Rel''-class===
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===Scout model===
The ''B'Rel''-class is usually classified as a scout or fighter.  It is a small, agile and very light craft with a crew between 12 and 36.  The class was first encountered on screen during the [[Genesis device|Genesis Incident]], when Captain Kruge took his Bird of Prey deep into Federation space and destroyed the ''[[USS Grissom]]'' and ambushed and crippled the ''[[USS Enterprise]]''.  [[Pavel Chekov]] detected the Bird of Prey for a moment on the scanners before she cloaked and identified her as a "scout class vessel"  (''[[Star Trek III: The Search for Spock]]''). [[Sulu]] verified that the crew compliment of as about a dozen. The Bird of Prey in the movie novelization is described as a Klingon fighter.
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The scout model bird of prey, sometimes erroneously referred to as the ''B'Rel'' class, was most frequently encountered during the TOS movie era and DS9.  It is a small, agile and very light craft with a crew between 12 and 36.  The class was first encountered on screen during the [[Genesis device|Genesis Incident]], when Captain Kruge took his Bird of Prey deep into Federation space and destroyed the ''[[USS Grissom]]'' and ambushed and crippled the ''[[USS Enterprise]]''.  [[Pavel Chekov]] detected the Bird of Prey for a moment on the scanners before she cloaked and identified her as a "scout class vessel"  (''[[Star Trek III: The Search for Spock]]''). [[Sulu]] verified that the crew compliment as about a dozen. The Bird of Prey in the movie novelization is described as a Klingon fighter.
  
===''K'Vort''-class===
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===Cruiser model===
The ''K'Vort''-class cruiser is a far heavier vessel designed to go toe-to-toe with Federation starships.  The class was first identified as such by [[Wesley Crusher]] during an attack by three ''K'Vort''-cruisers on the [[Enterprise-D]] and [[Enterprise-C]] in "Yesterday's Enterprise".
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The cruiser model is a far heavier vessel designed to go toe-to-toe with Federation starships.  The class was first identified as such by [[Wesley Crusher]] during an attack by three ''K'Vort''-class cruisers on the [[Enterprise-D]] and [[Enterprise-C]] in "Yesterday's Enterprise".  Identical ships, under Ferengi control, were later identified as ''B'Rel''-class in "Rascals".
  
 
===Common Features===
 
===Common Features===
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===Atmospheric Flight===
 
===Atmospheric Flight===
The ''B'Rel''-class has one feature that is not confirmed in the ''K'Vort''-class.  The ''B'Rel''-class can safely enter a planet's atmosphere and land on the surface.  There is one instance where K'Vort cruisers may have exhibited atmospheric capabilities.  During the Dominion War, an attack led by General [[Martok]] against a Dominion base on Trekla V shows Birds of Prey decloaking and strafing a base on the surface.  There is no mention of the class of these vessels, but the fact that they later engaged Cardassian capital ships -- and Kor commanded a single Bird of Prey in a suicide attack on 10 Dominion fighters -- suggests that this was a ''K'Vort''-class cruiser. ([[DS9]], "Once more Unto the Breach")
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The scout model has one feature that is not confirmed in the cruiser model.  The scout can safely enter a planet's atmosphere and land on the surface.  There is one instance where cruisers may have exhibited atmospheric capabilities.  During the Dominion War, an attack led by General [[Martok]] against a Dominion base on Trekla V shows Birds of Prey decloaking and strafing a base on the surface.  There is no mention of the class of these vessels, but the fact that they later engaged Cardassian capital ships -- and Kor commanded a single Bird of Prey in a suicide attack on 10 Dominion fighters -- suggests that this was a cruiser. ([[DS9]], "Once more Unto the Breach")
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
In-universe, the modern Bird of Prey was the result of a design evolution extending back to the 22nd century. The [[Klingon Bird of Prey (ENT)|earliest Bird of Prey]] shown lacked the cloaking device, but possessed the same characteristic head-body-wings design.([[ENT]], "The Expanse")
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In-universe, the modern Bird of Prey was the result of a design evolution extending back to the 22nd century. The earliest Bird of Prey shown lacked the cloaking device, but possessed the same characteristic head-body-wings design.([[ENT]], "The Expanse")
  
The Klingon Bird of Prey was first depicted during the Genesis incident in which it was instantly recognized by Sulu when decloaking suggesting the vessel was already in service for some time by the time it made its appearance in Star Trek III.
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The Klingon Bird of Prey was first depicted during the Genesis incident in which it was instantly recognized by Sulu when decloaking, suggesting the vessel was already in service for some time by the time it made its appearance in Star Trek III.
  
 
The Bird of Prey soon replaced the Klingon D-7 and the K'T'Inga class cruisers as the standard Klingon warship generally encountered by Starfleet during the Motion Picture era of Star Trek and even during TNG era it was an extremely common vessel probably produced in massive numbers given the inordinate amount of Birds of Prey encountered as opposed to other Klingon warships.
 
The Bird of Prey soon replaced the Klingon D-7 and the K'T'Inga class cruisers as the standard Klingon warship generally encountered by Starfleet during the Motion Picture era of Star Trek and even during TNG era it was an extremely common vessel probably produced in massive numbers given the inordinate amount of Birds of Prey encountered as opposed to other Klingon warships.

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