Klingon Bird of Prey

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===''B'Rel''-class===
 
===''B'Rel''-class===
The ''B'Rel''-class is usually classified as a scout or fighter.  It is a small, agile and very light craft with a crew of about twenty.  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 ''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.
  
 
===''K'Vort''-class===
 
===''K'Vort''-class===
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* [[Disruptor|Disruptor cannons]] - both variations of the Bird of Prey carry rapid-fire disruptor cannons in their wingtips.  A steady fusillade from these cannons could destroy a Dominion fighter in a single salvo.
 
* [[Disruptor|Disruptor cannons]] - both variations of the Bird of Prey carry rapid-fire disruptor cannons in their wingtips.  A steady fusillade from these cannons could destroy a Dominion fighter in a single salvo.
  
* [Photon torpedo|[Photon torpedoes]] - every Bird of Prey has a torpedo tube located in the bow.
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* [[Photon torpedo |[Photon torpedoes]] - every Bird of Prey has a torpedo tube located in the bow. An "emergency tube" was mentioned during the ship's first appearance but quickly forgotten.  
  
 
* Variable-geometry wing design - the angle of the wings of Bird of Prey is variable.  What role the various wing positions play is unknown, as the Birds of Prey have been observed to attack in all  wing positions: raised above the hull, parallel to the hull, and down below the hull.   
 
* Variable-geometry wing design - the angle of the wings of Bird of Prey is variable.  What role the various wing positions play is unknown, as the Birds of Prey have been observed to attack in all  wing positions: raised above the hull, parallel to the hull, and down below the hull.   
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== History ==
 
== History ==
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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 [[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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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 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.
  
Out of universe note on the nomenclature of the Klingon ship, in early drafts of Star Trek III Kruge was supposed to steal a Romulan Bird Of Prey and use its cloaking device to carry out his illegal mission into Federation space but over time the vessel became a Klingon ship but the class name never changed.
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Out of universe note on the nomenclature of the Klingon ship, in early drafts of Star Trek III Kruge was supposed to steal a Romulan Bird Of Prey and use its cloaking device to carry out his illegal mission into Federation space but over time the vessel became a Klingon ship; however, the class name never changed. The Romulan connection is still visible in the feather pattern on the bottom of the hull, reminiscent of the [[Romulan Bird of Prey]].

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