Romulan Bird of Prey

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*The [[plasma torpedo]]s carried by the Romulan ship were far more powerful than the [[phaser]] armament of the ''USS Enterprise'', but their range was considerably shorter.
 
*The [[plasma torpedo]]s carried by the Romulan ship were far more powerful than the [[phaser]] armament of the ''USS Enterprise'', but their range was considerably shorter.
 
*While capable of [[warp drive|warp speed]], the Romulan ship did not have [[warp core|warp power]], relying instead on [[impulse engine]]s for all of its [[power generation]].  Incidentally, this demonstrates that faster-than-light propulsion is possible in ''Star Trek'' without a warp core.  It also demonstrates that a ship that relies only on impulse power ([[nuclear fusion]]) is capable of threatening a ship that uses warp power ([[matter-antimatter annihilation]])
 
*While capable of [[warp drive|warp speed]], the Romulan ship did not have [[warp core|warp power]], relying instead on [[impulse engine]]s for all of its [[power generation]].  Incidentally, this demonstrates that faster-than-light propulsion is possible in ''Star Trek'' without a warp core.  It also demonstrates that a ship that relies only on impulse power ([[nuclear fusion]]) is capable of threatening a ship that uses warp power ([[matter-antimatter annihilation]])
*The Bird of Prey was the first Star Trek ship to demonstrate a [[cloaking device]].  The device made the ship invisible to normal light and targeting sensors, but it could still be detected with subspace motion detectors.  The Enterprise was able to attack it by laying down patterns of fire in the area where its movement had been detected.
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*The Bird of Prey was the first Star Trek ship to demonstrate a [[cloaking device]].  The device made the ship invisible to normal light and targeting [[sensor]]s, but it could still be detected with [[subspace]] motion detectors.  The ''Enterprise'' was able to attack it by laying down patterns of fire in the area where its movement had been detected.
  
 
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[[Category: ST Starships]]

Revision as of 18:47, 1 September 2009

Romulan "flagship" of the 23rd century

The Romulan Bird of Prey is a warship of the Romulan Star Empire built and deployed in the 23rd century. It appears in the TOS episode "Balance of Terror", in which it destroys several Federation outposts bordering the Romulan Neutral Zone. After a long chase, the ship is eventually crippled by the USS Enterprise and then scuttled by its captain.

Technical Data

  • The plasma torpedos carried by the Romulan ship were far more powerful than the phaser armament of the USS Enterprise, but their range was considerably shorter.
  • While capable of warp speed, the Romulan ship did not have warp power, relying instead on impulse engines for all of its power generation. Incidentally, this demonstrates that faster-than-light propulsion is possible in Star Trek without a warp core. It also demonstrates that a ship that relies only on impulse power (nuclear fusion) is capable of threatening a ship that uses warp power (matter-antimatter annihilation)
  • The Bird of Prey was the first Star Trek ship to demonstrate a cloaking device. The device made the ship invisible to normal light and targeting sensors, but it could still be detected with subspace motion detectors. The Enterprise was able to attack it by laying down patterns of fire in the area where its movement had been detected.
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