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Old 04-26-2009, 11:54 AM
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Some episode had the borg on its way to Earth and some small ships were sent to stop it slow it down or whatever. Manned or drones? Of course they were destroyed with a single shot.

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Old 04-26-2009, 12:24 PM
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Why doesn't Starfleet have a purely military arm for those types of threats that require it?
That would make a lot of sense.
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Old 04-26-2009, 12:53 PM
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See that's the issue.
If fighters are warp capable then why have a carrier? Stations could then logically make use of fighters for Base defense.
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:17 PM
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Some episode had the borg on its way to Earth and some small ships were sent to stop it slow it down or whatever. Manned or drones? Of course they were destroyed with a single shot.
I think they were drones, and not manned. They were pretty useless either way!

(Although I believe they were all modified submarine model kits from the movie The Hunt for Red October)
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:41 PM
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I wonder what an X-Wing or Viper would look like if designed in the Starfleet universe.

Some of the different shuttles had limited warp capabilities as well as Phasers and the Runabouts came equipped with Phasers and Photon Torpedoes. What was that shuttle Data flew in Insurrection? It was armed with Phasers. So in a way they were the fighter crafts, even if they were primarily defensive in nature.
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See that's the issue.
If fighters are warp capable then why have a carrier? Stations could then logically make use of fighters for Base defense.
To take a base to areas where there are none and out of range of land bases. Carriers are offensive weapons to take to the enemy. An F-18 is mighty fast but its range is limited. Not to mention the need to carry ordinance or a place to repair damage. Once a land base is established (ala island hopping in the Pacific) carriers can move elsewhere. However, if you are limiting the mission to defense of the homeland only, then your point is correct.
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Old 04-26-2009, 03:14 PM
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Indeed. That's really the only thing Fighters are good for in Star Trek for, that and patrol.
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:56 PM
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I think fighters in Star Trek, even if we consider the small craft in DS9 and the scorpion on Nemesis, are mostly best applied for close in support of multiple ground operations where a ship might not be in line of sight of all of the planetary ground operations. The usefulness in space battles seems a bit dubious considering how powerful and accurate the man battery of a starship is. Especially with the advent of the phaser array instead of the old phaser banks. Prior to the phaser array, the use of attack fighters in space battles might have been a little bit more conceivable in space battles.
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Old 04-26-2009, 05:09 PM
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I concur, Akula.
The phaser bank and the targeting sensors had a tendency to miss. Where ever that possiblitiy exist thus is the space the fighter flies.
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Also the phaser bank had somewhat larger limitations in coverage of its firing arcs. The difference between a Constitution or Excelsior class ship and a Galaxy class ship is about the same as a dreadnought era all big gun cruiser and a WWII era anti-aircraft cruiser.
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