Decks-50 (20 on the Stardrive section, 15 on each of the Saucer sections)
Auto modulated shield systems, total capacity 7,000,000 TeraJoules
Multi-Phasic shielding for missions that require the Peacemaker to go near to a Star
Ablative Hull-Brought back by Voyager, which was finally adapted for another Starfleet vessel, the Peacemaker class
Heavy Duranium/Tritanium hull
30 x Type XV Phaser arrays, Total output 200,000 TeraWatts
4 x Rapid Fire Photon Torpedo tubes
4 x Rapid Fire Quantum Torpedo tubes
6 x Type 5 Burst Fire Photon Torpedo tubes
6 x Type 5 Burst Fire Quantum Torpedo tubes
5 x Standard Photon Torpedo tubes
5 x Standard Quantum Torpedo tubes
6 x Crystal Torpedo tubes
3 x Special Fire Torpedo Tubes (Transphasic, Tri-cobolt, other, 1 tube on the Stardrive section, 1 on each of the saucers)
Normal Cruise Velocity: Warp 12
Maximum Cruise: Warp 15
Maximum Warp: Warp 15.8 for 40 hours
and Fighter capacity:
2 x Type 13 Shuttlecraft
3 x Delta Flyer Shuttles
1 x Captain Yacht
10 x Bladerunner Fighters
1 x Hurricane Class Starship
Minor: 5 years
Standard: 5 years
Major: 15 years
Expected Hull life: 150 years
The USS Peacemaker is Starfleets ultimate starship, built in response to the threat the Kiklar posed.
The Orion Project was approved in 2376, originally meant to be the best Research ship, with only basic weapons, since it was never meant to be a combat ship. Basic designs were drawn up, but before construction began, the USS Dragon A returned from the Kalium galaxy, bringing warnings about the Kiklar. Starfleet R&D decided to change the Orion Design, and assigned Commander Kalia Tarkent, Chief Engineer of the Dragon, to lead the design and construction teams. They ordered construction to begin in a secret facility that only the top brass knew about.
During the year that Commander Tarkent was at R&D, Starfleet made several major changes to the Orion Project, first of all changing the name to the Peacemaker Project, on Commander Tarkents recommendation.
The new design incorporated more weapons systems than any Starfleet vessel to date. However, Starfleet was uncomfortable with making the Peacemaker purely a Gunboat as Admiral Nakamura stated. Several research and science laboratories were installed, as well as new experimental sensors. Designs for Transphasic Torpedo Launchers were also incorporated into the design.
When Commander Tarkent left the project, she was sworn to secrecy, never being able to reveal knowledge of the Peacemaker to anyone, not even Captain Harriman, her CO. Kalia kept to this agreement, but continued to help the project from the Sentinel.
Several of the lead researchers for the Peacemaker project felt that the ship should be able to separate its sections, so that each section could become an independent ship if the need ever arose. To this end, a Warp Core was fitted onto each of the saucer sections, as well as retractable nacelles, so each section could go to warp speed alone. The Peacemaker also had a landing capability fitted in, although the sections would need to be separated for this to occur, since Starfleet felt that to land the whole ship would not be a wise tactical decision, at least, not in one piece.
As Kalia Tarkent continued to improve the Sentinel, most of her designs were also used to improve the engines on the Peacemaker, so her speed would be comparable to the Sentinel Class.
When the Kiklar arrived, Starfleet wanted the Peacemaker brought into service as quickly as possible. However, when she was nearly completed, President Milton and Admiral Chavez had the project shut down secretly, since they feared that the ship would be used against them. When they were defeated, construction resumed, however it would be too late to use in the final battle.
After the battle, Starfleet reassigned Kalia Tarkent to the project, as well as Alex Greystone. The two of them were project leaders, in command of all the teams on the construction yards. The Peacemaker was then towed to Utopia Planetia, since the Kiklar threat was over for the time being.
A rush team of researchers worked on studying Voyagers Ablative Armour, and after six months, they were able to adapt it to the Peacemaker class, since her shape resembled that of the Intrepid Class ship. Commanders Tarkent and Greystone were also able to upgrade the weapons, shields, sensors and other main systems with the Chiss upgrades, once the Chiss gave their permission for Starfleet to do so.
The Peacemaker also is the first ship to use a new type of torpedo, currently dubbed the Crystal Torpedo. After considerable study of Kiklar crystalline weaponry, R&D was able to synthesize the material and experiment with it. Although extremely difficult to create, the results of experiments were phenomenal. Using a custom-made chassis, a crystal torpedo originally operated in a way similar to that of a photon torpedo. Small amounts of matter and antimatter were stored and meshed together upon detonation, much like a standard torpedo. However, the casing in which the reaction takes place was laced with the synthetic crystal material. The energy released by the antimatter explosion interacted with the crystal material and although the yield is enhanced by only a small amount, the greatest advantage comes from the increase in intensity and disruptiveness of the energy, so disruptive that it could easily tear apart a Kiklar ships hull without any special frequency modifications.
Once initial experiments were completed with photon torpedoes, the same experiment was applied to quantum torpedoes, creating a similar result with the higher-yield weaponry. Due to its success, quantum torpedoes are now the template to which the crystal torpedoes are created with, and although this means that an already difficult weapon becomes even more time consuming to create, it is worthwhile. Until R&D can discover a method of replicating the duranium/tritanium reaction chamber with the crystal material already interlaced, the chambers must be manually altered. Furthermore, fabricating the crystal material itself is also a very difficult and lengthy process. As a result, for the time being, crystal torpedoes are in rare supply.
After the Kiklar ship was studied, the Peacemaker was given Hyperspace sensors and communication capabilities, which would be used to communicate with Starfleet in an emergency, since they were still experimental. The Peacemakers shields were also given an upgrade again, this time based on some Kiklar designs.
With these upgrades complete, the bridge was the last part of the ship to be installed. It was based on an Intrepid Class Bridge, although the Security/Tactical Station is behind the Command Seats, as shown on the Bridge of the Galaxy Class ship. The Peacemaker bridge was also given a new station: Intel. It was designed so the Chief Intelligence Officer would be able to access the Hyperspace communications and sensors so they could perform their job better, although the Intel station was placed in a small booth, so that it was out of the way.
One more addition that the Peacemaker Class was given was a Hurricane Class ship attached to the Stardrive section. The Hurricane Class was the original design of the Defiant Class, but was scrapped after the prototype failed to meet expectations. However, rather than scrap the prototype, Admiral Necheyev secured the prototype for her son, Peter Andrews, who named it the Horner. Now the Peacemaker class has been launched, the Hurricane class was brought into production, and used as support ships for Starbases and Colonies, although the Peacemaker Class was also given a Hurricane class ship. (For further information, see the Hurricane Class Specifications)
With the designs finally complete, the Peacemaker was finally launched. On her first mission, she was given a final upgrade: Cloaking devices, courtesy of Praetor Dvarin of the Romulan Empire. All of these upgrades make the Peacemaker class a powerful warship in her own right, but also a powerful science ship.