By the end of the Dominion War, with the Federation still standing, the design had been completed and the project, named Ares, was one of the first to be started after the peace accords were signed. As instructed, the design was based heavily on the Prometheus, however all the systems required for MVAM removed. In an attempt to make up for this lack of separation abilities, the Ares sported an experimental enhancement to the Type-XII phaser arrays, which was aimed at making them more efficient and more resistant to battle damage.
Despite still remaining a vessel focused on tactical strength, the Ares design featured more space for science facilities than the Prometheus; while it would still be outclassed in this area by dedicated Science and exploration orientated classes.
The prototype USS Ares was launched for testing in December 2377. By late 2380, the first series of the completed Ares class vessels were flowing from the shipyards. So far the class has proved to an excellent tactical vessel in the field while still remaining a capable explorer in peace time.
Type: Destroyer / Rapid Response Vessel
Length: 454 meters
Speed: Warp 9.975 (for 12 hours)
Very bold design indeed. Those maneuvering impulse engines along the saucer section look quite formidable. I like those glowing golden bands running down the Nacells as well, a nice subtle lift and modernization from the Galaxy class. It can look futuristic but still classy after all heheh