Rapier class USS Angelheart with a squadron of Federation Viper class Fighter.
The Rapier class is a side product of the Defiant class, such as the Valiant or Hornet classes. Made for the fight against the Borg, but the ship proofs itself first in the short conflict with the Klingons in 2372 and in the following Dominion War.189 meter in length, it has 4 decks with a crew of around 40. The class has a modular front section to change the main armament to the mission specifications.
Primary an escort vessel, its also used by the Starfleet Marines and the Corp of Engineering to transport personnel and eqipment to warzones and trough blockades.
During the Dominion War, Starfleet assembled small attack fleets consisting of one or more heavy escort ships together with a bunch of fighters to quickly achieve victories against the agile Jem'Hadar patrols and lure larger enemy flotillas into traps.
Rendered in 3d Max 10
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Viper by Andrew J. Hodges
Rapier by Paul Cargile
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