Introduction to the IKV Blackstar Technical Manual
Welcome to the IKV Blackstar's Technical Manual. Before you, most likely, is the most detailed look at a fan designed ship ever done. Or at least it will be when we finish it. Every major system of the ship will be examined in detail from the Main Bridge to the ship's compliment of shuttlecraft. We've put in many hours of research into existing ship designs, and tried to make ours advanced without being too incredibly strong or otherwise unrealistic. We've drawn from many sources, like the Daystrom Institute Technical Library, the Star Trek Encyclopedia CD-ROM edition v3.0, The Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual CD-ROM Edition, and many others. Our thanks goes to all the people whose information we've drawn upon in creating this Technical Manual. Hopefully you enjoy reading this Tech Manual as much as we enjoyed creating it. Thank you, and qapla'!

(please note that all dates in this tech manual are in Years of the Imperial Reckoning rather than the Federation Standard Calender. To convert to Federation standard, add 625 to any Imperial Reckoning date.)

Ships Specifications - [Image 1] [Image 2]
(based on the vor'cha-Class specifications from the Daystrom Institute Technical Library.)
(Image 1 from the Starship Schematic Database, Image 2 is a rendering from a Klingon Academy Mod.)
Type Commisioned

Attack Cruiser

1753 IR

Dimensions Mass

Length : 457 m
Width: 240 m
Height : 100 m
Decks : 28

4,900,000 tons

Crew Complement Warp Speeds

780 Navy
500 Army

Normal Cruise : Warp Factor 7
Maximum Cruise : Warp Factor 8
Maximum Rated : Warp Factor 9.82

Armament Torpedo Warheads

1 x Antimatter Pulse Cannon
2 x High Yield Disruptor Cannon
10 x Mark I Disruptor Array
23 x Rapid Discharge Disruptor Cannon
4 x Rapid-fire Torpedo Tube + 580 Torpedo Casings

580 x Quantum
10 x Stabilized Isolitic
15 x Gravity Charge
5 x Icebreaker (Experimental - Stored in self-contained module)
5 x Phase

Defence Systems Shuttle Complement

Borg Adaptive Shield System (Outer Layer)
Regenerative Shield System (Inner Layer)
High Level Structural Integrity Field
Heavy Duranium/Tritanium Double Hull
25 cm High Density Ablative Armor
Phase Cloaking System (Federation Design)

10 x pach-class Light Fighter
5 x Toron-class shuttlepod
10 x HoS-class multi-purpose shuttlecraft

Design History
Designed in 1748 IR by then 2nd Lt. Rajuc tai-Tuq'mar, Minister of Intelligence for House Tuq'mar, the Blackstar was intended to modernize the vor'cha-class Attack Cruiser, making it capable of rivaling even Starfleet's mighty Soveriegn-class Battleship.

The design program called for a completely new vor'cha to be built from the keel up to house the new technology, but to allow for existing vor'cha's to be refitted to the new design specifications. The 5 year design program included applications of research into new reactor, propulsion, computer, weapons, and defense technologies. Some of the technology used in the Blackstar was developed specifically for this project, while others were designed for use in other ships under development elsewhere in the Empire. For example, the Blackstar's warp propulsion system was originally designed for use in the Qang-class Heavy Cruiser which was developed by the Jakvi shipyards at Ty'Gokor.

The highlight of this design is the Bilitrium-enhanced Matter-Antimatter Reactor. Capable of generating 4 to 5 times the energy of conventional reactors, this was the key to the rest of the design. The reactor wasn't expected to be completed until later in the construction of the Blackstar, however research proceeded remarkably smoothly. The reactor was completed long before the spaceframe of the Blackstar was ready for trials, therefore the experimental reactor was installed into an old K'T'inga-class Battlecruiser. The reactor, as well as the other technologies that were ready for testing, passed all tests in that ship.

The weapons technology was also improved. The ship uses the linear disruptor arrays originally designed for House Tuq'mar's pe'maH taj-class Assault Cruiser. Newly developed for this design are the Rapid-fire torpedo tubes and the Antimatter cannon. The Rapid-fire torpedo tubes are a very versatile design, as the torpedo casings can be very quickly loaded with a variety of warheads. The main drawback to this design is that its torpedo casings are not interchangable with earlier torpedo designs. The Antimatter cannon is capable of firing a pulse of compressed antimatter capable of delivering devestating amounts of damage against an unsheilded target. The tests on the Torpedo system were completely successful, however the tests of the Antimatter Cannon system were not. The Antimatter cannon degrades each time the weapon is fired, increasing the risk of the antimatter detonating in the prefire chamber, potentially destroying the entire ship. This flaw was never resolved, however the weapon is capable of firing several shots before becoming dangerously degraded, and as such, was kept in the design.

The ships defensive systems were upgraded nearly to the same degree. The shield system is a novel type consisting of two layers. The Outer layer is the main shield, a Borg Adaptive Shield system. The original system was recovered from a destroyed Borg sphere found on the borders of Klingon space. The Borg shields, however, are notoriously weak against kinetic impacts, and as such, a second layer of shielding was included. The Inner shield is a Regenerative shield system, similar to the unit on Starfleet's Sovereign-class Battleship. The implementation of the double shield was problematic, and was not satisfactorily completed until immediately before the Blackstar's shakedown cruise.

To date, no other vor'cha-class Attack Cruiser's have been refitted to this design, mainly due to Bilitrium's rarity and House Tuq'mar's reluctance to sell any great quantities of it to the Defence Force. Despite all this, the Blackstar continues to serve the Klingon Empire with honor, and brings it much glory.