As part of the lesson learnt from the Four Years War, Starfleet realised that the sheer multitude of destroyer classes in service (around 15 different classes) and in production (10) was wholly impractical. The usefulness of twin engine destroyer has been demonstrated during the war, offering extra power for movement and weapons (although at the expense of range and cost). The simple solution proposed to meet the need for twin engine destroyers was to utilise existing single engine designs with a ‘minimum change’ addition of a second engine.
The Warhawk class was one example of this approach, the design basically added a second warp nacelle to a Saladin Class Destroyer. As such this second dorsal nacelle could be mounted to feed directly into the existing power systems of the Saladin design with no major modification to the design other than some uprating of components to handle the additional power.
The large numbers of destroyers in service meant that production of the Warhawk was limited to only 24 ships. However this general configuration was later reused on other destroyer types, most notably the Wilkerson class.
- Ship Source: Based on designs from Starfleet Prototype & Starfleet Technical Manual
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