Appearing just as the General War began, the medium cruiser, like the Klingon D5, was designed for mass production, to greatly enlarge the fleets. Costing 60% as much as a battlecruiser, it had 75% of the firepower and was more efficiently designed. The addition of anti-drones (a system previously ignored by the Kzintis) reflected acceptance that the Klingons were using ever increasing numbers of drones in their fleet. These provided a second layer of defence along with the traditional phaser-3s.
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