The Jem'Hadar battle cruiser was a large battleship used by the Dominion.


A large number of battle cruisers were part of the first wave of Dominion ships to pass through the Bajoran wormhole, following the incorporation of the Cardassian Union into the Dominion in 2373. (DS9: "In Purgatory's Shadow", "By Inferno's Light")

Gul Dukat commanded one of these vessels before the Dominion War and during its opening battle in late 2373. (DS9: "Ties of Blood and Water", "Call to Arms") Jem'Hadar battle cruisers participated in many of the major battles in the war. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels", "The Changing Face of Evil", "What You Leave Behind")

Technical dataEdit

Dominion fires

Firing forward torpedo launcher

The battle cruiser was armed with both directed energy weapons and torpedoes; in 2373, a single vessel of this class was perceived by the crew of Deep Space 9 as a substantial threat. (DS9: "Ties of Blood and Water")

The main weapon of the battle cruiser was a forward torpedo launcher, which could fire multiple torpedoes in a single volley and had a wide firing arc. It also had a dorsally mounted beam emitter. (DS9: "Call to Arms", "Sacrifice of Angels")

Like the Jem'Hadar fighter, the battle cruiser lacked a viewscreen. Instead, its commanders used shoulder-mounted virtual sensory displays. (DS9: "Call to Arms")

Ships of the class Edit

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Appearances Edit

Background information Edit

The battle cruiser was stated to be 2,500 feet (760 meters) long in a size list posted by DS9 Visual Effects Supervisor David Stipes. [1]

For further information on the studio model see Jem'Hadar battle cruiser model.

Designation Edit

Jem'Hadar warship, LCARS 2

"Jem'Hadar warship"

The designation of this class was identified verbally in "Ties of Blood and Water" as a "battleship", as well as in the script for "Call to Arms", however, this designation was evidently superseded by the much larger Jem'Hadar battleship that later appeared in "Valiant".

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 220-221), which pictured the vessel upside down in both its entry and a comparison of ship sizes, this class was referred to simply as a "warship," a term that also appeared in an okudagram taken from the Encyclopedia, which appeared in several episodes. The designation of "battle cruiser", as used here, was the name described in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual.

Technical Manual Edit

The following information of specifications and defenses comes exclusively from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual:

  • Production Base: Unknown; Gamma Quadrant
  • Type: Heavy Cruiser
  • Accommodation: 2,500 plus flight crew, and troops (est.)
  • Power Plant: One and possibly two M/A warp system; two or more impulse systems
  • Dimensions: Length, 639.75 meters; beam, 568.44 meters; height, 204.97 meters
  • Mass: 4,215,000 metric tonnes (est.)
  • Speed: Warp 9.6 (observed)
  • Armaments: Six or more phased polaron beam weapons; possibly other weapons

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