The Kazon raider was a small starship originally used by the Trabe. Many of these vessels fell into the hands of the Kazon after they overthrew the Trabe in 2346. The Kazon used them as warships and patrol ships. (VOY: "Alliances", "State of Flux", "Basics, Part II")
The USS Voyager engaged Kazon raiders on several occasions in 2371 and 2372, particularly those belonging to the Kazon-Nistrim. Jal Culluh, First Maje of the Nistrim, initially commanded his sect from a raider. (VOY: "State of Flux", "Maneuvers", "Alliances", "Investigations")
The Kazon raider was technologically limited by Federation standards, lacking transporters and replicators. It had a hangar that could carry small fighters and shuttles. (VOY: "State of Flux", "Maneuvers")
The raider's main armament were twin phasers mounted in the nose. It could also fire photonic charges with variable yields. The ship was protected by shields and masking circuitry, which helped to disguise its presence from sensors. Nevertheless, a single raider was no match for an Intrepid-class starship. (VOY: "State of Flux", "Investigations", "Maneuvers")
Ships of the classEdit
The Kazon raider was designed by Dan Curry. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 105, p. 59) Though physically identical to the Kazon fighter, the most distinguishing visual feature between the two studio models was found the design of the forward command/piloting "module", where the fighter had larger, more traditional looking "cockpit" windows, and the raider had smaller windows suggesting a larger "bridge" area. For further information, please see Kazon fighter model.