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This type of Bird-of-Prey had a similar layout to preceding and succeeding designs: there was a central body with a forward "head" and "neck", a pair of "wings", and a single aft-mounted engine. Unlike other designs, the wings lacked cannon mounts at the tips. The ship was capable of operating in an atmosphere. Ships of this type had a search light located below the bridge area. (DIS: "Perpetual Infinity")
This ship was armed with phasers and photon torpedoes. Its shields were unable to withstand sustained phaser fire. However, when operating in groups, they could overwhelm larger vessels such as the Federation Crossfield-class. After Kol claimed the Sarcophagus, he began installing cloaking devices on the Birds-of-Prey under his command. (DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars", "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry", "Lethe", "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum")
Background information Edit
The Bird-of-Prey appearing in Star Trek: Discovery was designed by John Dickenson and Sam Michlap, with guidance from Bryan Fuller to come up with a "different vibe" for the look of the Klingon fleet. While retaining the basic shape and some familiar elements of the Nilo Rodis and David Carson Bird-of-Prey, the creation of the Discovery Bird-of-Prey drew on Gothic cathedrals, Islamic architecture, and echoed the work of artist and Alien production designer H.R. Giger. (Star Trek: Discovery The Official Starships Collection, issue 4, pp. 8-14)