The Maquis raider was a type of raider that was frequently utilized by the Maquis in their fight against the Cardassians during the early 2370s. Their small, maneuverable design made them ideal for operating in the Badlands. (DS9: "For the Uniform")
In 2371, Chakotay's Maquis cell operated the raider Val Jean, when they were pursued by the Cardassian Galor-class warship Vetar under the command of Gul Evek. The raider was an old craft; still using its rebuilt engine, it was no match for the much larger vessel and took refuge in the Badlands. While there, it was scanned by a tetryon beam and catapulted to the Delta Quadrant by an entity known as the Caretaker. The ship was later destroyed when, in order to protect the likewise marooned USS Voyager, it rammed and crippled a Kazon vessel operated by the Kazon-Ogla. The Maquis were transported aboard Voyager and forced to join the Starfleet crew for the trip home. (VOY: "Caretaker")
In 2372, Kasidy Yates' freighter, the SS Xhosa, rendezvoused with a Maquis raider inside the Badlands. (DS9: "For the Cause") And in 2373, several ships of this type participated in Maquis offensives against the USS Malinche, the USS Defiant, and Quatal Prime. (DS9: "For the Uniform")
Some of these raiders operated with impulse engines originally built around 2332. (VOY: "Caretaker") Their maximum warp was around warp 9, or comparable to a Defiant-class starship. (DS9: "For the Uniform")
These vessels were armed with wing-mounted phaser banks and the torpedo system consisted of four launchers, capable of firing either photon or stratospheric torpedoes. They were tactically inferior to larger Defiant or Galor-class warships.
In one engagement against the Vetar, it was favorable to reroute weapon power to the Val Jean's impulse generators to increase escape speed, with B'Elanna Torres addressing the situation by stating that "We're not making a dent in their shields anyway!" (VOY: "Caretaker")
In another engagement, Kira Nerys considered a Maquis raider to be "no match for the Defiant," a fact later also admitted by Eddington, who stated, "I can't outrun or outfight the Defiant", despite managing to elude it for quite some time. (DS9: "For the Uniform")
To the pilot's upper left was the ship's viewer, further back along the port side was the tactical station. A fourth station located further back along the starboard bulkhead, opposite of tactical. (VOY: "Caretaker")
Ships of the class
The name "Maquis raider" was mentioned in dialogue in the Deep Space Nine episodes "For the Cause" and "For the Uniform". It was also displayed on the computer graphic Teero Anaydis was looking at in Voyager episode "Repression". According to Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 4 (p. 112), a poster created for the set in "Repression" used the name "Ju'day-class", for Star Trek archivist Penny Juday.
A graphical error was made in the Voyager premiere "Caretaker", where an overhead view of the Val Jean was misrepresented by an overhead view of a Federation attack fighter.
According to the visual effects supervisor for the Voyager premiere "Caretaker", David Stipes explained that "the Maquis ship is one-fifth the size of Voyager, and that (model) is nearly two feet long. So I needed to be in North Hollywood to shoot it!" (Star Trek: Communicator issue 105, p. 59) Stipes succeeded in his goal, as was demonstrated in the shot where the Val Jean pulls up alongside the USS Voyager towards the Caretaker's array. Given that ship's accepted length of 343 meters, and the visual and technical reference to their difference in sized, the size of the raider translates into about sixty-eight meters.
Although they shared the same basic design, the raider is somewhat larger than the Maquis fighter, with an altered cockpit and different detailing, since the interior set was represented by a redress of Danube-class runabout cockpit rather than a redress of the Nenebek shuttle interior.
The Maquis raider was also used as the secondary hull of the Starfleet Yeager-type starship. That ship type also consisted of parts from the Intrepid-class, making the raider-segment of the ship much larger in scale than the ships used by the Maquis.
According to Issue #18 of the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, the Ju'day-class raider was approximately 68.5 meters in length (twice the size of its fighter progenitor), had a maximum speed of warp factor 9, and a crew complement of 30.
- Star Trek Fact Files issues 55 & 144