The Jem'Hadar battle cruiser was a large battleship used by the Dominion for fleet engagements during the 2370s.


A group of these warships formed part of the first wave of Dominion ships to pass through the Bajoran wormhole, following their annexation of the Cardassian Union in 2373. (DS9: "In Purgatory's Shadow", "By Inferno's Light")

Gul Dukat would command one of these vessels during his year-long reign as leader of Cardassia. (DS9: "Ties of Blood and Water", "Call to Arms") Its first notable appearance in battle against the Federation was at the outbreak of the Dominion War in late 2373, where it served as a command ship of the combined Dominion and Cardassian fleet. (DS9: "Call to Arms")

Technical dataEdit

Tactical systemsEdit

The Jem'Hadar battle cruiser was equipped with both directed energy weapons and torpedos in its arsenal.

The forward torpedo launcher was the primary utilized in a majority of engagements with the Federation during the Dominion War. (DS9: "Call to Arms", "Sacrifice of Angels", "What You Leave Behind") This torpedo launcher was capable of firing multiple bursts in a single volley. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels") They were also equipped with a forward beam emitter. (DS9: "Call to Arms")

During the initial invasion of the Alpha Quadrant, these vessels were individually supported by a cluster of Jem'Hadar fighters. (DS9: "By Inferno's Light")

A single vessel of this class was perceived by the crew of Deep Space 9 as a potential threat after targeting the station in mid-2373. (DS9: "Ties of Blood and Water")

While never stated on screen or in a script, the beam weaponry of these ships was phased polaron beam weaponry according to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual.

Ships of the class Edit

Appendices Edit

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

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and Water" as a "battleship", as well as in the script for "Call to Arms", however, this designation was evidently superseded by the much larger Jem'Hadar battleship that later appeared in "Valiant".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