new shielding system, also used on the Sovereign class, builds
a back-buffer shield in addition to the primary shield. When sufficient
damage is taken to the primary shield, the back buffer is phased
through to replace the primary while it regenerates within the
protection of the new primary shield. This new system consumes
a good deal of energy, which is supplied directly from the slipstream
core. When seperated, the saucers shields draw power from several
fusion reactors arrayed near the shield emitters. The new shields
also incorperate every advancement Starfleet has made in the last
20 years (ie: Auto modulating, Meta-phasic shielding, Regenerative,
and Multi-spatial shielding technology).
shield modulation frequencies are under the control of the ships
computer system, which continually evaluates incoming weapons
fire and automatically re-modulates the shields to give the most
effective possible defence, increasing its effectiveness against
both high energy tractor beams and phased poloron particles,weapons
which are used by the Borg and the Dominion.
is belived that these new shields, added to the ablative armor,
will create sufficient protection against known types of Sernaix
armor was originally developed for the USS Defiant; the Borg had
proven their ability to penetrate Federation shields with ease
during their encounter with the Enterprise at system J-25, and
the Defiant designers wanted the ship to have a degree of protection
even if the shields should be overcome in the expected future
encounters. The value of the armor was proven when the Defiant
came up against Dominion forces. Like the Borg, the Dominion were
able to penetrate Federation shielding systems relatively easily
in the first years of hostility between the two powers, and the
Defiant's ablative armor allowed the ship to withstand attacks
that would have otherwise caused significant damage.
there has been a massive revolution in this technology with the
appearance of the ablative armor generator. This device was obtained
from a future version of Kathryn Janeway, who brought it back
to the U.S.S. Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. The generator involves
a series of devices placed onto the hull of a vessel; when activated
these replicate a layer of armor over the surface of the ship.
The effectiveness of armor is considerable. The system Voyager
employed was able to withstand simultaneous attacks by several
Borg cubes. One of the most useful features of this system is
that as it can be materialized and dematerialized as needed, even
weapons systems can be covered over when they are not actually
in use. This gives a much greater degree of coverage than any
standard armor protection which must leave permanent apertures
through which to operate such systems. Starfleet has had relatively
little time to asses this technology, but the ease with which
it was adapted for use on Voyager without spacedock or any outside
support indicates that it should be reasonably easy for the remainder
of Starfleet's ships to create ablative armor generators for themselves.
This should multiply the hull strength of the fleet massively
at a single stroke.
new armor is deployed by multiple generators on both sections
of the Voyager Class, allowing it to be deployed on both sections
when the ship is seperated.