One clarification on the thread title… I don’t think this is another one <grin>. Before, it was always the Enterprise D vs. the ISD.
My opinion is that the Enterprise E would single-handedly break an ISD down into its component atoms within a few minutes of battle. Future technology not even needed. In the recent “Federation Warships” thread, I laid out a series of arguments, the last of which were never responded to. Therefore I’ll post a few now and wait for Spoofe to come along and fight for the ISD <grin>.
As a side note, cites are available upon request, but I’m not going to try and cite every single thing I state <grin>. In general, I pull almost all Trek information from the “Daystrom Institute Technical Library.”
ISD shields, and shields of Imperial ships in general are weak. For example, in SW episode IV, the fighters tend to explode upon the first major hit. No sign of shields at all. The Death Star surface takes damage directly… again, there appear to be no shields at all. Star Trek shields are clearly visible and designed to take a beating.
ISDs tend not to have large arsenals of missile weapons. Their primary launch system is on the bow of the ship. Now admittedly my “X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter” game isn’t true canon, but ISDs appear to be fairly weak in the missile department once you take out their single launcher. Now on the Enterprise E, for example, torpedoes are a large complement of the arms with great explosive power.
ISDs tend to use lasers that work slower than light. Need I say more? Star Trek phasers actually hit their target with instantaneous accuracy (Exception: When searching for a cloaked ship, like in Nemesis).
ISDs have relatively weak armor. For example, a single A-Wing ramming the bridge of the Super Star Destroyer Executer (in “Jedi”) blasted through the entire bridge tower. The Enterprise E, ramming the Scimitar in “Nemesis” tore of slight portions of the saucer. (In space, the physics could argue that the Scimitar rammed the Enterprise, it amounts to the same thing). Remember that it had significantly more kinetic energy behind it than did the A-Wing.
ISDs can travel faster in their “hyperspace” than in ST Warp Drive, yes… but they don’t have sensor capacity. The Enterprise can tell whether a planet is still there from lightyears away, vs the total surprise of the Falcon in SWIV when they emerged near (the wreakage) of Aldaraan. The ISD might jump to get close to the Enterprise, but the E can fly warp circles around it with full sensor operability.
On that note, TIE fighters don’t mean squat. They’d be bouncing off the shields like flies on a windshield. On the off chance they would mean something… the E would merely have to warp around to the other side of the ISD and resume the pounding.
Boarding teams. Shields appear to go down easily on ISDs, especially since they are sectionalized. Beam a boarding party to bridge as soon as the shields go down and you have one slightly damaged ISD captured.
I wait for the ripostes of the Star Wars promoters!
-Fleet Admiral Psi Cop, flag on the Enterprise