If anything, separate ships would increase the vulnerability of the Prometheus.Originally posted by Phantom16:
um.... four words: more than one long ubersentence (guess that makes five).
Anyway, there is a tactical advantage to separation, especially for the prometheus. If you send one ship against, say, a heavy cruiser of a sort, the cruiser can direct all of its firepower on the prometheus, and it would be done for. However, it could separate, and have 3 different attack vectors. This would confuse the cruiser, and it would be trying to attack 3 separate smaller ships (and if the smaller ships were more manueverable, they would be able to avoid the slow firing of the cruiser.) This would work for the galaxy as well, but probably not to the same effect.
Let's assume they execute a "Multi Vector Assault" and come at the opposing starship from different sides. (i.e. one at the fore, one at the aft, one at the bottom) In the case of, say, a Galaxy class starship, you've actually handed the advantage to the Galaxy, who can now use weapons that otherwise would have been out of line-of-sight against the Prometheus ships. The Galaxy has actually increased the rate of damage on the Prometheus.
Another scenario. The Prometheus splits into three and charges the Galaxy all from one side. The commander of the Galaxy would be a fool to divide his weapons equally amongst the Prometheus group; no, he would concentrate all the firepower he could onto one of the ships, and take it down ASAP. Once it's down, the firepower of the Prometheus has been cut down by a third. Rinse and repeat. The shields on an individual Prometheus ship would also not be as strong as the shields on a full-sized starship, so the Galaxy would be able to knock one ship's shields (and then systems) down faster than it would if it were facing a single, larger starship.
Any competent starship crew would not be "confused" by a small task force of starships (Come on. There's still only three there.) that are still hundreds of meters long. And why would cruisers be limited to "slow firing"? If anything, given their larger reactors and more numerous weapons, they should be able to fire even faster than a smaller ship.
Also given that the Prometheus must waste space to provide for the docking and undocking of it's component starships, as well as wasting more space on individual computer, power and propulsion systems for each of it's components, the Prometheus does not use space as efficiently as a single starship would.
Quite frankly, "Multi-Vector Assault Mode" is and forever will be glitzy fan-wank bullshit, and nothing more.
[ 04. January 2004, 01:39 AM: Message edited by: Uraniun235 ]