The Steamrunner-class began production in 2371 after Starfleet realised it needed to develop a new way to defend against the larger, disposable Jem Ha’dar fleets. As a result, the Steamrunner is armed with long range Tri-Cobalt Torpedoes. These torpedoes can be fired from long range and cause massive explosions that damage everything within range. As a consequence for the tremendous energy it takes to fire its weapons, the Steamrunner tends to be slower and have less shielding than its counterparts, making it an easy target if engaged at close range.
The Steamrunner-class can be outfitted with an Engine Overload weapon. This blast disables the engines of multiple enemy ships, allowing them to use their long range torpedoes on immobile targets or escape from an incoming attack.
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