Standard Deflector System
The Galor-class cruiser, for the better part of more than a decade, served as the pinnacle of Cardassian ship designs. The class derived its name from a figure in Cardassian mythos that had been portrayed as wearing a hood which may account for the forward most section of the vessel being designated the ship’s ‘hood’. While merely a matter of speculation, this would be the most logical reason for the unusual addition of this architectural oddity that had not been featured in vessel designs previous to it. Even the much more advanced Keldon-class cruisers take almost all of its design ethics from this space frame, adding only later advances in weapons and hardware technology and the addition of elements to the main body and aft portions of the frame to set the two classes apart.
The Galor-class cruiser was a prominent figure in several conflicts, most notably the Federation-Cardassian War and later in the Dominion War. Their small size compared to other vessels notwithstanding, the Galor-class had proven time and again in multiple engagements with ships often double their size that they were very capable of lasting and even outlasting against such opposition. There is little evidence to suggest that the Galor-class was ever, tactically, a match for capitol ships such as Galaxy-class or better vessels. It did, however, prove itself to be remarkably effective, in combat, against the smaller vessels in the Federation, such as the Miranda-class and other similar, older model ships still in the Federation inventory. One of the largest strengths noted in the Galor-class was their effectiveness in combat when used in groups or ‘packs’. Often two and even three Galor-class vessels were seen working in tandem during a combat engagement, which gave them the advantage of being able to strike a greater area of a single vessel’s shields and hull while limiting the retaliatory damage to themselves. Such successes in large fleet engagements during the Dominion War made the Galor-class a vital part of the strategies used to combat Federation forces for a great majority of the war.
Their versatility and utility as a combat vessel during their service in Cardassia’s many conflicts solidified their role as part of the mainstream Cardassian military long after much newer and often better equipped vessels began to integrate themselves into the inventory.