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The '''Cardassian ATR-4107''' was an automated [[Cardassian]] weapon capable of unleashing massive destruction. Although officially referred to as a missile, it can also be considered a completely autonomous [[starship|warship]] in its own right. It was a [[warp]]-capable vessel carrying 1,000 kilograms of [[matter]] and 1,000 kilograms of [[antimatter]] — enough to destroy a small [[moon]]. The missile also carried a large cache of conventional weaponry, including [[disruptor]]s, [[prototype]] [[quantum torpedo]]es, a [[thoron shock emitter]] and a [[plasma spread]]. On board was a sophisticated [[computer]] system that could predict and counter hostile actions.
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The '''Cardassian ATR-4107''' was an automated [[Cardassian]] weapon capable of unleashing massive destruction. Although officially referred to as a missile, it can also be considered a completely autonomous [[starship|warship]] in its own right. It was a [[warp]]-capable vessel carrying 1,000 kilograms of [[matter]] and 1,000 kilograms of [[antimatter]] — enough to destroy a small [[moon]]. The missile also carried a large cache of conventional weaponry, including [[disruptor]]s, [[prototype]] [[quantum torpedo]]es, a [[thoron shock emitter]] and a [[plasma spread]]. On board was a sophisticated [[computer]] system that could predict and counter hostile actions.
   
 
In late [[2370]], the Cardassians deployed the missile to destroy a [[Maquis]] munitions base on the [[Planetoid]] [[Alpha 441]] in the [[Demilitarized Zone]]. Although the Maquis threw every weapon available at the missile, it proved unstoppable due to the combined benefits of its strong defenses and its advanced computer. However, the missile failed to detonate upon reaching its target — the Cardassians had used an old-fashioned [[kinetic detonator]] in the design, which malfunctioned; the missile simply drifted into orbit around the planetoid instead of destroying it.
 
In late [[2370]], the Cardassians deployed the missile to destroy a [[Maquis]] munitions base on the [[Planetoid]] [[Alpha 441]] in the [[Demilitarized Zone]]. Although the Maquis threw every weapon available at the missile, it proved unstoppable due to the combined benefits of its strong defenses and its advanced computer. However, the missile failed to detonate upon reaching its target — the Cardassians had used an old-fashioned [[kinetic detonator]] in the design, which malfunctioned; the missile simply drifted into orbit around the planetoid instead of destroying it.
   
There, Maquis member [[B'Elanna Torres]] managed to board the weapon, and spent nearly a month reprogramming its computer and upgrading its systems, and eventually nicknamed it '''Dreadnought'''. She completely reprogrammed the computer to work for the Maquis, and changed its vocal subroutines so that the computer sounded like her, as she claimed that she had gotten sick of listening to the "ugly" male Cardassian computer voice.
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There, Maquis member [[B'Elanna Torres]] managed to board the weapon, and spent nearly a month reprogramming its computer and upgrading its systems, and eventually nicknamed it '''''Dreadnought'''''. She completely reprogrammed the computer to work for the Maquis, and changed its vocal subroutines so that the computer sounded like her, as she claimed that she had gotten sick of listening to the "ugly" male Cardassian computer voice.
   
Once she was completed with refitting and upgrading Dreadnought , Torres' nickname for the missile, she sent it, without authorization from [[Chakotay]], her leader, to attack the Cardassian fuel station on [[Aschelan V]]. However, the missile's evasive attack route took it through the [[Badlands]], and it inexplicably disappeared.
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Once she was completed with refitting and upgrading ''Dreadnought'', she sent it, without authorization from [[Chakotay]], her leader, to attack the Cardassian fuel station on [[Aschelan V]]. However, the missile's evasive attack route took it through the [[Badlands]], and it inexplicably disappeared.
   
It was not realized until nearly [[2372|two years later]] that Dreadnought had been abducted by the [[Caretaker (Nacene)|Caretaker]] and whisked away to the [[Delta Quadrant]] by the advanced entity. The missile drifted on a rough course back towards the [[Alpha Quadrant]], but it had suffered some sort of damage to its computer and sensor systems that altered the way it perceived potential targets. It attacked and destroyed an unarmed transport before locking on to the nearby [[planet]] of [[Rakosa V]], an inhabited world.
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It was not realized until nearly [[2372|two years later]] that Dreadnought had been abducted by the [[Caretaker (Nacene)|Caretaker]] and whisked away to the [[Delta Quadrant]] by the advanced entity. The missile drifted on a rough course back towards the [[Alpha Quadrant]], but it had suffered some damage to its computer and sensor systems that altered the way it perceived potential targets. It attacked and destroyed an unarmed transport before locking on to the nearby [[planet]] of [[Rakosa V]], an inhabited world.
   
 
Fortunately, the [[USS Voyager|USS ''Voyager'']] was nearby, having also been abducted by the Caretaker the year before, and B'Elanna Torres was on board. She used her familiarity with the missile's systems to board the weapon and instruct it to deactivate. Torres then returned to ''Voyager'', and the crew made plans to dismantle the weapon and salvage its parts.
 
Fortunately, the [[USS Voyager|USS ''Voyager'']] was nearby, having also been abducted by the Caretaker the year before, and B'Elanna Torres was on board. She used her familiarity with the missile's systems to board the weapon and instruct it to deactivate. Torres then returned to ''Voyager'', and the crew made plans to dismantle the weapon and salvage its parts.
   
However, Dreadnought's computer had other plans. Back in the Alpha Quadrant, Torres had programmed the computer with 39 different possible security breaches, including the possibility that Torres herself was coerced into cooperating with either the Cardassians or the [[Federation]] and attempting to stop the missile from attacking its target. The computer accused Torres of collaborating with the Cardassians.
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However, Dreadnought's computer had other plans. Back in the Alpha Quadrant, Torres had programmed the computer with 39 different possible security breaches, including the possibility that Torres herself was coerced into cooperating with either the Cardassians or the [[United Federation of Planets|Federation]] and attempting to stop the missile from attacking its target. The computer accused Torres of collaborating with the Cardassians.
 
:''On ''Voyager's'' [[bridge]], [[Tom Paris]] commented: "When a bomb starts talking about itself in the third person, I get worried."''
 
:''On ''Voyager's'' [[bridge]], [[Tom Paris]] commented: "When a bomb starts talking about itself in the third person, I get worried."''
   

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