The Andorians have been in need of a ship for quite some time. Rightfully so, they're awesome. And at last it was time to build it. I have to be totally honest; I was very excited about it. Nobody can say "no" to a ship with two huge wing-mounted cannons, especially three of them. The brainstorming meeting about the ship was actually pretty easy, as everyone agreed that the cannons were going to be an important part of the gameplay of these vessels, and the new look would be heavily inspired by the Kumari, the most-familiar Andorian ship seen in Star Trek: Enterprise.
The variants of the Andorian Kumari Escorts include the Khyzon, Charal and Kumari class vessels. Though the variations are subtle, they do have a point. Here at the studio we like to call it the "Excelsior Treatment" -- namely because the Excelsior and the Excelsior refit were fairly subtle changes to parts of the ship, but I think most people agree, the refit looks cooler!
They say a picture can say a thousand words, but seeing these ships in action is something that not even a million words can describe. I hope to see all of you out in space soon, hopefully sporting one of these fantastic escorts, and letting those cannons spit out destruction upon anything in your firing arc.
All three Andorian Escorts are now available in the STO C-Store for individual sale (2500 ZEN) or as a 3-pack bundle (5000 ZEN).
Ian “JamJamz” Richards
Star Trek Online