The Defiant-class and Intrepid-class utilize the same type of escape pods that include two main types, a six person and an eight person version. The Defiant-class carries 26 of the six person types, which measure 3.6 meters tall and 3.5 meters across the hexagonal faces. Each lifeboat contains enough consumbables and recycling capabilities to keep the crew alive for eight months, long with multiple lifeboats connected in standard "gaggle mode." All are equipped with navigational processors and impulse microthrusters, plus emergency subspace communication systems. The Defiant-class units have been specially modified for low observability and minimal EM signatures due to the general wartime conditions.