Alright, this information comes from the press release for "The Dogs of War". First off, I can tell you now it is NOT USS DEFIANT-A! In fact, it's not even USS Defiant! Its... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . USS Sao Paolo NCC-75633, Defiant class
Note, this is the highest registry we have ever seen, which means this ship must be pretty darned new
Sao Paulo? Look, no insult to any nation (hell I wouldn't even applaud if they named it the new Dehli) but the name Defiant defines the ship. (excuse the pun). I sincerely hope they keep the name.
------------------ there's a bird in the chimney,and a stone in my bed when the road's washed out,they pass the bottle around and wait in the arms,of the cold cold ground
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I don't think the writers would want to rehash the old Enterprise story over again - going where other shows have already been seems to be a no-no with the producers, given the need to establish a unique identity to the show.
Also the Defiant always seemed like an anonymous fighting ship which does its duty and goes under, so a Defiant-A would be like picking up an old ground pounder and promoting him to an officer - the ship is simply not made for such a call.
The First One
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Isn't it odd how for years after it should have become NCC rather than NX, they wouldn't change the model because it would invalidate their stock footage. . . and yet since then we've had the Valiant and now a new one as well. . .
Still, looked at another way - no Defiant stock footage in the last few epsiodes! 8)