The Federation Attack Fighter is a type of starship utilized by Starfleet as an agile dogfighter during the Dominion War. Originally, this class of starship was used as a light courier. Later they were employed by the Maquis against the Cardassian Union during their insurrection. In the late 24th century these ships were upgraded, armed, and used by Starfleet in an attack on a Cardassian weapons cache on the planet Bryma. This act triggered the Maquis uprising which led to the Maquis engaging the U.S.S. Rio Grande, piloted by Benjamin Sisko.