The Cataphract was a crude attempt by the Mesan Alignment to duplicate the multi-drive missiles in use by the Star Empire of Manticore and the Republic of Haven, based on Solarian shipkillers with the addition of an anti-missile drive to the final stage. The resulting missiles were twenty percent longer than standard size of the shipkillers they were based on and had half the lasing rods and less powerful seekers, ECM, and penaids. The tradeoff in power gave them a powered range from rest of almost 16.6 million kilometers. (CS2, HH12)
The Cataphract comes in three variants:
- The A variant based on the Solarian League Navy Spatha destroyer/light cruiser missile was capable of being launched from heavy cruisers and battlecruisers.
- The B variant based on the SLN Javelin heavy cruiser/battlecruiser missile was capable of being launched from superdreadnoughts.
- The C variant based on the SLN Navy Trebuchet capital missile was only capable of being launched from missile pods.