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Warp Dynamics (Naval division) WDN-114 Cataphract Class Dreadnought
The WDN-114 Cataphract is the largest design built by Warp Dynamics. The construction and design period was plagued with problems and setbacks. The final WDN-114 was larger and heavier than expected, but unusually, the WDN designers had under-equipped it with weapons. The drives actually drew considerably less power from the massive power core thahn was expected; partly because the drives were 8% more efficient than expected, but also due to the power core providing considerably more power than predicted. The second prototype was thus able to add several more hyper-ray blisters and even two ultrabeams either side of the nose module.
The production model of the Cataphract is somewhat ungainly in appearance compared to some of it's smaller breathen (Warp Dynamics have never been know for their elegance), but for a ship of it's size, the Cataphract has enormous manouverability and agility, as much as many smaller destroyers. The dreadnought is armed with a wide varity of weapons, including the aforemention ultrabeams, hyper-rays and astrobusters, supplemented by particle pellet guns and light hyper-rays for point defense and a double-tap torpedo tube with thirty torpedoes and five probes.
The original prototype eventually found function as a command vessel, the excess power and space being used to fit no less than three Dewhurst D504 Electronics Warfare suites and several larger communications arrays, forming into a command and communications vessel, designated WDN-114C.