Although the Acolyte interceptor is a match for most contemporary fighters, the conflict at Barahad revealed a glaring lack of anti-fighter platforms in the strike craft range. Shot Platforms, which had been pressed into frightening service as anti-fighter vehicles, were the only craft in the Somtaaw fleet aside from the interceptors that were designed to combat fighters. A call was put out for more anti-fighter platforms, preferably in the strike craft range (For sake of expense).
Designers took in hand the Heavy corvette platform which had been in existence since just after the sixteen day war in Taanach. Although the chassis was sound, the weapons system was deemed inadequate for an intended anti-fighter role. Designers plied through various weapons systems to come up with an equivalent.
One immediate solution the Somtaaw designed was derived from two examples known; the "Bandit" type Turanic Missile Corvette, and the "Daadin" type Missile corvette operational in Vaygr space. Between the two systems (known to Somtaaw from a captured Turanic Missile corvette, and one Daadin acquired in a trade), Somtaaw engineers were able to devise a system that could fit within the design limitations of the heavy corvette.
The missile corvette was looked down on when first designed, and the trial squadron had bets running on them that they wouldn't last long- citing the lifespan of the average "Bandit" missile corvette. However, the Missile corvette squadron surprised all by claiming fifteen fighter kills in it's first engagement. In an interesting comparison between the Somtaaw Missile Corvette and the Turanic version, the Somtaaw craft retains higher speed and greater agility over it's Turanic counterpart- at the expense of reload time for the main missiles.