In the advent of the Dominion Incursion and during the time of the Capital Ship Project, the Novus Orsa Republic looked into how to improve the weapons aboard its existing ships without relying solely on the graviton cannon and engine modules that were currently being fitted on the Dragoon Destroyers and Chimera Battle Cruisers without making them more expensive than those with the modules. While investigating the performance of the ships during the Dominion’s incursion into Republic space, it was found that the weapon that had the least effect on the Dominion ships were the missile launchers as the missiles were slower than the Dominion’s frigates (they didn’t need to be fast as they were designed to fight the slow junk heaps pirates were using). Realizing this fact the missiles were redesigned to be faster and more potent as well as have them in different sizes from those used on destroyers and frigates to those found on capital ships. This also eventually led to the design in-between, the heavy missile launcher, which can be fitted on cruisers and up. While the missile launchers found on existing ships can use the new missiles which were sold to the Republic, the Empire, and the Federation by Inodine Enterprises, the heavy missile launchers are currently only found on the Chimera Battle Cruisers for the moment, but cruisers and larger from the Empire and the Federation will be looking into adding them to their ships once the Republic has completed their field test of the launchers.
The missile variant of the Chimera is something to be feared by the other nations. It is a well-known fact that the shields found on ships by all four nations of the Novus Orsa star cluster is capable of redirecting energy weapons such as lasers and beam cannons unless disabled or destroyed, leading the nations to use projectile weapons such as railguns, artillery cannons, and of course missiles in order to deplete or disable the shields. While railguns and artillery cannons are effective, they primarily work against ships that are the same size as smaller ships are harder to hit. Missiles do not have such a problem as they use onboard guidance systems to track their targets until they hit (or they have reached their maximum flight distance). Missiles can do damage to both shields and hulls and a whole barrage of missiles swarming towards one target is both hard to avoid and a nightmare to an enemy vessel. A Chimera packed with only missile launchers is an even bigger nightmare. The ship is equipped with 20 cruise missiles launchers, 16 heavy missile launchers, and 57 light missile launchers and enough storage for the missiles to reload all of them 6 times over before needing to restock (60 cruise missiles, 768 heavy missiles, and 16,416 light missiles for those who were wondering). The Republic is planning to field about 20 such vessels equipped with missile launchers immediately after approval of the launchers.