The Bhantkara was designed with the typical purpose of any fleet carrier: To serve as the mothership of the Empire's various battle fleets and to lead assaults against enemy fleets and planets during offensive operations. The Bhantkara was a large, formidable warship well-matched against Terran assaults thanks to its large starfighter complement, but nonetheless flew with escorts.
By 2669, the Kilrathi's carrier fleet far outstripped that of the Terran Confederation, whose numerous carrier losses made necessary the reactivation of obsolete vessels to replace their more modern vessels.
At least one Bhantkara served as an escort for Crown Prince Thrakhath nar Kiranka's personal flagship as of 2669, the KIS Hvar'kann. During the Battle of Ariel that year, Colonel Christopher Blair encountered two Bhantkara-Class Carriers in separate engagements, and destroyed both of them in an effort to ensure the safety of the TCS Victory. Blair also destroyed a third such carrier during the Battle of Freya later that same year.
- KIS Karga (later rechristened into FRLS Mjollnir)
|Mass:||100,000 metric tonnes|
|Max Velocity:||130 kps|
|Cruise Velocity:||100 kps|
|Max Y/P/R:||5/5/5 deg/s|
|Fore Shield:||2000 cm equivalent|
|Aft Shield:||2000 cm equivalent|
|Front Armor:||1000 cm|
|Right Armor:||1000 cm|
|Left Armor:||1000 cm|
|Rear Armor:||1000 cm|
|Guns:||8 Laser Turrets|