The Barat-class was made to deal with the annoyance of hardened anti-orbit ground emplacements. The cruiser is based around a battery of ventral mounted bombardment cannons, arrays of enormous mass accelerators, and oversized GARDIAN lasers, that can burn through a building past a kinetic barrier, or simply shell a heavily fortified bunker into rubble. The cruiser is not immensely well armored, and relies on manoeuvreability and kinetic shielding, both to dodge fire from the ground-based installations, and to evade other ships; consequently, Barats are rarely deployed without escort vessels. They mount a single, four hundred meter spinal mass accelerator, and a relatively light GARDIAN system, as a result of the power drain that goes into powering their gargantuan bombardment cannons.
The most famous -- or notorious -- use of the class was the Razing of Torhaul, in 2170, when a trio of nuclear-armed Barats burned the settlements of Torhaul to the ground, and destroyed the pack of Eisenhorns that defended it.
- Grey Planet Burning presented a cinematic portrayal of the Barat-class before and during the Razing, focusing on the crew of the Urakh, leader of the three-ship squadron. Due to budgetary concerns, a Hensa-class vessel was used in the film in place of an actual Barat.