The Kudronni Mothership is the largest vessel ever constructed by the Bintari Federation. This enormous vessel was built specifically as a base of operations from which to launch an exploratory survey into the neighboring nebula.
The Kudronni is equipped with enough weaponry to amply take on the heavy cruiser of any other race and win -- something that it would need to do if contact was made with a hostile force in the nebula, something that was a very real possibility in the minds of Bintari leaders.
The Kudronni was named for the first Shantor Scout to be destroyed at the hands of the K'Thonn. It served successfully in its tour of duty and was responsible for charting half a dozen star systems in the neighboring nebula before its return to Bintari space.