The Monitor-class cruiser was built for the purpose of scouting and monitoring systems of trouble. Kuat Drive Yards subcontracted several elements of the design to XeroStar Corporation, including the ships engines. In addition they paid the company a sizable fee to help in creating the massive sensor suit called the Monitor-X Detection System. The Monitor-X combined numerous types of detection systems including a rare Crystal Gravfield Trap making the ship capable of detecting even a cloaked vessel. The complex system involved in translating all the data from the various types of sensors was only made possible by a combined team of Kuati and XeroStar engineers.
Because of the expense of the sensor array it was deemed too costly to place on a sub-capitol ship and instead was placed on a small cruiser chassis. The ship itself was designed for speed and survivability forfeiting many of its weapons. None the less many sector and planetary governments have purchased the expensive vessel in order to get a better grip on criminal elements. Several variants of the craft exist, most notably a communications interception version and a stealth version of the craft. These "spycraft" have yet to be contracted to any government and are used solely by the Kuati Sector Defense Force.