Pulse laser turret

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This article describes the Covenant weapon. For the pulse laser mounted on UNSC prowlers, see XEV9-Matos Nonlinear Pulse Cannon.
A CCS-class battlecruiser firing its pulse laser turrets.

The pulse laser turret is a light Covenant ship-to-ship weapon system. These laser weapons are known to have been mounted on most Covenant ships and starfighters, and are mostly used for point defense but also for ship-to-ship combat.

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Specifications[edit]

The pulse laser turret is one of the Covenant's primary weapon systems, often classified as a point-defense weapon and compared to the UNSC's point-defense guns. These pulse weapons are affixed to most Covenant ships, including Kig-Yar privateer ships such as the Minor Transgression, and starfighters such as the Type-31 "Seraph"-class.

Firing operation[edit]

Main article: Laser

The pulse laser turret fires by means of laser, using hydrogen fluoride as fuel.[1] Before the weapon fires, it must first charge; during the charge, a sphere of light energy forms around the charging weapon. After finishing charging, the weapon expels a cyan/purple beam of energy. A section of the ship's shielding system must be dropped to allow the pulse weapons to fire completely.[2]

Damage[edit]

Like most Covenant weapons, the pulse laser turrets are rated in the kilowatt range.[3] Damages dealt by the pulse laser turrets are known to be serious threats to most, if not all UNSC ships; a pulse laser salvo is capable of melting through 45cm of Titanium-A armor in a single shot.[4] In one such instance, the UNSC Commonwealth, a frigate, received severe armor damage in sections three and four to a quarter the original width.[4] As such, it is believed that UNSC ships with thicker armor would have to take multiple pulse laser salvos to show the same results.

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Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Halo: Contact Harvest, page 163
  2. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page ??
  3. ^ Halo: Contact Harvest, page 27
  4. ^ a b Halo: The Fall of Reach, page ??