Pulse laser turret
This article describes the Covenant weapon. For the pulse laser mounted on UNSC prowlers, see XEV9-Matos Nonlinear Pulse Cannon.
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.
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. Covenant pulse lasers are typically considered to their UNSC counterparts, due to the Covenant's superior power storage systems and gravitic-lensing focal arrays.
The pulse laser turret fires by means of laser, using hydrogen fluoride as fuel. 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.
Like most Covenant weapons, the pulse laser turrets are rated in the kilowatt range. 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 45 cm of Titanium-A armor in a single shot. In one such instance, the UNSC Commonwealth, a frigate, received severe armor damage in sections three and four to a quarter the original width. 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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