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A laser cannon in action on Talos IV

Laser cannon was a type of energy weapon used by Starfleet in the 23rd century.

The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) carried at least one portable Laser cannon which could be deployed on planets, using a microwave beam from the enterprise to power it.

In 2254 the Enterprise's Laser cannon was deployed on Talos IV when the crew attempted to rescue Captain Pike from Talosian captivity, whilst the Talosians generated an illusion that the cannon had done little damage it had in-fact sheered the top off of the targeted rock structure. (TOS episode: The Cage; EV comic: Nor Iron Bars a Cage)


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Luke Skywalker defends Echo Base using a turret-mounted laser cannon.
"Target, maximum firepower."
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A laser cannon was the standard weapon for use by most starships and other vehicles. It existed in a myriad of forms, from the huge versions used by starships, through medium-sized turret-mounted variants, to the much smaller personal cannons sometimes carried by infantry.



Though based on the same principles, with their beams having a nearly identical nature, laser cannons were more powerful than similarly-sized blasters. Laser cannons were originally used by starships to blast debris, such as asteroids, out of their way. These cannons were incredibly destructive and could be targeted very accurately. Though the beam from a laser cannon was not itself a laser since the beam moved slower than light speed and had an explosive nature, it is probable that a laser cannon was so named because it used a laser in the energizing of its blaster gas.


Chin-mounted heavy laser cannons on an AT-AT.

After a time, pirates adapted this technology to their ships, increasing their accuracy so they could be effectively used in raids. For defense against such pirates, companies started to develop proper laser weaponry, making it more accurate while still retaining its destructiveness. The military quickly picked up on this weaponry, too. Most starfighters and civilian ships would carry at least one cannon and large capital ships carried many. The technology was refined further, to create turbolasers, but these were too big for many small ships to carry.

Starships, such as the Executor-class Star Dreadnaught, Viscount-class Star Defender and the EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate, began using laser cannons as anti-starfighter defenses. These weapons were later engineered to fire beams with sufficient accuracy and power to intercept enemy missiles from long range: the point-defense laser cannon, mounted on Zann Consortium Crusader-class corvettes, was an example.

Eventually, laser cannon technology was so refined that ground-based vehicles such as the AT-AT could use them. Even some infantry, such as B-2 battle droids, could be equipped with laser cannons rather than personal blasters.



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Laser cannons were weapons primarily used on starships. XJ9 X-wings utilized laser cannons.

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