Schematic of the rods being explosively dispersed around the warhead just prior to detonation of the fusion initiator

A warhead for lance torpedoes or other missiles used in space combat. A small fusion bomb vaporizes a bundle of raw-carbon rods, and the resulting elongated clouds of carbon-atom plasma will become compressed and lase, emitting a powerful X-Ray laser beam out each end of the cloud. The rods are so aligned around the warhead to create a thin cone of beams out along the path of the missile before it detonates. The point of all this is to give missiles their own stand-off, long-range kill capability against warships, as these X-Ray laser beams are more powerful than any shipboard laser system that would be theoretically practical. A missile with a laser head can detonate beyond really effective point-defense range from the target warship, and does not have to come closer than a few hundred thousand kilometers from its target.

Behind the Scenes[edit | edit source]

Heavily cribbed from those in the Honor Harrington series, although those in turn were based on a real-life proposal for use in the Star Wars missile defense project of the 1980's.

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