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An early experimental point-defense laser turret mounted to defend a fire-support base on a planet being cleared of a Bug infestation

Point Defense Lasers are small chemlasers or diode lasers in a turret mounting used as a light point-defense system by starships or surface vehicles, to defend them against starfighters and incoming missiles.

Small warships (corvette- or frigate-sized) have the room to carry the larger, more powerful plasma phalanx point defense systems.  Larger warships (destroyer-sized on up) are big enough to carry particle phalanx, currently the most powerful and effective point defense systems available.

Behind the Scenes

The use of this acronym is inspired by the TV show Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, but practically every sci-fi franchise uses them in some form.

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