a large weapon, similar in size to a cannon, that fires a laser
In the event of an all-out war, an American artillery sergeant behind a small laser 'cannon' conceivably could point a powerful light beam at an enemy missile plunging toward us—and the light would track the incoming warhead and destroy it with one intense burst.
A new name would also serve to silence critics who will contend that a Laser cannon will not whip up dust and will not need to be dug-in.
Below me was the length of the fusion tube; to the left, the laser cannon.
‘Jerome Finney…showed that the spectrum was the light of our own sun, drastically blue-shifted. Some kind of mirror was coming at us, moving at a hell of a clip, but slowing as it came.’ ‘That would mean a light-sail! ’ ‘Why the big deal, Frazer? I thought you already knew. ’ ‘No. This is the first I've heard of it. I don’t read the Sunday supplements. ’ Morris was exasperated. ‘But you knew enough to call a laser cannon a launching laser! ’
Out of the corner of an eye he could see a screen, delicately painted, ruffling in the slight breeze of the chamber’s ventilators. Beyond which no doubt the muzzle of a laser-cannon or other inhospitable device was already trained on them.
He glanced over some of the orders and began estimating what he'd need: a laser cannon, two vibrators, a molecular imploder (if he could get his hands on one somewhere on Northpoint). There'd be the standard hand weapons: the stungun, the screecher, and an old-fashioned laser pistol.
Below, firing broke out, too distant to harm them, but trucks were moving, and one had turned to display the shadowed cylinder of a laser cannon, pointed at the height.
Just like swatting flies with a laser cannon. The aim’s a bit tricky, but it sure takes care of the flies.
Zuckuss drew back even farther as the massive shape of D'harhan trod heavily forward, the barrel of the laser cannon, now rendered inert and harmless, slanting disconsolately, the tip of its muzzle almost scraping against the landing dock’s surface.
The NX-01 is the smallest of the Enterprise starships, armed with laser cannons and spatial torpedoes.
Lieutenant Hyosu made us follow the rules, but she wasn’t too exacting about them, and she was a pretty good teacher. She introduced us to the Pale Lightning’s armaments, from its point defense system to its missiles and laser cannons. By the end of the lesson, my head ached from all the figures I had memorized.
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