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Blue Planet Tech Room Description

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The SCWS-3 Scalpel Disruptor

The SCWS-3 Scalpel is the third member of the Shekar-Johnson product line purpose-built for the Federation navy. A subsystem disruptor designed for customs duty, the Scalpel is an ion pathshock weapon that delivers powerful current down a plasma stream, compromising even Faraday-caged systems. Good range allows the user to engage enemy turrets from a relatively safe distance, but the Scalpel cannot outrange Alliance anti-fighter beam weapons. It performs respectably against shields, and some pilots even use it as a dogfight weapon. At one point during the Isolation, the Scalpel was the standard-issue weapon on Federation fighters, but the outbreak of the recent conflict ended this policy.



Range 1000 m
Rate of Fire 5.71 shots per second
Velocity 1000 ms-1
Base Damage 20
Armor Damage 0.0x 0
Shield Damage 1.4x 28
Subsystem Damage 1.2x 24


  • Weapon cycles between hardpoints

Veteran Comments

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I haven't found much use for this weapon. The Archer and Paveway mostly satisfy my anti-subsystem needs. Not really worth sacrificing a weapon bank for in my opinion.

With a slight buff to shield damage this weapon could make a good combination shield breaker and subsystem disruptor, which could increase its utility. Something to consider for future patches.

The Scalpel received a shield damage buff in the 1.1 patch which gave it equal shield DPS to the Circe in addition to its anti-subsystem properties.

In the late 2015 edition of BP, the Scalpel was changed to a cycle-fire gun with greater range and even more DPS against shields and subsystems.