The ML-16 is a primary weapon which was in heavy use before the appearance of the Shivans and their shielding technology. The ML-16 works adequately against hull and devours only a negligible amount of energy, allowing the pilot to divert more power on engines.
Since the ML-16 was designed in a "shieldless" era of both Terran and Vasudan history, it largely became inadequate against shielded targets like most Shivan fighters and bombers.
As soon as the GTW Avenger cannon became available, and produced in enough quantities, the ML-16 was replaced.
Tech Room Data
Argon laser weapon - uses transparent ceramic technology in order to create an optical system that is extremely durable and stable under battle conditions - provides adequate destructive damage to the hull of enemy ships by vaporizing molecular bonds at the target area and destabilizing molecular bonds across the grain of the hull material.
The GTA issues ML-16 Lasers to every fighter and bomber in service.
|Rate of Fire||5 shots per second|
You will see more of this weapon in the Terran-Vasudan War Project