The LRed is a heavy beam cannon used by the Shivans in FreeSpace 2. Two of these cannons are mounted on the SD Ravana and SD Demon, and a single LRed forms the primary forward firepower of the SC Lilith. The LRed is best known for having virtually no recharge cycle, a characteristic shared by the much more powerful BFRed. It is often considered to be the Shivan counterpart to the BGreen and BVas.
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Standard enough Shivan beam cannon, roughly equivalent to the BGreen or BVas, but does more sustained damage / second. Mounted on the SC Lilith making it into kind of a monitor (see Wikipedia: Monitor) as well as the destroyers SD Demon and SD Ravana.
The LRed actually does more damage per minute than the BFGreen or LRBGreen, according to the Beam Reference, and only slightly less damage per minute than the MjolnirBeam due to its long firing time and short recharge rate. If not for the random turret refire delay, this beam can actually fire again as soon as its life expires.
Do not underestimate this beam. Because of its extremely short recharge time, it is second only to the BFRed and MjolnirBeam in sustained damage per second. A pair of them can rip a destroyer apart in under a minute, and even one is extremely dangerous.
On the first comment, emphasis on the "roughly"--the BGreen does less than half the sustained damage, and is only comparable in damage per pulse. Where the BGreen takes 30 seconds to fire again, the LRed can (depending on the difficulty) fire in as little as five seconds, or even one. The major difference between the LRed and BFRed is that the LRed is a terror over time; the BFRed comes close to killing an Orion in one shot, and the Sathanas mounts four of them. If you ever encounter a Ravana or Demon, your top priority should be to take out their LRed beam cannons as quickly as possible, because otherwise they will tear your ships to shreds in short order.