Plasma torpedo

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During a briefing following the initial attacks on Neutral Zone outposts, Spock described what was known about the Romulan weapon.  According to [[Starfleet]] researchers, the weapon was an "enveloping plasma" that caused its targets to implode.  One plasma torpedo was sufficient to destroy the shields and weapons of a Federation outpost, and a second torpedo shattered the asteroid on which the outpost was built.  One torpedo also damaged the fully-shielded [[Enterprise]], even though much of the torpedo's energy had dissipated due to range.
 
During a briefing following the initial attacks on Neutral Zone outposts, Spock described what was known about the Romulan weapon.  According to [[Starfleet]] researchers, the weapon was an "enveloping plasma" that caused its targets to implode.  One plasma torpedo was sufficient to destroy the shields and weapons of a Federation outpost, and a second torpedo shattered the asteroid on which the outpost was built.  One torpedo also damaged the fully-shielded [[Enterprise]], even though much of the torpedo's energy had dissipated due to range.
  
Even though it is capable of overtaking a [[Constitution-class]] starship in full retreat, a plasma torpedo has a relatively limited range.  Only [[cloaking device|cloaking]] technology enabled the Romulan ship to get into effective range of its targets.  As noted above, a plasma torpedo lost so much energy pursuing the fleeing Enterprise that when it finally struck, it no longer had enough energy to destroy the target.
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Even though it is capable of overtaking a [[Constitution-class|''Constitution''-class]] starship in full retreat, a plasma torpedo has a relatively limited range.  Only [[cloaking device|cloaking]] technology enabled the Romulan ship to get into effective range of its targets.  As noted above, a plasma torpedo lost so much energy pursuing the fleeing Enterprise that when it finally struck, it no longer had enough energy to destroy the target.
  
 
[[Lieutenant]] [[Hikaru Sulu|Sulu]] theorized that a single phaser shot would be sufficient to detonate a plasma torpedo prematurely.  He did not actually get to test his theory, however, since his ship's phasers were off line at the time.
 
[[Lieutenant]] [[Hikaru Sulu|Sulu]] theorized that a single phaser shot would be sufficient to detonate a plasma torpedo prematurely.  He did not actually get to test his theory, however, since his ship's phasers were off line at the time.

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