The first laser weaponsMaking continuous wave weapons were rapidly deemed unfeasible as these lasers, to reach the power level required to actually damage something, would need not only to be fed enormous amounts of power but also require large and impractical cooling. For that reason, the vast majority of modern weapons are pulse lasers. The very first weapons were large, statically mounted laser cannons. The large cannons could easily accomodate both energy storage and adequate cooling, even when mounted on vehicles. These cannons, while limited in their longevity, proved to not only be incredibly destructive, but their variable power settings allowed for unprecendented versatility in damage application. As a bonus, most armor had been designed to resist kinetic energy, rather than intense thermal energy, making the cannons useful against early vehicles.
Axylite Z3 (Light Pulse Rifle)
Axylite Z6 (Pulse Rifle)
MAKA PL-12 (Pulse Rifle)
Laser technology is an important part of society and is used for everything from surveillance to weapons.