Lasers remained in widespread use for some two hundred years, and were the main armament of the Daedalus and Constitution class starships during the early years of the Federation. By 2255 the standard issue hand laser was capable of blasting through considerable thickness' of rock. A larger artillery style ground cannon could provide heavy fire - this weapon could be rigged to run from remote power sources if required, supplying sufficient power to blast half a continent.
Between 2255 and 2265 lasers where replaced in
Starfleet service with the much superior phasers. Today lasers are not
a significant ship-to-ship weapon, as the navigational shields of a Federation
starship are immune to this form of energy.
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