Multi-Phasic Emitters The Phasers of the New Era
Representing the logical extension and unification of the varied phaser types of the past, the MPE Arrays of the fleet are capable of producing multi-phasic emissions with the short-range punch of a pulse blast, the precise, long reach of a coherent beam, or even a disruptive area burst, delivering single shots or multiple salvos from any single portion of each firing strip or tracking along the total length. Developed in response to the multiplication of threat factors facing any one ship in present day hostile scenarios, and operating in direct conjunction with the interleaved transphasic shield systems of current fleet vessels thus ensuring full, unhampered operation even during quantum slipstream conditions the MPE phaser banks provide more thorough fire coverage in all quarters, maximizing defensive and offensive firepower independent of relative ship orientation or attack vector.
(MPE phasers are not more powerful than previous types, per se, but rather are more versatile and harder to thwart.)
The End of Cloak and Dagger
Sensor systems of the era have largely negated the effectiveness of all cloaking systems at close and medium range, and complicated their successful employment at long scan ranges to the point of high impracticality. This development has significantly altered the tactical and strategic stance of all factions, forcing a "see and be seen" posture in which secrecy of presence and maneuver is largely impossible and successful deployment and countermeasures depend greatly upon misdirection and complexity. This has also lead to a sharp decline in truly independent ship operations, with focus being increasing placed upon coordinated squadron and fleet activity.