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High Power Microwaves (HPM) are a type of beam weapon. They only deal damage to shields and electronic components. They have a maximum range of
Base Range * Range Modifier
Their rate of fire is
Base Range / Capacitor Recharge Rate * 1s
While the theoretical maximum range far exceeds 1.5m km, no Beam Fire Control is able to handle ranges beyond this limit. Higher ranges offer no advantage for HPM. HPM cannot be mounted in turrets.
HPM have a specialty function in destroying enemy sensors and fire controls, thus crippling ships, unable to fire their guns.
You may find advanced versions of beam weapon technology when you gain technology from ruins. They as similar to the standard technology but with enhanced capability. For example, Advanced Lasers do more damage for the same size and power requirements. This also translates to better range as the base damage is higher. Advanced Torpedoes inflict also do more damage for a given size and power system. Advanced Railguns get one additional shot (5 shots instead of 4) per cycle time and Advanced Mesons have greater range.
HPM bypass armor, dealing damage directly to electronic systems. HPM deal 3x damage to shields.
High Power Microwave Focal Size
|Base Range (kkm)||15||20||30||50||80||120||160||200||320||480||640||840|
High Power Microwave Focusing
Capacitor Recharge Rate