Fires a 2nd-stage spread of high-velocity kinetic penetrators when in range. Heavy damage to shields, and massive EMP damage when impacting on enemy hull or armor. Difficult to stop with PD.
Sabot-class class missiles are short-range, two-stage KE weapons. A guided missile first stage projects a secondary assembly to within striking distance of a shielded target. The on-board targeting computer then ignites the propellant for a KE penetrator. This 'sabot', as it is commonly called, is typically a narrow, laterally stabilized projectile manufactured from an ultra dense material such as depleted uranium.
Excellent at bringing down enemy shields and causing an overload. Standard ship armor is spaced and thus the sabot is deals more manageable damage if shields are lowered in time to receive the impact on armor.