Cutting Beam

A Borg cube attacks USS Enterprise with its cutting beam in 2365.

A cutting beam is a powerful weapon equipped on Borg Collective starships capable of cutting large pieces out of ships and even planets. The cutting beam was ineffective against deflector shields, so the Borg would drain them with other weapons before using it. (ENT: "Regeneration"; TNG: "Q Who", "The Best of Both Worlds", "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II"; Star Trek Online)

During the Battle of Vega Colony in 2407, the bridge of USS Kagoshima suffered a direct hit from a cutting beam, killing most of the senior staff including Captain Alfred Detweiler and forcing Weapons Officer Lieutenant (JG) Kanril Eleya to take command. Later in the battle USS Mosul was fatally damaged by a Borg cube's cutting beam. (Bait and Switch: "From Bajor to the Black, Part II")

In 2410, a Borg cube under the control of One of One was able to disable USS Bajor's warp drive with a cutting beam strike to the starboard nacelle, before itself being destroyed by quantum torpedoes the Federation ship beamed aboard. (Bait and Switch: "A Voice in the Wilderness, Part III")

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