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The weapon was first encountered by allied forces at the Second Battle of Chin'toka. The weapon worked by interacting with a ship's shields in such a way that it produces an electro-magnetic pulse within the shields, overloading the ship's electronics and causing the engines, weapons, and shields to be rendered useless. The weapon devastated the alliance ships, resulting in a total Dominion victory. (USS Baldwin: "Resolution", DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil")
The Dominion was retrofitting all Jem'Hadar vessels with the weapon, and Kira Nerys was able to capture a Jem'Hadar attack ship with the weapon installed. (DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind") The energy weapon was transferred to Earth by the USS Ellsworth. It was installed on the USS Wildfire and tested in the asteroid belt of sector 001. Karen Merrill came up with a modified sheild matrix that does not produce an EMP. After testing, they were put to the test with the 10th Wing of the Fifth Fleet against Dominion forces in the Badlands. (USS Baldwin: "Resolution")