- Feb 12, 2010
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Quantum torpedoes? Double the power of the biggest nuclear bombWill there ever be anything more powerful than Nuclear weapons?
Quantum torpedoes first appear in the Deep Space Nine episode "Defiant" as a weapon aboard the USS Defiant. In the DS9 episode "Paradise Lost", the USS Lakota was also stated to be carrying quantum torpedoes, although they were never used. Additionally, the USS Enterprise-E is equipped with quantum torpedoes in Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Nemesis. The Federation and Cardassian Union are the only known users of quantum torpedoes. The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual states that quantum torpedoes derive their destructive power from vacuum energy. Various in-universe sources describe quantum torpedoes as roughly double the destructive power of standard photon torpedoes, putting their yield somewhere in excess of 100 megatons of TNT.
Will we ever need anything that destructive? I doubt it. Nuclear weapons have been a pretty good deterrent to major wars in the last 70 years. But anything more than the bare minimum sized nuclear arsenal is a waste of money, better spent on conventional weapons and new technologies.