Different types of weapons allows you either to do mass damage, penetrate a shield or lay a trap.
Each weapon category bears it’s own unique mechanics and
– Rockets – high damage explosives
– Torpedoes – guided missiles
– Mines – explosive, magnetic and shrapnel damage traps
– Lasers – beam weapons with 100% shield penetration
– Machine guns – kinetic weapons with extra damage to unshielded targets
– Drones – autonomous ships with repairing, damage or hacking functions