A torpedo is a self-propelled, self-guided weapon. Torpedoes of some type
were part of the standard weaponry of most Starfleet vessels in the 22nd to
Torpedoes were primarily used in space combat as an alternative to directed energy weapons such as disruptors and phasers. Torpedoes could be configured before launch to fit various specifications. Normally a torpedo was equipped with a warhead, and the explosive yield of this warhead could vary depending on the type of torpedo. Torpedo launchers brought the weapon into the launch tube and allowed fire control from the ship's bridge, although a torpedo could be launched manually. Most of the time a tactical officer was responsible for target acquisition and launch sequence.