Your ship comes standard with a class one axial beam weapon, it shoots strait out the front, needs careful aiming and is not all that powerful
To be able to smash those pirates and work your way up through the UNCA ranks, you need some serious firepower.
Axial beam weapon - This is the standard weapon that comes on all ships and fires directly out the front to the crosshairs you see in first person view.
Turret weapon - moves to target the enemy, it does this automatically, but is less powerful than the axial beam.
Broadside weapon - is similar to the turret in that it moves and auto targets, though is much slower to respond and twice as powerful as the Turret.
The class of your weapon is a big factor in the amount of damage it does, obviously a higher class does more damage.
Each additional class up grade of weapon doubles its damage... and also weighs twice as much and takes longer to recharge after firing.
Better weapons are made in a private starbase shipyard, which in itself can take a long time to procure.
Other players who already have a shipyard place weapons on the galactic market to purchase for faster access.
At your shipyard, or the shipyard of the player you purchased a weapon from, you click 'refit ship' to place the weapon on your hull in the desired position.
The additional weapons will take up cargo space so a larger ship is required for more/larger weapons.
There is a maximum of 49 weapons that your computer is able to control, you will not be able to place any more than that.
When shooting a pirate, and when they shoot you, the shield is hit and damaged first, then the armor, then the hull, at 0% hull they or you are dead
To prevent yourself from dying, your computer has the 'self preservation chip' installed to detect that you are about to be killed and automatically activate your warp drive, taking you the the Ceres system, it doesn't want to die either.
Without paying the $1/month Premium battle fee, you can not use weapons or shields above class 5
It is possible to have fun and get quite far into the ranks with 50 x class 5 weapons, premium is best to go further than captain