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Old June 1 2013, 02:31 PM   #6
Re: Let's Discuss the Romulan Bird of Prey!

I think the TNG episode "Face of the Enemy" has some interesting information about why the Romulans don't "Fire while cloaked". Since they monitor and regulate all their transmissions to maintain their stealthiness with the cloak on, they theoretically could fire their weapons. It would probably give them away the moment their disruptors "locked" onto their target (like how other ships know they are being locked onto.)

However, in the cases we've seen them where they could do so it still might be an issue of how much power is available to fire their weapons with the cloak up. They might only be able to scorch some paint with available disruptor power under cloak whereas without cloak they would be able to blow big stuff up...
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