The Chaff Launcher is a utility module that is used to defend against gimballed and turreted weapons.
Signature tracking defence. When deployed, causes gimbal and turret mounted devices to lose lock. Requires Ammunition.
— In-Game Description
The Chaff Launcher deploys a payload of signal-disrupting chaff that instantly breaks tracking locks from gimballed or turreted weapons, which depend on sensitive electronic systems to track targets and cannot be manually aimed. It is a very useful tool in combat situations, and an efficient, economical option for ships that desire to avoid combat and simply need to buy time for their Frame Shift Drive to charge in order to make their escape.
However, the Chaff Launcher is not without its flaws. A burst from a Chaff Launcher only disrupts tracking systems temporarily, and hostile ships can re-acquire the target after the disruption ceases. Furthermore, the Chaff Launcher provides no protection against fixed weapons that allow enemy pilots to track targets manually, and some pilots may equip one or more fixed weapons as backups for situations in which chaff is used.
The following modifications can be applied to this module by Engineers to enhance its abilities: