A weapon containing a nuclear device to create a one shot nuclear-pumped gamma or x-ray laser. When the nuclear or antimatter device detonates the laser rods are bombarded with highly-energetic gamma-ray photons, causing spontaneous and stimulated emission of X-ray photons in the atoms making up the rods, leading to the optical amplification of the X-ray photons.
Bomb pods by necessity are detonated only when they have been deployed at some distance from own ship. They are propelled from a maglev missile rack but are not classed as missiles because whilst they include thrusters to orientate for target acquisition they do not have a high acceleration drive. They are therefore cheaper than a conventional missile but have a lower effective range.