3 things need to happen to the new vorton/new Edencom weapon/ships to make them more useful.
The ability to selectively focus or chain lighting enemy ships. The new weapon’s dps is lacking so give us the ability to focus the weapon on a single enemy for slightly below the average dps for the weapon class. Then, either by selecting an option on the weapon or by script allow the weapon to chain lightning out to multiple hostile targets. This should increase the ship’s/weapon’s utility to the average player.
Allow for selective weapons chaining. Instead of the weapon chaining to ANY random target within reach force the weapon to only chain to random targets of the same type. If your shooting directly at drones it should chain to other drones, if your shooting directly at ships it should chain to other ships, if you’re shooting at structures it should chain to structures, etc.
If there are fewer targets available than the number of chains the weapon can output then it should continue to chain between the number of targets in chain range to keep dps nominal.