Weapon Fragments (EU2012)
Although the alien weapon fragments provide a limited glimpse into the systems utilized in their equipment, we've seen enough to confirm my worst suspicions about their technology... that it is vastly superior to our own. However, I have been encouraged by the rapid developments the research team has made in studying the damaged circuitry and electronics we recovered. Our initial efforts have already yielded a successful outcome. The new integrated sighting module created for our weaponry was heavily influenced by the aliens' own targeting system.
Source: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012) Research Archives
- Weapon Fragments can be retrieved from the battlefield by killing aliens but use of explosives will destroy any fragments.
- Weapons research requires large amounts of fragments, which can create bottlenecks for your scientific research.
- Research completion allows production of new item = S.C.O.P.E.