Photonic weapons were a type of military technology.
Vulcan starships were also equipped with photonic weapons during the 2150s. Administrator V'Las ordered the bombardment of Vulcan's Forge from orbit in order to destroy the Syrrannite held T'Karath Sanctuary. However, because of geomagnetic interference, they were unable to get a target lock, forcing V'Las to order them to blanket the area with weapons fire. (ENT: "Awakening")