The first Vishap frigates I've encountered so far in the starter areas are in this mission, so it may or may not be the mission.
The Vis. frigates are using some sort of "beam"...their regular beams are golden, this beam is red-ish and has the look of science about it
Anyways, its doing some sort of "lava chunks flying off my ship" visual effect when it hits me, but I've noticed no increase in shield or hull drop, no accelerated crew loss...in fact, there is NOTHING in my ships buff/debuff bar. So, is this just a new generic attack for them or is there an effect that's not showing up in game?