Sensor Analysis is a passive ability of Federation Science Vessels and Klingon Support Vessels. While maintaining a target selection lock on an enemy less than 10km away, a stacking buff to the vessel's weapons and subsystem targeting will build to a maximum of 10 stack over approximately 60 seconds against that target. Each scan stack adds a 3.33% buff, up to a maximum of 33.3%. Switching targets has a very high chance of removing the buff, so changing targets or having sensors jammed will reset the stack.
It effects Weapon Damage, and Subsystem Targeting Attack "Damage". Meaning if you stay on target the full duration you'll Improve how much damage (after resistances) is done to a subsystem from a subsystem targeting attack, and how much weapon damage your weapons deal. I believe it only effects energy Weapon damage. It could also effect Torpedoes, but I don't believe it does.
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I'm pretty sure it affects all weapon fire, including torpedoes and mines. The tooltip on subsystem powers says it get's bonus, but thats hard to confirm. I do not think it affects science powers like TBR, but I must admit I never particulary looked on that one.
My brief tests also say that when placates became common, this ability became worthless.
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which is why it was said that placates were a nerf to science.
And VD started doing all those posts about the need for pseudo to-hit rolls of sorts on Science abilities and the like...
Tom with 9 Sensors, Sensors gear out the wahzoo, etc, etc, etc - should not have his Tractor Beam broken by Jerry with 0 CMS, no CMS gear, using a 25 Aux JS1, etc, etc, etc.
Though, since then - I have to admit that I did a respec, traded Emergency Secondary Shielding for Sensor Targeting Assault...and if I don't have APO/PH/JS etc, etc, etc handy - well, I just shoot them to break the tractor. With how high CrtH is in the game now - you've got a pretty decent chance of breaking it and anything else.