One of the new weapons featured in Thunder Force V are the CRAW, the Constituted Ray Art Weapon-unit, which consists of a spherical radioactive central core coated with a thick layer of approximately 80 trillion artificially engineered microscopic particles, such as nanomacine.
The constant nuclear reactions between the core and the particles causes the CRAW to glow a neon-bright shade of blue.
CRAWs maintain a tight orbit around a starfighter and boost the energy levels of its conventional weapons.
They can also be used as a protective shield of sorts to protect the starfighter against enemy attacks.
The CRAW units are also featured in the doujin game Broken Thunder and the PS2 game Thunder Force VI.