The Kzinti lesson is, "a reaction drive's efficiency as a weapon is in direct proportion to its efficiency as a drive."
Notice the peculiar lack of Rabbits in this "propulsion drive" test. This technology made the ILR sit up and take notice. Did it justify their side of the arms race? Did they have cause for alarm? What lessons were learned between now and Birthright?
I think the lesson could be: WAR IS HELL.
Looks like sort of a fusion version of the Orion derived "Casaba Howitzer" see http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/spacegunconvent.php#shapedcharge Interesting..THE COLONEL
Matter Conversion is a direct application of Einstien's Theorem of Energy to Mass.