In Black Panther, Ulysses Klaue describes his arm cannon as a leaf blower in comparison to the cannons/weapons that Wakanda has.

Infinity War comes after the events of Black Panther, so the weapons should exist. During the final fight with the children of Thanos and Space Dogs (as Rocket refers to them), Wakandans could have used these powerful cannons, pointing them at the opened section of barrier. Instead they chose a fist fight.

Even M'Baku says that it would be the end of Wakanda, so the magnitude is huge and risks are very high. Why were these powerful weapons not used?

Edit 1: I watched the movie again and planes are there in the fight. But they were only used to destroy the spaceships that crashed.

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    I always thought this was meant as, "they have" weapons/cannons/technology that dwarf what Klaue was using. Not that they had specific cannons deployed around Wakanda.
    – Jared
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 8:29
  • @Jared we can agree they have special weapons. Now these weapons are not distributed around world(What killmonger was trying to do). So these weapons are in wakanda. Given the magnitude of the fight, anyone would choose to use their primary weapons. So yes, they could have deployed them on battle front. They even have fighter planes that could have been beneficial.
    – Rajesh
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 9:02
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    "Given the magnitude of the fight, anyone would choose to use their primary weapons. So yes, they could have deployed them on battle front." No, not necessarily. Would you expect the U.S. to use nuclear weapons in a battle right outside of Washington, D.C.? Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 13:09
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    @BilltheLizard Nukes, no. War helicopters/planes, yes. Even an armored Hummer with .50 cals., but I'm sure they won't go there with USPs and Stun guns. Only weapons used in the mentioned fight were spear with fire utility, which is like using a Pistol. Even the Rhinos used in Black Panther were more effective. I understand they were killed in that fight, so cannot be used. But being so powerful nation, they should have used some heavy artillery.
    – Rajesh
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 13:16
  • Projectile weapons would have been a friendly fire risk to the infantry that rushed forward to engage in melee combat, obviously. :) Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 22:47

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The actual quote being referred to is, after mentioning Vibranium;

KLAUE "It powers their city, their tech... their weapons"

ROSS "Weapons?"

KLAUE "Makes my arm cannon look like a leaf blower!"

There is no specific mention of cannons in the text, and there is no requirement for Wakanda to have them. They are a tribal entity and, existing in relative secrecy as a technologically ascendent nation, do not participate in open warfare. Given their defensive capabilities, it would seem they have never faced an invasion.

Their battles are minor skirmishes against interlopers, what use would they have for stationary armament? The city is both cloaked and shielded, Wakanda's MO is to deny intruders, not engage them... until the events of Infinity way, that is.

As per some of the comments above; this is the same reason they do not have tanks, helicopters, ICBMs... they have never had need for them. The jets intended use is seemingly for concealed transportation with some defensive armaments, instead of loaded up with ordnance. They are interceptors, not bombers, which makes sense given Wakanda's use of them. They could perhaps have been deployed during the battle, if there are many left after Ross destroyed those trying to escape with Vibranium at the end of Black Panther.

  • Hey, I have updated the question. Please check that. Also, if there are many left, considering Ross destroyed all, you still have 2. One Black Panther's jet and other Quin Jet in which Cap and others came. And this jet is a battle plane.
    – Rajesh
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 7:35

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