Intended to be a complete weapon of war, the Echo Papa 607 was able to automatically send out small drones to gather intelligence, take prisoners, and mount attacks. The main advantage of the system was its progressive adaptability; data on enemy equipment and tactics was returned from the drones to the parent system and, when destroyed, a new drone was manufactured which improved on the previous model, countering the enemy's abilities. The process of analyzing each encounter and replacing a drone took only twelve minutes and through this method the drones quickly became impossible to stop.
The drones were able to monitor and disrupt enemy communications, as well as project interactive holographic illusions of individuals familiar to its enemy in order to gather intelligence. To capture prisoners for interrogation, a drone could encase a target in a force field that kept it in stasis. The drones were armed with directed energy weapons and could be modified to include deflector shields for protection, and cloaking devices for stealth. They were able to attack both ground troops and starships. A single cloaked drone was able to cause heavy damage to the USS Enterprise-D.
A still active Echo Papa 607 unit was present underground on Minos in 2364, long after the Minosian civilization had been wiped out. It destroyed the USS Drake and nearly destroyed the Enterprise-D before Captain Jean-Luc Picard realized the attack was a demonstration for a potential customer. The system shut down after he agreed to "buy" the device from the planet's automated sales merchant. From his interaction with the holographic merchant, Picard surmised that the Minosians developed the Echo Papa 607 but lost control of it and were destroyed by their own weapon's demonstration. Data also determined that the weapon system had been used by the belligerents of the Ersalrope Wars as an intelligence gathering device. (TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom")