The A280-CFE is essentially an accurized version of the A280C blaster that has been outfitted to work as a marksman's rifle. Following in the same vein as the EE-3 and EE-4 blasters from the first game, it functions as a burst-fire sniper rifle firing three shots for every trigger pull with a short delay between each burst.
Being built around the chassis and frame of the A280C, the A280-CFE possesses a comparable damage profile, killing in around 4-8 shots depending on range and as such it requires between two to three full bursts to connect in order to score a kill, depending on range and the target's class, and is capable of firing off a total of six bursts before overheating.
Compared to the single-shot sniper rifles, the A280-CFE provides faster follow-up shots at the cost of having less lethality for each individual shot. This makes it a somewhat more spammy weapon than some of the other alternative blasters since it requires more shots to kill but the A280-CFE's greater-than-average rate of fire makes it more capable at closer ranges compared to its competitors. This makes it a better weapon to carry in hostile environments and in situations where the player is at a greater risk of running into a close-range gunfight, a situation the A280-CFE is more capable of handling than its alternatives, thanks to its decent hipfire spread and faster fire rate.