This week with Arlene and Jeff:
...The video went on. "Now we see groups of ten Paladins launched and eventually practicing. The scout's AI was again able to tap into a transmission, this time from the practice field as it was beamed back to the mother ship, and consequently, we have a much better view of events. To give you perspective, Ship has estimated that the asteroid targets range from roughly fifty feet to three hundred feet with a few much smaller ones thrown in and traveling at very high speeds and random directions relative to the target field.
"To put it mildly, these guys are good, or their computers are. Same end result however the method. And as I'm sure you have noticed, each Paladin is bristling with energy weapons that fire independently of each other. Whether or not each turret has a gunner or crew, or whether computers operate everything is something we don't know. What we do know, is that the Paladins are serious weapon platforms. They do not - thankfully - seem to have inertialess drives, but Ship suspects that they do have some type of inertial dampening system, or else the crews can withstand repeated 10g surges as they maneuver while chasing the targets."
"They would eat any manned Earth aircraft flying on this planet," the General said grimly. "And… it's obvious that they are designed for atmospheric maneuvering in addition to their abilities in space."...
Have a goodun;