Yeah, that's also the reason why I can't get lucky with the Kor-larh. Fighting Gladius in it was always a real pain for me and I ran out of afterburner fuel before the end of the third wave.
So true! The Gladius was quite good but it had too little guided missiles.
Yeah I know: "Some of us are able to aim, Maniac!" (said Blair to Maniac in WC4 when they were told that they could only use Dart Dumbfire missiles for a mission)... 🤣
Arrow had two Dart missiles... taking down a Kor-larh with the long range laser cannon was quite fun!
I have to admit that I was never able to play through Gaunlet Game Mode without being shot down at least once
(or cheating). The first Armada version I had did not have the possibility to continue a run with a code. So I opened the data.tre file with a hex editor on Windows 3.11 and searched for the guns and cannons. Then I changed some positions at will to FF or 01 and started the game until it did not crash. First try was the laser cannon. Well, I changed all Confed Cannons to a fire rate of 100 shots per seconds and draining nearly zero energy. Yeah, I was cheating. But it was fun. I don't have the modified file anymore... it was back on my 486DX4, which had only a small harddrive so I needed to uninstall some games back then to play new ones. Boy, I had lots of time back then. Just loading the file with my 16 MB of RAM using Windows 3.11 took forever...