Ghorah Khar System - Series 3 - Mission 1
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The Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel Carl T. LaFong
We knew the Kilrathi had flown through Niven System to get to Ghorah Khar. We didn't know where in the new system the Kilrathi would be found. I would fly a recon patrol as wingman for Colonel "Hobbes" Ralgha, the Kilrathi pilot who had sought asylum during the Firekka campaign. It made me uneasy.
As soon as we hit space, Hobbes gave me control of the wing. "You're a good pilot," Hobbes said. "One of the best I've seen. I don't agree with the Admiral's evaluation of you."
The new Rapiers were outfitted with particle cannons, to complement the lasers and a chaff pod. The rest of the armaments remained the same.
Three Jalkehi swept in from above and ahead of our position just before Nav 1. I signaled Hobbes to break and attack, and he immediately swept by me as he raced toward the enemy. The heavy Kilrathi fighters carried a lot of armament, including a rear-turret neutron, but they were some of the clumsiest ships ever to hit space. That's what destroyed them, because we could turn and roll inside their own maneuvers and shoot at will. We avoided a rear position because of their turrets and just blew them away with full guns.
Kur, one of the Kilrathi aces, attacked 14,094 kilometers before Nav 2. He was leading a wing of four Grikath. I ordered Hobbes to attack my target and we went after the hotshot Kilrathi pilot. The Grikath carried only neutrons, so we tried to engage in a long-range dogfight and use our lasers. It's a good thing both of us were shooting, because the heavy fighters carried strong shields and armor. As soon as we took out Kur, Hobbes returned to the base with a damaged computer system. I was left with three Grikath. Afterburner slides seemed the best tactic. It avoided their rear turrets, allowed me to use full guns in close, and I could always run if one of them found his way to a position on my tail. It worked.