Chapter Two: Part Two
Commander Johnathon Armady, from the Republic of France on Earth, was currently in command of Zulfiqar's Wing of three squadrons of F-2900 Star Fighters, though it would be more correct to label them as corvettes, each 'fighter' was 56.6 meters long, a wing span of 32 meters, height of 9.4 meters, speed of 500 Gs in space, 64,373.76kph in a planetary atmosphere, a range of one AU, all were armed with two pulse lasers and carried nine crew members.
Each squadron of twelve fighters was divided into four flights of four aircraft and each flight had a specific job. First flight was the RF-2900s, each of which carried an extensive ECM/ECCM package and fifty-six 50 kiloton HARMs for attacking enemy defenses, second flight was the ASF-2900s each of which was carrying hundred-twenty 1 kiloton All Threat Missiles to deal with any threats for flight three. Flight Three was the SF-2900s, each of which was carrying twelve 200 megaton rockets.
In short, on a planetary scale, he had the power to devastate his home country of France in an indiscriminate bombardment or destroy Earth's main planetary military, industrial, and communication hubs. But, those were not his targets, his target was a Phase Jump Inhibitor. While the main group drew all the pirate fire, his group would go in and nail the relay. After which the Percheon Squadrons would go onto the planet and liberate it.
His wings would return to the Dunovs. The countdown continued, soon he would unleash hell.
“Admiral we have reached the Planet.”
“Launch the Strike Force. Send word to Commodore Jessups to liberate the planet. Dunovs accelerate to 1000 Gs.” Admiral Douri ordered.
The Frigates and Cruisers peeled off to liberate the world. His Dunovs covered them with long range fire as they accelerated to the Jump lane.
Commander Armady watched the countdown reach zero and felt the massive launch rails his bird was on hurl him out into space. “'Lovely Goose' jam all frequencies,” he ordered the lead RF-2900.
“'Legion', we are way ahead of you. Be advised that that we are engaging satellites and defense platforms.” 'Lovely Goose' responded back to Commander Armady's call sign.
“'Tricky Dick', this your chance to avenge TDN-Intrepid, one Kodiak moving to intercept us,” Armady informed ASF-2900-S1236 which had been assigned to the Zulfiqar after the Trader Defense Navy ship he was assign to, the Sova Class Carrier Intrepid, was destroyed.
“Consider it destroyed,” was the reply as the ASF-2900 unleashed its entire payload into the Kodiak. The Kodiak shot a few missiles down, but the rest exploded against the hull and cooked its crew alive. It would be a few weeks before it cooled off enough to board.
His wings started to pick up speed as they sling shotted past the third moon. They also picked up alot more defensive fire, thankfully the Pirates had little training and access to ECM/ECCM packages and it was easy to jam their scanners and shut them down with 50 kilotons of death. No one had been hit so far, which was also good, had they been up against the Vasari, they would already have suffered 20% causalities. It also helped that the Big Guns were drawing all the attention.
“Sir, Admiral Douri has updated our route, the Pirates spammed him with a lot of nukes and he had to adjust course,” Petty Officer 3rd Class Bronson informed him from his console.
Commander Armady glanced at the course change that called for him to sling shot around the fourth moon after sling shotting from the Planet. Then he turned back to the task at hand, “Look sharp, approaching the first moon, its going to be hot.”
Hot indeed, the fire intensified even more as they approached the first moon. Flak unimpeded by atmosphere exploded all around them and pinged off the hull, his weapons officer Ensign Gerome was keeping the two pulse lasers working over time intercepting missiles blind fired by the defenders. The two lasers did the job with their five gigajoules shots. RF-2900-S4600 'Fearless' took a direct hit from a pulse laser and broke apart. It was followed in destruction in rapid succession by RF-2900-S8908 'Babe', ASF-2900-S090 'Pag's Payback', and RF-2900-S30096 'Boa'. Other birds took damage and 20 had to abort.
“SAR, be advised we have five EVA signals, they won't last long,” Commander Armady sent out. He prayed they could be rescued in the four Kelvin temperature out there in time.
“Sir approaching release point in four, three, two, one...”
Commander Armady thumbed the pickle button using his command over ride to launch his payload before pulling on the stick with his co-pilot to begin the sling shot around the planet. Behind him the Inhibitor was rendered useless by the multiple nuclear detonations against it.
“Admiral, all Dunov squadrons have returned, no losses, Percheon squadrons were hard hit though.”
“Noted Mr. Husam, their sacrifice was not in Vain, and this world will soon be liberated and the Pirate broken. Do not mourn for those who time has come. Now we must make all haste.”