Role: Air Engagement
It looks like Milton was right. They have continuing to escalate. We now have one of those good news, bad news, situations down in the machine shop. Enough of these things were shot out of the sky for us to have a gluttony of them to pick apart. That's the good news. But the more we learn the more questions keep getting raised, it's like they are mocking me.
Our turret teams are calling the "Punishers" bombers, but they are not strictly speaking bombers. They have radar and lidar suites positioned very clearly for horizontal, in flight, sensor input. It is all situational, but it looks like these are hybrid fighter/bomber units. Able to turn their weapons to other aircraft or ground targets. The question is, who are they fighting in the air? The colonists had nothing like that, not even an old MiG and with gravity channeling our friends here are far more maneuverable.
Best working hypothesis? These were obviously not made for attacking us. So, whoever they are have been fighting some other war. And here I am with more questions than answers again. Who were they fighting? Why are they here killing civilians? What do they want?
- Except from the lab notes of Polina Zhukov
Punishers can be countered by both Falcon's and Icarus SAM's. Many Falcons will be required to destroy a Punisher before it flies out of range, but the large splash and take out an entire wave. Icarus SAM's are more reliable against Punishers and can take out individual ones quickly.