This is the twelfth section of the fourteenth chapter of Sonnets from a Proton. The novel starts here.
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The battle was over for Malka before it had begun, the screen showed the mine bombs detonating and soon the x-ray laser bombs detonated. The design for these came from an early orbital weapons program where they were able to use the nuclear weapon to pump the laser. Each of the potential lasers were directed at the predicted position of each of the fighters. They all missed.
The flight path of the fighters was covered with debris from the various weapons the Oppenheimer had deployed but missiles deployed by the fighters had impacted the clouds and speeded up the debris enough that the armour of the fighters was able to absorb the damage.
As the fighters flew past the Oppenheimer they reached the last desperate measure of its crew, the hail of gunshot and railguns. With no accurate targeting information this was at best a forlorn hope, which wasn’t fruitful.
The Fighters however had a very good idea of the position of the Oppenheimer and used their own guns and missiles to good effect. The outside of the Oppenheimer was shot, irradiated and ruptured. The outer coating of ice was boiled and ruptured. The pipework and outer coating was badly damaged leaving effluent and other none essential liquids venting into space. under that the armour was damaged and some bulkheads ruptured. All along the outer edges the Oppenheimer bled into the vacuum of space, less than a quarter of a second had passed since the start of the attack, but already it was over the Oppenheimer lost and the fighters carried on.