This is the seventh section of the fourteenth chapter of Sonnets from a Proton. The novel starts here.
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As the ships rose into orbit the bombs used grew larger and more frequent, although the occasional bomb failed to fire properly this no longer mattered and they continued to power into orbit heading out towards the incoming attackers.
The AIs on the fighter missiles pooled their knowledge to decide how to deal with this unexpected problem. The plan had called for them to destroy both known orbital defences and any orbital systems that opened fire on them. These as yet had not and it was not certain to the AIs that these constituted a threat. With this in mind they prioritised the known weapons platforms and military space stations and set loose missiles to attack those.