would it be possible for our force to make an angled attack to strike the pirate craft near the shroud, then use the planet's gravity well to "lance" thru the enemy formations?
basically, we just gun our way around the planet, aiming to cripple everything we can. Our slower ships can either attempt to capture the larger pirate craft, or just follow as a second "death wall" wave around the planet.
and since the enemy has non-FTL ships, they must have a mothership or carrier of some sort. We should have our entire force unleash a missile and torp barrage on it at once, if possible.
also suggesting that we treat any captured civilians as "dead" once they're on an enemy ship capable of ftl. Better to cripple the ship and save some than to let the ship escape.
also requesting enemy force info for larger ships, can we spot any prime targets or HLV motherships?