Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
^ Some enterprising (heh) soul on the ground could have come up with something.
And in any case, a ship with advanced shields and weapons isn't infallible.
But having deflector shields in use against energy weapons that are literally one hundred ten years less advanced is a quantum leap in military technology. It would be like putting a fleet of wooden-hulled frigates like the USS Constitution
(1797) up against the metal-armored HMS Dreadnought
(1906). There's just no real competition -- the older fleet loses, even if there are a hell of a lot of them.