I was toying around with the new weapons today after playing a couple of encounters between my FoR ships and these blue alien ships.
In the encounters, the performance of the blue ships against small, fast craft like fighters or corvettes was rather lousy - the standard-issue long-range missiles were not very maneuverable, the guns could be dodged by flanking AIs, and there were no beams(I hate beams). The Predator's mini-missile swarm launchers could engage flankers, but they would rapid-fire 16 missiles and overkill one target and then take ages to reload. And of course, the Claws are dedicated bombers designed to kill capital ships and immobile space stations, and are utterly useless against maneuverable targets.
But then I found the Flash Bolter - a missile launcher with an area-effect warhead! I always wanted something like that, a Plasma Torp + Missile combination. So instead of rebalancing my ships, I built another one wielding this weapon.
- 1 Antimatter Squash-Head(ASH) Missile Tube.
- Reinforced armored wings.
The Angler is a heavy drone, small enough to be constructed by the Predator and Orbital Hangars, but larger than the Claw Mk.3. It's primary role is the destruction of enemy fighters and other lightly-armored targets with it's highly accurate and agile medium-range missiles, whose nano-engineered antimatter squash-head warheads can ravage lightly-armored hulls.
With twice as much core HP as the Claw, and reinforced armored wings, it is also quite tough for an assault drone. The downside is that is considerably more complex and takes almost twice as long to construct as the Claw Mk.3.
It's performance against heavy targets is decent, it's main advantage over other weapon systems being it's ability to penetrate ablative armor. However, the Angler's low DPS means that the Claw is comparatively more effective against heavy targets.