Ah, I love it when people can't actually debate the issues and so switch to indirect ad hominem attacks. The problem here is that all those characteristics are already taken into account in the final statistics. What you are saying is certainly applicable, but it is already noted. Because real performance statistics take those characteristics that you have listed, and many others that you have not, throws them at real players under real game conditions and magically arrives at a number. So to be blunt, who cares about all those things you have listed? At the end of the day, we know that the average Dalton user can jump into a Dalton for an hour and walk away with 12 aircraft kills... about one every 5 minutes. The average Skyguard user can jump behind their Skyguard cannon for an hour and net 5 kills... one every 12 minutes. That's the information that I am presenting, and it carries much more weight than people arguing about individual weapon characteristics. Because there is no better measurement of combat effectiveness than actual field testing, of which the statistics show. Why not let Skyguards kill? If you immediately kill the enemy ESF twice in a row, the pilot is completely out of resources and removed from the battlefield. It will take 7 minutes for that ESF to fly again. If you kill the enemy Liberator once, the pilot is out for at least 3 minutes (unless they're a subscriber). Kill it again, and it's back in 9 minutes. In that way a Skyguard can effectively guarantee the absence of enemy air, or at least that one pilot, for a good deal of time. On the other hand as Skyguards work now, at best they send the enemy air off to another fight where they become "someone else's problem". At worst they give away their position, allowing the Liberator that they didn't kill to swoop back and kill the AA. So Skyguards should be buffed to lethal levels. Being a deterrent is a joke and is simply a free pass to pilots. If Skyguards could kill aircraft with more regularity then they would fulfill their role of guaranteeing an aircraft-free environment for friendly forces to operate in.