Had my first encounter with one of the new thargoid carriers last night, which was in the process of attacking the local Taxi station.
I'd barely got halfway through the heat levels of my front military laser when it packed up (ship maintainence is important folks!) and I had to switch to my aft laser. By this point the Carrier had already launched support vessels and a great many insectoid guns were pointed my way. I launched all my combat drones in an effort to buy myself some breathing room and take out as many of the bugs as I could, but with only a functional aft gun I had to keep getting further and further away from the fight. I took out the support ships, went back for my drones and found that the local defense forces had finished off the carrier which was a relief.
However, a Thargoid Thargon Cruiser and Terroriser Frigate decided to see if they could make me pay for my interference. Nailing the frigate was easy and I was chipping away at the cruiser when my aft laser packed up! Crap!
I contemplated ruinning, but then another idea occurred. I was close enough to the main system station, could I persuade the cruiser to follow me there into the arms of the waiting local defense force?
Yup, bugs are that stupid. Scratch one cruiser and I flew round to pick up its drones for a tidy profit.