t was Jenny’s Commander unit.

It was equipped with a large back-mounted booster unit.
Both of its hands held Silhouette-use assault rifles.
Rounding out its loadout was a long and thin sword snapped to its waist.

「Hou.
Look, Kou.
This Commander unit is a good example of a modern completed Silhouette model.
Silhouettes can function both as tanks and aerial fighters on battlefields.
Jenny’s unit is capable of aerial bombardment similar to an attack helicopter.」

「Completed model?」

「It’s equipped with a variable vector thruster unit for fast 3D maneuvers.
It sports both high long-range firepower and an effective melee combat weapon.
It’s dual-wielding Silhouette-use assault rifles.
The melee weapon on its waist is a high-frequency vibration blade.」

「Eh? But isn’t Whis-powered high-dimensional projection armor supposed to be cut down or crushed with heavy melee weapons? Ain’t a vibration blade a bit too high-tech?」

「Its striking power is a bit on the lower side, but it’s much lighter in exchange.
It’s also pretty sharp.
There are also high-frequency heat swords available, but they consume a lot of energy.」

「Eh… Man.
That makes me and Unit 5 look like some uncivilized primitives.」

「There’s one thing I need to point out before you start feeling all depressed.
Are you sure you want to wield a blade that eats up lots of energy but can’t be used for parrying attacks? This simple great sword still fits your fighting style better, you know.」

「Makes sense.」

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It’s true that Kou’s style placed great emphasis on parrying techniques.
They’ve already been implemented in Unit 5’s command inputs as well.

There were also techniques to protect from enemy attacks even without receiving them head-on.
Kou wouldn’t be able to put his techniques to good use if he wielded those other swords.

「It’s about time for us to make our move.
I’ll take the lead, so make sure you follow up.」

「Roger that!」

The Commander unit activated its thrusters.

It leaped up, drew an arc in the air, and started flying freely.

「Whoah.」

「Silhouettes were created to enhance the abilities of humans.
The ability to fly was created out of necessity.」

The enemies on the ground started targeting it.
However, they couldn’t land a hit on the Commander unit that was flying freely in the air.

It made use of its thrusters to quickly move in multiple directions while in mid-air.

And just as Captain Jenny claimed earlier, there was some cover fire assisting her from behind as well.
They were coordinating skillfully with her.

「That’s amazing.」

「However, it can’t maneuver in the air for that long.
That equipment is intended for short decisive battles.」

「Right.
Let’s get moving too.」

The Commander unit headed in front of the Queen Ant-type.

It maintained its position while avoiding the attacks of the Worker and Soldier-types on the ground.

It fired two large missiles from its backpack.
They were fired from a distance that made them impossible to intercept by the Ant-types below.

A tremendous explosion bloomed on the Enyo’s chest.

The Commander unit then swiftly retreated.
All of that occurred in mere moments.

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「What were those?」

「Probably anti-ship missiles.
They’re easily intercepted, so that woman closed the distance first to get past the anti-air defense provided by the rest of the Ant-types.
The enemy’s defenses are now concentrated on the Enyo’s chest.
Now’s the perfect time to make a move.」

The Worker and Soldier-types were certainly focusing their attention on the Enyo’s chest.

Kou quickly made Unit 5 climb up the tallest building in the area.

He finally managed to come right in front of the Enyo’s face.
It had compound eye sensors similar to a real insect’s.

Kou felt like his eyes met with the enemy.

Unit 5 jumped and unleashed a heavy downward slash onto the Queen’s head.
Accompanied by the sound of crushed steel, the Queen’s head was shattered with one blow.

Because the attack was so sudden, the Queen didn’t manage to evade it in time.
It’s also because it was expecting Kou to aim at its power unit as well.

Unit 5 quickly ran back down after landing on the Enyo’s back.
The Enyo’s tail swiped at him, but Kou avoided it with perfect timing and proceeded to escape to the gaps between buildings in the area.

He half-expected it to self-destruct after the tail swipe, but it looks like the enemy wasn’t that stupid after all.

「Good job!」

A transmission came from Jenny.

「You did great too, captain.」

Even though he succeeded, Kou was still drenched in cold sweat.
He took deep breaths to calm himself.

「But don’t let your guard down just yet.
We’re just getting started.
But thanks to you, we can proceed with the next step without any problems!」

「What do you intend to do, captain?」

「I don’t have time to explain.
In any case, just move away from the ant’s position for now.」

「Roger!」

What was Jenny’s next move? Kou had gotten quite curious.

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