It just occurred to me, looking at this image, that starhawk bombers canonically are said that just one can sow havoc amongst enemy fighter wings. So, why not having a starhawk lead every five interceptors? Since 15 interceptors makes a wing (canon) and many wings make up a squadron, you could probably argue that three starhawks make up a bomber wing quite reasonably. So, the starhawks dive in and shatter the enemy fighter formations, leaving them as easy prey to be mopped up by their respective sets of interceptors. Then the group plows ahead and the starhawks launch lance torpedoes (they can carry one) and the Interceptors, in place of a few lascannons, carry a few plasma bombs each and launch those into the deep wounds opened by the starhawks in the hulls of enemy ships. Specifically the areas of engines, power transfer, and main weapons. Given the sheer number of interceptors and starhawks working together this way, the enemy ship is crippled and ignored, only to be destroyed at the end of the battle. To deal with enemy flak, the starhawks could also carry a number of small missiles, essentially a space version of the hellstrike missiles. This would quickly destroy most enemy anti-air fire and the starhawks shield would easily be able to absorb the rest. They could then strafe with their lascannons and heavy bolters after launching their torpedoes in order to clear the way for the Fury interceptors completely.
Wow... that would be incredibly effective and is armed with canon to boot!
You mean the Ceastus Assault Ram? I can see the resemblence. Though the Shark Assault Boat has been around in the background for a lot longer.
I really love this piece. I imagine these two are screaming through space having to dodge a tremendous amount of enemy fire. The occupants of the shark would be lucky to even make it to their destination.