Sturdy and uncrewed, the Mining Pod can provide a bit of a distraction and a bit of fire support, and not much else. Incapable of operating away from the mothership.
Available as a standard modular fighter wing for any carrier, as well as the sole, build-in fighters for the Venture. They can provide an often surprising survivability boost to their carrier or assignment, not due to their somewhat underwhelming 4 mining lasers but rather their quite sturdy construction, forward positioned box formation and propensity for catching incoming ordnance. Since they do not cost any ordnance points, they can be used to fill in empty hangars on loadouts that otherwise would not use fighters.