You are the admiral of a fleet of warships in orbit around Saturn (EDIT: the individual ships can be anywhere in the Saturnian system, including into Titan's orbit), tasked with performing a precision strike on an aerial target in Titan's atmosphere (for more context, check Orbital Bombardment of Airships).
For the sake of an interesting story, I don't want the fleet to take the obvious action, using the laser arrays present on most of its ships to take out the target.
What I need is a plausible and satisfying explanation for why you don't use your lasers.
Your answer should not be:
- That the lasers are broken or inadequate (they're not).
- Handwavium or technobabble. I need a hard, logical reason why lasers are tactically the wrong choice because of some scientific or logical reason that makes sense under our current understanding of the universe.
- Evaluation of an alternate option from lasers. I already have that (see the referenced question). What I need is why not lasers, not why another option might be better.
You may, if necessary, add minor amounts of background information to the situation to contextualize your answer.
If you have any questions, just ask.