Stop. Do not complete this mission.
It is your only chance to get Dreadnought escorts, and you do not want them yet because they slow you down in hyperspace.
Wait until you have access to the ship you ultimately want. I recommend En. Arada. You already missed your chance to get the cloak on your final ship. Then use this mission to get 7 Dreadnoughts, and finally get your desired ship.
Or complete it like a normal person. Your choice.
I kinda agree, I tried taking on the Voinian Dreadnought in a shuttle alone (no escorts) yesterday, I was able to kill its interceptors and take down it's shields, but it got so boring I quit.
Stock shuttle on strict play? I always found it difficult because the Interceptors can outrun the Shuttle in that mode. If you luck out and the mission-escort Destroyers take out the fighters you’re golden. But if you get the Popcorn Cannon first you can handle the Interceptors just fine, then slowly chip away at the Dreadnought.
I assume this is on actual EV Override on actual Mac OS ≤9.