My vote is ; hell yes. A Veritech, with it's human pilot, is far more intelligent than a Seeker, and even has the ability to aim (something TF's have been struggling with since their inception). Also the Protoculture interface works at the neural level, so given enough time with his mech, a Veritech pilot and his Veritech would be better than a Gundam when it comes to synaptic interface. Transformers are generally rather childish and in the case of powerful Decepticons, rather stupid. I always figured the dumbing down of the Seekers and big bruisers was a mechanism to easily control them. (After all, if Tidal Wave or Lugnut had half a brain, well, hooo boy...) I'm not certain the strength of a Veritech, but I do know it gets stronger the more you use it. Thoughts?