I'm trying to identify a novel that I read (in English) in the mid to late 70's, or possibly early 80's at the very latest. The book would have been new during that time and I would have purchased it as a paperback from my local bookshop. I can't remember the author and only have a few scant details that I do remember:
- The setting was not too distant future (from when it was published), no more than say 2020 to 2030
- It is set on Earth, I think in a conglomerate run geo-political system, definitely not post-apocalyptic, but there seemed to be a conflict/war vibe to it.
- Early on there was a scene where a formation of attack helicopters (with Japanese named manufacturing EG like Mitsubishi or Kawasaki) that was attacked (or did the attacking?!?), and some/several suddenly exploded and others had pilots yelling that they were blinded. And someone on the edge of it all made the declaration along the lines of "That's a laser strike"
- The antagonists had suitcase sized AIs that were suspended/floating/flying above the battlefield.
- One of the AIs crash-landed and one of the protagonists was able to get their hands on it before it self destructed. This protagonist then "tortured" the AI by cycling its power supply at a high frequency until the AI psychologically broke down and gave up the desired information.
Unfortunately that's all I can remember about it.