Merge with significant vertical component (High to Low)
Make this merge as shallow as possible
Prior to merge, place LV, or nose, below the bandit, then slowly recover from nose low attitude as best you can prior to merge.
If bandit early turns, lift limit pull to collapse weapons separation
If bandit extends in vertical, unload for speed and attempt pure nose high maneuver.
Next merge, attempt to force 2C by turning away from bandit