Correct, but for most people, they cannot complete the new missions without the gade 7 stuff. So they have to grind out for a month to get the upgrades or take the easy way and just buy the gear. I am afraid that many will simply just buy the gear and this will just encourage EA to put in more p2w stuff in the game.
Of course they can't beat them yet, they've been out for only 2 hours. Why do people instantly think they can complete content? Takes practice and skill to do these. They even mention how challenging these space missions are going to be.