As soon as I saw them in the game I decided that they weren’t going to be used by me. I couldn’t see an advantage in them at all, considering that most missiles come with their own decoys anyways, and it would become useless if the enemy had a scanner.
But on a hunch I tried something out. I know that most ships will cease firing on an enemy if its weapons are disabled and is no longer a threat. So I tried loading a Cruiser with only decoys, and sure enough, I had the whole enemy fleet chasing it down.
Has anyone tried to make a decoy Cruiser using this? The decoy launchers are really cheap in just about every aspect compared to all other missiles, lightweight too.
Maybe if one had good shield support with powered armor to hold off fighters it could distract portions of the enemy fleet, wasting their time as you deal with a much more manageable portion of the enemy before moving on to the rest.