One Way I have found to make my fighters more effective is to put them At the Rear of my line of battle and Tag them to a Ship at the head of the line. For example I will take a frigate with decent armor and some anti-fighter/missle arms and place it near the head of my battle formation. To this ship I tag my Fighters flying in Formation at the VERY rear of my battle line. Once combat is joined and my Cruiser’s are Giving/Taking hot laser fire the Shields and Armor of the enemy is going to be beaten down and when the Frigate is finally worn down and destroyed that releases my fighters to take off and exploit the holes blown into the enemy by the big gun platforms. Has anyone else used fighters like this?