…are way overpowered right now.
Branching off from the armor discussion, I decided to figure out just how overpowered fighters really are against frigates. Here’s an easy test:
Rebel Icarus fighter
2x missile launcher
1x ablative armor
1x second tier engine
Play the computer on Expert on the final map (Battle Above Somethingorother, the one that’s only frigates and fighters). Place 2 squads of these rocket fighters. That’s it. Just them. Turn off their “attack fighter” command, set their range to be the rocket range and let it go.
You should win with about 70% remaining and a nice 20k honor or so.
Laser fighters don’t fare so well because of the weight, although I still think they do better than they should. The minimal power requirements of the rocket launcher mean you don’t even need a power plant, so you can make the fighters go suuuuper fast and it’s very hard to hit them. The rockets aren’t ideal against other fighters but they’ll eventually win.
Originally I did 1x missile launcher and 2x armor, which also works but takes longer.
I’m pretty sure this will work with any fighter but the Icarus gets a better speed boost.
I do think there’s a general issue here with fighters vs frigates that needs consideration but without a doubt rocket fighters are a serious issue.