Not really. They are inferiour to both Interceptors and Bombers.
Interceptors are the better damage dealers while Bombers excel in scrambling the enemy.
Fighters are in a wierd place right now. They have a lot of downsides compared to the other jets but no real upside.
- Fighters deal way less damage than Interceptors.
- Fighters can't be targeted. They just swarm you and attack at random.
- Fighters can easily be taken down with flak cannons, attack beams, or any fast firing weapon.
In my view Fighters are annoying at best and completely useless at worst. In any case they are a waste of resources and module slot. My advice: Stick to either Interceptors (if you're in for the damage) or Bombers (if you're in for the scrambler effect).
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