Tempestor you are perfectly entitled to defend the Vindictor but do you think that your arguments that the thing is fine from a balance perspective may come across as somewhat biased when you exclusively play one?
I've never played one, my friend does. From the perspective of someone who has played the Tier 4 Jutland/Lorica and Koshei I find playing against someone in a Vindictor in the current state of the game a bit of an issue. Not only do they find it elementary to blind the entire enemy team for a significant time which is powerful enough a tool in it's own right, it is way too easy for them to have a guaranteed kill from a ram.
The main issue imo is the power of select briefings, +30% damage when energy set to weapons, +100% speed when set to engines, these are way too powerful on this ship with these load outs. You can even add in the briefing that gives the Vindictor it's energy and module cooldowns back when it's health gets low, I am really not looking forward to when all them Vindictor pilots start running that aswell.
My take on it is I think certain modules/briefings in combination make certain ships way too powerful. Dreadnoughts are ridiculous with certain module/briefings for example, as a Dreadnought pilot I'd be the first to admit it, but in my mind Vindicator definitely needs some scrutiny in the first balance pass since the last patch. Is Vindictor the most imbalanced issue in the game? Not at all. Is it possibly too powerful? I would say it feels game breaking right now.
I feel I should also mention that I point out ram Vindictors immediately when I see them and it is very rare to kill one before they secure their ram kill. The counters to them are very specific and require someone on your team to have one, for it not to be on cooldown and for them to be in the right place to use it. The Vindictor is not balanced because there are extremely situational abilities on specific ships that are able to counter it.