Making Elite units buildable in the campaign

Is there a way to change the reward in mission 2 of the campaign from getting two squads of elite craft for each “extra” transport to gaining the ability to build elite craft of that type?

Yes, this is doable.

I think the best way to go about it is to create a dummy research item and grant the player that research instead of giving them the ships.

That would work, however all the information I’ve found on research modding is obsolete since the patch. Where is the research info stored now?

The build and research scripts are in:

/scripts/races/hgn/scripts/

Look for def_build.lua and def_research.lua and the associated files.

:man_facepalming:

I don’t know how I missed that