So the Defense Fighters (not defenders) are a Taiidan only unit that in HW1 would shoot down enemy projectiles. Not the case here. They shoot down torpedoes and missiles.
I’ll have a video up soon, but these things pretty much cut the balls off of Torpedo Frigates, Hig and Vag destroyers, Vag missile vets, Vag missile frigates, and (i assume, didn’t test) the Vag BC.
In the test I ran, only the missile vets were able to get ANY missiles through a screen of 5 defense fighters.
Let your mind chew on those possibilities for a while.
Also, a side note. the Taiidan Field Frigate, which also only stopped projectiles in HW1 stops both projectiles and missiles and torpedoes. These things are hard to micro, the field depletes really fast, but 3 of them are enough to keep a constant field going.
I’ll edit this Op once I have a demonstration video up.