Leonard is here to lend a hand with the game’s ever-changing missile mechanics. Spreadsheet inside.
With the release of the recent February 13 patch, tomcat missiles were propelled again to the top of the air-to-air loadout charts (next to Coyote Missiles), considering how easy it is to use them and given what a disproportionate amount of damage they inflict in tandem with cycling to and fro your main nose cannon, and in relation to the standard nose gun/fuel tanks loadout.
Since missiles can’t be dodged anymore by ways of reverse-maneuvering or by performing special maneuvers, fuel tanks on the other hand have lost a great deal of their former viability. In a vacuum, if you’re packing afterburners these days, you’re at a disadvantage against a half-competent opponent with a missile wingmount.
Here is an overview, neatly arranged in spreadsheet form, listing which type of missile you can counter in your ESF. Big thanks go to Juggernaut for his help with the testing.
Direct link to Google spreadsheet.