Greetings Commander Vortex-5 -o7-
I trust profits are good and the Galaxy is spining in your direction Commander.
My experience with NPC pilots is limited to my Corvette / Cutter with a "Deadly" rated NPC Pilot
I should say that I got this NPC pilot when "Mostly Harmless" and now she has over $350,000,000 in payouts and is Deadly - I say this because I have kinda gotten use to thier ability in combat - so I might miss something glaringly obvious -
With the Cutter I have Fixed Beams and "she" aquits herself well in heavy interdictions ( think tag team of Anaconda's ) with two or more vessels - I have had a vulture drop-in an interdicted battle with an Anaconda and its SLF ( Canopus System is more of an Interdiction Hell Highway ).
By and large - I don't seem to have any problems and the NPC pilot does well - other than not obeying the Recall Fighter order it seems
HazRes Sites & Conflict Zones
I use my Covette that is equipped with a Class 6d Fighter Bay ( two fighters ) both Tai-Pan Agies F one is Rouge One is Fixed Beam and the other is Fixed Plasma.
I find the results can be a bit intermittent on the Fixed Plasma - but I don't think I have relly given it that much time - with the Fixed Beams the NPC seems to start struggling with shileds past four current enemies and then usually a fighter loss with 5 or more - its not a worry with 8 fighter re-builds and another "instant" fighter to deploy its not really an issue.
As the deployment dilutes the enemies fire on the main vessel by 50% as they attack the fighter and the main vessel is just churning through Space Craft ( untill it runs out of Ammo.... again.... )
I hope that help Commander -o7-