This is a topic that comes up quite regularly. There are three main points, 1) In general, the AI is quite good at defending a fleet with good usage of ammo. 2) In real life, it is difficult to know which missiles are a threat, even if they appear to be sailing on by. 3) It is true that the AI is not as smart as a human and therefore the most efficient way to defeat an attack is to set air RoE to HOLD and manually allocate appropriate missiles to appropriate targets, if you know what you are doing. Doing this does not always guarantee a better result than the AI or that you will use less ammo.
Bottom line is, in most situations, you cant really be 100.00% certain that those missiles are not a threat and so a "by the book" response would be to engage them anyway. Sometimes this means the AI engages missiles that are obviously not going to hit your fleet so yes its a weakness in the AI but one that is very hard to solve.
However, those missiles above are likely missing due to poor or out of date targeting data on launch - either caused by ECM or fleet movement. This does not mean that they cannot suddenly recieve updated targeting data or detect emissions from your ships. In most situations, the safest approach really would be to engage those missiles - Any missile your fleet is capable of engaging, is capable of engaging you, which appears to be the defence AIs operating logic.
1) Yes, weapon contacts can be "marked friendly" just like any other contact. Select and press "F".
2) Yup, write an AI that is as smart as a human ;)
4) Incoming missiles are always a "mission target" because survival is always a priority. Only way to prevent engagement is to set air RoE to HOLD.
5) Nope they are not affecting this situation.
What you have got in your screenshot is quite an exagerated case - the miss distance is quite high but still within engageable range, and those are supersonic ASMs, which are likely being allocated 2 missiles each. It doesnt often happen that obviously - just as often you will thank the AI for using so many missiles.
< Message edited by p1t1o -- 3/5/2021 12:20:33 PM >