First, my federation character is a science officer with which I've been flying escorts. Last night I picked up the advanced escort, with an eye towards its better science profile. Must I wait until 50 and purchase the C-store version (in which I have zero interest) to get the multi-vector assault module? That seems an awful waste to buy a ship and dismiss it just to get one console -- I'd much rather just buy the module if I can.
My second question is, why no photonic fighters? You can find a photonic for just about everything else in Starfleet, and it seems to me photonic fighters would be more efficient and safe than manned small craft.