I used the advise I got here earlier: I Battlecloak and get in front of the lead group.
For the transport raid, you don't need to get in front of the lead group. For that, getting to within 10k of it is good enough, then start shooting it up from behind until the first escort pops. Then kill it. Then go back to shooting the front group (should be able to stop and loot 1 transport) until the new escort in range. Kill the new escort, then disable both of remaining front ships and loot them, followed by the rear 3.
The best way I've found to do these on a carrier or cruiser is to find a friend for eriksson/transports who's flying a bird, to do it with.
The best strategy for a carrier is to tank the escorts with your fighters/birds and drop a grav well on the freighter groups to hold them down while your buddy attacks & scans the freighters. A similar tactic works on cruisers, use your beam FAWs to aggro the escorts & let your bud just do the freighters. A little solidarity will get you those 5 shiny emblems meanwhile at the legion of doom...
Cryptic is still working on implementing additional optional missions based on class.
I've tried the Eriksson mission every way I can think of. I can only get tops 3 of the first 6 freighters. The last 2 I can get once I drop the shields holding them in. I've tried not aggro'ing anything and it doesn't work. I've done it out of range of the escorts and they come after me. So thats a no win scenario. Then we have the Pi Canis Transport Raid. If I get a starfleet escort that comes in as the second ship, I have a good chance of getting the 5 freighters. But if a starfleet batteship comes, I will not get 5 freighters. It just does not happen. So that is one mission that an engineer in a cruiser has a very hard time to finish and will most likely fail it everytime. It is very frustrating. Again, I fly the Vor'cha retrofit, all antiproton weapons. I've tried cannons, turrets, beams, dual beams, etc. Nothing works. Any one have any advice besides me spec'ing to a BoP, or doing the mission on a team, I would greatly appreciate it.
OK, I tried them again (i have lost track of how many times I have done these missions). The Eriksson Mission is the same as always. This time I got 3 out of the first 6, and then, BAM objective failed. Unfortunately, I can only get 2 or 3 freighters before the first 6 make it to the warp out point. Then I went to the Pi Canis Transport Raid. Here is where I got really, really mad. I started with the front 3 freighters, I disabled 1 of them, then started on the 2nd one. Meanwhile, I took the cargo from the first one. As soon as you take the first cargo, the support ship comes in. So I had 1 done and a 2nd disabled. I destroyed the escort and then I had to disable the 2nd one again and then the 3rd. I took the cargo from both of them, and then I went after the 3 rear freighters. I got 1, disabled it and beamed out the cargo, then I started on the 2nd one. One of the first freighters warped away, and BAM, optional objectives failed. After 1 ship warps away, you get a failure. I did not destroy any of them. There were 6 freighters on the map before the ship warped out. So yes I would say the missions are severely bugged. Hopefully very soon we will see these missions fixed so that we engineers in our cruisers can actually complete the optional objectives. I do not mind a challenge, but when it is as bugged as these are, it gets very annoying.
Is the transport raid mission still broken? I looted each of the 6 transports, but at least 2 transports that I already looted warped away before I looted the 5th transport and I failed the optional objective.
Yes, if ANY freighter is destroyed or warp before you complete the secondary objectives, you will fail.
Heres how I do them:
Transport raid: I get in front of the first group, and disable all 3 - Loot them and take out the ship that spawned behind me. - Then disable the remaining 3 freighters, loot them and kill the remaining Fed ship.
Best result: 6/6 freighters
Eriksson: Cloak/MES and move into position (they wont move until they spot you).. Be sure to stay out of range of the patrol.. Kill the escort first then disable/loot.
Use a Battery/Evasive to get to the group "behind" (moving to the hyperpoint farthest from your spawnarea)
Kill escort, disable freighters/loot.
Evasive toward the last group.. As soon as youre in range, grab one freighter with a tractor, disable it and kill the escort.. Then loot the freighter.
I havent been able to disable all 6 initial freighters, but Ive gotten 5 of them (just today infact) meaning Ive looted a total of 7 freighters in the Eriksson system plus the 2 anomalies.
Alternative suggestion I havent tried yet.
Disable freighters, then jam the escort and loot the stuff.. Battery/Evasive to next group and repeat.. Should cut off some precious seconds.
Finally, I was able to do the Eriksson mission by myself in my Vor'cha Battle Cruiser Retrofit. I went in the system, cloaked and then moved to the far side. I was using my Impulse Engines Mk XI [Speed] [Turn] [Full]. I moved out of reach of the 2 civilian patrol ships and then targeted the civilian escort. I used target shields 2 and HYT1 and EPtW1. Once that was gone, I used BO1 to get thru the first freighters shields. Then while I grabbed its cargo, I carefully went to work on the 2nd freighter (I say carefully because anyone who has done the missions knows that if you try to get a disabled freighters cargo and shoot another ship at the same time, there is a great chance that you will not get the 1st ships cargo, but it will count). I have lost so many data samples because of this bug. I know it has happened about 8 times today alone. After I did the 2nd ship I hit Evasive Maneuvers and then cloak and full impulse to get to the opposite group of ships. I disabled the freighters first, then I took out the escort. When I was done I had to shoot 1 of the freighters once and I got their cargo. I know I just made it because I saw the flash of the other 2 ships as they went to warp. I made it by a split second, but I made it. And it was about time too. Can I do it again? I do not know. I will find out tomorrow. I think it is a good idea for me to end todays gaming on a positive note, so it ends with that victory.