Fighters run around doing what they please, even after repeated attempts to change targets or recall.
This is what I think is going on, when fighters get a certain distance from the carrier they take on the intercept command, which lets them pick their own targets. In addition to this when you try to relaunch to recover control of those craft it only relaunches the ones closest to you. It will not relaunch those 30+KM from the carrier. So far the only way I've gotten control of these craft again was to use the return command and await the 3-4 minutes it takes to get the others back to the carrier.
Also, Fighters get in a stuck position on cubes and other large craft. Fighters should make sweeping passes!
I haven't experienced these problems. I wonder if it is a bug with specific missions, or hangars.
Every STF I have ever been in I would see one or two stray fighters doing its own thing... and despite all efforts to recall or relaunch they just seem to be intent on attacking everything I wish them not to.
Been dealing with this myself. The AI commands are nice, but seem to be "hit and miss" when it comes to actually doing what you commanded them to do. Recall seems to be the only command that works more than 50% of the time, and it even sometimes fails.
I especially love it when I set my fighers to "intercept", and they just stop dead, failing to form up with my ship.
in the middle of an stf (khitomer usually), they just fly off to another target the other side of the map and leave me totally exposed! recall, escort, attack, none of them seem to do a whole lot
even relaunching them, just takes the small group that DID stay with me and replace them, leaving the (usually bigger) group that flew off doing their own thing
to say its a pain in Khitomer is an understatement, because im in a carrier now, i take right side probe patrol, and usually end up over compensating when the probes arent dying and getting myself blown up! (gate proximity, gotta love it!)
the runabouts, dont seem to have an issue with them, but stalkers, /facepalm