oh our fighters and the AI fighters are just not on the same level. the difficulty level says AI get bonuses I dont know if that's one of them. I thought they just get extra resources.
I just move my fighters to the spot and queue an attack move. They'll hit whatever they want to, they wouldnt listen to me anyway... But they do tend to target resource extractors first if they are close enough. And those really hurt. When I come back to check and they finish the job - not always I just move them to another location. Pretty much everyone I encounter dont build anti air turret at resource nodes outside their base. Aircraft harass is really powerful in this game but you got to be able to afford them. they cost alot of radioactives which are really scarce.