So I'm going to have carrier vessels that will carry strikecraft inside them that can be launched when needed, but I'm wondering how having no gravity or atmosphere will affect the tactics they employ. I know for example, that compared to a jet fighter, a space fighter will have very different acceleration and turning, but I'm wondering how this will change the fight. Will it make certain tactics and manoeuvres that jet fighters use more difficult or certain weapons work better?
Edit The fighters will have a main thruster at their rear to accelerate them up to their combat speed, and then radial thrusters to allow for monoevering once at that speed. What I'm not sure about is how advantageous things are like getting behind the enemy or flanking the enemy, with the fighter's manoeuvrability, could they just dodge any flanking attempts.
With regards to missiles, the fighters are going to be rather light, and so cannot carry more than two missiles, therefore these should be reserved in use. Also, would I not be correct in thinking that space would change the way missiles work I.e. no need for its main thruster to be constantly burning, will not need to be a star aerodynamic and will needn't manoevering thrusters for it to change direction, just like the fighters.