by this point you can rest assured CCP do not care about assault frigates, so as harsh as it seems, they might as well remove them and refund the SP.
but assuming they will not remove AFs, we don’t know what will happen, but here’s what NEEDS to happen. let’s start by looking at their situation right now:
the short version: AFs are heavier than their basic counterparts, and suffer from inferior capacitor and fitting resources while possessing more module slots.
So what do we do? it’s obvious. taking /u/kibitt’s proposal to bump up their base speed, that would be step one. I say we need to sort their mass as well, it doesn’t make any sense that AFs of the Minmatar, which are expected to have the lightest mass, actually are the heaviest.
Next up, fitting. it’s an even bigger issue. the entire AF line is messed up in this regard. they definitely need more fititng resources, but it doesn’t stop here.
the final issue with AFs exists inside the AF line. and that’s the bonuses.
has it ever occured to you that shield boosters are mostly a Minmatar thing? then how come the Hawk has that bonus while the Jaguar, which is the Vagabond’s little brother, does not?
and what’s up with the Jaguar’s lackluster DPS? the only other AF that has only 3 weapon slots is the Ishkur, but that one is a drone boat, so effectively it has between 4 and 5 weapon slots.
for my final point, I will simply suggest moving a high slot of the Wolf to the mid.
someone at CCP forgot Ship Balance 101 here: Racial balance. each race has its own methods, but none of them should be objectively superior, and they should not get mixed like this.
Dear CCP, if you care, you will do the following: give AFs more CPU and PG, better cap, faster speed, and move the bonuses around properly. and will you please take the shield booster bonus away from the Hawk and give it to the Jaguar? Jag suffers enough having the lowest DPS. it needs some love.
P.S. i used to fly a Jag a lot a few years ago, just after the AF rebalance of that time. a new complete balance pass would really re-ignite my passion for that little courageous beast.
oh and remember to buy more ship skins!