My friends and I enjoy SoaSE:R, until we ran into the late game lag issue. After researching the issue on the internet we learned the lag was mainly caused by the strike craft. Unable to locate a basic mod that reduced the amount of strike craft per squad, I took a crash course in modding. Thanks to all the helpful modding posts, I managed to create a simple mod.
The mod reduces the amount of strike craft per squad (only 2 strike craft per squad). I took the strike craft stats and placed them in a spreadsheet. I used a fairly basic ratio to reduce their numbers (view-able if you download the mod).
My friends and I play tested the mod with great success!!! Reducing the amount of strike craft per squad significantly reduced the amount of lag late game. I also used to developer mode to test and ensure the strike craft did not become unbalanced. The mod appears to have marginal (3%-5%) affect on the strike craft game balance, mostly likely due to the shear numbers of strike craft being reduced. My friends did NOT notice any change to the game balance.
If you are interested in downloading the mod, click HERE