Thank you, everyone, for turning this thread away from derision and toward something a little more useful and educational. People new to CO-OP need to understand that bot cheating, or whatever word you want to use, are special provisions that allow the AI some measure of more-or-less reasonable challenge against real people
The preternatural accuracy and reaction and premonition of some bots is often astonishing, but we need themﹰ to have some kind of an edge in the fight if it is to be worthwhile at all.
The list above should be pinned, and added to where possible. It should be said: lower-tier bots are generally more forgiving than higher tier; you can maybe sail circles around tier III or IV bbs and get away with it, but try that at tier IX and you will get quickly vaporized.
Also, torpedo boats tend to fare rather poorly, unless you yolo-rush the target, which is very much a preferred method of dispatch. Many bots will simply dance torps, even at close range, even fired from stealth. Deep-water variety doesn't seem to make any difference. Bots can accelerate and decelerate like echolocating bats on the wing.