The problem with AAs entire economic warfare model is, more often than not, the attacker runs the risk of losing more material in the bombing run than he causes in damage.
If you send in two bombers, and lose one to AA fire, you just lost 12 dollars and reduced your max damage from 16 to 8. Then, to add insult to injury you roll a 1 and do 3 damage.
SBR is a mess. I don’t think taking away the advantages for the attacker of bombers shooting in dogfight is a good idea, because it will just make SBR even worse of an option.
I have also for a while been dabbling in the concept of changing how AA works drastically that on rolls of ‘2’ it “scares away” an air unit. Meaning the unit simply doesn’t participate in combat but survives. A roll of ‘1’ would still be a kill shot. In all honestly this would eventually lead me to what my next idea was, which was another change. That facility AA can only “scare away” bombers, never kill them. and actual AAA gun pieces had to be at a factory to get kill shots during SBR and they fire after the dogfight step (if present). And even further (getting out of hand here) rolls of ‘1’ to hit during SBR count as a “hit” the bomber may allocate to a unit corresponding to their bombing target INSTEAD of damage.
So to summarize my wild and crazy SBR house rules.
Dogfight as normal. All air units fire at ‘1’ in one round.
AAA guns fire (if present) at Bombers/Tac Bombers only. Rolls of ‘1’ kill, rolls of ‘2’ “scare away” a bomber, forcing it to retreat.
Bombers select targets. Strategic bombers deal an automatic 2 damage to targets they select.
Facility AA fires. The weaker AA equipment can only deal “scare aways” on ‘1’ to bombers.
Bombers then roll for damage.
Rolls of ‘1’ count as bombing “hits”, all other rolls as pure damage.
An allocated hit can be:
If a factory was targeted, a land unit, AAA, Tank, Infantry, Mech, Artillery
If an Air Base was targeted, a Fighter, Bomber or Tactical Bomber
If an Port was targeted, an adjacent Sub, Transport, Destroyer, Cruiser, Carrier or Battleship.
This addition is bonkers, but has been on my mind for a while. Take it for what its worth.