Even the best players will have difficulty keeping an escort from exploding with multiple ships firing upon it.
Only if one has evasive manoeuvres or deuterium surplus on cooldown
As for the new ship, my initial enthusiasm has faded, at least for use in PvE in place of any of the escorts. Where DPS is king, that engineering slot only gives more tanking ability.
By the way, when are they nerfing the contraband turn it mission? I fear already the return of AFK farmers to STFs and PvP...