I had a new ships model become available, that had superior defectors. The problem is, that I have not researched superior deflectors yet.
If the space used on the design does not account for the superior deflectors module, then it is effectively ship jewelery.
Hu!! I mean what? I don't understand.
Basically, if it isn't giving you +1 to shields, it's not a functional component on the design, just a cosmetic leftover.
Right then, thank you.
I will have a look at that, now that I know what I am looking for.