Perhaps a T3 flak (rather than SAM) would be an idea. I can't think of any real world analogy to an airborne AOE platform, but there are certainly many ground based ones.
There were nuclear A2A missiles. And normal AA missiles are technically AOE
The issue with asf is that you can go into a fight with 200 asf vs 190 asf, both be even in micro skill, and then the guy with 200 somehow ends the fight with 150 left and the other guy 0.
This is a common feature of war, though exaggerated in this instance. It's also probably why the main winning strat is "out build enemy."