I do faintly remember getting some message about propulsion disruption or something when higher ranked ships keep shooting at me. So I would guess players will get on the receiving end, too.Frontier should have given these new modifications to higher level NPCs as well, so that everyone gets to experience being on the receiving end.
It would make threads like this redundant and give Frontier a baseline in terms of balance.
If the drags are a problem, people will complain.
If they are not a problem, everyone moves on.