From: on a mountain in Idaho
Do you take into account different flight modes for the helicopters? NOE vs Contour vs low level.
How should they be taken into account?
Also can helicopters within the game utilize battle positions where they fire from while at a hover?
Can Engagement Areas (EA) be pre-planned where ground, air (both helicopter and fixed wing), and arty are coordinated to engage targets in a timed manner?
Back in the 80's and 90's we used a 1 minute clock, something we practiced quite often. As an example the EA might be several hundred meters by a couple hundred meters along an expected threat route of march. As the threat entered the EA, the mission commander (ground or air) would call in arty suppressive fire. The arty time to target was known to awaiting attack helicopters hidden in various battle positions. They would unmask and fire missiles at ADA, C&C, and lead and trail tanks usually in that order. The missiles and arty would strike just about the same time. Ground forces would then engage with several volleys and then fall back to alternate positions as would the attack helicopters. A-10's would then roll in on the target followed by another artillery barrage to cover the A-10 egress. All this would take place within a 1 minute window and choreographed to the second.
It would be cool if it was possible to create that type of engagement.
It can be hard to perform a coordinated stunt like that in the game, but yes, we do have pre-planned battle positions for helicopters. The helicopters use pop-up tactics when in the battle positions.
Within the scope of this game we probably wouldn't see low level flight modes other than maybe an air assault insertion of troops where they come in hot and fast, drop them off and scoot.
As for Contour flight, helicopters are moving at a pretty good speed..60 to upwards of 120 but staying low enough where they are constantly changing altitude and using terrain to stay masked, they are typically more at risk though than NOE flight but less though than low level.
NOE would be what is used to ingress and egress battle positions and out scouting looking for the bad guys with contact most likely. Speeds and altitudes vary considerably but to the most part they are below tree top level, moving in and around buildings, under wires and using terrain as well as possible.
Pretty much US, W German, Brit and French used these type of tactics. Warsaw Pact forces tended to rely more on speed while flying more low level than their western counterparts.
< Message edited by Sabre21 -- 1/8/2019 1:47:54 AM >