The F35 with JATM can take on the J20 pretty handily if managed well. My approach:
- Set your F35's to crank (not drag) after launching their missiles.
- Leave radars on. The LPI functionality on the AN/APG-81 seems to ensure its emissions only get detected by the J20s when they are already close.
- Leave OECM off - this will give the F35's presence away from a great distance. No problem backing them up with OECM emissions from supporting Growlers though. Technically you could activate it on the F35's shortly before the shooting starts, but I find this dicey as you don't want them cruising around with it on. Easy to flick the jammers on and then forget to turn it off again, making your accidental emitters more vulnerable to subsequent ambushes.
- Make sure the F35's launch two JATMs per J20, from as many aircraft as necessary to fill the quota (WRA)
- Leave a single F35 flight a good ~30nm behind your F35s doing the shooting. I generally set the shooters to cruise speed, max alt, with the "spotters" in the back travelling at loiter speed, max alt. That way they can take over providing guidance updates to outgoing JATM's if the shooters have to break lock during defensive manoeuvres.
- As soon as the J20's fire on the F35s (literally the second the hostile missile leaves the rail) tell the defending F35s to descend to absolute minimum altitude at cruise speed. More often than not the PL12/15s will fail to acquire the F35s in the terminal phase, or bite down on decoys. You can have them climb again when they are out of trouble, or pop up and down to fire on high bandits and then dive to defend any inbounds.
- Setting missile range shouldn't matter much - the launch range will generally be governed by the interaction of sig reduction and jamming effects, so typical missile shots will be some (often small) fraction of Rmax. The exception to this is CEC via datalink, where you can have an F35 close to the bandit providing missile cueing to a friend that is much further away. Keep the missiles firing at max range, as the JATM's terminals are modelled as very good even near Rmax. Just make sure your jets shoot them in pairs.
- Setting traps by using your 4th gens as bait is not a bad idea, so long as the bait jets can defend any inbound AAMs effectively. The PL15 is a nasty missile (arguably the best of its kind atm) and 4/4.5 gen aircraft will typically struggle to escape it.
- All of the above should apply for the Raptor too.
< Message edited by Boagrius -- 9/13/2021 11:43:54 AM >