KungPao -> RE: Convert CAP range to Escort range (10/29/2020 12:09:02 AM)
Here is the conclusion
Patrol Distance (nm) Patrol time (min)
Ok, I did some tests. The conclusion above is not correct. The Bingo fuel/RTB happened at 533nm away, much further than my calculation. Then I did another test on how long a F-16 can be on station at a Patrol Zone 200nm away. The result was 103 Min. Thats a significant difference compare to "85min on station" in Loadout description.
So I was thinking what cause the difference. Then realized that it is caused by 2 Min combat for AB. So if it is an uneventfully patrol, the A/C will expend fuel reserved for combat in patrol.
Well, time to modify the formula, and here is the new conclusion:
Calculated Max Escort Range (Bingo) 536nm
Patrol Distance (nm) Patrol time (before Bingo/RTB)
Then I did more tests on Patrol time at 300nm 400nm and 500nm away. The result is 73min, 44min and 12 min. Compare to my calculation 74, 43 and 11, I would say the formula match my expectation, it works. : )
I am confident to use the same formula to calculate other A/Cs Patrol time and max escort range
I have attached 3 spreadsheets, they include the calculation for F-16 heavy/light loadout, F-15 heavy/light. Su-27s. In the future I am going to add F/A-18, F-14, Mig-29, J-10 and others.
Hopefully this will help our gameplay, at least we will have a better picture on how far our fighters can reach.