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itisyeetimetoday -> [Answered] Larger Flight Size and/or Simultaneous Attack? (5/31/2021 3:56:08 AM)

In the mission editor and by planning a strike mission on a air target/naval target/land target, how would I have a larger flight size and/or strike a target with multiple flights simultaneously to overwhelm or take out a target that can't be destroyed by one flight only?




stww2 -> RE: Larger Flight Size and/or Simultaneous Attack? (5/31/2021 12:42:21 PM)

It's been a while since I've used a Strike Mission, but if I remember correctly all the aircraft assigned to the mission will pretty much go after whatever the top target is in the mission editor. So if you want more aircraft to go after the target, assign more aircraft and set your flight size settings as required.

In terms of striking multiple targets within proximity to each other simultaneously, your best bet is probably to use a support mission to assemble all your strike aircraft together, and then direct them from there to their targets, either by re-assigning each flight to a strike mission (best to set-up one mission per target), or by manually plotting their courses and allocating weapons (depending on the circumstances, it may or may not be better to leave then assigned to the support mission while you do this). If you just assign them to separate strike missions at their airbase, the flights will likely be staggered by takeoff order and risk carrying out their attack missions one at a time and potentially being destroyed in detail.




DWReese -> RE: Larger Flight Size and/or Simultaneous Attack? (6/1/2021 1:28:05 AM)

From my experience you probably will have to assign individual groups to attack individual targets IF you want to guarantee that all of your targets get hit.

Foe example, let's say that you have 24 planes and 6 targets. You would like to have a group of 4 attack each of the 6 targets.

The game realizes that you are a busy guy, so you can group all of the targets together, assign the 24 planes to the same mission, tell them to operate in groups of 4, and off they go. As stww2 stated, they attack going by the list, so if the first group attacks Target Number 1, and does 90 percent damage to it, then Group Number 2 will come along and attack that same first target because it's not completely destroyed. If, for whatever reason, the target still exists after the second group is finished, then the Third Group will attack it as well. We all know that this target will likely burn up, but the logic insists on destroying it completely before moving on to the next target.

What's worse is if the attackers can't tell if it's destroyed, so it will also continue the attack on the first target. In other words, as long as it's on the map, it will be attacked.

So, that's how a GROUP of planes will attack a group of targets if you choose to set it up properly.

Now, what is likely more realistic is sending specific groups, assigned to specific missions, to go after specific targets. So, Flight 123 is assigned to attack Hanger A. The pilots in real life would be briefed on hanger A, and told what to hit, how to hit it, and then that's it. The mission is over, and it's time to come home.......Flight 456 is given similar instructions to attack Hanger B. This goes on until all 6 Groups are assigned, and all 6 have their own missions.

Using this method will ensure that all of the targets will be hit or, at least, they will try to hit it. After that, their mission is over. You could very likely get 6 buildings that have various degrees of damage. Some may be destroyed, and some may only be damaged.

It my opinion, this is much more realistic. But, as far as the time it takes to arrange this, you might not want to devote that much attention to it.

So, the decision as to how involved you want to be is strictly up to you.

Lastly, don't try to have every group be over the same target area at the same time. If they are coming from a carrier, then they might be short on fuel, and pilots on strike missions are worried about dropping their ordinance and getting out of town ASAP. The don't want to have to think about having a midair collision with another attacking plane. So, slightly stagger each attack so that they appear one right after the other and not all 24 arriving at the same time.

Planning is sometimes as much fun as watching the action take place.

Good luck, and have fun.

Doug




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