Thanks for the help and information.
I have the following requests and/or observations:
2) I can't tell you how many times I overlooked the step to click on the "Mark as escorts" button. I was clicking onto the escorts tab and modifying the EMCON. I think that there needs to be a better way to guide the player through this process in a step-wise or visual feedback way. For instance, when you click on the escorts tab and IF you have not successfully designated any of the aircraft as escorts, then there should be no aircraft displayed in the box above OR the AC that are listed should be greyed out and only the AC that are marked as escorts should be displayed normally. This should also apply in reverse. If you are on the main strike planning tab, then any AC marked as escorts should be greyed out to visually reinforce what AC are assigned to each role in the strike. Or you could change the color of the text of the grouping of AC assigned to each role and match that color text on the tab. Now that I understand the flow better, I was able to make it all work successfully - but it was a frustrating bit of the learning curve.
3) I am attaching a screenshot below of one instance in one run through of the saved files I attached previously. You can see that it appears that the CBUs were targeted and dropped on the building - but the only targets defined in the target list of the mission are the 2 SAM sites and the Tall King radar.
All of this part of the strike mission is all hands-off for my part. I am letting the AI select the final target for the CBUS, select and match the correct alt and course and the release time. Is the expectation such that I should be more hands-on as the individual AC make it near the target?
Also, Below the picture I am attaching another save to a following post. In this one the Prowlers have both launched as the escorts. You mentioned that I should not need two - but as I am using multiple off axis attacks, shouldn't their be a jammer assigned to each general attack vector. For instance, in the save, the off axis attacks are generally split to a Northern set and a Southern set. In this case, I was expecting that 1 jammer would be assigned to each general set and then approach the targets from these general directions. However, I can see that this would require further advanced TOT planning to be included in the off-axis attacks and I think you have mentioned in the past that this is something that you would like to address at some future point. In the save file the jammers are flying as pair on a common axis.
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