From: California, United States
Well I have just completed this scenario. I will say that this is the first LIVE scenario I have properly played through since the first one, Old Grudges Never Die. The reason for this is that most of the LIVE scenarios I have found to be rather intimidating in terms of their size and scope. It's not the scenarios, it's me, haha.
Anyway, I knew I was going to seriously take a crack at this one when i read the initial announcement. Several things made me very interested: A) Indo Pak Clash; B) Heavy emphasis on new non-US Aircraft Carriers; C) UK-India Alliance
So Having played it now, I really did enjoy it, even though it certainly went a bit differently than I expected.
I played on the UK-India Side
Early on, I established patrol zones for my four submarines, and established two AEW patterns. I also set up one big ASW patrol for each of the carrier groups to be activated later.
The first engagement was my first two MiGs, the ones starting in the air, blasting a scout Helicopter, but I lost them to some F-16s that were sent after them.
Subsequently most of the air combat was actually my F-35s blasting Helicopters and MPAs. I don't think the Sino-Paks ever got a fix on any of my carriers.
I did find the Pak Frigates relatively early on with the exceptional F-35 radars, and once I was able to re-arm some MiGs, I launched an ASuW strike escorted by some F-35s. The strike succeeded in blasting half of the Frigates. A follow up raid was not needed, as the other three frigates got in cruise missile range of the Vikrant's escorts, and firing all 12 of those missiles was enough to finish off Pakistan's last three surface ships, though one did take a while to sink.
As for the Sino-Pak submarines, well I was ultimately able to find and sink all five of them, but at the cost of the INS Chakra and INS Shalki. I used ASW helos along with my submarines to sink them at various points. The loss of those two submarines were the only deductions in points i suffered.
Ultimately the most successful asset I had was actually the Astute class submarine HMS Ambush. I made very good use of her 16 Tomahawks. I initially tried to fire four at the Bridge, but I made a mistake and only two fired, and they were very far apart launch wise. The first missile was shot down. And as the second made it's final turn toward the Pakistani coast, I just wrote off that Missile as a waste. But to my total shock, It got through and destroyed the bridge!!!! "That Works!!!" I shouted.
From that point I decided to expend my remaining Tomahawks at the Oil Refinery at the Naval Base, because I did not have a fix on the Pakistani Ground Forces. It took some frustrating trial and error, but i ultimately destroyed the Refinery with Tomahawks. I also used two of them to blast the JY-26 radar.
It was also around this time that two patrolling Pakistani F-16s showed up near my forces and shot down two of my helicopters. I blasted them with MiGs though.
Now I decided to take a risk and start preparing for an airstrike on the Pakistani Armored Brigade. I started off by launching an escorted SEAD raid around Ormara. This raid was very successful for two reasons: I basically knocked out the HQ-16 SAM battery, and I got a location on the Armored Brigade thanks again to the F-35's sensors. However those SAMs also shot down 3 of the 4 SEAD MiGs.
Once I was able to arm my aircraft effectively, several hours later game-time, I launched the Airstrike. 8 F-35s (4 escorts, 4 with JDAMs) alongside 4 MiGs with Cluster Bombs.
They reached the target with no issues, but a smaller air defense unit was able to shoot down one of the MiGs. The rest of the aircraft released their ordinance, scoring several hits, destroying 3 trucks and 15 tanks.
Being satisfied with the work I have done, and not wanting to take any more losses, once my aircraft return to the ships, I set flank speed to the south out of the battle area. Once I am quite far enough away, and with no signs of a counter attack incoming, I end the scenario.
My final score: Triumph with 1400 points.
I was certainly surprised to have not had a major air attack thrown at me, but I think that may be because I denied the Sino-Paks any chance of getting a serious fix on me by blasting every search aircraft I could.
Here are the losses and expenditures:
6x MiG-29K Fulcrum D
1x S 44 Shishumar [Type 209-1500]
1x S 71 Chakra [PLA-971I Akula II]
1x Merlin ASaC.1 [Interim]
1x SA.316B Chetak MATCH [ASW, Alouette III]
12x AA-12 Adder A [R-77, RVV-AE]
26x Generic Chaff Salvo [5x Cartridges]
36x AIM-120C-5 AMRAAM P3I.2
4x Generic Acoustic Decoy
16x AS-17 Krypton A [Kh-31A, ASM]
16x SS-N-27 Sizzler [3M54E1 Klub]
20x SSQ-926 ALFEA
86x SSQ-963D CAMBS VI
3x SS-N-15 Starfish [RPK-6 Vodopad, UMGT-1 Torpedo]
3x AN/ALE-70 FOTD
1x MG-114 Berilly
16x UGM-109E Tomahawk Blk IV TACTOM
6x Spearfish Mod 0
1x Stingray Mod 1
2x AS-17 Krypton C [Kh-31P, ARM]
27x RGB-NM-1 [Passive Omni]
4x Aster 30 PAAMS [GWS.45 Sea Viper]
8x GBU-32(V)2/B JDAM [Mk83]
12x RBK-500-PTAB CB [268 x PTAB-1M Anti-Tank Bomblets]
SIDE: Pakistan Ground Forces
3x Vehicle (Truck, Armed Technical)
15x Type 59-II Main Battle Tank
6x RB 70 Rayrider Mk1
3x Z-9EC Dauphin 2
2x F.27-200MAR Maritime
2x BN-2T Turbine Islander
4x Lynx HAS.3
2x BZK-005 Sea Eagle UAV
3x F 251 Zulfiquar [F-22P Class, Mod Type 053H3 Jiangwei II]
1x F 181 Tariq [Type 21 Amazon Class]
1x F 260 Alamgir [Perry Class]
1x F 182 Babur [Type 21 Amazon Class]
8x F-16AM Falcon MLU
1x Type 093 Shang
1x Bridge (Single-lane 60 Tons)
1x Radar (China JY-26)
1x Structure (Oil Refinery)
1x Vehicle (ELINT [Average])
1x Type 093B Shang
2x S 139 Improved Khalid [Agosta 90B]
1x Vehicle (HQ-16 FCR)
2x HQ-16B TEL
1x Type 091 Han
46x SSQ-947 Julie Active Range-Only [AN/SSQ-47]
42x AIM-120C-5 AMRAAM P3I.2
6x 30mm China H/PJ-12 [Type 730, 240 rnds]
22x Generic Chaff Rocket
9x 76mm/62 Compact HE Burst [4 rnds]
6x 20mm/100 Mk15 Phalanx Blk 1B Burst [300 rnds]
18x 114mm/55 Mk8 HE(MP) HE
6x Corvus Chaff [Distraction]
6x Corvus Chaff [Seduction]
8x Mk214 Sea Gnat Chaff [Seduction]
8x Mk234 Nulka
2x 20mm/85 Mk15 Phalanx Blk 0 Burst [200 rnds]
20x Generic Chaff Salvo [5x Cartridges]
4x YJ-82 [YJ-802Q]
10x Generic Acoustic Decoy
1x AIM-9M Sidewinder
40x 35mm Twin Oerlikon Burst [20 rnds, UAR-1021 Skyguard]
4x Generic Acoustic Decoy
< Message edited by HalfLifeExpert -- 5/12/2018 1:09:49 AM >