From: United Kingdom
templar42 - the thinking here was that the 9 F-35Bs delivered to the RAF as of last August would be pressed into emergency service. Simply not feasible, I take it? Appreciate these and any further thoughts you have from playing through the scenario.
Actually I think I was out of date there - I didn't realise the UK programme was so far advanced! Yes it does seem reasonable that they'd be pressed into service.
I noted down a few things as I played through:
Coningsby doesn't have any Meteor in the magazines so the 29 Squadron FGR.4s there have to omit optional weapons on A2G loadouts. Not sure whether this is deliberate to model NATO not being at full readiness.
There appears to be a database error such that GR.4 loadouts with differing numbers of Storm Shadow require a different version of the ECM pod. To work around this, I suggest adding a couple of Sky Shadow Mk2 DECM pods to the magazines at Akotiri so that the player can use 2x or 4x Storm Shadow Loadouts.
The database only allows Apaches to carry AGM-114Ls if they are also carrying larger numbers of AGM-114Ks. It's rather annoying that CMANO imposes these sort of loadouts. Therefore, at Amari I predict that there will end up being an unusable stock of AGM-114Ls once the player has expended the Ks. This might be intentional, but if not, I'd suggest increasing K stocks there.
Charles de Gaulle is only carrying about 80 AAMs in total, which will severely restrict operations if the scenario lasts 6 days. The magazine also lacks any air to ground weapons other than a few Scalp and AMSP.
300 victory points each time a hapless IL-78 gets shot down compared to 0 for A-50s and 150 for the SA-21 seems a little unbalanced. Additionally, I was horrified when my complacency allowed the Allied command centre at Naples to be destroyed, but surprised that I didn't lose any victory points.
Should the Kaliningrad facilities be single unit? As a general rule, single unit facilities should be used where the player isn't supposed to attack them, or where attack would be impractical anyway. I know I can't send ground units into Kaliningrad, but surely I should expect to be able to strike its airfields?
For added challenge and realism, it could be an idea to add a couple of SA-22 fire units to Kaliningrad. Given the strategic importance of its SA-21 battery, it should have some point defence. I found it quite easy to swarm Kaliningrad with AASMs and RBS-15s, especially after the Growler fired off many rounds at long range at fighters that it had little chance of hitting even with the active seekers.