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Sri Lanka Crisis, 2021 - 4/14/2019 11:18:21 PM   

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Overall a pretty good scenario with one major problem, which I will explain at the end.

With Civil War starting in Sri Lanka in 2021, the Indian Navy sends an amphibious force to land at Colombo in support of the old government, whereas the new faction in power is allied with the People's Republic of China, who has sent the Liaoning task force to Sri Lanka to assist. India dispatches the Vikramaditya CVBG to stop the advancing Chinese carrier force and support the Amphibious operations.

Playing the scenario as India, I determine that my fighter aircraft (MiG-29Ks on the Vikramaditya and Su-30MKI Flankers at Sulur AFS on the Indian mainland) cannot hope to fight the J-15s on the Liaoning, so I rearm most of the MiG-29Ks with ASCMs, leaving two with AAMs for emergencies. I keep the Su-30MKIs armed with AAMs to face the Sri Lankan fighters.

I use my Tu-142 Bear F that is already in the air just north of the Vikramaditya group (which is on the east side of Sri Lanka) for two purposes:

A) Locate the Liaoning CVBG; which it does in short order with ELINT sensors

B) Lure any airborne J-15s into range of the SAMs onboard the Vikramaditya's escorts.

This strategy works, as the Liaoning loses 10 J-15s to my SAMs. I do not see any further J-15s airborne. The Amphibious group just off the southern tip of India, is also able to defend itself from air attacks from Sri Lanka with a little help from the Flankers.

Using the Radar on the Bear F, I get solid constant contact on the Liaoning group. Feeling a bit more confident, I launch all but two of my MiG-29Ks, armed with ASCMs, to attack the Liaoning group, in hopes of knocking out some of the escorts in preparation for my plan to put the Liaoning under.

The MiGs are able to launch all of their missiles. Four of the MiGs are shot down by Chinese SAMs, but the missiles succeed in immediately sinking one destroyer, and crippling a frigate which later sinks.

Next I implement the second part of my plan to sink the Liaoning. I send my sole submarine, the Kalvari, to try and get into position to launch a torpedo attack on the Liaoning. She is positioned in the path of the Liaoning group, which is headed west to support the Sri Lankans against my amphibious force. She is also just under the layer surface.

The Kalvari is able to slip right into the Liaoning group from the south and fires a full salvo of six torpedoes at the carrier. At least four hit the Liaoning, but they fail to sink her. The Kalvari is then found by one of the PRC frigates and sunk with torpedoes.

By this point, the Vikramaditya group has been steaming down the east coast of Sri Lanka, and is now within in ship-based ASCM striking range. I launch a full attack with Brahmos and Sizzler missiles, which finally finish off the Liaoning as well as a couple more of her escorts.

The remaining Chinese ships are still determined to reach Colombo, so I know I should finish them off. I am able to launch another airstrike with MiGs armed with the last of my ASCMs. These all score hits, which ultimately finish off all the ships except for the PRC fleet oiler. I later blast this ship with a few Brahmos missiles from one of the frigates detached from the Amphibious group.

I also have the Vikramaditya group steam at 5kts to help the escorts detect any submarine threats. At one point some submarine launched ASCMs attack the Vikramaditya group from the east. All are defeated before reaching my ships, but I am unable to find this submarine. Later, another submarine is found south of the Vikramaditya group, so I dispatch one of my Sea Kings to take care of it, which it does with both torpedoes.

Finally, as the Amphibious group is approaching the landing zone, I launch a SEAD raid against Sri Lankan defenses using Flankers from the mainland. This raid fails as all are shot down.

After the LSTs are in position, I detach the escorts to commence bombardment of the Sri Lankan airbase, Radar, and SAMs.

After about 2 hours game time of the gunfire bombardment, it is at this point that I call an end to the scenario, clearly having triumphed over Sri Lankan and Chinese forces.

However, my score is 640, with a rating of Average. This seems to be because I recieve harsh penalties for losing aircraft (-20 for each aircraft lost, and -200 for the loss of my submarine) while I receive no points for destroying any Sri Lankan or Chinese units. I only get a +1000 score for meeting the objective of getting the LSTs to the landing zone and staying for 20 mins. This is not enough to trigger the end of the scenario.

If the scenario author sees this AAR, they should fix this if they can, as it is very unfair score wise.

Score: Average 640 (really should be Major Victory or Triumph)

SIDE: Indian Navy

4x MiG-29K Fulcrum D
1x S 50 Kalvari [Scorpene]
4x Su-30MKI Mk2 Flanker H

47x SA-N-12 Grizzly [9M317]
27x Barak 8
12x AS-20 Kayak [Kh-35U Star]
24x AS-17 Krypton A [Kh-31A, ASM]
14x Generic Chaff Salvo [5x Cartridges]
21x SA-N-7 Gadfly [9M38]
6x Barak I
7x AA-12 Adder A [R-77, RVV-AE]
6x A.184 Black Shark
6x CIRCE Torpedo Decoy
6x CIRCE Torpedo Jammer
22x PJ-10 Brahmos
16x SS-N-27 Sizzler [3M54E1 Klub]
8x Generic Chaff Salvo [4x Cartridges]
2x A.244S
6x SA-N-11a Grisom [9M311K]
800x 100mm/59 A-190 Frag
640x 100mm/59 A-190 HE
350x AK-100 100mm/70 Frag

SIDE: Nature



SIDE: Civilian traffic



SIDE: China

12x J-15 Flying Shark [Su-33 Copy]
6x Z-9C Dauphin 2
1x Type 052 Luhu [113 Qingdao]
2x Type 054A Jiangkai II [530 Xuzhou]
2x Z-18YJ Super Frelon [Black Bat]
1x Type 001 Liaoning [16 Liaoning, Shi Lang, Ex-Varyag]
2x Type 051C Luzhou [115 Shenyang]
1x Type 091 Han
1x Type 903 Fuchi [886 Qiandaohu]

23x Generic Chaff Salvo [4x Cartridges]
96x SA-N-20b Gargoyle [48N6M]
64x HQ-16A [SA-17 Semi-Copy]
24x 30mm China H/PJ-12 [Type 730, 240 rnds]
30x Generic Chaff Rocket
3x 100mm/55 H/PJ-87 Twin HECVT Burst [2 rnds]
42x 37mm/63 Twin Burst [20 rnds]
14x HQ-10 [FL-3000N]
4x 30mm China H/PJ-14 [Type 1130, 500 rnds]
1x FQF-6000 Anti-Torpedo Depth Charge Salvo [10 rnds]
1x Yu-7
1x China Type 87 ASW Rocket Salvo [6 rnds]
14x 100mm/55 H/PJ-87 HECVT
4x YJ-82 [YJ-802Q]
4x Generic Acoustic Decoy

SIDE: Sri Lanka

12x JF-17 Thunder Blk 2
3x Super King Air 200T
1x Radar (China YLC-8B)
3x SA-16 Gimlet [9K310 Igla-1] MANPADS
4x SA-20b Gargoyle [5P85SE] TEL
1x Vehicle (Cheese Board [96L6E])

14x YJ-83K [C-802AK]
16x SA-20b Gargoyle [48N6E2]
4x PL-12
19x HQ-17 [SA-15 Copy]
1x SA-16 Gimlet [9M313]

< Message edited by HalfLifeExpert -- 4/14/2019 11:24:29 PM >
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RE: Sri Lanka Crisis, 2021 - 5/19/2019 9:19:52 PM   


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Thank you so much for the detailed AAR. I'm the scenario editor and I agree with your evaluations. I will fix the score on the new version.
You did a solid battle plan, congratulations. The J16 should not venture within Sam range without a good reason but I don't know how to model this behaviour


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