From: Somewhere deep in appalachian valley in PA
It could probably be done. But making it work effectively for the AI, and hence as a method usable for the OPFOR in any given scenario, are slim to none. Hence, not likely in the foreseeable future.
I agree, AI part would be tricky. 30 degree width beam will have 12 sections. So, I was thinking something like:
1) Rotate "30 degree width beam" 360 degree, very slow. Like 30 degree per 30 seconds or 30 seconds per a section.
2) If beam makes a contact with bogey, stop rotating, keep the 'beaming' to bogey direction.
3) Bogey direction subfunction should provide new direction every given time to update bogey direction.
4) Try identification (NCTR-JEM) for some amount of time, like 2 or 3 minutes. But if identification fails, then keep rotate the beam to next section.
I wish if there is a logic to control E-737 to automatically move to frontal side (15 degree) of contact to use NCTR-JEM. But not sure if such things are possible, this can be dangerous too, so I think control of E-737 would be better to be leaved to AI or player.
If we can make this little more smart, then we could let AI know about 'possible enemy direction'
1) Estimate the direction of known enemy carrier or known enemy airfield.
2) Rotate "30 degree width beam" 180 degree, based on the direction of known enemy field or carrier.
3) Direction of known enemy carrier or enemy air field continuously changes as E-737 moves, so it needs to re-estimate 'direction' once every 180 degree search is finished.
4) If there are no known enemy carrier or enemy airfield, then just do 360 search.
I know those are very rough idea but I just thought this could be a good starting point... Can LUA do something like this?
But such operation idea is purely my imagination, not anything close to real, so such description of mode operation will be historically wrong. However operating two mode at the same time (286nm range 360 degree + 572nm 30 degree section) would be very cool feature.
< Message edited by exsonic01 -- 3/16/2020 12:58:04 AM >