From: San Francisco, CA
1 I don't know. I could just be bad at this (I'm certainly not used to this sort of force composition).
>> Thanks, what I'm looking for is ordinance combos, or too much of one thing vs. another. Do they have just enough tempo room to keep a good SEAD/MigCap and drop the bombs without looking a bomber (historically, they lost none on the 22nd)
2 My doctrine was to fire 1 ARM at an emitter, on the theory that this would tie them up with my aircraft for longer. It did protect the bombers, but I think I lost at least 5 SEAD aircraft, which is worse than the real-world performance.
>> I do patols and what you do above. Not sure there is a perfect way, but was this hard? Were the SAM batteries placed well? Did you get any surprises?
3 I recall reading somewhere that the MiG pilots in North Vietnam were, by and large, excellent since they flew until they were KIA. If you're worried the US is too OP, maybe up their proficiency rating on average (and drop a couple to Cadet standing to indicate that they're replacements)?
>> This I can most certainly do.
I haven't seen a CMO scenario before that requires me to think tactically offensively (going after air defense sites and fighters), but operationally defensively (everything to support the bombers). In doing this, there's an element of nuance I'm not so great with, but find really engaging. It creates problems to solve, and I think it's quite fun.
>> great.. that made my night.
Questions for the scenario creator:
Are the F-111s supposed to be able to do AAR? (I had issues with this)
>> THe intent was "free reign" pre-bombing. So, take out an airfield? Take out more SAMs, take out critical parts of the whole. Meaning, maybe bomb more of the primary targets, there is nothing stopping you. But, they are there to help "soften" up the defenses for the Hanoi run. Hanoi is NOT offlimits, its just not the focus, so this can become tricky if you want take those airfields, and tempo around in Hanoi.
Are the TAC/USN aircraft "supposed" to be engaging with the Hanoi air defenses?
>> They were part of the original OOB that I studied. I think they are just TELINT (they can see surface and air units, but they aren't too sophisticated.
What's supposed to be happening with the bomber refueling track mission?
>> I lock out large sections of the SAC ingress to Haiphong. I wanted them to take the historial mission, which came over the sea. As the USN/USAF player, you can't see no-fly zones SAC deals with and I was worried a fueling track would be setup and bombers couldnt get fuel, so I set one up and locked it.