From: Jacksonville, FL, USA
Thanks for looking at the scenario, Let me address the Proposals one by one. Remember as a scenario designer, everything is a trade off so consider the trade offs and impacts of some of the changes as you read my replies.
-The Netherlands has also two unarmed MQ-9's (hard to defend, slow but useful for patrols).
I like it, will place them on Aruba.
-The amount of 30x F-35's is quite high (we now have 6..in the Netherlands and about the same amount in the US at Luke AFB) Maybe inocorporate a little US support with F-35's instead of all being Dutch? Or the UK's Queen Elisabeth with F-35B's? They have experience in conquering islands far away in 1982
This one has me a bit confused. The USMC VMF-211 (Wake Island "Avengers") is on the Queen Elizabeth, 6 F-35Bs (Leathernecks) are on Iwo Jima and an RAF Squadron (Dambusters) on QE. There actually aren't any Netherlands F-35Bs in the scenario at all. But the QE has 24 F-35Bs onboard (with 5 down for maint.) and Iwo Jima has 6 (2 down for maint.) all are U.S. or UK assets. So you have 23 F-35Bs available, but you choose their load outs, not me!
-I needed more aircraft with Close Air Support loadouts than all the Air-to-Air loadouts of the F-35's.
So I just looked at the QE and Iwo Jima Magazines and all of the Squadrons have about 2 loadouts for CAS per aircraft. They are carriers so there have to be some limits on loadouts. Otherwise there are aircraft at Homestead which can (should) be staged to San Juan/McCalla Field, Guantanamo Bay (with extra loadouts for them at both airfields). You have 8 F-16s (Multirole), 8 F-15Cs (Fighters) and 4 F-16CJs (SEAD) there. Then the B-52Hs/B-1Bs and B-2As have enough JASSM/JASSM-ER for one strike (all you can really get in with time constraints).Also the B-52H MALD/MALD-Js are really valuable for jamming and decoying.
-The two Walrus submarines can launch in real life Dutch Special Forces and that is a nice feature on the islands for laser guidance and forward observation? See picture.
Hmmmmm, I like this idea. can put them in as part of the Saba Amphibious Exercise. Will add one.
-Maybe it is nice to put forward observers (twitter users?) at Juliana airfield (St Maarten Island) to warn Venuzuela of Fighter Jets taking of? Maybe at the hand of Venezuela you can incorporate that warning into air defense missions? Civilians that are pissed of of all the noise of the fighter aircraft or whatever
The A/I (Venezuela) knows your coming and is ready for you. So don't see what that would add. I can include in the storyline though.
-There is no civilian traffic at sea or in the air. Easy but realistic?
So I had them in there for the initial version and the shipping in the Caribbean (not coastal) just cluttered the map and slooooooooooowed the performance waaaaaaaaaaay dooooooown for no real gain other than aesthetics So I left the coastal shipping and lost the deep water civilians. That said, I might add a few ships back in for aesthetics.
-The Russians are really involved in this country, so maybe you can add a side Russia wich friends with Venezuela and gives intell data from maybe satellites or an AGI intelligence ship nearby?
Russia is in the scenario, you just didn't encounter them in your run with favorable teleporting. That said, I like the AGI idea and will add one off Venezuela. Maybe even another surface unit on a "Port Call" in Cuba as a Tattle Tail on the QE SAG or Churchill (An ASuW [Naval] mission for it should accomplish that)? As to direct Russian action, like with Libya in the 1980s, I just see them providing support not any direct intervention (unless something unfortunate happens).
Another option is to let the Russians fly the Su-35's because Venezuela would not be able to pay for those? Or some Tu-160's get involved when you shootdown Russians (they have been there before..)
See above on direct Russian intervention. Unless the current Russian units are sunk, they're not getting involved. (No they are not advertised in the briefing for surprise reasons)
-The Netherlans buying the K-1 is nice thinking (I like it) but maybe it is more realistic that the US or the UK or Norway will provide some P-8's?
K-1? USN has four (4) P-8s at NAS Jacksonville, and I .
-I also think that the US will always be close-by with sniffing planes or US Navy assets to see what is going on with such a conflict. (subs, patrol aircraft maybe a ship?)
There is a USCG Cutter off Aruba, and a LCS off Bonaire, E-8s, E-3Gs and RC-135W Rivet Joint are all at the CONUS bases and EH-130J Compass Calls in Homestead AFB as well.
-Please add commercial sattelites to both the Netherlands and Venezuela sides ;-)
Performance!!!!! Satellites slow things down if you add too many. I also don't believe Russian-Venezuelan Cooperation is so close that the Venezuelans would get real time satellite intel from the Russians.
-The side Venezuela is set to veteran. That is a bit high I think personally. They haven't fought a war only with durg trafficers or with words ;-)
NEGATIVE Venezuela is set to Normal (I just checked to be sure).
-Is it possible to design that pilots eject and have to be rescued? That could involve some US support with HC-130 or HH-60's?
It is but that involves Lua Scripting that is waaaaaaay beyond my humble skills! That is for the better designers!
Thanks will add some of these proposals for the next version!
< Message edited by BeirutDude -- 11/19/2020 12:46:40 PM >
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