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Lasers and smoke and Rolling Thunder - 4/7/2021 2:29:08 PM   
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In the Rolling Thunder scenario, the Russians have infantry At-14 ATGMs available. The teams can't be spotted as far as I can see before they fire. The AT-14 operates with a laser designator. I suspect they also have thermal capability. So will artillery smoke block laser designators and prevent the AT-14 from firing?

I know the vehicle smoke will block thermal but will it block laser designators as well? I am guessing it blocks both?
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RE: Lasers and smoke and Rolling Thunder - 4/7/2021 2:36:59 PM   
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Just did a search and it appears lasers need clear air to operate properly. Smoke is a problem for lasers. Hopefully the game models this drawback to laser designators. Now I wonder if the AT-14s operate properly relying on thermals alone. I would assume they would.

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RE: Lasers and smoke and Rolling Thunder - 4/8/2021 10:33:47 AM   
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It depends on the type of smoke - some will block IR transmission, others won't. Smoke should block all lasers as it's the visible range, as well inhibit use of visible-range SACLOS systems. It's more complex in that each type of smoke will have unique effectiveness at blocking any one wavelength, so a thermal system may have better results penetrating one type of IR-blocking smoke than another.

In general, vehicle-mounted smoke dispensers will block IR whereas artillery/mortar smoke will not.

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RE: Lasers and smoke and Rolling Thunder - 4/8/2021 1:19:47 PM   
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In this particular scenario, I am concerned about the Russian At-14 Kornet ATGMs. The AT-14 is laser beam riding SACLOS system instead of wire guidance. So any type of smoke (artillery, vehicle or fire smoke in general) should block the AT-14 laser guidance. I am guessing the AT-14 also has thermal sights which would allow identification of targets for laser guidance at night. However night or day, any type of smoke should be effective against AT-14s as smoke disables the guidance system. At least, that is what I think should happen. So I am putting up a smoke screen before I make an assault across open ground if the AT-14 is a threat. Of course, a smoke screen probably won't help against any thermal sighted, wire guided missile systems which might be lurking out there but at least, I shouldn't have to worry about the At-14.


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