Thanks for all the kind words!
Here's the second part of the mission:
With the tanks at waypoint 2 destroyed we deactivate auto hover and press "BACKSPACE" to set the HUD back to NAV mode. Click on the "3" on the PVI-800 to set it as next waypoint. Fly over the ridge into the valley and follow the road towards the next waypoint, watch the burning tanks and set up in front of the next hill for a hover again:
Since the targets at steerpoint 3 consist of infantry and some tents we will use unguided rockets and cannon fire to destroy them. You should now be safely auto hovering in cover, ready to setup the weapons systems. First, take look at the right rear panel:
Make sure that the Unguided Rocket/Gunpod Ballistic Data Settings Switch
is set to 0
, which is the required setting for our S-8 rockets
Select the rockets by selecting the correct weapons stations ("u") and set the burst length
to medium/CP. This will ensure that we fire a whole salvo of rockets when pressing the trigger. We have 40 S-8 rockets on board, so we don't need to economise on them. Also set the weapon system mode switch
on the targeting mode control panel
to "fix cannon to boresight"/HNY
With weapons set now uncage the Shkval again ("o"), leave hover position (remember to switch off auto hover), and slowly move forward around the hill, following the road. Use the Shkvall optics to search for the targets (I have the Shkval controls mapped to my Joystick hat switch since I use a Track IR for view control, works like a charm). Soon you should spot some infantry on the road and a couple of tents nearby.
Lock up a target, put the aiming reticule over the target mark and fire once you get the launch authorization (a "C" on HUD and Shkval screen). Remember that you can use the "automatic turn to target" button on the targeting mode control panel or by pressing "q". Enjoy the explosions.
If you have aimed well, which actually isn't that easy with those unguided rockets, especially if you haven't yet managed to steadily control your helicopter, the target should now look like this:
Rinse and repeat.
If you're such a terrible shot like me than a couple of infantry will probably have survived your aerial assault. And now you're out of those cool exploding rockets. Bugger!
But fear not, because now we get to play around with the cannon
Check the targeting mode control panel
again and set the switch to moving cannon/automatic weapons mode/NNY
again. That is, move the switch to the 12 o'clock position.
We can now use the cannon by moving the Shkval designator around. You don't have to actually lock up targets (especially since we deal exclusively with static targets), just place the TV frame over stuff you want to kill. Just keep in mind that in the Ka-50 the cannon is mounted on the right side, which results in a limited traverse capability to the left. If your cannon doesn't fire although you have locked up a target in range, then the target is most probably outside the "gate" you see on the HUD and which is located a bit to the right due to the weapon's position.
Now clear the target area of all remaining targets.
Once you have eliminated all targets you should get a message telling you to head back to the base. Hit "BACKSPACE" again to reset the HUD to NAV mode, use the PVI-800 to set the next waypoint and fly home, preferably without crashing into something solid.
Once you approach the last waypoint you can again switch on the anti-collision and navigation lights for extra atmosphere and karma points.
Choose your landing point, reduce speed and come to a hover. Lower gear and carefully
reduce collective to enter a slow descent. Make small corrections as necessary, DON'T OVERREACT and DON'T CHASE THE CONTROLS. Use auto hover.
Once safely on the Rodina
again, hit "left win + end" to perform an auto shut-down.
Congratulations, you've completed this tutorial!
I hope you did learn a thing or two and enjoyed the reading. I apologize for any errors/mistakes/blurs, I'm still learning, too.
I'll put up the mission to download ASAP.***** Here is the mission file: ***** Linkright-click, save as...
Simply put it in your ...1c/Eagle Dynamics/Ka-50/Missions