Re: White Bird
Stay away from the SA-10s. Read the briefing, learn it, know it, live it.
The SA-10s are the targets of the F/A-18 SEAD strikes. You will have plenty to do in the mean time.
Phased array radar has a big panel - look at the Patriot system - that scans all of the space out in front of it about a million times a minute. Different sections of the radar panel send beams out that triangulate each little cube of space for a hundred miles out. When the radar sees something in a cube it will concentrate more in that area, while still pinging all of the rest of it's space.
I'm happy with your first impressions. Right on target
Unfortunately, when a triggered message is sent, it is different than a text chat message, such that you cannot press a key to see it repeated. I would have to add logic to repeat those messages within the time window that they are relevant - I'll look into it. The other option on those types of messages is that the time length can be set - 10 seconds, 20, 100, etc., but they can't be on too long such that they overlay the next message.
The weather - very interesting stuff, I'm really just getting the hang of it. One guy over in DCS forums wants to create a tornado. Another says its possible to generate thunderstorms! (Riders On The Storm - coming to theaters near Bosnia) The main page of the CDU shows wind direction and speed - before I sent White Bird out yesterday I dialed back the winds from 30-40 MPH to around 10-15, still brutal, but at least the A-10s aren't getting pushed **backwards** anymore
I'm thinking I may need to reduce the 6 weather zones down to 4 for an FPS improvement... we'll see. That just may be too aggressive, but its the first attempt.
There is an SA-10 right there at Kutaisi to discourage A-10Cs from approaching. General Vaz thinks he's well protected, but he's horny, too. That's why we have to kill the SA-10s from the west with carrier-based F/A-18s, and attack his convoy from the east with the more versatile A-10Cs in the mountains and the snow. Yes, it's a big area. I already ripped it all up once and relocated things... I had targets all over the hills before, but because it is so big, I got the brilliant idea
to locate all targets on waypoints (our spies at work). So if you see an RWR threat, look at the nearest wp to the threat and you should find it within 2,000 meters. Note that with the severe weather, units will go down and come back up. You don't need to fly the waypoints - they are in this mission for another purpose - to mark all the known enemy locations with the help of our spy network.
The F/A-18s prosecute the SA-10s from the north, down the coast to Senaki and Kutaisi. Because of the overlapping coverage of the SA-10s, the F/A-18s have to pick them off one at at time starting from the end. Because of this and the weather, it is going to take a bit of time before the darn radars are all down. But - but - if you can get to the General's helicopter and shoot it down then the mission is won right there - your choice - otherwise you're going to have to wait for our spies to inform us as to where the General is on-route to the Dada Lake House (that's what she calls it, "Come to Dada Lake House tonight, moi generale. Come to meeee." How can General 'Dada' resist ? "Приходите на озере дом сегодня, мой генерал!"