The next mission in our campaign will be to support an allied offensive against the units around Kobuleti airfield. Specifically, we will be flying in support of two armored platoons (M1A2 and M3 Bradley) who will be moving north to objective points Montana and Vermont. Our loadout will consist of Maverick D, H, and CBU-97s.
With my wingman in tow, I head off for the short flight to Kobuleti. Immediately after takeoff I give my wingman the ďorbit hereĒ command in order to keep a leash on him while I assess the situation at Kobuleti.
I see our F-16 SEAD flight on station above us.
I fly off the coast a bit and at the IP I turn back inbound. This gives me a long run in so I can start scanning for targets with the targeting pod (TGP). The communications menu indicates that the friendly armor units are awaiting my command to advance.
Based on the F10 map I slew my TGP to the known enemy locations and quickly find targets to engage with my Mavericks.
The TGP / Maverick combination is so nice to use. Find the targets with the TGP, then slave the Maverick to the TGP SPI and fire away.
I break off my first attack to the south and set up for another attack. The nice thing with the TGP is that you can still search for targets even when flying away from the attack sight as long as you keep the target area in the TGP field of view.
AWACS calls out enemy air activity. I use the F10 menu to release the CAP flight and they go to work. Iím so absorbed in what Iím doing I donít even know if they shoot down anything, or what is trying to creep in on our battle.
I also release the SEAD flight since Iím getting some mud spikes from the airfield area.
The F-16 SEAD flight fires off their HARMs and takes out a radar site near the airfield.
Some Navy air joins in the action. These guys are nuts and once they are Winchester on air-to-ground ordnance they start tearing things up with their guns.
I use my Mavericks to start picking off targets in the area west of the airfield since that is the objective of the armor.
Eventually I run out of ďHĒ Mavericks and switch to the ďDĒ model. The FLIR imagery isnít as good with the D but thankfully the TGP makes finding targets relatively easy. The heat signatures from far away are just small dots on the Maverick seeker image.
A rare miss with the Maverick. This vehicle just avoids getting hit.
Soon all of the targets in the open are burning. It takes some scanning with the TGP, but eventually I find some harder to spot enemy tanks hiding on the edge of the woods.
I miss again with a Maverick. I stupidly lock on to a building near the tank that also had a heat signature. Whoops!