This is the 3rd Scenario in the Desert Storm campaign pack. The first one was shifting assets to the Middle East while the 2nd was a hypothetical push by the Iraqi’s into Saudi Arabia. It’s worth noting that performance from one scenario does not carry forward to the next. Each mission is a standalone operation even though they may be sequential chronologically.
Some of our bases are populated with munitions, but not all.
Some of our facilities have aircraft and only the loadouts they arrived with. So we have to shift loaded aircraft about.
I’ll have to check out the OOB and see what’s available for recon. In a previous mission we had the SR-71 available which should work well given the SAM network surrounding Baghdad.
The Scenario Platforms is big. And that’s not including naval assets! So I see a TR-1A Dragon Lady, SR-71, and a U-2. I’ll get the ferry missions going first. The B-52’s out of Diego Garcia are going to wait as they’ll require a ton of time to transit to the target area and will need a very sanitized airspace to function.
First up I make all the ferry missions. These should be set and forget.
The Recon mission is the next one. I’ll send up the SR-71 and the U-2. Both set to a ceiling of 90000.
The SR71 has a nice suite of sensors.
As does the U2.
Our B52’s at Diego Garcia are going to chill for now. Both loadouts have radii that match the strike, though I might have them get gas while en-route.
I’m not sure how neccessary it is to get ASW patrols around the carriers, but I’d rather err on the safe side. So I setup ASW patrols with reference points attached to the carrier groups. It would be rather embarrassing to lose a carrier…
About now is when it hits me. This is a BIG scenario. I’ve got everything from Italian Rf-104G’s to Tornado’s. Daisy cutters to anti runway bomblets. Not to mention OECM and all kinds of support goodies.
Every scenario seems different so I’m going to hold off launching CAP until I see what to expect. Some scenarios assume you’ll put up CAP and need it. Others assume you won’t and then you might need it later. Seeing as how this is a 47 hour scenario I’m going to wait and see.
Kennedy gets aircraft up first, all other carrier groups follow suit. Next the C130’s and recon group takes off.
The SR71 has a jammer and it’s active.
All the C-130’s!
The AEW heading west. You get such a massive boost to force projection with that thing it’s not even funny. Once the skies clear I’ll get up an ELINT bird too.
The Israelis have some AEW and ELINT assets available at Ramon but we’ll leave them for now.
Here’s a bit of a legend in case you’re not familiar with the game. Note that I can switch to UNIT mode which will show every asset, but for our purposes group view is fine.
(Individual units above)
First supply run successful.
Which brings us a ton of new loadouts! As our cargo lands I’ll get units loading up, it’ll take 6 hours or so.
Skunks picked up by the AEW. Could be neutrals, civilians, Iranians, or Iraqi attack boats. We’ll have to wait and see as our orders stipulate NO civilian casualties.
Hmm, we’ve got 5 of them, in formation, moving at 14 knots. TF Gloucester will be first contact, hopefully we can get an ID on them soon otherwise we’ll send up someone to investigate.
Prince Sultan supplies are up. F-16’s and F-15E’s at PS.
Al Minhad lands next, we get a ton of Vipers. I mix it up a bit to give it a potential strike package for the south.
And our SR71 is almost at the border and picking up contacts. Per mission order #3 we’re more interested in stuff near Baghdad.
The surface group gets resolved by the ELINT. 3 OSA’s and a pair of Swery Patrol Boats. These things are terribly outgunned by our Harpoons.
It’s time to kick up the SR71 now that she’s about to enter hostile airspace. If things look too nasty we’ll pull the U2 back.
Iraqi Missile Artillery. Oh dear. If they are Al Husseins they have the range to strike Riyadh.
And I’ll call it for the night there. We’ve got enough threats to keep us curious but nothing ridiculous yet. Should be interesting to see how this pans out! If you have questions or want to throw out mission ideas, please do. I’m not an expert planner by any means.