Starting off at Krymsk I decided to lone wolf it. A few players on and more on the enemy capitalist handbag swinger side.
Whilst I was up north my team were attacking a distant farp a long way away. I put some money on a bet that that would have the enemy interest and hopefully I could use Ka-50 ninja tactics and infiltrate a target.
I decided to go for Sochi airbase. Being lone wolf I knew I couldn't capture the airfield. But I could damage it quite well and my attack on Sochi would hopefully divert attention from my team. For this mission, I have chosen 2 racks of vihkers and 2 external fuel tanks with full gun ammo and internal fuel.
So I trundled off in the general direction of Sochi getting re-acquainted with the Sharks handling.
After a bit of fun its time to decide how to handle this mission. Pulling into a low hover its time to set a waypoint for sochi.
I decided to use the PVI 800 (is it the PVI 800 - its been so long, I have forgotten what its called.)
With that I watch the range to waypoint spiral out of control and settle on 199 kilometres away. This is going to be a long flight through enemy territory.
Travelling whilst deep in friendly territory offers more protection but you can't be guaranteed there is no opposition sneaking about. Especially as I have no RWR.
Approaching the front line. My tactic is to stay in the mountains using the terrain for cover.
Getting close to the front lines now and I pass a friendly farp on the coast. This is a very long flight, so I choose the farp as the end point. I am sure I don't have enough fuel to make it all the way back to krymsk.
Getting close to target now. I have been unopposed. I am well within detection range of their radars so I decide to fly low and keep to the valleys. There is a nice hill overlooking Sochi which will provide nice cover from radar and enemy sams.
Spying over the top of the mountain I am just outside of Vihker range. I need to crest the mounting to another small hill a kilometre away towards the enemy airfield. I hug the ground and hover crawl down the side of the mountain hoping I am not detected.
Miraculously the airbase seems quiet and I make my vantage point at the crest of the next hill. Here I pick a nice gap between trees and start acquiring and hitting targets.
The vihkers are set to manual fire mode to maximise the range. Scouting around, a cheeky armoured target that needs to be eradicated.
There are also some bunkers here. 2 vihkers each on these should do the trick and so the vihkers are set to fire in salvo.
The enemy definitely know of my presence here as I am sure they are receiving radio chatter of my attack. Whilst my vantage position is well concealed, a lot of the target is obscured by terrain. I have depleted a lot of enemy assets though and I am down to 2 vihkers left.
But what is this. An a-10 appears on the ramp. I watch carefully to see what it is doing. I notice the stores loading on its underside. I can't let it take off.
I wait for a bit. wondering if it has spawned in to see what is attacking the base. But I know it can't see me. I want to wait until its moving to demoralise it as best as possible, by my itchy trigger finger gets the better of me. I launch a vihker and it strikes the ground near the aircraft inflicting some damage.
The pilot now realises what is happening and tries to make a run for it.
Down to my last vihker, I set it on its way hoping the a-10 doesn't exceed max range before the missile hits.
Its a long flight time but the missile tracks well the target for a satisfying hit on its rear. You can see the missile approaching from the left of the tail.
Egressing quickly as the proverbial hornets nest has been well and truly stirred. I spin the shark round and at max speed I leg it out of there as close to the ground as possible. I make it back to the farp uncontested with only a quarter of internal fuel left after expending all of the external drop tanks.
What a great flight, what a great server, and what fun the Black shark is.
Thanks DCS. The flight to target was just as much fun as the fireworks.