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Old 06-15-2018, 05:51 PM   #1
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Default How do you F5 guys use radar to lock on missiles multi task while flying?

Title says it all. I'm a VR user and pressing ; ' , . or whatever the 4 keys are to move the radar lock "thingy" up down left or right WHILE flying is very tough. Obviously you guys can bind it to something on HOTAS or whatnot but, it seems like that may be just as hard.

How on earth do you F5 folks do this? I love the f5. I'm newer but still am pretty well versed in the F5 and this is always tricky.

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Old 06-15-2018, 05:57 PM   #2
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If you use VR, you have to bind the radar cursor to a HOTAS .. its impossible to use the keyboard for this ... if you dont have a Hotas, then purchase one .. even a second hand unit will do
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Old 06-15-2018, 06:16 PM   #3
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That wants to be a left hand control..you can keep steering the plane with your right hand and use your left to slew the cursor as in the real cockpit.
I'd recommend either the set of buttons on a T Flight or similar, or a hat switch or ministick on a dedicated throttle.
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Old 06-15-2018, 06:21 PM   #4
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Also use dogfight missile mode to auto lock when in close


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Old 06-15-2018, 07:49 PM   #5
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I have it bound to a 4-way hat on my HOTAS but honestly, the radar is useless. I never use it.

It lights me up like a Christmas tree on RWR, I can't pick up anything on it unless it's < 15 miles and if I do I have no IFF so I have to get close enough to make a visual ID anyway.

I have a much better time with the MK1 eyeball and AWACS.
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Old 06-15-2018, 08:05 PM   #6
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Also use dogfight missile mode to auto lock when in close
^^ This.

I find the radar to only be useful for tracking large and slow moving objects (AWACS/REFUEL) at range. Your smaller targets are simply too nimble and will immediately start taking steps to evade as soon as their RWR goes off. To counter this, I use AWACS or GCI to vector me in, and only turn radar on once I get a visual and go into dogfight missile/gun mode. By putting the target in the pipper, the radar autolocks. The radar, at this point, is being used solely for ranging purposes. When the counterclockwise rotating range indicator reaches the diamond, you're within range and and can launch/squeeze off a few rounds. Don't make the mistake I did early on thinking that because you have tone you're within range. After wasting quite a few missiles, I learned that's simply not the case.

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