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Old 01-23-2016, 05:15 PM   #1
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MISSION SUMMARY

Multiplayer co-op mission written for DCS World 1.5.

Player or AI aircraft will escort C-130 cargo transports from Sochi-Adler to Novorossiysk airbase. Player helicopter transports will move dropped cargo from runway to assigned drop zones to achieve primary mission goal of resupplying airbase. Secondary mission goal is for player CAS flights to keep enemy reinforcements from reaching Novorossiysk while the resupply mission is under way.

Narrated mission briefing video included in mission download zip file.

Mission file download link: https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.c..._Escort_V2.zip


Higher resolution video briefing on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YUEDUN-w6c

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This mission makes use of the Complete Transport and Logistics Deployment (CTLD) script file by Ciribob.
This mission also makes use of Mission Scripting Tools (MIST) by Speed.


AVAILABLE PLAYER AIRCRAFT

2X Su-25T (CAS)
4X A-10C (CAS)
2X A-10A (CAS)
4X F-15C (Escort)
2X UH-1H (Transport)
2X Ka-50 (Transport)

Ideal player makeup of mission:

2 to 4 escort aircraft
2 to 6 CAS aircraft
2 transport helicopters

All player aircraft on hot start. CAS flights start in air.
If no escort pilots in mission, AI escorts will spawn.
If no CAS pilots in mission, no enemy convoys will spawn.
A single helicopter transport could move all cargo if only one is flying in mission.

MISSION BACKGROUND

Ever since Impor won its independence from Norland, the latter has had its sights set on regaining direct access to the Cerenerian Sea for both economic and military reasons. Impor, knowing that Norland has indirect access, and still bitter over past dominance by Norland, has been completely resistant to allowing overland access to a sea port. Norland realizes that its only option is to invade and retake all of Impor.

The circumstances that allowed Impor to be successful in its bid for independence were the strong moral support and backing of the United Nations and, perhaps more importantly, the implied military support of NATO should it become necessary to maintain its independence. That implied support is about to be tested.

At a time when Norland thought the rest of the world was preoccupied with terrorism and faltering economies, it decided to strike. They were sure a war-weary inward-looking world wouldn't come to the rescue of small, meaningless, Impor.

With almost lightning speed, Norland overwhelmed and occupied Impor. However, by the time they reached the coastline, their forces were stretched thin and reinforcements were slow to arrive. Thanks to strong leadership within NATO, it determined that it would not allow such an act of aggression to go unanswered. While Impor is not tactically important to NATO, it is of strategic value in terms of demonstrating resolve leading to deterrence of future acts of aggression by any nation. While the forces of Norland were still in a weakened state and waiting on reinforcements, NATO saw an opportunity to take and occupy the southwestern tip of Impor, which quite conveniently holds the air base of Novorossiysk.

Currently, NATO has a tenuous hold of Novorossiysk and the peninsula on which it's located. NATO’s own reinforcements are on their way. The immediate need is to land three C-130 Hercules cargo planes carrying essential supplies for our forces occupying the base. The first Herc is already inbound with an escort flight and should land in about 12 minutes. This Herc carries two Hawk anti-air batteries. The crates, four for each battery, will be dropped on the runway using the parachute extraction process. The Herc will do its touch-and-go drop and immediately leave the area. While this first Herc is inbound, cargo choppers will launch from a NATO flotilla located about 10 miles off the coast and make their way to the air base. Once there, they will load the crates and move them to the Hawk sites for unpacking. These sites will be marked with green smoke. The helis will be doing double-duty, though. After the Hawk batteries are successfully unpacked and operational, the helis will be tasked with patrolling the air base perimeter for any Norland troops that might still be in the immediate area. The helis will be called on again, though, to move more cargo.

Two other Hercs are launching from Sochi-Adler. They will be escorted by at least two F-15 fighters. The successful arrival of these Hercs at Novorossiysk air base is absolutely essential. The country of Freedonia has been staunchly neutral throughout this entire affair, and the flight path of this supply group is well off of their coast. The best estimate of our intelligence team is that Norland will not encroach on their air space either. If this holds, it should be clear flying up the coast.

While we strengthen our hold on Novorossiysk air base, Norland reinforcements will have to be held at bay by CAS flights, made up of Su-25Ts, A-10Cs and/or A-10As. CAP flights will be on station to provide cover from airborne threats. When the Hawk batteries go operational, they will provide additional protection.

When the next two Hercs arrive, one will make another touch-and-go cargo extraction while the other orbits. Four crates of essential supplies will be dropped and must be moved quickly by the helis to clear the runway for the next Herc, which will drop another four crates. All eight crates must be transported successfully to a holding area at the north end of the runway and marked by orange smoke. (Unpacking these crates is not necessary, but do not unpack these crates until all are in the orange zone for scoring purposes.)

With the departure of the Hercs from the area, the F-15 escorts will remain on station over Novorossiysk and take on a CAP role.

Since the beginning of this conflict, NATO has been in heated negotiations with Freedonia to allow access to Gelendzhik air base for refueling and rearming. These negotiations have a renewed urgency with the launch of this initiative. You will be informed of any change in status.

The primary mission goal is to resupply Novorossiysk airbase, which means all three C-130 cargo aircraft must land and off-load their cargo. All of this cargo must be moved to the proper zones as noted above. Secondary goals are to keep enemy reinforcements at bay and protect all NATO flights operating in the area from enemy fighters. Even if the primary mission goals are not achieved, the mission can go on to attain the highest level of success possible. As in the real world, success is seldom black or white, win or lose. It is often a matter of degree.






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Old 01-23-2016, 09:24 PM   #2
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Nice briefing video and mission information. Thanks for sharing.
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Nice briefing video and mission information. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it a great deal. I hope you and others will enjoy the mission.

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Old 01-25-2016, 04:33 PM   #4
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Thanks for making the mission and sharing.

Great overview and excellent mission briefing

The 355th is going to run this on the 31st of this month. We usually have about 10-12 guys in all platforms and look forward to trying this one out.
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@wingnut--Thank you for your comments. I hope your group will enjoy the mission and I'll look forward to any feedback.

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Old 02-01-2016, 02:48 AM   #6
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The 355th flew this mission tonight. We had 15 guys, 4 F-15s, 5 A10s, 3 Su25t, 2 UH-1 and 1 Ka-50. The concept and story line were great and the mission went off with out a hitch.

I think we overwhelmed the mission based on our numbers. I think for 2-8 people it would have been more challenging but for amount of players we had it was a little light on OPFOR. We all had a great time still and it took us about 1 hour 30 to complete.

On behalf of our squad, thanks for your work and sharing it with the community.
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On behalf of our squad, thanks for your work and sharing it with the community.
It's my pleasure. I'm glad to hear that you and your group enjoyed the mission and I truly appreciate the feedback.

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Old 02-02-2016, 04:09 PM   #8
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If Heli didn't transport all cargo of Cargo1(C130 No.1) to drop zone in a certain time,Cargo2(C130 No.2) will RTB to Sochi?
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Old 02-02-2016, 04:23 PM   #9
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If Heli didn't transport all cargo of Cargo1(C130 No.1) to drop zone in a certain time,Cargo2(C130 No.2) will RTB to Sochi?
If there are still crates on the runway when Cargo 2 or Cargo 3 attempt to land, they will abort their landing. However, I don't believe they will automatically RTB to Sochi. I believe they will come around and attempt another landing. Also, if there is any flying activity close the base, the cargo aircraft will also abort their approach. That's why the helis get a warning to land when a cargo flight is on approach. In this scenario, I do know that the cargo planes will attempt many approaches until the airfield is clear. They might seem to RTB, but they eventually come back around. If it takes too long, though, and they get close to Sochi, they might finally RTB.

I'll have to test the aborted landing due to the runway being fouled with crates. The plane might assume the runway is permanently fouled and RTB to Sochi. Not sure.

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If there are still crates on the runway when Cargo 2 or Cargo 3 attempt to land, they will abort their landing. However, I don't believe they will automatically RTB to Sochi. I believe they will come around and attempt another landing. Also, if there is any flying activity close the base, the cargo aircraft will also abort their approach. That's why the helis get a warning to land when a cargo flight is on approach. In this scenario, I do know that the cargo planes will attempt many approaches until the airfield is clear. They might seem to RTB, but they eventually come back around. If it takes too long, though, and they get close to Sochi, they might finally RTB.

I'll have to test the aborted landing due to the runway being fouled with crates. The plane might assume the runway is permanently fouled and RTB to Sochi. Not sure.

Paul
No.the second group of C130 didn't even attempt to land.Cargo2 RTB from the place they oribit.I don't know what's wrong.
I have recorded a tacview file if you'd like to see.
Thanks for your excellent work for this mission,I and my friends have a lot of fun from it.And we will have another try tomorrow and maybe record a video to edit.


The Second group of C130 is orbiting.

Cargo2 is going to RTB

Cargo2 is RTB.

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