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Somewhere I read about the ripple fire for Vikhr, which allows to hit more targets during one strafing run. The procedure is like, the first target is locked and then several Vikhrs are launched in certain intervals; when the first one hits, second target is locked (and remaining in-flight Vikhrs are re-targeted), target is hit, unlocked, then third target is locked, hit etc.

But, when I tried it, during the unlocking the destroyed target and locking a new one, the remaining rockets go crazy like losing the guidance and hitting area all over. So is the ripple fire possible or the interval must be long enough so they can re-target? Do they receive the laser targeting clue if the Shkval is unlocked?

 

Second, I tried to get a lock on low flying helicopter with Shkval against ground/horizon but despite setting proper target size, I could not lock it. Is it possible only against the plane which is taking-off or stationary on the ground? I can easily lock the helicopter against the background with TV-guided Maverick. Thanks.

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you can easily lock aircraft with a target setting around 20. 20 is the magic number and it always works for me! not even looking at the horizon i can lock them against the sky... but maybe you had some interference with a building or something? maybe?:D but as for rippling vikhrs you cant really ripple them one right after another... if your at max range wait untill the first one is half way to 3/4s there then launch your second one and when the first one hits re-target... the vikhr will go crazy but it wont be so bad and it should lock back up fine... you probably could make it to 3 vikhrs but its iffy. :)

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Launch your first at RMAX at about 450km/h/Altitude 2000M AGL. Watch your Impact Timer and once first Missile is about 6 sec's from Impact Fire the second and so Forth. Will get away with three Impacts easily - 4 or more and you'll have to override the Laser Rangefinder.

 

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You sure about that? I think you simply override the launch safety (alt+W)and then the laser will work just dandy.

 

Once the laser automatically switches off after a minute or so for it's mandatory cooling-down period you can then override it whilst it is busy cooling down.

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Maybe it's a matter of semantics but people are mentioning "unlocking" the target. Don't unlock, just slew the designator to the new target after the previous has been destroyed. The Vikhrs will follow the designator across the ground so try to get it on the new target quickly.

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Shift-O :D i have to hit it about a gazillion times though :P

 

I think is something like 5 times :huh:

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I believe you have to hit SHIFT-O six times in six seconds if you want to restart it while it was cooling down.

I usually count till seven after firing the first Vikhr, and then keep counting until fourteen, fire the third, and so on. When shooting at tanks, I fire two every time because one sometimes isn't enough, so : fire two Vikhrs, count till seven, fire two more, etc. You won't kill as many targets, but your not supposed to hang around too long anyway, so...

 

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It also helps to put the engines in idle if you are trying to destroy the most targets possibe. Less speed = slightly more time to destroy targets. I've found that the best way to get the most targets per pass is to approach from about a 60 degree off angle from the rear rather than a strait 90 and if its a moving convoy shoot back to front of the moving targets. I've gotten as many as 5 kills in one pass.

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The most I ever got was three in one pass with Vikhr. Ad one or two Kh-29T, and that colum of tanks is gone ...

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