Norway has been invaded. They didn't call for help in time as they thought they could handle it themselves. That allowed for OPFOR forces to gain a foothold. Now they called for help. Finland was first to respond. Norwegian forces will fight in the Tromsø corridor, and therefore that area is prohibited for Finnish BLUFOR forces to enter. Finnish forces will fight the invasion E of Tromsø, precisely where the OPFOR is located we have no clear intel on yet.
The event will start at 1830z on Saturday 23. of Nov 2019.
Stage 1: Deny OPFOR access to airbases in the invasion area. If possible, gain air superiority. HQ will on occasion provide targets and RoE. Stage 2: Prevent further OPFOR forces reinforcing the forces already landed.
Further briefings may occur before the event starts and everything is subject to change. So keep an eye on this post.
Rules: BLUFOR must take off from EFIV, but can land at any Finnish airport. BLUFOR must not get within 50NM of Tromsø, as that area is part of Norwegian resistance fight. Nor may any fox 1 or fox 3 be fired intentionally over that border so not to hit norwegian forces. Fox 2 is okay. OPFOR must not enter Finnish airspace unless they are engaged in a fight or pursuit. BLUFOR will restrain themselves from shooting MEDEVAC, only a heli's livery will reveal that. BLUFOR may do AAR in Finnish airspace if the tanker is human controlled. BLUFOR will most likely not have access to AWACS in stage I, but they can put up 1 GCI in Finnish territory at their discretion. In stage II they may fly an AWACS (although special instructions apply for it). Pilots may fly at any daytime they prefer. Later on in the event that rule may change. The black ribbon refer to ****, **** and **** belt area. OPFOR airports is ****, ****, ****, ****, ****, ENTC and ENSR. Except for ENSR (Sørkjossen) and ENTC (Tromsø), airbases can be disabled by killing the assets in the airport area and littering the runways with bombs*. Smoking is not enough, they must be gone. * might change during event, at start killing the assets is enough. BLUFOR is allowed to use A/G and cannon munitions to kill aircraft sitting on runways, not yet taken-off. Hint to killing helicopters: use cannons. (as our radar will most likely see them as ground-targets unless they fly faster than 60kt). CBU-87 and M90 is forbidden by use for European forces so will not be used on Norwegian ground. Nor any other cluster munitions. AGM-158, SCALP, AM39, RB15 is available in limited numbers, you will start with 8 in total for BLUFOR (not 8 of each type). To be decided, depending on how the war goes, you might get resupply of those in stage II. If you land with unused cruise-missiles, then will go back into pool. Meteor, MICA-IR, RN-14T, RN-18T will not be available. At least in the start of the war Russias border will not be violated. BLUFOR rearm only at EFIV at least in stage I. Repair, same. However, if you are damaged, you can perform emergency landing at any Finnish airport. You are then allowed to respawn back at EFIV.
We recommend that you in good time in advance download Terrasync scenery of the areas east of Tromsø. Either by overflying it or using Terramaster. It will be bad to have no scenery at the event.
Sounds like a plan. Because I'm gonna take over the TL duties for BLUFOR, I have some clarifications to ask:
About Stage 1, OPFOR will try and capture any bases it can and we have to avoid having them land in there if that's what I understand, right? Stage 2 will then likely involve some kind of supply missions with heavier assets.
I assume BLUFOR can repair, refuel, rearm in landed Finnish airports unless proved wrong. Since it's been said to avoid targeting MEDEVAC (helicopters?) but also that "to kill helis you better use cannon", I suppose there will be a way to distinguish between them and hostile ones? About airspaces, what's the situation regarding the vicinity with Russia? Are there any restrictions in that sense? Most probably there will not be any tanker pilot flying on that day as it's already a half-miracle if we're gonna get AWACS up and running. Can this be changed in some way or taken into account? I already tell you that we'll take the GCI for at least the first part of the event, but I'd like to know the restrictions about the AWACS (I guess it relates to providing ground assets notification and similar). For destroying airfields, are there any restrictions regarding ammo type? Also, does it only require a series of bombs hitting the runway or a more carpet-like approach?
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I already tell you that we'll take the GCI for at least the first part of the event, but I'd like to know the restrictions about the AWACS (I guess it relates to providing ground assets notification and similar).
Those instructions are for the awacs pilot only. But yes, it wont see ground assets.
For destroying airfields, are there any restrictions regarding ammo type? Also, does it only require a series of bombs hitting the runway or a more carpet-like approach?
Probably around 3 bombs on each runway should do it. For Mirage/F16 we prefer a TGP picture of 1 of the hits. For F-15/Mig21 we will trust you.
CBU-87 is forbidden by use for European forces so will not be used on Norwegian ground. Nor any other cluster munitions. AGM-158, SCALP, AM39 is available in limited numbers. To be decided, depending on how the war goes, you might get resupply of those in stage II. Meteor, MICA-IR, RN-14T, RN-18T will not be available.
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