FALCON 4 BMS TUTORIAL: PLANNING
In this tutorial we will cover the Navigation aspect of Falcon 4 BMS from Steerpoints to pre-planning our flight.
Just a basic guide to get up and going.
– Review Flight Plan
– Review Ordinance
– Recon Target Area
– Recon and Mark Threats along Flight Plan
Today we will be flying a SEAD Strike mission and will fly lead in a 2 ship element.
As you can see above: We will be fling the lead call sign Serpant5 and our TOT will be08:35, current time is 07:37. Our target for today will be the 219th Air Defense Battalion.
You can see our flight plan above which consist of various Steerpoints which are represented by an O shape and the corresponding steerpoint number above it. We will reach our target at Steerpoint 5 which is represented by a triangle.
Looking at the briefing screen (accessed at the bottom of the screen) we have a total of 10 steerpoints and are allowed to engage targets starting at steerpoint (2), however the 219th present position is/near steerpoint 5.
Our ordnance will consist of (2) AM-120B AMRAAM and (2) AM-9m Sidewinder (these are defensive weapons, our primary mission is seek and destroy). I normally will use the AMRAAM in a SEAD mission as a self defense. For example I may fire a AMRAAM Long to cause a enemy fighter to go on the defensive while I RTB if I am out gunned.
We will also be carrying the AGM-88 HARM Missile (anti-radar) and 4 CBUs cluster bombs. The HARM will actively track radars that are emitting a signal and home in and kill them. The CBUs are there for killing other assets like AA batteries etc…
You will also notice we are carrying the HTS (HARM Targeting POD) noted by the eliminated green box by LOAD HTS and is shown under the center fuselage as the White pod. This allows us locate, identify, and prosecute targets that are emitting.
Weather report shows Sunny and clear
Here is a zoomed in view of our flight path. Steerpoint 1 and 2 are there, however are cut off. Notice will come in close proximity of an airfield, more on that later.
First thing we need to do is right click on our target area (The Red Symbol on Steerpoint 5) and do some recon. By doing this we can get a good look at what we can expect at the target area, as well as any supporting units.
We can see there is a SA-2 site with other supporting units. We can also see the reconed condition and strategic value of each target in that unit. NOTE: When you click the Recon it will show all units in the area, meaning the 219th Air Defense Battalion was one of three in the area.
Along the flight path we can see we will come in close proximity of an airfield. It is crucial that you recon and mark all threats along your flight path so we will recon the Airbase to see what units are stationed there and mark them if need be.
So the Recon of the Airbase between Steerpoint 3 and 4 revealed a SA2 SAM site. We will mark this on our map and it will display in the HSD to let us know when we are in rage of the SAM threat area. Also there could possibly be enemy fighters in the area, just make note.
Notice that you can also designate this target as a Steerpoint (I have marked it as Stpt #15). This is very valuable when finding specific ground targets you want to attack in other modes. It also helps to direct you to specific areas to target. I always mark them in planning and reference them once I am in flight. We will look at this later on while in the cockpit.
We will now move our cursor over to the right in an open area and right-click. Then we will select [b]Set Preplanned Threat Stpt[/b] to mark the map.
You will now see a green diamond appear on the screen. We now need to right click on the diamond and specify the type of threat it will be.
We know after the recon that the site is an SA-2 SAM site so we click it and then click Accept.
You can now see a red circle around the green diamond designating the max range of the SA-2. We will now left-click on the green diamond that and hold and drag it over the airfield that we did the Recon on.
You can now see that the diamond is over the Airfield and the range of the SA-2 is displayed in the red circle. It is important to identify these threats in the planning stage so that once in the air you can be prepared and plan accordingly. This data will also show up on our HSD along the flight path (which we will see once airborne). It is important to note that this mission has light activity, most missions have a lot of activity so it is not feasible to just route around these areas, in this mission it is your job to clear a path.
So we looked at some basic areas during the planning stage and I will go over the Data Cartridge in the next session.