PFCStenzel wrote:I love the idea, but what about the maps without air support or helos in it. How would you do that?
Any calls for airstrikes would be ignored in a situation without air vehicles...much like the "Enemy boat spotted" in the middle of a city or "Enemy AA vehicle" on maps with no AA vehicles.
When I fly I feel that I can help the ground troops out more by keeping the skies clear for them instead of trying to bomb their targets (unless I'm in the bomber...then I bomb). As a result I rarely find those few tanks that annoy the ground troops (but those troops can't say the same thing about choppers
). An airstrike command would let me know to switch to bombs and do my best to take out the tank.
I would assume that the airstirke command would be an addition to the commander/squadleader specific commands (attack, defend, move). It would be easy enough to add/replace one of the existing order commands (one of the ones never used. like mines or repair).
We could do this without EA/DICE's help with a little talking to the commander. Just tell him to give your squad (the air squadron) one of the useless orders (my vote is for "mine this position") the little mine on the map would be the approximate location of the tank. Although this won't achieve the same effect as allowing all squadleaders to call in their own airstrikes; A skilled commander (one that knows how to do more than spot every #@&*§ unit every 1/2 second) could easily notice that a squad just sighted several vehicles and give the air squadron the keyword command (mine this position) to call in an airstrike.
the airstrike command would be a beacon to get friendly air units to engage ground forces in that area. Sighting the vechicles in conjuction with the airstrike would assist in precision bombing. (think of an airstrike as a pin on the briefing map to let the planes know where to bomb and the sighted command as the laser designator to let the planes know what to aim at. The bombing run can be accomplished with only one or neither but both in conjuction with each other make for a trully amazing fireworks display
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