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Subject: Value of the Air Superiority rss

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Thomas Billaud
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Gentlemen,

This game have a lot things to offer. I would like to discuss about Air Superiority, and why fight for it. PLease add your things :

1) Air reconnaissance detection : because it doesn't work for HQ and depots, I m not sure this is very important. Maybe once you are alone in the air, at the beginning there are more important targets.

2) Interceptors and escort : if you want to intercept or protect your air missions, you need to allocate flights to air superiority battle. Leave it to your opponent it is like deny the opportunity to air strike.

3) Air transport : No air superiority, no air transport. But is it a problem ? I mean there are a lot of opportunities to move easily and the map is not that big.

So what ? Is Air superiority really important ?whistle
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solea wrote:
Gentlemen,

This game have a lot things to offer. I would like to discuss about Air Superiority, and why fight for it. PLease add your things :

1) Air reconnaissance detection : because it doesn't work for HQ and depots, I m not sure this is very important. Maybe once you are alone in the air, at the beginning there are more important targets.

2) Interceptors and escort : if you want to intercept or protect your air missions, you need to allocate flights to air superiority battle. Leave it to your opponent it is like deny the opportunity to air strike.

3) Air transport : No air superiority, no air transport. But is it a problem ? I mean there are a lot of opportunities to move easily and the map is not that big.

So what ? Is Air superiority really important ?whistle


Billaud,

I hadn't joined this thread because I hadn't really delved deeply into the advanced air game, but now that I'm running an advanced scenario, I have a bit more experience. That doesn't mean I know what I'm doing! blush

I attempted to reduce the USROK Air Force by hammering their airbases with Scuds and SOF raids. This sent about half of the ROK air force to the Flown box.

In my first Air Superiority turn, the US butchered the NK Air Force. I was left staring at the little airplane counters in shock. DPRK achieved Air Advantage only because they had so many crappy fighters I didn't commit to air combat. It was all I could do to save a few of my better ATA fighters to at least threaten interception vs. US strikes. If I could do it over again, I would only line up "1-0-0" strength ATA fighters against the US when I had the opportunity to choose.

Strike missions - I did run a few 4-plane DPRK air strikes. The excellent US fighters immediately pounced on them, but one or two of them managed to make it to targets. One landed a Strike on a supply depot. arrrh

Combat Support - The US Carrier Wing really hammered the DPRK on combat support missions from the In Shore Box. Practically stopped the attack north of Seoul. Brutal.

Air advantage allowed the DPRK to identify USROK ground units behind the front lines and target them for HQ strikes. These strikes reduced the efficiency of the targets and spared some of my ER 6 units because I didn't need them to get column shifts when I broke through.

Also, if you lose air superiority to the US, they can increase the AWACS advantage allowing them to choose more ATA matchups which means you will be even further behind the curve on the next air superiority phase.cry

So, I would fight for air superiority, but I understand that I probably will only stay in the contest because I have so MANY planes. The US player will seek out your 4*-0-0 and 3*-0-0 fighters and kill them as soon as you commit them. I prefer to feed him a steady diet of crappy, old fighters and retain the advantage through weight of numbers for as long as I can.

As long as you can, you have to keep fighters in the Air Superiority Box and force the US to escort strike missions. Once you stop doing that, you will be staring at a North Korea filled with Destroyed markers and a Detection track that is non-existent.

Dave


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