Operation VULCAN FORGE kicked off yesterday when the US Marine Expeditionary Unit landed at Creech. VMA-231 squadron is getting its feet on the ground and a feel for the area. The plan is to push north over the next weeks and push ISIS out of Northern Iraq and Kurdistan.
Today's mission is to fly close air support for a resupply convoy heading to the Yucca Airstrip.
This mission is the first of what I hope to be a 6 or 7 mission NTTR Campaign for the Harrier. It features a ton of custom triggers and voice overs, with the goal to be as immersive and realistic as possible.
Make sure to read all the included documentation, follow all instructions given in the game, too.
I hope you enjoy it!
UPDATED VERSION 1.4 - Fixed long load times.
UPDATED VERSION 1.31 - Fixed Landing Trigger, changed REAPER Laser Code to 1688, updated Springfield 12's Loadout to enable VTO and fixed [censored for gameplay enjoyment] trigger. :-)
Scene Northern Iraq 2017
Operation VULCAN FORGE kicked off yesterday when the US Marine Expeditionary Unit landed at Creech. VMA-231 squadron is getting its feet on the ground and a feel for the area. The plan is to push north over the next weeks and push ISIS out of Northern Iraq and Kurdistan. The Marines will be working with the Iraqi Army, Air Force and National Police to retake the land. CIA / JSOC units will link up with Pesh Merga forces in the north to wage guerrilla warfare in order to degrade ISIS capabilities. The Marine air component's mission is to support the ground forces in this undertaking.
Aiding us in this endeavour will be a small but effective component of Canada’s JTF2, who will be patrolling the AOR, setting up ambushes and connecting with friendly militia forces. We look forward to working with this elite group of Special Forces, and await eagerly the arrival of 6 F/A-18s to complement our ground attack and CAS aircraft.
Political considerations have precluding the US Air Force from basing in the forward area we will be working in. The White House does not want to inflame relations with the Russians, and have agreed not to base any cutting edge fighters or bombers up in the Northern part of the country. We will be out here alone for the foreseeable future.
The squadron is still in the process of getting set up in the AOR, and our supply and security situation is still in shambles. We have a large assortment of bombs and rockets, but the fancier munitions are still on the way over from Kuwait and the UAE. Our first missions will be lacking in PGMs and Mavericks, but we’re Marines – we will make do!
ISIS controlled Syria is R4808A and areas to the north and East. We are to stay clear of Syrian airspace, unless directed by command to cross. Be aware of your surroundings, and do not fly into Syrian airspace! The Russians, and the Syrians still lay claim to Syrian airspace, and may engage you if you violate it.
Keep your head up, be flexible, be lethal and the best you can be!
MISSION 1 - JUMPING THE GUN
Last night, without consultation, CIA / JSOC teams swooped and took the Yucca Airstrip. Problem is, they have no supplies and are out on their own. Marine Corp / Iraqi army convoy was sent in at first light to resupply the airstrip, but ISIS forces have not totally cleared out yet.
A Marine/Iraqi convoy is halted a few miles south of an ISIS roadblock consisting of a BTR and dismounts. VMA-231 is tasked is to destroy outpost, then escort convoy to Yucca Airstrip. We will launch and provide this convoy, callsign TRUCKER6, with Close Air Support as needed. The ISIS outpost is located at Waypoint 2. You will launch at first light, and make contact with the area control, callsign ARCHIBALD who will direct you from there.
Do not cross into Syrian airspace, and keep a listen to GUARD frequency. We are still trying to coordinate our operations with the Syrians and Russians, but as we all know, mistakes can be made in such a complex environment. Do not engage any Russian or Syrian assets unless they commit a hostile act towards you or our allies.
This is a highly scripted mission, which means you have to follow certain instructions to make the triggers work properly. They are:
1. Use the RADIO MENU / F10 Option to request taxi. Follow taxi instructions to runway 26. All radio frequency changes are scripted. You do not have to change your radio settings to make it work.
2. On departure, fly direct to WEST1, which is Waypoint 1. Contact Archibald when prompted.
3. Follow Archibald’s instructions.
4. The overhead Reaper UAV will provide laser designation. If you wish to make use of this, use the LST mode and search for laser code 1688.
5. When recovering, you must fly the overhead pattern as instructed.
6. Do not take off or land on the taxiways! You must take off and land on the runway at all times. V/STOL is fine, but you must do it from the runways as cleared by ATC.
2. ISIS ROAD OUTPOST
3. YUCCA AIRSTRIP
7. NORTH LAS VEGAS AIRPORT
8. CREECH AFB
MISSION CHART CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE: https://www.dropbox.com/s/lj17ebajzdb8xvq/mission%201%20chart.jpg?dl=0
Be aware, ISIS militas have obtained a wide assortment of captured Iraqi and Syrian weaponry. These include tanks, APCs, AA, MANPADS and a wide assortment of Radar and IR Guided SAM systems. We have received intelligence that indicates they may also be flying looted Iraqi fixed and rotary winged aircraft, including SU-25, MiG-21 and Hind attack helicopters.