Blood-Red Christmas: Fourteen new Command scenarios available

December 4, 2016 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

1473421248459Miguel Molina has released the updated version of the Command community scenario pack. The new release includes fourteen new scenarios:

  • Air Incident Over Mageroya, 2016: Tensions have increased between Norway and Russia. Russia has repeatedly violated Norwegian airspace, testing both that nation’s defenses and its resolve.  Norway has cautioned, and finally warned Russia that it will not tolerate this activity. Two days ago, after a Russian fighter flew within 50 yards of a Norwegian passenger aircraft, Norway announced that any armed Russian aircraft entering its airspace without permission would be shot down.
  • BALTAP-Representative Schnellbootlage, 1970: In 1967 the Federal German Navy played a wargame to evaluate the cost-value ratio of the planned modernization of the "Zobel Class" (Type 142) FPBs to "Type 142A" (upgrade with M-20 fire-control radar and DM2A1 wire-guided torpedoes). This study also showed how the operational situation of FPBs in the Baltic was assessed by the experts of the Navy.
  • Caspian Darts, 2018: The Caspian Sea holds large energy resources both tapped and under development. Territorial claims and ambiguities fester amongst the nations bordering the inland sea. Russia’s modernized Caspian flotilla just announced another “Flash Exercise” that began roughly 3 hours ago. NATO is on alert. The USN has a small group of observers on the Caspian shore in Azerbaijan. Russia-backed rebels are shelling the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Begin patrolling, remain flexible and await developments as they unfold via in-game messages.
  • Debt of Honor, 1996: Japan has “accidentally” damaged the USS Enterprise and USS John C. Stennis with torpedoes during an exercise, as well as sinking 2 American submarines. Concurrently, a computer virus sends the US stock market into a downward spiral, as Japanese forces simultaneously occupy Guam and Saipan. Japan follows up with formally announcing that they have fielded a small fleet of ICBMs. The US has struggled with a response to these acts, but through small complex operations, manages to destroy the entirety of Japan’s E-767 fleet, as well as successfully destroying the ICBMs without loss.  Now, the time has come to liberate the islands of Guam and Saipan. You are in control of the repaired John C. Stennis, operating on 2 screws instead of 4. Your task is to clear the skies of Japanese fighters and close the airports they are operating from with tomahawk missiles. Can you successfully liberate the American Islands once again from Japanese occupation?
  • Goodnight Irene, 2016: The influence of the United States in the Persian Gulf region rapidly diminishes in light of ongoing political, financial, military and world events. The final act of withdrawal, which was intended to foster peace and goodwill, turns into a much more difficult exercise as coincidental world events take center stage.
  • Limited War – The Siret River, 2020: Tensions between Romania and Ukraine have increased over the last several months. Disputes over the use of the Siret River have led to a series of increasingly violent border incidents. A new government has taken power in Ukraine and in the last year it has strengthened ties with Russia.  Accusations of corruption, that the current leaders of Ukraine have received extensive financial and even military support from Russia, are rampant but as yet little concrete evidence exists.
  • Patton Seamount Emergency, 2020: Tensions between America and Russia have increased during the last few years.  In part, this is because the collapse of fish populations around the world have led to increased poaching by fishermen in the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of various nations. In the last few months, the waters south of Alaska have seen a number of unfriendly encounters between American and Russian fishing boats.  The United States has closed some of its fisheries to foreign vessels and has moved a destroyer into the region to keep an eye on things.
  • Save the Day, 2017: The Islamic terrorist group ISIS has splintered under military and economic pressure into several factions. While newer members are hiding in what remains of northern Syria, a militant group calling themselves "Allah’s Fire" has caused world concern since the beginning of the summer. Intel reports and never ending "chatter" have indicated no particular concern this morning until stuff hit the fan a 0630. Reports hint at a major operation centered on the area around the Suez Canal and Israel.
  • Stalin’s Bulls, 1951: Stalin orders the deployment of Tu-4 Bull bombers (reverse-engineered copies of B-29s) in Korea in 1951.
  • Threat Vector, 2012: Internal political and economic strife has pushed China to the edge of disaster.  To distract from its internal troubles, China once again turns to harassing Taiwan and the Americans.  A sharp air-to-air engagement between PRC and ROC/USMC fighters results in the loss of 11 ROC aircraft and 5 PRC aircraft, with Marine pilots scoring 3 kills.  China retaliates by threatening to attack the American carrier groups, and successfully drive the Americans to the outer edge of a 300nm "Economic Exclusion Zone".  However, the US covertly sends 2 squadrons worth of experienced USMC pilots to Taiwan to man old F/A-18C Hornets and resume the fight for Taiwan.  The Americans and Taiwanese have a daunting task: Protect Taiwanese airspace without revealing the identity of the F/A-18C pilots – and starting a war!
  • Under African Skies, 2017: Following a state-sponsored terrorist attack against the US, France and the UK, the western powers attack the China-backed Nigerian armed forces. (NOTE: This summary doesn’t really do justice to the epic story; just read the whole damn thing already: http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/fb.asp?m=3700311 )
  • Surface Group vs. Subs – Marakei, 2020: China’s relationship with Kiribati–always strained because Kiribati recognizes Taiwan rather than China–has virtually disintegrated during the last several months. Taiwan is increasingly concerned that China may commit an act of aggression against its small Pacific ally.  It has taken the unusual step of reactivating a retired S-2 Tracker and moving it to Kiribati.  Its stated purpose is to assist with search and rescue operations, but it is capable of conducting military missions as well. Taiwan has also taken the very unusual step of sending a small task force to Kiribati, ostensibly as a "good will tour," but in actuality to discourage any adventurism on the part of Beijing.
  • Baltic On Fire, 1988: On 12 February 1988 the USS Yorktown (CG-48) was bumped by the Soviet Krivak I class Frigate Bezzavetnyy in the Black Sea.  As a result of the collision two Harpoon canisters were torn lose from their mounts onYorktown, causing a fire that detonated both warheads.  The resulting fire severe damaged the American ship but the explosion also set the Bezzavetnyy ablaze. The Soviets were finally able to get the conflagration under control but only after a heavy loss of life. The succeeding months led to ever increasingly recriminations by both sides placing blame for the incident on each other. As diplomatic efforts became increasingly futile both sides began mobilizing their forces for war.
  • BALTAP – Mining Fehmarn Belt, 1983: Tensions are rising between NATO and Warsaw Pact. There are indications that United Baltic Fleets consisting of Soviet, Polish and East-Germany (GDR) naval forces could plan an amphibious assault on Danish and West-German (FRG) beaches to get control over Danish Straits and Baltic Approaches (BALTAP). NATO plans for mining the Fehmarn Belt area (and some Danish sounds) as preparation for an upcoming hostilities. You are commanding a Task Force consisting of German (FRG) forces with Danish support for mining Fehmarn Belt and Fehmarn Sund. Leave open a narrow shipping lane in the south of Fehmarn Belt for further transit of own naval forces.

As always, the community scenario pack is available for download from the Command downloads page: http://www.warfaresims.com/?page_id=1876 . The scenarios will also become available individually for download later on the Command workshop on Steam.

Command LIVE #4 launched: Don of a New Era!

November 2, 2016 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

It’s out! v1.11 Service Release 6, containing the new Command-LIVE DLC, is now available through MatrixGames and Steam . Includes the snazzy new high DPI-friendly side column!

 

And don’t forget the newspaper!

Command LIVE #3 launched: Spratly Spat!

September 20, 2016 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Available now on MatrixGames and Steam!

Concurrently, the free v1.11 Service Release 5 update is now available! Full release notes here.

 

And don’t forget the newspaper:

Command LIVE #2 launched: You Brexit, You Fix It!

August 23, 2016 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Available now on MatrixGames and Steam!

 
And don’t forget the newspaper: 

The road to v1.10: Waypoints for cruise missiles

December 12, 2015 · Posted in Command, Uncategorized · Comment 

CruiseMissile1Command Build 757.12, which had been made available unofficially at the start of December, has now officially been released through MatrixGames and Steam. Barring any emergencies, this is probably the last update released as part of the post-v1.09/NI release support process (Command is still 50% off at MatrixGames until early January!). The development team’s focus is now the next major public update, designated v1.10. Let us take a look at the some of the major improvements that the new version will feature.

Complex missile courses for fun and profit

Arguably one of the most visible changes in v1.10 is the new ability to plot complex routes with multiple waypoints for cruise missile attacks. While this was already possible for weapons under positive datalink control (e.g. heavy Russian “carrier killer” missiles like the SS-N-19), this is now possible also for completely autonomous weapons. Let’s see how this works.

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In this completely hypothetical example, the USS Ohio, loaded with Tactical Tomahawk (TACTOM) land-attack cruise missiles, is tasked to attack the air facilities at Latakia airbase in order to hamper Russian air operations from this important base. The airfield is protected by a battery of Pantsir-S1 short-range air-defence vehicles and, most importantly, a full S-400 long-range air-defence missile battery.

From the position that the Ohio is currently located, a direct missile attack would appear the most obvious course of action. However, we have already tried this on a previous test run and observed that the airfield’s location (placed on a ~40m elevated plateau overlooking the Syrian coast) offers a near-perfect field of view for the air-defence radars located at the base. The results against an attack coming directly from the sea were thus predictable:

Even with a large-scale missile strike, the majority of the TACTOMs were detected, engaged and destroyed by the S-400 battery well before crossing the coast. Leakers were then engaged successfully by the Pantsir-S1 systems. While some of the missiles did manage to impact their targets, this was more a result of simply overwhelming the airfield’s defences by sheer numbers (the S-400 battery ewas completely drained of weapons, and the Pantsir-S1 vehicles nearly so) rather than outwitting them.

So let’s see if we can execute a smarter, more efficient attack. We observe that the airbase, while having an excellent view to the west, is somewhat lodged between the coast and the so-called “Syrian Coastal Mountain Range“. This ridge could make an excellent radar mask for our TACTOMs if we can get them to attack the base from this direction rather than from the sea.

So let’s do exactly that:

Using the manual weapon allocation window, we assign a salvo of 4 TACTOMs to one of the airfield facilities. We select the salvo (blue outline) and click on the “Plot course” button under it. This temporarily hides the allocation window and allows us to plot the desired course:

In this case we set the missiles to cross the coast at Lebanon, skirt behind the mountain ridges on their way up north and pop up to attack the base at the last possible moment. Note that we do not have absolute freedom in plotting such courses: We are constrained both by the maximum range of the weapon and also the number of available waypoints to use. This is not a problem for TACTOM, but numerous anti-ship missiles have only a handful of waypoints available.

This is the result of the revised attack, from the Russian point of view:

The difference is quite dramatic. The 96L6 (Cheese Board) radar that supports the base defences detected the first TACTOMs at just 12.8nm, as they popped over the mountain ridge. Combined with the inevitable OODA delay, this gives the Russian SAMs very little time to react. If the TACTOM strike is as massive as before, the Russian repair crews at Latakia are going to have a very busy day…

Units under AI control are also able to utilize missile waypoints to their benefit. Although not currently able to “think” about radar/SAM coverage as in the above example, they nevertheless attempt to make off-axis attacks whenever possible (this obviously depends on how much weapon range they can spare) in order to hide their true bearing from their target. No longer does the bearing to a detected incoming missile provide an immediate clue to the attacker’s location:

The inclusion of missile waypoints in v1.10 introduces a whole new range of tactical options based on RL operations, and we are certain the players will find even more uses for them (complex TALD/MALD flight paths anyone?).

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