Logistics are carried out by means of CTLD - Complete Troops and Logistics Deployment script instead of sling loading cargo around.
Logistical pilots play a vital role in the teams success. In addition to the ability of capturing closed Airbases, FARPS, SAM Sites, Naval Bases, Road Bases and Army Bases they are able to:
- Deploy air defenses
- Deliver Fuel & Repair crates
- Deploy Ammo Trucks
- Deploy EWRs (Early Warning Radar)
- Deploy JTACs (Joint Terminal Attack Controller)
- Collect intelligence for an AI bomber strike
- Deploy assets such as mobile artillery, light tanks, anti-ship missile batteries
- Deploy mobile temporary FARPS - FOB's (currently lasting until the end of the current session)
Logistical aircraft can only carry one crate at a time, which must be deployed 12km or further from a friendly Airbase, FARP, Road-base or a Naval-base. Neutral bases are considered no mans land and minimum distance restrictions do not apply. When deploying multiple crates, or a package that requires more than one crate it is more efficient to have a wing-man share the load rather than flying back and forth on your own.
It is useful for your own reference, and other pilots when deploying crates and other items to mark it's location on the F10 map by clicking the circle "marker" icon on the top bar, then clicking on the map to place the marker. You can also give the marker a name to easily see what it denotes. This is especially useful when flying back and forth to a precise location for logistical work, as crates can be very hard to spot until up close.
It is wise to make sure you have CAP on station or air defenses operating in the area you are flying in to help keep enemy attackers at bay, logistical pilots are relatively defenseless and also a very lucrative target for an enemy fighter, it can be frustrating flying for a long time, getting close to your location and getting swatted out the sky by an enemy. Don't be afraid to ask for help!
- 1 Fuel
- 2 Player Deployable Assets
- 2.1 SA-11 BUK Site (3 crates) - Warsaw coalition
- 2.2 HAWK Site (4 crates) - NATO Coalition
- 2.3 SA-15 TOR (3 crates) - Warsaw coalition
- 2.4 SA-19 Tunguska (2 crates) - Warsaw coalition
- 2.5 ROLAND ADS (2 Crates) - NATO Coalition
- 2.6 M1097 AVENGER (2 crates) - NATO coalition
- 2.7 SA-13 STRELA (2 crates) - Warsaw coalition
- 2.8 KUB SA-6 SAM Site (2 crates) - All coalitions
- 2.9 Stinger MANPAD's (1 Crate)
- 2.10 ZU-23 AAA Emplacement (1 Crate) - All coalitions
- 2.11 EWR - All coalitions (1 Crate) - All Coalitions
- 2.12 JTAC - All Coalitions (1 Crate) - All Coalitions
- 2.13 Anti-ship missile batteries - All coalitions
- 2.14 Ammo Trucks - (2 Crates) All coalitions
- 2.15 FOB - Front Operating bases (4 crates) - All coalitions
- 3 Capturing Airfields & FARP's
- 4 Repair mechanics
- 5 Coordinating an AI Bomber Strike
Fuel is amongst other logistical factors probably one of the most important aspects to consider. Fuel level, proportional to the aircrafts fuel capacity, is deducted from an airbase inventory as players takeoff. Upon landing, fuel quantity remaining in the tanks is returned to the airbase inventory. Most often forward bases will run out of fuel towards the end of a 5-hour session if no fuel was brought to the busiest airbases - thus denying spawning into that airbase. The total fuel levels can be obtained via radio menu. Players can bring fuel to airbases with logistics airframes. Each crate will top up the fuel level by a 15-50 metric tonnes. In PGM, the linked fuel bases are substituted with fuel tankers at sea; 2 x Elnya tanker, escorted by a Molniya. For the blue team, this fuel convoy will sail from off Kish oil platform to Bandar Lengeh. For the Red Team the Fuel convoy sails from off Sir Abu Nuayr oil platform to Umm Al Quwain. Upon fuel convoy arrival and if not destroyed by the enemy team they will provide a 15 000kg fuel top up to three airbases with least amount of fuel.
Naturally bringing fuel specifically where it's needed is the most efficient way to keep the airbases available to the team. However, there's multiple ways of swaying and preserving the airbase fuel balance; Players can choose to take of from rear bases or bases with more fuel available, one can make use of the A/A- refueling after departure. A good rule of thumb is to try to avoid an air-quake like play style, where you'd be consuming a lot fuel within multiple sorties in a short span of time and not bringing in any. You'll likely have more respect from your teammates as well, if you take care of your own part in the chain of logistics every now and then.
Some airbases with fuel bunkers, destroying the bunkers will also deny enemy team spawns.
Scenarios with linked fuel bases provide the attacking team an ideal deep-strike targets. Destroying the factories (Syria) or fuel-bases (Caucasus) will result in the fuel production to be cut. For the defending team these fuel suppliers will become valuable targets to protect most notably when a coalition is highly populated and sortie rates are high.
Scenario specific parameters:
|Persian Gulf Modern||Maritime fuel convoys||15000 kgs for each 3 bases with least fuel|
|Syria||Linked bases||7500 kgs every 30 minutes|
|Caucasus||Fuel bases||7500 kgs every 30 minutes per fuel base|
|ALEPPO POWER STATION||JABLAH DAM||BANIYAS FACTORIES||HOMS NORTH CENTRAL GAS PLANT||HOMS PETROLEUM REFINERY||OCTOBER THERMOELECTRIC POWER PLANT||AL BADIA CEMENT PLANT||BIR SIS FACTORY|
|JIRAH||BURJ||BANIYAS FARP||AL TAYYIBAH||HOMS||AL DUMAYR||AN NASIRIYAH||BIR SIS|
|KUWEIRES||LATAKIA||MASYAF||TABQA||AL QUSAYR||DAMASCUS||AL QARYATAYN||DUMA|
|ALEPPO||BASSEL AL ASSAD||HAMA||KHIRBAT||HAMA||MARJ AS SULTAN||AL DUMAYR||SAYQAL|
|ABU AL DUHUR||EIN ELKORUM||TARTUS||SHAYKH HILAL||SHAYRAT||QABR AS SITT|
|TAFTANAZ||JISR ASH SHUGRUG||TALL KALAKH||PALMYRA||TALL KALAKH||MEZZEH|
|JISR ASH SHUGHUR||MAQNE||KANAKER|
|WUJAH AL HAJAR||AS SANAMAYN|
|RAYAK||AL SHEIKH MASKIN|
|BEIRUT RAFIC HARIRI||AS SUWAYDA|
|Persian Gulf Modern||30000||7500||kgs|
Player Deployable Assets
Using the CTLD page in the F10 menu, transport and recon airframes are able to load various types of crates into their cargo bay and deploy them in the battlefield. Player created air defences are required to be placed at least 10km or ~5,4nm away from an airfield or FARP. A crate can only be dropped when on the ground using the CTLD commands. It also must be unpacked to become operational. Player deployed assets will persist throughout server restart however only for the maximum duration of 6hrs 30minutes.
One player can only carry a single crate at a time - teamplay pays off !
SA-11 BUK Site (3 crates) - Warsaw coalition
All player placed assets are deployed in a similar fashion, through the radio menu. Note that spreading out the crates before unpacking makes a difference, rendering the site less susceptible for a single cluster to wipe out.
We'll use the SA-11 site as a multi-crate example:
The number of crates needed to build an asset is indicated by the number on the right of it in the radio menu. 3 Crates are needed to build an SA-11 site.
Once all necessary parts (Launcher, Search Radar and CC Radar in this case) are in place and within 100m of each other, use the Unpack Any crate option to establish the site.
The SA-11 site will start engaging targets autonomously. Strongest combination is achieved if the site is supplemented with an ammo truck for reloading and a SA-15 to intercept stand off weapons.
HAWK Site (4 crates) - NATO Coalition
Similar to the SA-11 Buk site, HAWK site just needs one additional crate:
SA-15 TOR (3 crates) - Warsaw coalition
SA-15 is a powerful short to medium range mobile radar guided SAM-system. Engaging aerial targets and A/G weapons. Once deployed, player can take control over it in JTAC slot manually or leave it for autonomous engagement.
SA-19 Tunguska (2 crates) - Warsaw coalition
SA-19 Tunguska is a short range combined SAM / AAA mobile weaponry. Once deployed, player can take control over it in JTAC slot manually or leave it for autonomous engagement.
ROLAND ADS (2 Crates) - NATO Coalition
Roland ADS is the SA-15 counterpart, Radar guided short range Mobile SAM-system. Once deployed, player can take control over it in JTAC slot manually or leave it for autonomous engagement.
M1097 AVENGER (2 crates) - NATO coalition
M1097 AVENGER is a Short range IR guided mobile SAM -system. Once deployed, player can take control over it in JTAC slot manually or leave it for autonomous engagement. Avenger feature a lot more ammo over the man-pads, however, they are more easily observed by the enemy team.
SA-13 STRELA (2 crates) - Warsaw coalition
SA-13 Strela is a Short range IR guided mobile SAM -system. Once deployed, player can take control over it in JTAC slot manually or leave it for autonomous engagement. Although it has a radar for missiles firing solution, the missiles are IR-guided.
KUB SA-6 SAM Site (2 crates) - All coalitions
A Kub SAM site requires a single search radar and a single launcher crate to become operational. It optionally requires two ammo trucks nearby to keep it supplied with missiles. These crates must be placed within close proximity of each other. Once both Launcher and Search radar crates are dropped near each other, you can use the "Unpack nearby crate(s)" CTLD command to deploy the SA-6 and it will begin operating automatically. A KUB-site will persist between restarts and a duration of 6hrs 30 minutes. A KUB repair crate will reload the missiles and repair any damaged or destroyed units as long as at least one unit is still alive. A KUB site consists of 1 x Radar and 4 x Launcher
Stinger MANPAD's (1 Crate)
One manpad crate is needed to establish a stinger / igla infantry. Manpad has three missiles. An ammo truck can keep the manpad supplied with ammo. Stingers cannot be deployed on static ships or anywhere else over the water. Low observability is a key feature of man-pads
ZU-23 AAA Emplacement (1 Crate) - All coalitions
One crate is needed to establish a fixed ZU-23 AAA emplacement.
EWR - All coalitions (1 Crate) - All Coalitions
One EWR crate is needed to establish an Early Warning Radar. This asset comes in handy when there's no friendly AWACS coverage. EWR contributes for the GCI picture. EWR reports found in the F10 radio menu - updated every 6 minutes are subject to EWR coverage. Player deployed EWR's will additionally contribute for the Flanker datalink. Where live automated GCI via SRS is available, both base and player deployed EWRs contribute for the picture.
JTAC - All Coalitions (1 Crate) - All Coalitions
JTACs are deployed in the same fashion as EWR's and AAA. Once deployed. They will automatically search for targets, mark them accordingly, red smoke for red units, blue smoke for blue units and laze them one by one. A server message including the coordinates and a lazer-code is sent to your coalition on targets acquired. Line of sight is required. JTAC will prioritize air defenses and will switch targets automatically upon destruction. AI JTACs will prioritize air-defenses.
Anti-ship missile batteries - All coalitions
Silkworms can be deployed by both teams and by same criteria as any deployable. Silkworm battery includes 6 x launcher 1 x radar. Upon Unpacking they will autonomously engage ships within 200km or 107nm distance.
Ammo Trucks - (2 Crates) All coalitions
An ammo truck can be unpacked from two pieces of crates placed in close proximity of each other. Ammo truck will then re-supply stingers, Kub-sites, Silkworms, ZSU-23's and other friendly ground units with in distance.
FOB - Front Operating bases (4 crates) - All coalitions
FOB's require 4 crates to be established. FOB's are currently available for modern scenarios. A FOB will expire after 12 hours. Each created FOB will also have a built in beacon which you can home in to find it's location and will broadcast endlessly. FOB's may then be used to pick up more crates. FOB's can only be deployed outside 10km or 5,6nm from a friendly airfield or a FARP. From the FOB itself, one can load up and place deployables outside 2km or 1,1nm distance.
|1 x Watchtower|
|1 x Ammo truck|
|1 x Fuel truck|
|2 x Tents (single unit)|
|1 x FARP Ammo Storage|
|1 x FARP Fuel Depot|
|1 x Concrete compound|
Capturing Airfields & FARP's
Once the airfield or a FARP has no units remaining, its' status will be listed as "neutral" and "capturable" in the PAK-info menu.
Best option is to use a logistics air frame (UH-1, Mi-8, SA-342L) capable of loading up troops (any kind will do) and a repair crate simultaneously from any friendly airbase, farp, roadbase, naval base or a carrier. Load up the troops and a repair crate via radio menu using the CTLD-options.
Navigate to the capturable objective and exract your troops, within 5km (ideally less) from the radio masts marking the objective location. Wait for a server message "...has captured objective x"
Once objective is captured, you can drop the repair crate also enforced by a server message.
Friendly infrastructure and air-defenses will only begin spawning in once at least one repair compound is established, see the Repair mechanics for a more detailed description
Airbases, FARPs, Fuel-bases, Army-bases, Road-bases, Naval-Bases and SAM-sites, are not automatically repaired. Starting from a neutral status, friendly troops must be brought in, in order to bring the airfield or a FARP under your coalitions control - only then the repairs will take effect upon deployment. You can check the coalition ownership status via PAK-info.
Load up a repair crate into your logistics airframe via comms menu / CTLD from another airbase or a FARP under your coalitions control. Ferry the crate in the vicinity of the airfield or a FARP/SAM, that needs to be repaired. Unload the repair crate via CTLD menu. One repair compound will be established, consisting of 4 unit template;
PERSIAN GULF & CAUCASUS
- 2 x trucks
- 1 x ZSU-23 AAA emplacement
- 1 x Outpost
SYRIA has a slightly varied layout:
1 x Bunker
1 x Outpost
A total of two repair compounds may be established, unpacked total of 8 units for each airbase, FARP or a SAM-site. A timer will start running, spawning in units back in a random order. These templates of 4 units are normally well separated so that you can tell the difference of which units belong to what template.
One compound will repair an airbase from 0% to 100% within a randomized timer between 40 - 60 minutes.
One compound will repair a FARP/SAM from 0% to 100% within a randomized timer between 30 - 50 minutes.
One compound will repair a Naval Base from 0% to 100% within a randomized timer between 50 - 80 minutes.
Two compounds established will cut the repair times in half.
For each repair compound, at least one unit of the repair compound must remain alive to keep the repairs contributing for the repairs. e.g. if the opposing team destroys 4 trucks, the repairs will continue as if there were 2 repair compounds remaining. The whole template of 4 units must be taken out in order to stop the repair timer for each repair compound.
If any unit is either destroyed or damaged at the objective with repair compounds in place, the repair timers are reset and there's a 10 minute guaranteed time frame for no repairs taking place.
How do I know which AB's, FARPS/SAM's needs to be repaired?
1.Through the PAK-info, look for number of logistics . However, the base must be repaired above 0% for the PAK-info to return the number of logistics established. Therefore a recently captured AB/FARP/SAM-site does not list the logistics while there may be already maximum of two established.
2. A GCI or a player involved in the said AO may be able to check upon verbal request using SRS. Players are always encouraged to communicate their intentions via SRS to avoid overlapping actions and for co-ordinated planning.
3. You may count the units yourself in a JTAC/GCI slot.
What happens if I bring in a redundant repair crate?
The crate can be unloaded, but it won't be established into a repair compound. However, the crate can be left in the premises, in case one of the repair compounds is taken out. The crate may then be picked up and and unloaded again and a repair compound will be re-established.
How do I repair the carrier group?
Currently the carrier groups have their own home ports which are not indicated on the gadget map. As long as the fleet is either fully or partially alive, a repair crate can be delivered directly onboard one of the fleet vessels, spawning the repair compounds to it's home port. If the fleet is completely taken out - a repair crate or fuel crate can be delivered to the ports. If the port is destroyed, it will deny the repairs, fuel supply and re-spawning of the carrier group. Carrier group repair timers are longer than usual. One repair compound = 2 - 2,5 hrs | Two repair compounds = 1,5 - 2 hrs
Coordinating an AI Bomber Strike
AI-bombers can be called in by reconnaissance airframes.
Warsaw Coalition: TF-51D, L-39ZA Albatross, Yak-52
NATO Coalition: TF-51D, C-101, SA-342M Gazelle
- Maintain any altitude and fly within 7km or 3,78nm distance of a enemy airbase, FARP or SAM-site
- Capture INTEL via F10 radio menu while inside the maximum intel-capturing radius
- Deliver INTEL via F10 radio menu, airframe does not have to be inside the 7km / 3,78nm radius for delivering.
- A server message is broadcasted for both coalitions indicating takeoff airfield and a target area allowing the opposition to send in interceptors and offensive team to provide escort.
- An AI-bomber; TU-22M3 Backfire-C for Warsaw coalition and B-1B Lancer for NATO coalition will spawn over the closest friendly airbase that is at least 105 km (56.7 nmi) away from its target, climbing to 13000 m (~42600 ft) and accelerating to a speed of around 450 kts (~830 km/h). Flight time between Intel deliver and bombing is typically 10-20 minutes.
- Once the bomber will overfly the enemy target area, a script will destroy about 25% of the assets. A server message is broadcasted whether bombing was successful or if the bomber was intercepted.
- Bomber is despawned after about 5 minutes of overflying the target area.
You can think of the INTEL gathering as slots.There's two available at any given time to a coalition. This means one reconnaissance airframe can gather and hold two INTELS at a time for two different targets.Two seperate reconnaissance airframes can each hold one INTEL at a time for two different areas.Once INTEL is delivered, a slot is vacated for you to pick it up for the second time for the same area or for another friendly recon plane to make use of the slot. Only a single bomber enroute is possible per one objective at a time. Delivering INTEL for the second time for the same objective requires the bomber to be either completely destroyed or de-spawned before INTEL can be delivered again. Due to the nature of scripts, a bomber must be completely destroyed in order to successfully intercept it.