07 The Action Unfolds (part 1)
Our lone SU35-E changes course, moving on an intercept course towards itsnewly selected target. As it is in range, it takes less than 30 seconds to acquire its target and fire a Vympel R-77 missile. Ithas a medium range, air-to-air capability and uses active radar-guided missile system to close with its contact.
In a matter of less than a minute more, the weapon finds its target. Now there is one less N.AT.O warplane in the air. Scratch 1. Three minutes into the engagement we have our first kill.
The enemy however has used its time more wisely than I. As my flights have only been flying at cruise speed, the enemy Typhoon jets look to have accelerated to the fastest speed possible - Military. With the immediate threat over the area of operations, dealt with, I now have to with this new impending threat. I therefore select RED GROUP and target them at the lead element of the flight that launched from theairport.
The next five minutes sees a lull in the action, as the various units of both close in on each other. The focus of every group is the area of operations, where the purported enemy spy vessels are congregated. With each passing minute, our units are getting lit up by radar. That is to say, that our newly launched SU35-E and SU27-M's are detected by the enemy radar, as no enemy unit is within visual range of those units.
Although our reconnaissance flight, the Beriev has not been detected yet, Im getting a little worried, so I begin to lower it's altitude from the max. ceiling to the next one down. Just in case I have to lower its height even further. I really can't afford for this plane to be destroyed as its my best chance of keeping the prospective enemy surface contacts lit up for the duration of the encounter.
YELLOW GROUP is the designation we will give to the two SU 27-M warplanes on the Naval Strike mission. They continue to keep pace with both RED and BLACK groups, flying directly between the two in a NW heading.
Two minutes later and two of the neutral surface contacts turn red, as visual identification from lone SU33-E flanker jet is made. With our targets identified, YELLOW group is immediately ordered to engage then earest vessel. All the while the enemy Typhoon fighter has closed to within range of our only fighter in the area of operations, thesole SU33-E. I order RED group to immediately engage this target with standard attack protocol.
At the same time, I order the lone SU33-E to attack the enemy plane undertaking reconnaissance in the area. I have to put a stop to them identifying any more of our assets in the air.
The Boeing P-8A Poseidon is its next target.