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Hi All, happy to hear your thoughts on AI controlled FTRs. I've been putting them in stacks of 4 and attaching them to my Army Group, which is AI controlled. However, they just sit there and do nothing (no missions) while my ground forces are bombed. After perusing the forums I've see two explanations:

1. If the AI thinks it needs more troops, then the FTRs won't move.
2. Stacks consisting only of FTRs are bugged.

In your experiences, is this correct? If so, is there a workaround to get AI controlled FTRs working?
 

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I don't believe the first is the problem. The AI asks for some of the most stupid and expensive things you could possibly build, like Strategic Bombers for a minor country, or Heavy Armor when you don't have enough basic Infantry to hold a solid line.

Unfortunately, the AI has no clue how to properly utilize most of what you give it, so you're probably better off manually setting a radius of action, or manually telling your INT and FTR to intercept provinces where the enemy aircraft are operating. The AI has at least some clue about what to do with INT, but FTR is both a fighter and a bomber.

I enable enemy air missions in the Outliner (the small (+) tab on the right-hand edge of the screen), so I can see when an enemy air unit is in need of interception, and disable my active units in the display so they aren't a distraction. Generally, I only need to know where the combats are taking place, not where every last land, sea, and air unit is parked at the moment. I prefer to manually send the INT or FTR, because the AI tends to chew them up until the weakest unit in the stack dies. They're a bit too expensive to just throw away like that. Sadly, air is best run via micromanagement, and it gets tedious after a while.
 
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The only way I have gotten the AI to use FTR is to place other planes with it. If id ont want to micro all my air units i will use the following formation. FTR x1 2x CAS. The AI will use that. Or 1 x FTR 2x TAC.
 
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Unfortunately, the AI has no clue how to properly utilize most of what you give it, so you're probably better off manually setting a radius of action, or manually telling your INT and FTR to intercept provinces where the enemy aircraft are operating.
Agreed!
 

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The only way I have gotten the AI to use FTR is to place other planes with it. If id ont want to micro all my air units i will use the following formation. FTR x1 2x CAS. The AI will use that. Or 1 x FTR 2x TAC.
Have you noticed a difference in how the AI use them? Does the AI use 1x FTR, 2x CAS for air-to-air combat and 1x FTR, 2x TAC for air-to-ground missions?
 

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Have you noticed a difference in how the AI use them? Does the AI use 1x FTR, 2x CAS for air-to-air combat and 1x FTR, 2x TAC for air-to-ground missions?
I have only seen both used as Air to ground. 1x FTR, 2 x NAV for air to sea
 
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