War Game QB #1: MiG-29M2 vs. F-16CM

Introduction – What is a Quick Battle (QB)?

We’ve done a couple of war games thus far and this is the second type of war game entry. CMO has a game mode called “Quick Battle” where players can choose different engagement scenarios with minimal setup. Similar to an instant action deathmatch, these quick battles range from surface engagements, submarine duels, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) engagements, or, in this case, an air-to-air engagement.

The player picks an engagement type, chooses some units and scenario conditions from a series of drop-down menus, and then hits play. There are no complex objectives in the quick battles other than to find and destroy the enemy force. Simple and no frills. Although the list of choices is limited, there are ways to change the game’s files to allow for the use of any unit within the game’s databases.

My idea with QB posts is to have a short video and blog post with minimal evaluation. I’ll comment on some of the statistics and decisions I made as I played the battle, but they won’t be as lengthy or in-depth as the normal war game posts.

Quick Battle #1 – Parameters

  • Starting Separation: 50 nm.
  • Adversary EMCON State: Radars Active
  • Local Time: Noon (1200)
  • Weather: Clear, very light clouds, wind state 1, avg. temp. 14C.
F-16CM Blk 50 (USAF) [Player]MiG-29M2 Fulcrum C (Syrian AF) [A.I.]
6 aircraft6 aircraft
Type: Multirole (Fighter/Attack)
Crew: 1
Min Speed: 350 kt
Max Speed: 920 kt
Span: 9.5 m
Height: 4.8 m
Length: 14.5 m
Max Payload: 6894 kg
Empty Weight: 8715 kg
Max Weight: 19200 kg
Operator: Air Force
Commissioned: 2016
Propulsion: 1x F110-GE-129

Type: Multirole (Fighter/Attack)
Crew: 2
Min Speed: 350 kt
Max Speed: 920 kt
Span: 11.4 m
Height: 4.73 m
Length: 17.3 m
Max Payload: 0 kg
Empty Weight: 11200 kg
Max Weight: 18500 kg
Operator: Air Force
Commissioned: 2013
Propulsion: 2x RD-33MK

Sensors:
AN/APG-68(V)9 CCIP – Radar
Radar, FCR, Air-to-Air & Air-to-Surface, Medium-Range
Max Range: 111.1 km
AN/ALR-56M – ESM
RWR, Radar Warning Receiver
Max Range: 222.2 km
Sensors:
OLS-M [IRST] – (OEPS-29, Izdeliye 13Sh) Infrared
IRST, Imaging Infrared Seach and Track
Max Range: 74.1 km
L-201 Gardenya – (MiG-29 9.13) ECM
DECM, Defensive ECM
Max Range: 0 km
Slot Back [N-010 Zhuk-M] – (MiG-29M) Radar
Radar, FCR, Air-to-Air & Air-to-Surface, Medium-Range
Max Range: 203.7 km
SPO-15 Beryoza [L-006] – ESM
RWR, Radar Warning Receiver
Max Range: 222.2 km
OLS-M [Laser Rangefinder] – Laser Rangefinder
Laser Rangefinder for Weapon Director
Max Range: 0 km
*Characteristics from the game database

Video

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