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Dark Angel IV – Caucasus Nightmare

2023-01-19 @ 19:30 - 23:30

RSVP: 23 01 19 – 19:30 (please sign-up asap though, as it makes things easier to plan)
Activity: Mission – CAP, Air Interdiction, Strike
Theatre: Caucasus
Modules: F/A-18C, F-16C, A-10C, AH-64
Prerequisites: None

Operation Dark Angel – IV
CAUCASUS NIGHTMARE

1 SITUATION

1.1 Overview

Mother Russia is on the move in the region. The situation in Georgia deteriorates after our last “clash” with the Russians, even though this was a clear attack on Georgian sovereignty. Masterarms are preforming daily CAP patrols to show force, but will this be enough? Georgian troops and armor are heavily outnumbered.

This is a SEAD, STRIKE and CAP mission!

1.2 Area of operations

The whole country of Georgia.

1.3 Time and weather

* Mai 17 – 2021
* 13:00 local time
* Broken (7500’-12000’) Scattered (21000’-23000’)
* Wind 120 / 2
* FORCE QNH 2992 / 1013

1.4 Air threats

MiG-25, MiG-29, MiG-24

MiG-25s and occasional MIG-29s have been reported. Expect main threat from closest enemy air bases, located at Beslan, Sukhumi and Naltsjik. Intel estimates that the Russian Air Force will have routine CAP over Besland, Sukhumi and can launch 8-10 fighters in short succession from bases close to these airbases. Additional fighters can reinforce from other bases after a time span of 30 mins from first engagements.

1.5 Ground threats

Infantry, T-72, T-90, BMP, ZSU-23 Shilka, MANPADS, SA-10, SA-15

The north “disputed” border to Abkhazia is heavily defended by Russian armor, infantry and supported by mobile SA system. Georgian intelligence report large tank columns moving from Beslan into the disputed area of South Ossetia. These columns are probably supported by forces from the air and ground.

SA-10’s located at Beslan and Sotsji.

1.6 Friendly forces

Georgian border patrol and local guard units. Mainly infantry, T-55 and some T-72. No air assets. Located in small groups at the border to Gali and outside Gori to the east.

1.7 Civilian/3rd part

The airspace over Georgian territory is closed

2 MISSION

Establish CAP over Georgian airspace. Support the Georgian troops on the ground in any way needed.

EXECUTION

3.1 Commander’s intent

Establish CAP. Position STRIKE groups to the north and east boarder to Russia in aid to the Georgian troops.

3.2 Packages

TBA

3.3 Order of events

This operation is divided into three sections.

  1. F-16C and F/A-18s to establish CAP at either/or A,B,C,D,E,F.
  2. A-10s and AH-64s to monitoring and visually show support to Georgian troops on the ground at the northern and eastern border to Russia. React on any request from the Georgian government.
  3. AJS-37s on standby at Kutaisi for antiship tasking.

3.4 Rules of engagement

ROE: B
As per SPINS

3.5 Acceptable level of risk

ALR: HIGH
As per SPINS

3.6 Flight tasking

ARCTIC1
* Depart Mother 13:25
* Refuel at ARCO1 or ARCO5
* Hold at WP2 @ 15000’ wait for tasking from STINGRAY
* Push on target WP3.
* RTB on order from STINGRAY

Loadout: FL decides (STRIKE, loadout from STINGRAY)

Waypoints:
1. Tanker
2. Hold
3. Target 1
4. Mother

BENDER2
Established and hold CAP. There is no indication that the Russian will provoke any unnecessary action towards our present in the region. But that might change rapidly.

* Depart Mother 13:15
* Report in to STINGRAY and standby for CAP tasking
* Establish CAP @ C (WP2) at 28000’
* Refuel at ARCO1 or ARCO5
* RTB on order from STINGRAY

Loadout: FL decides (CAP)

Waypoints:
1. Tanker
2. CAP C
3. CAP D
4. Tanker
5. Mother

INDY9
Established and hold CAP. There is no indication that the Russian will provoke any unnecessary action towards our present in the region. But that might change rapidly.

* Depart Kutaisi 13:20
* Report in to STINGRAY and standby for CAP tasking
* Establish CAP @ A (WP3) at 29000’
* Refuel at TEXACO1
* RTB on order from STINGRAY

Loadout: FL decides (CAP)

Waypoints:
1. Departure
2. Form up
3. CAP A
4. CAP B
5. Texaco2
7. Kutaisi

JESTER1
Support the Georgian army in holding the border to Russia. We don’t really know what the Russians are up to. Note that you will be operating in an area where we have friendlies on our side of the border. You will need to coordinate with other flights operating in the same area. Expect AAA.

* Depart Kutaisi 13:25
* Report in to STINGRAY and standby for STRIKE tasking
* Refuel at TEXACO2
* RTB on order from STINGRAY

Loadout: FL decides (STRIKE)

Waypoints:
1. Departure
2. Form up
3. HOLD K
4. HOLD L
5. TEXACO2
6. Kutaisi

KRAKEN2
Established and hold CAP. There is no indication that the Russian will provoke any unnecessary action towards our present in the region. But that might change rapidly.

* Depart Mother 13:10
* Report in to STINGRAY and standby for CAP tasking
* Establish CAP @ E (WP2) at 28000’
* Refuel at ARCO1 or ARCO5
* RTB on order from STINGRAY

Loadout: FL decides (CAP)

Waypoints:
1. Tanker
2. CAP E
3. CAP F
4. Tanker
5. Mother

HAWG8
Support the Georgian army in holding the border to Russia. We don’t really know what the Russians are up to. Note that you will be operating in an area where we have friendlies on our side of the border. You will need to coordinate with other flights operating in the same area. Expect AAA.

* Depart Kutaisi 13:10
* Report to STINGRAY
* Hold at L (WP5) at 15000’. Engage targets at HOLD K,L on order from STINGRAY
* Hold at K (WP4) at 15000’
* RTB

Loadout: FL decides

Waypoints:
1. Departure
2. Form up
3. Ingress
4. HOLD K
5. HOLD L
6. Kutaisi

TUSK8
Support the Georgian army in holding the border to Russia. We don’t really know what the Russians are up to. Note that you will be operating in an area where we have friendlies on our side of the border. You will need to coordinate with other flights operating in the same area. Expect AAA.

* Depart Kutaisi 13:13
* Report to STINGRAY
* Hold at L (WP5) at 15000’. Engage targets at HOLD K,L on order from STINGRAY
* RTB

Loadout: FL decides

Waypoints:
1. Departure
2. Form up
3. Ingress
4. HOLD K
5. HOLD L
6. Kutaisi

SALTY1
Support the Georgian army in holding the border to Russia. We don’t really know what the Russians are up to. Note that you will be operating in an area where we have friendlies on our side of the river. You will need to coordinate with other flights operating in the same area. Expect AAA.

* Depart Kutaisi 13:13
* Report to STINGRAY
* Coordinate engagements with SALTY1 and RAGE9
* Destroy targets HOLD H, I and J. Be aware that there is Georgian armor on our side of the river.
* RTB

Loadout: FL decides (STRIKE)

Waypoints:
1. HOLD H
2. HOLD I
3. HOLD J
4. Kutaisi

RAGE9
Support the Georgian army in holding the border to Russia. We don’t really know what the Russians are up to. Note that you will be operating in an area where we have friendlies on our side of the river. You will need to coordinate with other flights operating in the same area. Expect AAA.

* Depart Senaki-Kolkhi 13:10
* Report to STINGRAY
* Stay under low after dep.
* Coordinate engagements with SALTY1 and PIG7
* Destroy targets HOLD H, I and J. Be aware that there is Georgian armor on our side of the river.
* RTB

Loadout: FL decides

Waypoints:
1. HOLD H
2. HOLD I
3. HOLD J
4. Senaki-Kolkhi

SALTY1
Support the Georgian army in holding the border to Russia. We don’t really know what the Russians are up to. Note that you will be operating in an area where we have friendlies on our side of the river. You will need to coordinate with other flights operating in the same area. Expect AAA.

* Depart Senaki-Kolkhi 13:12
* Report to STINGRAY
* Stay under low after dep.
* Coordinate engagements with RAGE9 and PIG7
* Destroy targets HOLD H, I and J. Be aware that there is Georgian armor on our side of the river.
* RTB

Loadout: FL decides

Waypoints:
1. HOLD H
2. HOLD I
3. HOLD J
4. Senaki-Kolkhi

 

4 ADMINISTRATION AND LOGISTICS

4.1 Airfield operations

Primary
* Kutaisi
* TCN: 44X
* Active runway: 25
* Departure via Exit North
* Approach via Entry East OHB

Secondary
* Butami
* TCN: XXX
* Active runway: 25

4.2 Carrier operations

* CASE 1
* BRC: 296
* Departure time: 13:10
* Departure sequence: ELVIS5, ARCTIC1
* Charlie time: 15:00

4.3 Tankers

As per Aerial Refueling SOP

5 COMMAND AND CONTROL

5.1 Commander

* Mission commander is STINGRAY
* Mission commander deputy is ARCTIC11

5.2 Frequencies

As per Comms SOP

5.3 Authentication

RAMROD: LOLIPOP
As per Authentication SOP

5.4 Freq flow (Airfield flights)

7, 9, 3/5, 7
Remain on Tower (ch 7) during startup and departure. Go to Check in (ch 9). Expect Tactical (ch 3) or CAP A (ch 5). Use Tower (ch 7) for recovery.

5.5 Freq flow (Carrier flights)

1, 9, 3/5, 16, 1
Remain on Tower (ch 1) during startup and departure. Go to Check in (ch 9). Expect Tactical (ch 3) or CAP A (ch 5). Use Marshal (ch 16) and Tower (ch 1) for recovery.

5.6 Brevity

* NIGHTFALL – Abort mission

6 ANNEXES

TBA

Maps

Details

Date:
2023-01-19
Time:
19:30 - 23:30
Event Category:

Venue

Caucasus

Organizer

Ulvar
Email:
andreas@fotograferiksson.no

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