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Operation Scenic Vista

February 29 @ 19:30 - 23:00

RSVP: 27 February 2024 (please sign-up asap though, as it makes things easier to plan)
Activity: Strike
Theatre: Persian Gulf
Modules: Air Force: F-15E, F-16C. Navy: F-14B, F/A-18C.
Prerequisites: Proficient with aircraft, AAR

LINEUP

F/A-18C Strike ARCTIC11 (400): Apollo ARCTIC12 (401): Salmo ARCTIC13 (402): JackFlesh ARCTIC14 (403): Colakaktus

F/A-18C Strike BENDER21 (404): Blichten BENDER22 (405): Moose BENDER23 (406): Frefeh BENDER24 (407): Tryggast

F/A-18C Strike CRIMSON31 (410): Bankler CRIMSON32 (411): Straffan CRIMSON33 (412): (Bouncer) CRIMSON34 (413):

F/A-18C CAP DUSTY41 (300): Leka DUSTY42 (301): (Bouncer) DUSTY43 (302): DUSTY44 (303):

F-14B Escort ELVIS51 (100): Nillefix/Troll ELVIS52 (101): Kite/ ELVIS53 (102): ELVIS54 (102):

F-16C SEAD INDY91: Moldy INDY92: Drone INDY93: Mink INDY94:

F-16C SEAD JESTER11: Arco JESTER12: Pahi JESTER13: JESTER14:

F-15E Strike HITMAN31: Ulvar/Deadgun HITMAN32: Jazz/Decoy HITMAN33: Agaton/Tony HITMAN34:

F-15E Strike CYLON51: CYLON52: CYLON53: CYLON54:

AWACS STINGRAY: STINGRAY:

Airport Ground: Tower: Control:

Carrier Marshal: Tower: LSO:

1 SITUATION

1.1 Overview

Twelve days have elapsed since the downing of American Airways 587 by the Iranian frigate IRIS Khoresht-e Fesenjan over the Persian Gulf. In response US naval forces sunk the frigate IRIS Tahchin and heavily damaged corvette IRIS Kuku Sabzi and two patrol vessels. However, the US president and congress is still under heady pressure from political groupings, the Pentagon and public opinion that executed retaliations are inadequate.

To address dismay and to further project power in the region the US Navy was ordered to perform a strike on mainland Iran. Naval intelligence identified the 384th Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Battalion “Chaapgar-e daftar kharaab ast” based in Firuzabad as a suitable target due to the battalion’s involvement in the shoot down of AA587 and to cripple overall intelligence and electronic warfare capabilities.

Following the shoot down incident, the Iranian Air Force showed a record high presence in the air, with a significant decline in the last two days. Intelligence suggests that Iran’s many CAP missions have taken its toll on aircraft with an already high maintenance debt. This window of opportunity played right in the hand for Navy mission planners.

However, the US Air Force intervened in the last minute, to first accompany the strike package, and in the end through political maneuvering, acquire command of mission planning and execution. The new mission commander is the highly decorated Air Force Col. Ernest “Deadgun” Kiszobaeslowski.

1.2 Area of Operations

South-western Iran.

1.3 Time and Weather

* 1 May 2009
* 1030 local time
* METAR 14002 SCT/BKN 8/10 FEW 40
* FORCE QNH 2992 / 1013

1.4 Air Threats

F-4D/E/RF, F-14A/AM.

Remarks: Iranian combat air patrols have significantly declined the last two days. Still, intelligence estimate that Iran has at least ten airworthy generation 3 fighters at disposable. Six of these are based at Shiraz northwest of the target area.

1.5 Ground Threats

Enroute/Ingress/Egress: SA-10 and SA-11 installations east of proposed ingress route. Unconfirmed but likely close-in support by SAM and AAA installations respectively.

Target Area: Confirmed SA-2 and SA-6 installations. Previous intelligence has spotted rotating SA-3 and AAA sites. Other systems cannot be ruled out due to the situation. Expect manpads at key installations.

Remarks: Intelligence has pinpointed three permanent SAM installation at or on close proximity to the target area, and an additional five on daily rotation. Iranian air defense employ advanced surface to air tactics.

1.6 Friendly Forces

N/A, Package W is the only blue force in the AO.

1.7 Civilian/3rd part

Civilian air traffic is still active in some parts of eastern Syria.

2 MISSION

The Joint Force Air Component (JFAC) conducts air strikes on 384th Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Battalion installations in CITY.

3 EXECUTION

3.1 Commander’s Intent
  1. Destroy all targets.
  2. Minimize own losses.
  3. Minimize collateral damage.
  4. Minimize time in Iranian airspace
3.2 Packages

Mission Strike Package: Package W.

3.3 Order of Events

This operation is divided into five phases:

  1. Rendez-vous and tank up at assigned tracks over the Persian Gulf.
  2. Push on “Tourist”.
  3. Enroute/Ingress navigate around Iranian SAM threats.
  4. Strike flights attack targets in TOT window covered by SEAD flights within the 10 minutes TOT window.
  5. RTB.
3.4 Rules of Engagement

ROE ATA: B, as per SPINS

ROE SEAD: Weapons free on SAM installations at target area up to a proximity to 35 NMI.

ROE Strike:

  1. All flight leads carry the ultimate responsibility to attack or withhold attack on briefed targets.
  2. No targets of opportunity is to be attacked.
  3. Avoid collateral damage with emphasize on civilian casualties.
  4. Flight leads need to either visually or with sensor confirm that the ROE criteria 3 is meet before committing to attack.
  5. The TOT window open 10 minutes.
3.5 Acceptable Level of Risk

ALR: MEDIUM, as per SPINS

3.6.1 Targets

Tango Alpha. 384th Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Battalion headquarters in east Furizabad.

Tango Bravo. 384th Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Battalion flight operation center. N/A, no conclusive intelligence on target.

Tango Charlie. 384th Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Battalion research facilities in west Furizabad

Tango Delta. 384th Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Battalion communications facilities in central Furizabad.

Tango Echo. 384th Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Battalion land warfare center in central Furizabad.

Tango Foxtrot. SA-6 installation.

Tango Golf. SA-2 installation.

Tango Hotel. SA/AAA installation. N/A, no conclusive intelligence on target.

3.6.2 Available Ordnance and Sensors

Air Force:

  • 24x AGM-88C
  • 2x/2x LGB 500lbs/1000lbs
  • 20x/20x/20x Mark 82/83/84
  • 12x AIM-120
  • 12x AIM-9
  • 4x targeting pods
  • 4x ECM/EW pods

Remarks: full complement guns rounds, counter-measure and drop tanks.

Navy:

  • 4x AGM-88C
  • 2x/2x LGB 500lbs/1000lbs
  • 20x/20x/20x Mark 82/83/84
  • 12x AIM-120
  • 8x AIM-54
  • 12x AIM-9
  • 12x AIM-7
  • 4x targeting pods

Remarks: full complement guns rounds, counter-measure and drop tanks.

3.6.3 Flight Tasking
Package W (Mission Commander HITMAN31)

ARCTIC1

  • REFUEL at ARCO1 and HOLD (WP1)
  • REPORT READY to HITMAN31 on Ch3
  • PUSH on “TOURIST”
  • Be prepared to destroy TANGO ECHO

Loadout: MC decides

Waypoints:

  1. HOLD
  2. NAV
  3. NAV
  4. TANGO CHARLIE
  5. TANGO ECHO
  6. TANGO DELTA
  7. TANGO ALPHA

BENDER2

  • REFUEL at ARCO5 and HOLD (WP1)
  • REPORT READY to HITMAN31 on Ch3
  • PUSH on “TOURIST”
  • Be prepared to destroy TANGO DELTA

Loadout: MC decides

Waypoints:

  1. HOLD
  2. NAV
  3. NAV
  4. TANGO CHARLIE
  5. TANGO ECHO
  6. TANGO DELTA
  7. TANGO ALPHA

CRIMSON3

  • REFUEL at ARCO1 and HOLD (WP1)
  • REPORT READY to HITMAN31 on Ch3
  • PUSH on “TOURIST”
  • Be prepared to destroy TANGO ALPHA

Loadout: MC decides

Waypoints:

  1. HOLD
  2. NAV
  3. NAV
  4. TANGO CHARLIE
  5. TANGO ECHO
  6. TANGO DELTA
  7. TANGO ALPHA

DUSTY4

  • REFUEL at ARCO5 (WP1)
  • REPORT READY to HITMAN31 on Ch3 and HOLD (WP1)
  • Be prepared to ESCORT
  • Be prepared to establish CAP

Loadout: MC decides

Waypoints:

  1. HOLD
  2. NAV
  3. NAV
  4. TANGO CHARLIE
  5. TANGO ECHO
  6. TANGO DELTA
  7. TANGO ALPHA

ELVIS5

  • REFUEL at tanker (WP1)
  • REPORT READY to HITMAN31 on Ch3 and HOLD (WP1)
  • Be prepared to ESCORT
  • Be prepared to establish CAP

Loadout: MC decides

Waypoints:

  1. HOLD

INDY9

  • REFUEL at TEXACO2 (WP1)
  • REPORT READY to HITMAN31 on Ch3 and HOLD (WP1)
  • PUSH on “TOURIST”
  • Be prepared to SUPPRESS known SA-2 and SA-6 and possibly additional unknown SAM threats from H until H+10

Loadout: MC decides

Waypoints:

  1. HOLD
  2. NAV
  3. NAV
  4. TANGO FOXTROT
  5. TANGO GOLF

JESTER1

  • REFUEL at TEXACO2 (WP1)
  • REPORT READY to HITMAN31 on Ch3 and HOLD (WP1)
  • PUSH on “TOURIST”
  • Be prepared to SUPPRESS known SA-2 and SA-6 and possibly additional unknown SAM threats from H until H+10

Loadout: MC decides

Waypoints:

  1. HOLD
  2. NAV
  3. NAV
  4. TANGO FOXTROT
  5. TANGO GOLF

HITMAN3

  • REFUEL at TEXACO4 and HOLD (WP1)
  • REPORT READY to HITMAN31 on Ch3
  • PUSH on “TOURIST”
  • Be prepared to destroy TANGO CHARLIE

Loadout: MC decides

Waypoints:

  1. HOLD
  2. NAV
  3. NAV
  4. TANGO CHARLIE
  5. TANGO ECHO
  6. TANGO DELTA
  7. TANGO ALPHA

4 ADMINISTRATION AND LOGISTICS

4.1 Airfield Operations

* Al Dhafra AFB
* TCN: 84X
* Active runway: 33
* Departure via Exit Hayim
* Approach via Entry Amos Lake
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4.2 Carrier Operations

* CASE 1
* BRC: 264
* Departure time: 14:25
* Departure sequence: ELVIS5, ARCTIC1
* Charlie time: 16:00

As per Carrier Ops SPINS

4.3 Tankers

Tracks TBA

As per Aerial Refueling SOP

4.4 Package AWACS Support

An E-2C callsign STINGRAY2 is Package W AWACS support over Iran. Will join up with the strike package at tanker tracks.

5 COMMAND AND CONTROL

5.1 Commander

* Mission commander is HITMAN31
* Mission commander deputy is ARCTIC11
* Package W lead is HITMAN31

5.2 Frequencies

As per Comms SOP

5.3 Authentication

RAMROD: GRANDSLICE
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

* ARIZONA – No anti-radiation missile (ARM) ordnance remaining.
* AVAILABLE – Flight eligible for further attack mission.
* BLACKOUT – Target not eligible for attack due to ROE considerations.
* DAKOTA – No air to ground (ATG) ordnance remaining.
* LAUNCH, LAUNCH – Any aircraft visually detects a surface to air missile launch.
* REDWING – Flight unable to attack/destroy target for any reason other than BLACKOUT. Target still eligible for attack by other flights.
* ROLEX – Plus/minus time relative briefed time plan.
* SCRAM – Package emergency egress from target area.
* TANGO UNIFORM – Package egress.
* TOURIST – Push call.
* WINCHESTER – No air to air (ATA) ordnance remaining.

It is imparative that communication between flights and mission commander in the TOT window is snappy and clear to achieve mission success. Imperative calls for attack flights include:

* Attacking target. For instance: “Adder1, attacking Tango Alpha. In hot.”
* BDA. For instance: “Adder1, Tango Alpha destroyed, Dakota”
* Reporting non-attacked targets’ status. For instance: “Adder1, Tango Alpha Blackout” or “Adder1, Tango Alpha Redwing.”
* Availability for further attack missions. For instance: “Adder1, Tango Alpha destroyed, Available” or “Adder1, Tango Alpha destroyed, Dakota.”
* SEAD. For instance: “Indy9, attacking SA-6” or “Indy9, SA-6 destroyed.”

5.7 Bullseye

N 42 15.00′ E 42 03.00′

6 ANNEXES

6.1 Firuzabad Tango Orientation

6.2 Tango Alpha

Tango Alpha consists of four multistory buildings in close proximity.
Collateral considerations: The Al Namak Mosque is located north-east of tango.

6.3 Tango Charlie

Tango Charlie consists of six buildings of varied sized.
Collateral considerations. The Firzubad-Farashband Road runs north of tango. This road is usually busy in the mornings 7-9am and afternoons 4-7pm.

6.4 Tango Delta, Tango Echo

Tango Delta consists of nine buildings in close perimeter where the communication tower is a significant landmark.
Collateral considerations: The Shakkah Lakkah Market is located south-east of tango. The market is well-known for its wide variety of exotic spices and antique Persian rugs. Many European royals have visited and acquired rugs at the Shakkah Lakkah Market. Intelligence suggest a 80% probability that the market is closed on the given day.

Tango Echo consists of seven buildings.
Collateral considerations: Mullah Al-Dullah Kindergarten for diasabled children is located south-west of of tango. Mullah Al-Dullah is a prominent figure within the UNHCR community. Less than three weeks ago Italian UNHCR observer Appi Apolleri concluded her yearly revision of the kindergarten with “The Mullah is an incredibly warm man who’s good will might melt the coldest ice”.

Details

Date:
February 29
Time:
19:30 - 23:00

Venue

Persian Gulf

Organizer

Johnny

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