Thursday, December 31, 2009
Suppressive Fire in ArmA 2 v1.05
Messing around with a US Marines fire team (FT) yesterday, I was trying to take out a single MG nest. I ordered my automatic rifleman (AR, #2) to stay back and lay some fire into the enemy position while the rest of the team and me close with it. When I got there the enemy machine gunner was already eliminated so just for fun I ordered my AR to lay suppressive fire into the MG nest. Do you see the dust kicked out of the sandbags (arrow in the right)? It's my AR's suppressive fire coming from the right of the screenshot.
For using suppressive fire, it's important to keep in mind ...
... the following passage (from BI's Wiki):
AI uses suppressive fire when some enemy is known (was seen), but it cannot be currently hit (line of fire blocked by some obstacle). Suppression is done by firing at the last position where line of fire was clear, and only when line of fire from AI current position to this last position is currently clear.
Suppressive fire is used only when current unit behaviour is combat or stealth or when explicitly ordered. Moreover, firing must be enabled (there is no suppressive fire when unit is "holding fire", even when suppressive fire is ordered). Explicitly ordered suppressive fire is more intense.
Suppressive fire is done only by weapons firing bullets. The more bullets are available for the weapon, the more intense suppressive fire is used. Moreover, recently seen targets are suppressed more intensely than old ones.