Saturday, December 5, 2009

War Gaming the Air Ops During the 2006 Lebanon War with HPS's "War over the Mideast"

The game: HPS's "War over the Mideast"
The mission: Attack Hezbollah concentrations in Lebanon

From the game's scenario description.
The 2006 Lebanon War was a 33-day military conflict between Hezbollah paramilitary forces Lebanon and Israel. Conflict started on 12 July 2006 The conflict began when Hezbollah militants fired rockets at Israeli border towns and terminated on 14 August 2006.

Israel responded with massive airstrikes on civilian towns and infrastructure targets throughout Lebanon.  The airstrikes were coupled with a ground invasion of southern Lebanon where Israel Defense Forces (IDF) engaged Hezbollah militants, who resisted using unconventional warfare techniques from hardened positions. After the ceasefire, some parts of Southern Lebanon remained uninhabitable due to unexploded cluster bomblets.

 When you load this scenario, it appears like the whole affair is going to be a turkey shoot. However, the mission objectives are quite demanding. Moreover, depending what you do with your Israeli aircraft, the Syrian Air Force gets really nervous and scrambles interceptors right away.

I can see Syria from here! The blue area on the right is a no fly-zone (yeah right, like flying over Lebanon was not no enough to piss off other Arab countries). Click the image to expand it.

See the red triangles coming from Syria? Interceptors! Click on the image to expand it.

Back to the drawing board here. I have to plan for air superiority. Who would have thought that attacking terrorists would need that?


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