|Atmospheric conditions are terrific, but the twilight will be barely enough for our TV-based SHKVAL targeting system.|
|The dim ambient light is too much for the night vision goggles (is there a way to adjust the NVG's sensitivity?).|
|As a result of drifting into the city, I was shot at by a MANPAD (likely a Stinger). The missile exploded just a few meters off my right cheek.|
|Completely shocked after the close call, I order my flight to bug out full speed, low level. I couldn't believe I was still flying.|
|The reconnaissance vehicle that was first destroyed, as seen from the cockpit during our flight back.|
|Inbound for landing at the nearest airbase.|
During the debrief (in-game debrief screen) I found out that my "spray and pray" on the roof of that building has destroyed an anti-aircraft gun (ZSU 23-4) and enemy troops armed with RPGs. Not bad for blind shooting.
Gun attacks: from a run or from a hover? I'm finding the attack run more and more attractive. It gives me airspeed that I can translate into extreme evasive maneuvering. It also gives me some sense of safety that if I get my engines shot, I will be able to autorotate the bird into a crash landing (instead of just a crash). It's hard to resist not flying too close to the enemy. Also, it takes a longer time to re-engage after the break.
Acquiring targets was impossible. For this type of mission, the Ka-50 should have been equipped with a FLIR system, or get targeting data from a AFAC helicopter equipped with such a target acquisition system.
Urban terrain and attack helicopters ... What a challenge. More is coming about this. Stay tuned for when the forward detachment storms the city. Coming up next.