|Take off towards a BVRish engagement against a Mig 21bis.|
Problems with the radar loosing lock and the modelling of the 530 radar-guided missiles and others plagued the initial beta release of the M-2000C. But the virtual bird was and continues to be exhilarating to fly. Its ability to climb is just out of this planet (pun not intended). It was a pity, because the radar is supposed to keep lock on targets below the aircraft, and in real life the 530Ds can be shot at those targets ... Imagine that: outclimb bandits, and drop missiles on them from above!
|In this BVR (sorta, the range was kind of not so big) engagement I detected a bandit (with lots of help. Thanks, AWACS!) with the radar: is the "V" Chevron with a 27 on it. I later locked it.|
|Once locked, I started a climb. Not very aggressive, but I ended up some 4,200 ft above the Mig-21 at the time of firing the 530 missile.|
|Tacview of the engagement, right before I launched the first missile. Note the altitude difference between my Mirage and the Mig.|
|Fox 1! The 530 missile (contrail) just fired from my Mirage arches down in search of the target.|
|The missile's and my aircraft's flight paths. From Tacview.|
|The 530 missile performed flawlessly. It maneuvered boldly to get into a lead intercept of the MIG. In the background, my M-2000C is launching another missile.|
The second missile went ballistic, off course, because I lost radar lock of the remainder chunks of the MIG-21.
It was a good show. I plan to use this "shoot down" thing a lot. Although the angle between my nose and the target was in the low 20s (not too impressive for modern air combat lock-ons), the MIG-21 didn't get a chance to even paint me with his radar.
What I can't get is to search and find targets below my aircraft. I suppose it's because of the ground clutter. On the meantime ... AWACS!