ACM SLEW MODE
I got shot down many times in the following scenario and looking for feedback on how this is handled IRL. A bandit slips though and is now within 10 miles on the nose. AWACS is busy with other calls and can’t do much for me at this point. I switch to ACM SLEW and slowly start scanning below the jet, nothing acquired. I roll inverted and look toward the ground to see if I can spot the bandit, no luck. A few seconds later I get shot with a heat seeker in the face and had no idea where it came from, frustrating!.. Common sense tells me that if I can’t see the bandit at some point then I should be doing something kinetically. What that maneuvering should be is my question; should we be doing a 180 and dragging? or, notch and dive as if the missile was already fired?
I don’t use padlock unless I see the target because that would be cheating in my view :D. Same with the zoom because pilots only use binoculars when searching for ground targets. I doubt they would have time to do that for air threats that are close. TGP is useless if you don’t know where to point it or don’t have a radar lock.
If I believe the bandit is inside 10 miles and I don’t have visual, I will begin my turn. Either to 3/9 line so I can see and also position myself to defend, or I start a full turn as if we have merged. I also will have the HMCS on and TMS up on target once I do get visual.
Oh and get a head tracking software, you will thank yourself later.
And SmartScaling on.
Use the vertical scan option rather then slew around yourself within the HUD. Aim the nose in the general direction and “Lock”… Fox 1… Hope it isn’t your wingy… LOL… I’ve never felt padlocking and zoom are “cheating”. The resolution, even with smart scaling, just can’t compare to R/L…
Id still recommend the use of SLEW mode. This is for a pop up threat inside 10 miles that you have neither radar nor visual on? Not a good start point. If you know their altitude, and rough position, but have no tally, it would probably be a great idea to start IR missile defense as though you had already been shot at - you very well may have been. If you can, try to gain separation while regaining SA.
finding out about a new threat inside 10 miles is not a high percentage survival scenario if you dont have an immediate point out to where that threat is.
I usually do what Quasi said. Switch to vertical scan and start a defensive turn. I always assume I’ve been shot at.
+1. You’re flying your lift vector as it is, so why wouldn’t you want your radar looking on that axis?