SkyKnight Presents: “Nordic Trident” series

1983…The Cold War has turned hot. The Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, which form the “Nordic Trident”, find themselves smack dab in the middle of a shooting war between NATO and the USSR.  Strap yourself into an AJ37 Viggen and fly with the famed Norrbotten Wing (F 21) in this mini-campaign. Norwegian P-3 maritime patrol aircraft have spotted a large Soviet amphibious group headed towards northern Norway! Invasion is imminent!

INTRODUCTION

 January 1983

The Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, which form the “Nordic Trident”, are at risk of invasion by the USSR. Two of those countries are members of NATO, and while Sweden’s public stance has always been one of neutrality, the threat of Soviet invasion, along with their pact with Norway and Denmark as part of the “Trident” has Sweden secretly cooperating with NATO.

The Soviet objective to control the North Atlantic and submarine access to the sea routes between the United States and Europe is well known. To achieve this, the Soviet Union must reach the North Atlantic as rapidly as possible. NATO believes the Soviet attack plan is not to invade Sweden but to go around the country, across the Danish Belts, and also to attack northern Norway from the Kola Peninsula. Sweden would then be “isolated”.  NATO thinks Moscow is hoping that Sweden will remain neutral as it did in the Second World War, when Germany invaded Denmark and Norway.  What the Kremlin does not know is that neutrality for Sweden is something of a sham. We will not hesitate to come to the defense of the Nordic Trident when faced with invasion.

 

Norrbotten Wing  (F 21)

Norrbotten Wing (F 21) is a Swedish Air Force wing dating back to 1941 and the second World War, tasked with defending northern Sweden. F 21 has received their dispersal orders and formed a rapid response unit. While our main base is located in Luleå in northern Sweden, we are currently operating from a network of improvised road bases near or inside the border with Norway, above the arctic circle.

 

BRIEFING
We have our answer for the increased Soviet ASW activity in the Norwegian Sea.  A Norwegian P-3 maritime patrol aircraft spotted a large Soviet amphibious group headed towards Norway! Our brothers to the south report the Soviets have begun to advance on Denmark. It appears this is a coordinated attempt to isolate Scandinavia.  Norrbotten Wing is ideally forward based to assist the Royal Norwegian Air Force in striking this group before they make landfall.  With the help of US and UK attack submarines, we may be able to fend off an invasion!

Soviet doctrine calls for the use of helicopters and attack aircraft to support any amphibious landing.  Fortunately, our location north of the arctic circle places this part of Norway out of range for all but their long range bombers. We’re not sure what the Ruskies have in store, or even where they plan to make landfall. We got very lucky spotting them as far out as we did, as they managed to elude all reconnaissance flights and satellite passes up to this point. Our best chance of repelling an amphibious landing is to prevent it from starting. All Norwegian costal defenses are on highest alert.  A coordinated anti-ship strike is next.

The P-3 reported spotting at least 15 surface vessels, all running at EMCON Alpha. No emissions.  Multiple Soviet LST and LPD, likely under escort by older destroyers, in turn protected by a Surface Action Group consisting of a guided missile cruiser and at least 3 DDGs.  Without aircover, you can bet the Ruskies brought some longer range SAM coverage, likely SA-N-10 (rng 75km)  or SA-N-7 (rng 37km).  We’re gonna have to plan the shite out of this one.

In addition to our own assets, two Tridents from Hälsinge Wing (F 15) have been made available to task (as AI) for the initial sortie. They are armed with a pair of RB-04E each. They will join you at WP 5.

 

SWEDISH SKUNKWORKS

Looking to improve upon the range of our current anti-ship weapon, the solid rocket-powered RB-04E, our chefs have cooked up a new turbojet-powered version of the missile, and dubbed it the “Robotsystem 15”. At 70km, it’s almost double the range of the RB-04E.  The RBS-15 (as we in the military prefer to call it) was commissioned by the Navy for use on our coastal defense missile boats. Those boats are currently being outfitted with the new missile.  Considering our situation, our wing commander requested some of these missiles be diverted to Norrbotten Wing for use in the war.  Our technicians are attempting to outfit our Viggens with the missile now. Fire control is rudimentary, and our CK37 Komputer will not be able to utilize the programmable flightpath features of the missile.  Essentially, it will be point the nose at the hostile and shoot. That’s the GOOD news.  Now the BAD news… the ferking Navy sent us 3 missiles!   

 

FLIGHT PLAN LOADED ON TO YOUR DATA CARTRIDGE

  • Depart FOB GARBO Road Rwy HDG 114
    • When ready to taxi, Follow-me bike will lead Tridents to the runway
    • STOL procedures… 3200 ft long rwy requires ZONE 3 afterburner
    • Road Rwy INS align Procedure: Data Selector to “HDG LIMIT” > “IN” > 1140 > “LS SKU” > “OUT” > “CUR POS”   This necessary step will ensure your CK37 INS is aligned prior to takeoff.
  • Proceed at low-level to last reported position of amphibious group in Norwegian Sea, use passive radar scan and conduct a coordinated attack.
  • Use Waypoint 5 on coast for INS Fix (Lighthouse)
  • Waypoint 6 is end of route.  RTB is performed by manually selecting WP in reverse.
  • Norway has once again granted our air force permission to use Köbületi Air Base as a Forward Rearm and Refuel Point. This airfield will need to be manually input as Landing Site 2
    • Procedure:  Data Selector to “REF/LOLA” > “IN” > 9913 > “L/MAL” > “OUT” > “CUR POS”.   Confirm by pressing L/MAL repeatedly to cycle between L1 and L2 landing site. 
  • RTB FOB GARBO… Landing Road Rwy HDG 294
    • STOL procedures… AFK Mode 3 with 15.5 button ON
    • Caution: this is a SHORT and NARROW road runway.  3200ft long and only 30 feet wide
    • Landing threshold marked with signage and lights
    • After landing, taxi forward slowly to runway end markings,  meet up with the follow-me bike, which will then guide you to the entrance to the underground tunnel hangar

 

SKILLS REQUIRED FOR THIS MISSION

  • P-37/A Radar usage
  • Employ RB-04E anti-ship missile
  • STOL Takeoff and Landing
  • AFK (Autothrottle) Mode 3 usage for short field landing  – AFK engaged and 15.5 button ON
  • Waypoint Navigation
  • Perform an INS Fix over landmark waypoint to recalibrate INS

 

COMM PLAN

  • Important: You must cycle the FR-24 Radio knob from NORM + GUARD to the RIGHT and then BACK to NORM + GUARD to initialize SRS Radio.  This will allow you to listen in on Guard (121.5) while using your discrete FR22 radio.  With this configuration, SRS Radio 1 is Discrete FLT, and SRS Radio 2 is Guard.

  • Discrete FR22 Radio Button assignment as follows
    • Thor:  Button 1
    • Odin: Button 2
    • Loki: Button 3

 

TIGER FLIGHT BRIEF

  • Conduct coordinated Anti-Ship strike with Swedish and Norwegian Air Forces
  • You will join up with the rest of your flight at WP 1, 12nm WSW of Köbületi @ 1000 ft
  • Utilize AGM-65G as Penguin anti-ship missile.  Range is about 18km (10nm) 
  • Coordinate anti-ship strike with Sweden and rest of your Tiger flight via F10 RADIO
  • NATO KC-10 Extender on station over Norway @ angels 20 for in-flight refueling of Norwegian F-16As
    • Callsign: Texaco
    • Freq: 250
    • TCN: 6X
  • ROE: Return Fire or Obtain Positive ID before engaging any air threats.  Weapons HOT on all surface targets.
  • Comm Plan: Use UHF Radio as discrete; Use VHF Radio to monitor guard and Shadow Control 121.5
  • Homeplate Köbületi Air Base

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • The U-22/A Jammer pod is an effective countermeasure to Soviet surface search and fire control radars, often cutting their range in half before burn through.
  • Respawns available @ Köbületi Air Base
  • Heatblur Easter Egg….If you begin shaking uncontrollably while on the ground, and you hear your teeth chattering… you’re FREEZING!!  Close the canopy! 
AIR TASKING ORDER
THREE Tridents… 3 Elements of 3 aircraft each  (* element leader)

THOR FLIGHT

  • SkyKnight*
  • Floundog
  • Airdog

 

ODIN FLIGHT

  • Rico*
  • Baldawg
  • Skunk

 

LOKI FLIGHT

  • Hook*
  • Vulcan
  • Zero

 

TIGER FLIGHT (Norwegian F-16A)

  • Mafia*
  • Additional slot available

 

Your assigned flight will remain your flight for duration of mini-campaign, unless attendance dictates otherwise.

While the intent of this mission series is to introduce a very unique and fun aircraft to the squadron that has otherwise been overlooked, there is one additional F-16A slot available in TIGER flight should a pilot wish to fly the F-16A instead of the Viggen.  This slot will remain first come first serve every week.  The F-16A role is purely ancillary, as the focus of the series remains squarely on the Viggen. There are no plans to expand the role of TIGER flight beyond the 2 human clients.

 

PILOT DUTY ROSTER

Enter your Callsign and confirm your availability for this mission by selecting either

(Flying) or (Grounded)

 

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