SkyKnight Presents: “Nordic Trident” 6

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). F 21 and the RNoAF sustained heavy aircraft losses engaging the SAG protecting the amphibious surface group, which has now made landfall. We are heading back out to attack their beachhead.

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
It’s only been a few hours since the attack on FOB GARBO and Köbületi Air Base. Fortunately, the air strike on Köbületi was thwarted, after brave Norwegian aircrews scrambled to repel the attack.  GARBO was not so lucky.  But more concerning is our location is now compromised. Evacuation has already begun.  Our remaining Viggen have been rearmed and refueled with what remained of our fuel and ordnance. When we depart, we won’t be coming back.

The Soviet amphibious group has made landfall and begun landing operations.  We’re to head there immediately and attempt to intervene. The beachhead is 70km North of Köbületi Air Base, making the field our Forward Rearm and Refuel point once again. 

We can expect the beachhead to be well defended by armed helicopters, armor, MANPADS, and supported by Naval gunfire.  A lone Krivak II guided missile destroyer survived earlier attacks and is acting as a screen for air, surface, and subsurface threats. She is joined by 3 older destroyers equipped with AAA in protecting the landing operation.  The LSTs have beached, and are presently offloading troops and armor. The LPD is about 2.5 Km offshore, and has begun deploying her 3 Lebed-class Landing Craft Air Cushion. The LPD has gun and MANPAD point-defense systems.

Using a low-level, high-speed attack profile, our Viggens should be able to penetrate the defensive perimeter and strike the beachhead.  Blow your load and go. We will once again be supported by RNoAF F-16s out of Köbületi.  The Royal Norwegian Navy has a diesel-electric attack submarine within range of the beachhead. If we can knock-out that Krivak II ASW screen, the Norse sub will close to engage the LPD and DD with torpedoes, leaving us to focus on the landing ships on the beach and ground forces.  That Krivak II is #1 priority, or the rest of us won’t make it to the beachhead with it’s SA-8 umbrella.

We have the element of surprise on our first attack run.  The Ruskies think we’re dead, and won’t know to expect us.  Lets try and hit them hard on the first run.  You can expect subsequent runs to be harder.  We will attempt several cyclical sorties from Köbületi, before departing for our new home, near the north cape. 

 

FOB BERGMAN

Is located near the north cape, close to the Russian border, and highly secret.  The Norwegian Army’s Brigade Nord used it as a secret cold war base back in the 70’s. With Norway’s help, we’ve repurposed it for our use as a FOB.  The attack on GARBO forced our hand early, so the road we’ll be using as a runway will present a challenge.  But its location is strategic and a secret… we must strive to keep it that way.

It’s in heavily wooded country, and difficult to spot from the air. So we’ve established the following approach procedures to assist.

  • WP1 is the outer marker for FOB BERGMAN.  All approaches to BERGMAN are conducted by flying to WP1, the outer marker
  • Within 12km of reaching the outer marker (WP1), a ground spotter will pop a green smoke marker to help incoming pilots identify the outer marker.
  • Just prior to reaching the outer marker, turn right to a heading of 030 for landing on Road Runway 03
  • On final approach, upon passing the inner marker, a green flare will be set-off by security forces on the ground, to assist in locating the runway threshold, which will be marked with lights as before.
  • While the road runway is 60 feet wide and 6000 ft long, it is bracketed by tall evergreens and light posts.  You will need a steady hand and rudder to remain lined-up down the middle.

NOTAM: BERGMAN is close to the Russian border, and highly secret.  As such, all effort should be made not to exceed 1000m (3500ft) MSL while operating within 40km of FOB, or you will be picked up by SA10 radar and tracked!

 

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 to IP (WP4) and then beachead LZ (WP5) to engage Krivak II and conduct attack runs on forces offloading on the beach.
  • 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 BERGMAN
    • Continue on to WP 6 (Lighthouse), and follow navigation thru WP 9, which is outer marker for this sortie only
    • Remain at or below 1000m within 100km of FOB to avoid detection and giving away the new FOB location
    • Landing Road Rwy HDG 030
    • Follow approach procedures documented above
    • STOL procedures… AFK Mode 3 with 15.5 button ON
    • Caution: tall evergreens create a “Death Star” trench effect that can disorient pilots.
    • After landing, taxi forward to runway end markings,  meet up with a follow-me bike, which will then guide you to your assigned aircraft hangar

 

SKILLS REQUIRED FOR THIS MISSION

  • P-37/A Radar usage
  • Employ the following weapons types:
    • ARAK M70B Rockets
    • M71 High Drag bombs in CCIP mode
    • RB-05A Air to Ground Missile (the one with the bright flare in the tail)
    • RB-74 IR air-to-air missile (it’s just a sidewinder)
    • 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

 

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 (243) 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

  • Attack beachhead
  • You will join up with the rest of your flight at WP 1, 12nm WSW of Köbületi @ 1000 ft
  • ROE: Weapons HOT on beachhead
  • Comm Plan: Use VHF Radio as discrete; Use UHF Radio to monitor guard and Shadow Control 243
  • Homeplate Köbületi Air Base

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • 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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