Rico Presents: “Nordic Trident” 7

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.  The fierce response of Nordic air power has blunted the Soviet amphibious landing in Norway and left a Naval Infantry brigade isolated.  In a surprise move, Soviet airborne forces conducted an air assault on the northernmost Norwegian town of Kirkenes, and are establishing a FARP at the airport located there. We are going in to strike it!

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
The fierce response of Nordic air power has blunted the Soviet amphibious landing in Norway and left a Naval Infantry brigade isolated. Norwegian ground forces have contained this assault, but in doing so they have been forced to allocate strategic reserves.

In a surprise move, while we were attacking the beachhead, Soviet airborne forces conducted an air assault on the northernmost
Norwegian town of Kirkenes, on the Soviet-Norwegian border and are establishing a FARP at the airport located there. Simultaneously, Soviet armored columns crossed the border and began moving south along the Norwegian coast from the Murmansk district. If they successfully open the coastal road, they will be able to continue south and link up with the isolated naval infantry. A Soviet airfield in the area would threaten all operations in northern Norway and Sweden.

We must strike the airfield and destroy supporting infrastructure. This may not stop the Soviets from opening a FARP, but will
restrict their ability to move equipment into the area with fixed wing assets. Our Viggens will launch from our new secret home at FOB Bergman, follow waypoints and conduct a low level high speed attack. Following the attack, we will egress south to waypoint 5 then back through waypoints in reverse order to return to Bergman and rearm/ refuel for follow on attacks. Pilots MUST remain at low level throughout the flight to prevent detection of our tridents and our base, and “one pass haul ass” is the order of the day.

Intelligence is limited, and the Norwegian army forces are thinly spread between containing the Soviet naval infantry in the south, the paratroopers at Kirkenes, and resisting the armored columns advancing from the border. The local population has not had the opportunity to evacuate the area, confusing the situation further and increasing the need for target identification. The runway, airfield buildings, fuel and all airfield associated support buildings are targetable, as are all confirmed Soviet forces. Currently Norwegian Army forces are maintaining a perimeter 5 miles away from the coast, so restricting our strike to the airfield will mitigate the threat of fratricide.

For our first attack all aircraft will be armed with high drag bombs and jamming pods, trident leads may modify the load out for subsequent waves, employing precision air to ground missiles, but jamming pods and defensive Rb-74’s are encouraged throughout the mission. Weather is expected to be unseasonably clear, with light clouds and sunshine.

Electronic Intelligence confirms an active SA-10 site outside Murmansk, with Kirkenes just inside its maximum range. Terrain should mitigate the threat of engagement unless we fly high or too far north. Expect MANPADS, and ZU-23 AA guns on the objective as well as small arms. Soviet fighters will be distracted by Norwegian F-16’s conducting fighter sweeps in the area, and should pose little threat. The Norwegian fighters will be tethered to aerial tankers, and operating at large distances from their Kobületti base, limiting the amount of time they will be able to cover our attacks to under 3 hours.

A few words of caution, pilots: losses are starting to mount, so preserving your aircraft is key. Pilot fatigue and a high flight tempo, combined with two changes of basing have stressed all personnel and equipment to limits. FOB Bergman is a demanding site and landing damaged aircraft there would prove extremely challenging. These factors should be taken into account when planning load outs and tasks for follow-on waves. Kirkenes is only 65 km from FOB Bergman, but routing will make maximum use of terrain masking to misdirect enemy efforts to locate our base.

While Soviet amphibious action has proved only moderately successful, the Soviet Northern Fleet is threatening to isolate the three Nordic nations. As we speak, NATO naval forces are assembling for a counter strike in an effort to contain Soviet Surface Action Groups and guided missile submarines freedom of movement from Murmansk: our successful strike at Kirkenes is key to enabling that NATO naval action.

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.  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 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.

 

FLIGHT PLAN LOADED ON TO YOUR DATA CARTRIDGE

  • Depart FOB BERGMAN Road Rwy HDG 207
    • When ready to taxi, Follow-me bikes will lead each Trident to the runway.  LOKI should yield to ODIN out of the hangar, as they share a taxiway and follow-me bike with ODIN.
    • STOL procedures… 6000 ft long rwy requires ZONE 3 afterburner
    • Road Rwy INS align Procedure: Data Selector to “HDG LIMIT” > “IN” > 2070 > “LS SKU” > “OUT” > “CUR POS”   This necessary step will ensure your CK37 INS is aligned prior to takeoff.
  • WP1 – Outer Marker FOB Bergman
    2-3 – through mountains
    4 – Feet wet at Norwegian port of Nordkapp, INS fix point,  then turn NW up coast
    5 – approach corridor using mountains for terrain masking
    *The final waypoints are in very close proximity (5 km). All pilots must have competed weapon
    system preparations prior to reaching WP6, as there will be no time to prepare systems once
    that turn is made.
    6- Dogleg south to lineup/ unmask from terrain
    7- IP (10 km from OBJ)
    8- objective
  • Following your attack run @ WP8, Proceed direct to WP5, then reverse course to RTB FOB Bergman

 

  •  NOTAM:  FOB BERGMAN PROCEDURES
    • Remain at or below 1000m within 40km of FOB to avoid detection and giving away the new FOB location
    • If you are mud spiked within range of FOB, shame on you!, you’ve just shown up on SA-10 radar and can be tracked!
    • Landing Road Rwy HDG 030
    • Follow approach procedures documented above, using WP 1 as Outer Marker
    • STOL procedures… AFK Mode 3 with 15.5 button ON.
    • Watch your approach speed… no higher than 270.  Landing HOT will result in disaster!
    • Caution: tall evergreens create a “Death Star” trench effect that can disorient pilots.
    • At conclusion of mission, taxi forward to runway end markings,  meet up with a follow-me bike, which will then guide your Trident to their assigned aircraft hangar

 

 

SKILLS REQUIRED FOR THIS MISSION

  • 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)
  • Use of U22A Jamming and Countermeasures pods
  • 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
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

 

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

 

PILOT DUTY ROSTER

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

(Flying) or (Grounded)

 

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