SkyKnight Presents: “Nordic Trident” 9

Exhausted and depleted…  losses suffered as a result of enemy action and pilot fatigue due to high op tempo have taken their toll on Norrbotten Wing. Unable to sustain further flight ops, the Wing Commander has called for fresh reinforcements and pilots from Luleå and Östersund. A ferry flight is being assembled now at Luleå Air Base.

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 battle for the Danish Straits has not gone well, with NATO suffering heavy losses at the hands of the Baltic Fleet. Sweden has committed much of their armed forces to the defense of Denmark.  What’s left is being redirected north, to reinforce Norway’s efforts to stave off a Soviet pincher maneuver from the Norwegian Sea.  Decimated by aircraft losses and pilot fatigue, Norrbotten Wing will attempt to regroup at Luleå with the last of available aircraft and crews. A ferry flight is being assembled now at Luleå Air Base.

SWEDISH SKUNKWORKS

Fortunately, our chefs have been hard at work cooking up new ways to kill Russians.  They’ve adapted the United States Air Force’s AGM-65A Maverick missile to our Viggen’s.  Our Swedish chefs have designated the weapon “RB-75”.  We will get an opportunity to practice firing the RB-75 at our target range, enroute to FOB Bergman.

Additionally, we’re hearing rumors that the Skunkworks have been testing a prototype glide bomb, that can be used as a standoff weapon against fixed ground targets. Not much is known about the weapon at this time, but we are intrigued none the less.

 

 

 

FOB BERGMAN

Is located near the north cape, close to the Russian border. 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.

  • For this ferry flight, WP7 is the outer marker for FOB BERGMAN.  All approaches to BERGMAN are conducted by flying to the outer marker
  • Within 12km of reaching the outer marker (WP7), 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 Luleå Air Base in northern Sweden
  • Proceed Swedish target range (M1) and employ RB-75 missiles
  • Upon Winchester call at target range, push to WP 2-3 through mountains
  • Arrive at dispersal site NOBEL (WP4) for refueling and rearming with ELINT Pods
  • Depart NOBEL and push WP5. Climb to 6500 meters altitude for ELINT sweep enroute.
  • After passing WP 6, descend to 1000 meters or less for stealth approach to FOB BERGMAN (Outer Marker is WP7)

 

  •  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 7 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 RB-75 missile at training range
  • 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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