Still working on the Rise of the Dragon battleset. Here is the third scenario.. Invasion.
Scenario three has the Taiwanese defending their coastline against two Chinese surface fleets. The mission objectives were to sink eight of the LST or cargo ships.
Taiwan has very little air assets left, some aging F-5E freedom fighters and some S-2 Trackers that have only an ASW loadout available. Taiwan does have two surface task forces that have a very nice supply of SSM. To assist the Taiwanese (it would have been impossible without them), the Japanese have aircraft based at Hualien. A small supply of F-15Js, F-16Cs, FS-Xs and most importantly, two Hawkeyes. The Japanese fighters can only carry the Sparrow III and not the AMRAAM.
Trying to establish air superiority was a major challenge at first. The Chinese have Flanker Bs to the south and Flanker Cs with their Adder missiles to the north. Mixed in with these were various other Chinese fighter and attack aircraft. Along the Chinese coast are some SA-20 SAMs that pretty much kept my aircraft over Taiwan territory.
A running air battle issued for the first two or three hours of the scenario. At the cost of 7 F-15Js, 4 F-16Cs, all Flankers were destroyed. I used the F-5Es against the other Chinese aircraft. Amazingly, none of the F-5Es were lost.. go figure. I kept the Japanese FS-X attack aircraft on the ground until I found the surface fleets. Eight of the FS-Xs had 6 hour wait times anyway.
Moving my Hawkeyes closer to the northern and southern tips of Taiwan I was able to detect both fleets. I directed my surface task forces on an intercepting course along with my two subs. One sub was horribly out of position and wouldn't be a factor in this battle at all. My FS-X fighters were sent after the northern Chinese fleet, their SSMs look to be the equivalent of the US Harpoon in range and damage. I kept my fighters at low altitude and radars off. The Chinese made a critical error, none of their ships were radiating... surprise was mine.. my wave of 16 ASM's crashed into ships with hardly an answering SAM. Unfortunately, I didn't hit the DDG that was in the formation, it would prove to be most bothersome.
Once the 6 hour wait was up, I directed four more FS-X toward the northern fleet. Their attack resulted in only minor hits to the Chinese fleet. Most ASM's were shot down by the withering SAM fire from the Chinese DDG. I sent my remaining four FS-X in for the attack but I was thwarted once again by the SAM fire from the Chinese fleet and an SA-20 battery on the coast. Not only was the SA-20 knocking down my ASM's, it tagged one of my Hawkeyes that was flying on the north end of the Taiwanese island.
Facing 6 hour wait times for the FS-X fighters and no air to ground loadouts for the F-16s or F-15s, I was forced to wait until my surface task forces moved into range. I planned for my smothering blow to come in 6 hours.. time was dwindling.
My winning strike consisted of all 12 of my FS-X fighters and both my surface groups. My northern group cleared their magazines of SSMs at the wounded but deadly northern Chinese fleet. My ships were supported by 8 of my FS-X fighters with four ASMs loaded each. My southern task group cleared its magazines of SSMs at the southern Chinese task force that had yet to be fired upon. I also sent four FS-X fighters with their ASM loadouts.
The result of the strike was the complete annihilation (big time overkill) of the northern Chinese fleet and 6 ships out of 20 of the southern Chinese fleet were destroyed. Victory was mine with ten hours left in the scenario. My losses held at seven F15s, four F-16s and one E-2C. As far as I know, all Chinese aircraft were destroyed, the northern fleet was destroyed and damage was done to the southern. Sorry I can not be more specific on Chinese losses, I forgot to write them down before ending the scenario.
This mission was fun but even with the numerical superiority of the Chinese aircraft and surface units, they were severely hampered by the lack of AEW assets. The mission would have been a lot harder with the Chinese deploying an AEW. I basically let the Chinese fighters come across the mountains of Taiwan into the Eastern side where I decimated them since they were out of range of their coastal air searc radars and had to rely on their own radar information.