Daniel Hayes' "Persian Glory" scenario is prefaced with the following:
"Suppose the Iranian revolution of 1979 did not occur. Say Saddam
Hussein arranged Khomeini's death during his exile in Iraq and that
the Shah's police were able to head off the remaining leaders. Iran
would have remained the United States powerful ally in the region.
The impressive military build-up of Iran would have continued. With
a large advantage in military muscle over its traditional rival,
Iraq, Iran has been pressuring its neighbor to make new concession on
the division of the Shatt-al-Arab waterway and Iraqi support for
opposition groups in Iran. Iranian troop movements indicate that they
may be planning some sort of punitive raid to force Iraq to comply
with their wishes. "
I started off by examining the bases. I launched an AWACS and tanker, and sent up a fistful of
Tomcats as BARCAP, while launching the available Phantoms, pretty
much as they were loaded out - AAR, SEAD, strike – with the idea of
killing the long-range radars and SA-6 and SA-8 radars
with SEAD, then killing the short-ranged SAMs with Mavericks. I
figured I could get under the long-ranged ones later with helos. The
air-to-air components were handled fairly well by the Tomcats, with the
strike and SEAD Phantoms and Falcons acting as their own point-
defense. The first strike against the Basra facilities did fairly
well by hugging the Kuwait border on ingress and egress.
About nightfall, I had knocked down enough of the Iraqi aircraft
that I was ready to send in the Sea Cobras. What TOW's do to hangars
is NOT to be believed! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find all the
SA-7s and SA-9s until they fired. The southern group of Cobras
pretty much KO'd anything launching from Basra. When I sent them
trolling over the armor/Republican Guard formations, though, was when
they were chopped down.
Through all of this, the Phantoms and Falcons were shuttling
back and forth, killing all the SA-2s and SA–3s they could reach, by
going NOE to within range. A lot of SA-2s and SA-3s lit the
sky over Baghdad that night (hmmm... where have I heard that before?)
Before the sun rose, the face of Iraq was changed. I had
destroyed enough of the facilities needed to meet the victory
conditions (well, OK, I got them all) by 07:32:50 Zulu.