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Most DCS Modules come with one campaign that introduces the player to more complex scenarios and aircraft usages than what is presented in any tutorials or singular missions.

A-10A Warthog

A-10A - The Valley

Enemy forces have occupied the Ozurgeti valley in southwest Georgia after a quick and bloody occupation invasion. Friendly forces at company strength are now stationed south of Kobuleti and will push north and then east to push the enemy forces out of the valley to the east.

Tactical air will be critical in providing both Forward Edge of Battle (FEBA) Close Air Support (CAS) and behind the FEBA interdiction strike missions.

A-10C Warthog

A-10C Sturmovik

On the eve of the Sochi Winter Olympics, situation in the Caucasus has escalated dangerously.

In Adjara, dissatisfaction with the nationalistic policy of Georgia has led to a coup, local militias seized power in the country. Tied to the official Tbilisi, officials of the state apparatus and the police were forced to flee from Batumi. Deployment of Georgian troops in Adjara was averted by Russia's demand to respect the right of peoples to self-determinate and its promise to support the newly formed republic, including by military means if necessary. Intense discussions about the situation in the UN Security Council has not yet led to any result.

After the withdrawal of Georgian administration, a pair of A-10C planes was discovered at the Batumi airport, delivered to Georgia for testing before possible acquisition by Georgian Air Force. The demand of the State Department of the United States to return the aircraft received no reply from Adjara, but a group of specialists and pilots from Lipetsk CBP, Russia, arrived to study the aircrafts' capabilities.

Georgian Hammer

For the second time in the beginning of the 21st century, Georgia has been invaded and occupied by an invading Russia. Although ostensibly for humanitarian reasons to support ethnic Russians, the true cause appears to be more likely a reestablishing of Russia's southern flank against its southern neighbor, Turkey. Unlike the first instance though, Georgia is now a member of NATO and has pleaded with other NATO members to remove Russian forces from its territory. To date, only the United States has responded with a modest contribution of the 52nd Fighter Wing (A-10C and F-16CJ) and elements of VII Corps.

Russian advances to date and have been swift and decisive, and they are now only 46 km north of the remaining Georgian stronghold at Batumi. Russian forces are currently gathering force around Kobuleti, prior to their final push south. Advance Russian forces are mostly comprised of older T-72 and BMP-2 armor, but more advanced systems have been detected moving toward the front. Not expecting NATO intervention, Russian air defenses and top cover are light at this time and Russian close air support in minimal.

VII corp elements are currently dug in between Chakva and Kobuleti in a blocking position, and are using the rough topography to the east to cover the eastern flank and the Black Sea to cover their western flank. The 52nd FW is based out of Batumi, providing short flight times to the FEBA.

Assuming US forces can halt the Russian advance, the follow-on goal will be to push north and expel Russian forces out of Georgia.

You will be spearheading this effort as a pilot of the 81st Fighter Squadron. You and your fellow A-10C pilots will play a pivotal role in this campaign termed by NATO as Operation Georgian Hammer.

AJS-37 Viggen

The Mjölnir Response

Spring 1994,

Following fall of the Soviet Union, the fledgling nation of Georgia is far from stable. A series of internal conflicts, civil unrest and a coup d’état has plagued the young nation. The Georgian areas of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are fraught with ethnic conflicts, along with significant element of interstate tensions, after neighboring Russia was supporting separatist forces during the 1992-1993 war in the Abkhazia region. A United Nations Security Council resolution dispatched a special envoy to negotiate a cease-fire between Georgia and the separatists.

As a result of the ceasefire agreement a UN force, Georgia Force (GFOR), was created for the purpose of peacekeeping and air policing in the area instead of Georgian troops. A multinational brigade was based in the area of ZUGDIDI near the Abkhazian provincial border. The air component of GFOR is tasked with air policing, maritime surveillance, and supporting GFOR operations.

The GFOR aviation component consists of a squadron of AJS-37 Viggen from F7 Wing from the Swedish Air Force (SwAF), a squadron F-5E Tiger II from 336 Squadron of the Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF), along with helicopters and transport aircraft from various contributing nations.

Currently, GFOR air assets are based at Kutaisi Air Base, along with detachments at Senaki and Kobuleti Air Bases. There is at present no naval or maritime component to GFOR, but the Georgian Navy retains a few corvettes for maritime policing and limited surface warfare capabilities.

While Russian troops have left Georgia following the ceasefire agreement at the end of the civil war, there has been repeated airspace violations as well as naval maneuvers which may be interpreted as adversarial. What we can surmise is that Russian hardliners are pushing for a more “muscular” approach towards Georgia. A series of Russian larger-scale military exercises and naval maneuvers have been conducted in the previous months. However, we do not anticipate escalation or direct confrontation at this time. There are some troubling developments in the Kremlin and we may be seeing a repeat of the constitutional crisis of last year, which does not bode well for our current predicament.

Our duties here are to assist the rest of GFOR in their task of maintaining the ceasefire and to uphold the sovereignty of Georgia. We are not here to fight a war however, and we have rather limited capabilities in terms of fighting a direct confrontation. We have limited reserves of ordnance, but not nearly enough resources for larger scale conflicts. For now we will continue our patrols and keep the skies and seas safe.

14 May, 1993. Kutaisi Air Base, Georgia.

It has been two weeks since the squadron flew into Georgia, with a long ferry flight from Sweden to Georgia, flying across most of central Europe on the over 3000 km trek, much further than we usually fly. The other air forces started piling in with Swedes, Norwegians and Germans sharing this little Airbase.

In the recent weeks we have mainly conducted familiarisation flights in the area as well as establishing our logistics. We have had a few airspace violations with some Russian SU-24s and MiG-23s probing the border, darting just over the border and then retreating. We managed to intercept and photograph some of them in the last few days. This is not something we are unfamiliar with, as it is a somewhat common occurrence back home in Sweden during the Cold War. Some naval movements have been seen at sea, with some significant jamming off the coast of Russia. Apparently our neighbors are up to something.

For now, we maintain our patrols around western Georgia and provide GFOR command all the reconnaissance they could ever want.

Bf 109 K-4 Kurfürst

Bf 109 Challenge Campaign

Welcome to the Challenge Campaign. This campaign takes you through a series of missions which will challenge you in various tasks and roles of the Bf 109K-4.

F/A-18C Hornet

Hornet 1989 - Task Force Challenger

10 December 1989
The Black Sea
Fictional

Tensions are high in the Caucasus region, as local government and military leaders contemplate their future under continued Soviet control. It is the belief of Georgian leadership in Tbilisi that sufficient economic and military autonomy exists to allow self-rule as an independent republic.

One month ago, this new Republic of Georgia declared independence from the Soviet Union. In response, Red ground and air forces have been amassing on the north side of the Inguri river in preparation for a large-scale crackdown. Recognizing the hopelessness of their situation, the Georgians have made urgent pleas to the West for aid.

Task Force Challenger, centered around the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, has entered the Black Sea as a show of support. They are under orders to engage in defensive operations only, but if attacked, to carry out offensive operations in support of Georgian forces.

F-15C Eagle

F-15C - Bear Trap

Spring 2011

Tensions between Russia and Georgia have risen again with Georgia’s act of attacking South Ossetia once more to prevent real or imagined secession. Without a doubt, the conflict threatens to escalate to something more than a border skirmish as Russian armor poured over the border and took up positions to block any Georgian advance into South Ossetia.

NATO has decided to render direct military aid to Georgia this time in order to convince the Russian forces to pull back. Diplomacy is no longer an adequate means of dealing with this conflict, and NATO has a need to show that they will defend allies, territory and resources when and where required. While some suspect Russia is exacting some retribution for Kosovo, NATO also has a vital oil pipeline running through Georgia that it wishes to protect.

The Russian Air Force is expected to perform far better than it did in the 2008 conflict, and air power is believed to be a decisive factor in this particular skirmish. As a result, you will be deploying as part of the 48th Fighter Wing, 493rd squadron from Lakenheath. You will lead up to a 4-ship of F-15C’s in the skies over Georgia, and possibly Russia. Your goal is to create a virtual no-fly zone for Russian aircraft, and show that the USAF and NATO can gain and maintain air superiority against any foe.

Stay sharp, this is not the Iraqi Air Force. The Russians are well trained, they have capable aircraft, and a significant and very dangerous SAM net. Take care to plan your missions carefully and avoid threats as necessary. Tactical decisions for air engagements are left to you. The NATO presence is fairly limited, so try to make your shots count.

Fw 190 D-9 Dora

Fw 190D-9 Challenge Campaign

Welcome to the Challenge Campaign. This campaign takes you through a series of missions which will challenge you in various tasks and roles of the Fw 190D-9.

Ka-50 Black Shark 2

Deployment

By the summer of 2009, the situation in the western Caucasus had become difficult. Funded by foreign Islamist movements, underground nationalist groups in the republics of Karachayevo-Cherkesiya, Kabardino-Balkariya and southern Krasnodarskiy and Stavropolskiy territories began terrorist activities in earnest. These included attacks on government authorities, interior and military forces in the region. Realizing the danger of escalation toward a full-scale conflict, the leadership of the Russian Federation made the decision to impose a state of emergency in the region. In an effort to stabilize the situation, the interior, army and border patrol units of the Southern Federal District have been substantially reinforced.

Georgian Oil War

With the ever growing demand for oil in world markets, Georgia has taken advantage of its oil-wealth to both improve its infrastructure and its military power. This became even more important after the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008. Key to this has been the diversion of oil and natural gas from the South Caucasus and Central Asia regions directly to the West. In doing so though, Russia has been left out of the economic windfall. Further, both Azerbaijan and Georgia have worked closely together to minimize Russian involvement in oil coming from Baku.

To further inflame matters, there exist the oil and gas fields not yet exploited in Kazakhstan. How this oil will be transported out of Kazakhstan is a matter of contention. Russia insists that it be routed north through its territory whereas the West would like to see it head West through Georgia.

Within this energy/economic environment, both the West and Russia have vital strategic interests in Georgia. Recognizing this and the insatiable demand for fossil fuels, several western countries and Georgia have created an energy and defense alliance to ensure the uninterrupted flow of oil from the region and to the west and prevent a repeat of the Russian invasion in 2008. This cooperation has included the granting of western high-technology weaponry and the training of Georgian forces.

Recognizing the growing strategic military and economic threat to its south, Russia has taken pre-emptive military action to restore a legitimate government to Georgia and remove western influences from the region.

Operation Medvedev II

What is old is new again. Despite our previous efforts to bring peace to this region, violence has erupted due to balkanization of the area. Innocent blood is being spilled and an entire people is being repressed. As before, we have no choice but to intervene and quell the violence.

You are part of an “advisor” party that will assist in this effort and pre-pare the battlefield as our forces are brought to bear over the coming days.

Good luck.

Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight

Spring Tension

It’s early spring in South Ossetia. The only reminder left of the Georgian attack is the debilitated peacekeeper’s camp on the edge of Tskhinvali. The Russian 4th army base is now stationed at a different location, well equipped with comfortable new barracks, a fleet of combat and support vehicles, and a helicopter FARP station. The area still doesn’t have any airports, so the only means of air transport is by helicopters, which are stationed on the airbase in the town of Java. Flight crews operate daily from here in support of the Russian troop contingent. In this mountainous area with a poorly developed road network, helicopters are an important, at times the only means of transport. Having just arrived on his new assignment, the Java airbase is now home to Captain Yuri Maksimovich, an Mi-8 Pilot-Commander.

MiG-21bis

Stillness In Time

Two neighbouring countries — Southeria and Northeria — have a long history of disputes. With the failure of diplomatic efforts, mutual tensions gradually rise to full scale military operations. Both sides operate mixed; contemporary and old war machines. You are flying for the Southerian Air Force.

Mirage M-2000C

M-2000C Campaign

The campaign puts you in the role of one of two US exchange pilots attached to 002.05 Squadron. You arrive in Georgia after the familiarisation training and you are to go through the more advanced exercises in Vaziani, while flying actual patrol missions in support of the NATO operations there.

The campaign is roughly divided in two parts. First one is more focused on honing your skills and expanding on the things you have learned in the dedicated training missions (it is strongly advised that you fly these first). Therefore you can expect to get additional information on systems that were already covered as well as on new aspects of flying the M-2000C. As the campaign progresses, the storyline evolves with it and slowly changes focus from training to more substantial duties.

P-51D Mustang

P-51D Challenge Campaign

Welcome to the Challenge Campaign. This campaign takes you through a series of missions with an ever increasing level of difficulty. The missions are wide ranging and expose you to the many facets of flying the Mustang. By the end of the campaign, you should be well versed on its operation and be able to employ it effectively as a war machine.

Prior to playing this campaign, you should play through all of the Mustang training missions.

MiG-29S “Fulcrum C”

MiG-29S - Over the Hump

Operations have begun that will lead to the eventual airborne assault of two key enemy airbases. Separating us and the enemy is a large mountain chain we term “The Hump”. You will pilot a MiG-29S fighter in support of this operation.

SA342 Gazelle

Operation Dixmude

September 2003. It has been nearly eight years that the Caucasus is in civil war. What initially took the shape of an inter-ethnic conflict already seen and reviewed between Abkhazians and Ossetians populations first, loyal to Russia, and also Georgian, eventually led to a much wider war which blends as well as Religion and Politics.

Indeed, appeared a new player, long forgotten during the Soviet period, but that the various conflicts in the Middle East led to the uprising: The Tatar community. Usually discreet and confined to the Crimea, it has gradually expanded its sphere of influence throughout Georgia. But his actions are not necessarily going in the same direction as those of other groups considered terrorists like the Taliban or Al-Qaeda. Tatars wish certainly ensure Islamic hegemony over the whole of Georgian territory, the official government is considerably weakened by civil war, but they operate finely.

They do not take the oil and gas traffic to Europe, on the contrary, they provide protection against Abkhazians and Ossetians raids. The immediate consequence lies in an alliance of convenience between the Georgian government and the Tatars.

However, they become more and more dangerous, in eight months of campaign, they recovered the coast of Abkhazia, propelling its former residents in an exodus to the east to Georgia, and to the north into the mountains. Abkhazians are in fact practically offside, and it seems now clear that an alliance between NATO and Tatars will be more beneficial to the stability in the region that any attempt to help the Abkhazian militias.

It is in this context that NATO decided to deploy a task force based in Sukhumi, in territory controlled by the Tatar militia, and north of Tbilisi, controlled by the Georgian government to address the Ossetians. However, Russia takes a very dim this deployment so close to its borders, and began to massively arm the Abkhazians and Ossetians with modern equipment.

You are part of the 3RHC 3Ehra (3rd combat helicopter regiment, 3rd recce and attack helicopter squadron), fitted with Sa-342M Gazelle, and gathering a staff of 16 vehicles, currently deployed in Sukhumi . You will have the opportunity to work in cooperation with Ah-64 of the 16th Airborne Assault Brigade Columbia and the 160th SOAR American. The Air superiority is ensured by a Franco-British mix. In the seas, a detachment of the US Sixth Fleet is currently adapting its platforms to receiving your devices. Most operations you will attend will take you at night in the heart of enemy territory to eliminate a maximum of Abkhazian military potential.

Whatever happens, remember, wherever you go in Caucasus, none is trustworthy except your teammates, on each side, you deal with militias.

Hope you to not pass a regular army.

Su-25 “Frogfoot”

Su-25 - Cold War Warrior

The fall of the Berlin Wall November 9, 1989 should have marked the beginning of a new era of peace. It brought the world on the brink of disaster.

In the night of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the armies of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany left their garrisons throughout the German Democratic Republic in order to contain the beginnings of the East German revolution. Recognizing these movements, NATO command came to a fatal conclusion: Massing of forces for the invasion of Western Europe. In the morning of 10th November NATO executed plan Loaded Spring, a preemptive strike against the Soviet build-up in East Germany. 8 NATO corps swiftly crossed the inner German border and engaged the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany. The Soviet armies, expecting a national security operation, were completely surprised and caught unprepared. In a 3 days long battle of unprecedented scale and intensity, the GSFG was out rightly annihilated. Surprisingly NATO suffered only marginal losses.

Following the disaster in East Germany, the Red Army generals revolted against the government of Mikhail Gorbachev and ordered the mobilization of all military reserves. It would only be a question of time before the Soviet divisions of the Far East would sweep across Europe and revenge the humiliation of the Red Army. NATO command could only see one resort, an all out offensive into the Soviet Union in order to disrupt the reformation of the Soviet Army. 20th November 1989, the victorious and reinforced forces of NATO began their drive across the plains of Eastern Europe, having been granted free access by the mutinied armies of Poland and Czechoslovakia; and into the heartland of the Soviet Union.

Mutually Assured Destruction worked all too well. As long as either side has a real hope to win the war, no one dares to unleash the storm of nuclear fire. Once more the sons of Russia and their Soviet brothers must take up arms to defend their motherland.

Su-25 - Revanche

On 07/18 between 0100–0130 hrs and in contradiction to previously signed agreements, tactical aviation units consisting of F/A-18C strike-fighter aircraft provided by NATO and flying under Georgian operational command conducted an aerial assault against Abkhazian air defense units in the areas of: GALI, OCHAMCHIRA, SASHAMUGIO.

At the same time, Georgian conventional and rocket artillery systems were used to destroy Abhazian air force helicopters stationed on forward positions in the vicinity of GALI, as well as checkpoints in the areas of CHUBURHINZHI-TAGILONI-SIDA-PIRVELI-AKVAGA.

Su-25T “Frogfoot”

Su-25T - Georgian Oil War

Due to the ever-increasing demand for oil on world markets, Georgia has been able to benefit from its abundance of oil and to expand its infrastructure and military power. The key to this lies in the direct supply of oil and natural gas from the South Caucasus and Central Asia to the West. This way, Russia is not only excluded from economic profits, but Azerbaijan and Georgia can work closely together to minimize Russian influence on the oil coming from Baku.

The situation is further fueled by the untapped oil and gas reserves in Kazakhstan. How to transport this oil from Kazakhstan is the subject of controversy. Russia insists that the pipeline should run through Russian territory in the north, while the west would prefer a route through Georgia.

In this economically and energy-motivated situation, both the West and Russia have vital interests in Georgia. Because of this and the unresolved demand for fossil fuels, several Western nations and Georgia have signed an Energy and Defense Alliance to ensure an unimpeded flow of oil from the region to the West. The collaboration also includes the delivery of advanced Western weapons technology and the training of Georgian armed forces.

In the face of increasing military-strategic and economic threats in the South, Russia has taken preventive measures to reinstate a legitimate government in Georgia and minimize Western influence in the region.

Su-27 “Flanker B”

Su-27 - Fortress Mozdok

With increased tensions in the region since a recurrence of hostilities in Abkhazia, the United States has forward deployed air assets to both Gudauta and Sukhumi air bases to ostensibly act as “peace keepers” in the region and avoid a military escalation between Russia and Georgia. The strength of this deployment indicates otherwise though poses a significant threat to our interests in the region.

Georgian forces have once again taken illegal action against the citizens of Abkhazia and the United States, and any other country, has no right to interfere with this internal affair. It is the right of Russia to ensure stability and the protection of ethnic rights in Abkhazia.

To have the assets in place to best counter outside interference, the 3rd IAP Su-27 unit based at Krymsk has been deployed to Mozdok in order to reduce reaction time to threats originating from Georgian airspace.

Su-24 from the 16AK at Mikhaylovka–Lebyazhe have also been deployed to Mozdok, as well as a detachment of A-50 AWACS from Ivanovo–Severnyy in the Moscow military district. Additional assets may be moved to Mozdok if conditions change.

We sincerely hope it will not come to it, but we must be prepared for military action in the near future.

Su-33 “Flanker D”

Su-33 - Heavy Sky

The Su-33 navy pilot campaign.

The campaign is deploying in the Caucasus Black sea area. Accomplishment of a tasks and landing to the airbase or aircraft carrier are indispensable conditions for mission success.

Su-33 - Sea Dragon

With renewed hostilities in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, naval task force Sea Dragon has been tasked to disrupt Georgian military operations along its Black Sea coast and support friendly operations further inland.

The key goals of Sea Dragon are:

  1. Isolate the port of Poti and prevent it as a logistics transfer point for Georgian forces.
  2. Interdict Georgian logistics (air, land, and sea) in the Area of Operations (AOR).
  3. Secure air dominance of the AOR.
  4. Maintain control of the sea in the AOR.

Task Force Sea Dragon includes the aircraft carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, the cruiser Moskva, the frigate Neustrashimy, and the frigate Rezky. Embarked on the Admiral Kuznetsov are 19 Su-33 of the 279th Naval Fighter Regiment.

UH-1H Huey

UN Pilot

It’s tough, being an army helicopter pilot. Mother always told me, “If you want to fly so much, dear, why not go into civil aviation? You’ll always be in tie and uniform.” Of course I didn’t listen and was hungry for some adventure and adrenaline. Well, I’ll have my share now. Not even half a year out of the academy and they’re shipping me out to war. Maybe not war exactly — a peacekeeping operation. Somewhere in the Caucasus the government was fighting against insurgents. And they’re sending us in to clean up the mess. Luckily they’re saying on the news the fighting has stopped and everything’s been quiet for some time. So, it’s supposed to be a safe assignment.