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  1. May a top smoke screen be affective against drone attacks? Drones are cheaper than an air force, right? Maybe that´s the threat the system is supposed to defeat, not javelins
  2. While I´m happy that the West won the Cold War and don´t consider myself to be anti american, I`ll take a moment to comment on this from the point of view of my corner of the world, Latin America It´s true, I think, that being in the US sphere of influence is more like having a Boss than a Big Brother, it´s more about money than soul crushing servitude, but that doesn't mean there wasn't a lot of innocent blood spilled over that The US backed/supported/tolerated some of the worst butchers in history in Latin America during the 20th Century, and that has a cost, the cost is the monumental anti american sentiment in the region There were, of course, exceptions, when those butchers sometimes turned on the US or when some US President occasionally decided to call them out on human rights abuses (Carter did it to no great effect, but at least spoke of it) Paradoxically, this is the reason why Cuba is seen as a beacon of hope for so many in Latin America, as the one country that stood against the empire, it may sound crazy, but for many at the other end of the US foreign policy it is not In my personal case I was just a kid in the 70s and 80s when all of this was still going on, but friends of my family disappeared at the hands of the State and members of my family were forced into exile I put the blame of it more on our own shortcomings than on the US or any other foreign power, but the narrative the US propagates about being about democracy and freedom sounds completely hollow for most people here, it´s just the way it is In other regions of the world it may well be the other way around, having endured the tyrants imposed by the USSR. In the end the big powers play their game, they may not be equally evil but the simple truth is that their interest come first and the lives of the people in smaller/weaker countries comes second, it`s the nature of the nation-state model, certainly in a smaller scale similar dynamics occur everywhere, smaller/weaker countries are not blameless Sadly, after the Cold War the international community was not able to find a working status quo and today`s stage is even more complicated by the appearance of non-state actors and global economics, I don´t think the US or any other country has enough power to shape the world, and would probably be better served by using it in a targeted form that apply the notion of personal responsibility and not collective punishment or on the basis of broad regional consensus (like against ISIS) and not by large scale interventions in most cases
  3. Is this for real? http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/05/14/new-russian-armored-vehicle-is-controlled-using-a-playstation-controller?abthid=55541d021aca3e0f5600003e We´ll need gamepad support when the module comes up!
  4. Ok, as a (Non US) lawyer I´ll try : In the case of Armata Vs. Skeptics the Court finds as follow: - That given the complete lack of evidence to support anything resembling technical specs, the only thing we deem proven is that Armata exist...sort off - In light of the preceding ruling, on the question of who will have custody until majority of age, the Court awards it to LockandLoad because he cares about it the most - The previous decision notwhistanding Steve is allow visitation rights to check on it from time to time and keep it honest on the question of future module inclusion - And finally, Panzer, while not very fond of it, is appointed tutor, to teach T-14 how to be a proper tank and not some hybrid nonsense that every other tank in the yard will mock and bully - No damages are awarded to any party since the only things affected are egos and prides and the Court finds that those have no monetary value on the Internet And if everybody is unhappy with the ruling, we´ll know I did a good job , as any lawyer knows usually the worst settlement is better than the best ruling
  5. If the turret is really so thin, wouldn´t it contradict the super-duper capsule to protect the crew? Sure, it will always make sense to the crew, but if your vehicle can´t prevent a weapon kill from a HMG, it´s not a tank, won´t be used as a tank and so, it doesn't need so much crew protection It must be a place holder if what the pics show is really that thin
  6. Well, the problem with arguing that Russia doesn't have the commitments the US has and that the US doesn't plan for defense of it´s soil as separate problems is that the lesson that everybody extracts is: if you don´t want to plan for homeland defense go and build a global empire/presence...as the US...and as the UK did before...all the way back to the Romans And for the insurance for NATO partners I recommend to call it the "Pre Paid Event Triggered Strategic Commitment"
  7. I think that the T-14 turret is missing a couple of Lego pieces... But they look good to me, may the aesthetics balance be shifting?
  8. This thread is becoming tank porn...with the vehicles slowly loosing their covers as the parade approaches... While a module with this toys would be great I´m skeptical enough data of actual production units will be available, looking at that "shopping list" of features, it looks too much given the time frame On the other hand, it´s good to see new stuff and it will certainly keep things interesting, deciding what works and what doesn't and at what cost/compromises, it feels like a big gamble given there´s no other program to replace current hardware What I don´t understand is the "no export" comment, why? Russia can't keep dumping T-72/90s on the world forever, eventually some derivative of this things surely will be exported
  9. As much as I would like a weapons selector, is this kind of micromanagement a thing in real life? Does a platoon or company commander get that involved? In any case it would be nice some consistency or pointer of what to expect in different situations, so far I can never tell what a Bradley will do against a tank, I´m not sure if it comes to training, distance, weather or just a roll of a dice
  10. In my experience, both in CMSF and CMBS, gunners will die rather quickly every time I´ve always blamed me more than the game for it, since I´m not sure this vehicles are supposed to be in direct contact with an entrenched enemy, but that`s the situation in most CM scenarios The game is not primary about recon/light patrol encounters, of course those can be modeled, but are not the core experience Recon/light assets could be removed altogether and we could still have the same experience for the most part, but not so if tanks and IFVs are removed I´ve never played the WWII titles, but for modern war, the distances in the scenarios turn light assets either into observers for indirect fire or balls of fire and hot metal, there seems to be not much middle ground
  11. Javelins should be strapped to everything...Strykers, COLTs, the head of the US President... Jokes aside, the BTRs with the 30mm gun are quite handy, at least in CM...they go from nearly useless as an offensive platform to somewhat worth the risk against infantry What about Strykers with a 30mm auto cannon and big thermobaric rockets? Would that make US Inf squads happy?
  12. So...do we have enough for a Parade Module??? That would be new...
  13. The M1200 Armored Knight! Just for the cool name... Can´t believe they wasted that cool name in a vehicle that: 1) It´s not (really) armored 2) It´s not doing anything resembling a knight It should be call the M1200 Stalking Archer...but maybe then no one would want to ride on it
  14. Ok, this broke my mind...so, newer tanks (T-90s) are less capable than upgraded older ones (T-72B3s) and are put on warehouses because are too expensive to upgrade...this leads me to an obvious question... Why build them in the first place???? If they were better than a T-72 in any of it infinite forms they would be in service, if they are not is because they are worst (or too expensive to operate, which makes them worst in another way) Shouldn´t they go to one of those Brigades with really old T-72s?? I mean, justo for moral factor...90 is higher than 72!
  15. I have yet to score a hit with the IGLA, but the AI did shoot down an Apache when playing the US campaign, so, they do hit from time to time Haven´t found a way to acquire ammo for them, seems they go to battle with one shot, it´s a strange proposition in modern times
  16. Haven´t played Command Ops but was looking at it just the other day, the thing is I´m a little bored of WWII, so I can´t tell you if it feels similar, it`s an interesting concept they put forward, one day I may decide to give it a try CMANO is supposed to be similar to the Harpoon series, but being late to the party never played that one either, just trying to figure out which version was the latest and greatest was akin to asking about the meaning of life, impossible to get a straight answer without college degree "On all things Harpoon", so never got it in any of it`s incarnations What I can tell you is that the game is playable without tons and tons of hours of study, of course a base knowledge on modern naval and air assets is required or you will end up sending your helicopters to sink a carrier But it is not a friendly or good looking game/simulator, it has no graphics other than icons on a map and the interface is plain windows and spreadsheets, it is, though, surprisingly easy to set up and launch missions, so you can learn to "do stuff" rather quickly Although, getting good at it is another thing entirely, I have made peace with the fact I won´t ever be a good player, just enough to win against the AI from time to time on small to medium size scenarios
  17. Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations (Sometimes shortened CMANO or CMNO) A game about watching strange icons moving on a map and spreadsheets at the same time Alternatively, it could be looked at as a Database you purchase, that happens to have a game attached to it
  18. I don´t know how this thread came to be what it is, but it is your fault I now want to get back to CMANO after kicking the habit of watching my ships sunk and my planes fall from the skies There goes my weekend...
  19. Great, I was thinking about some kind of event of this nature, is good to see the community organize itself and hope it will be done to completion It would be so much fun to have AARs of this encounters
  20. I´m from Argentina and I can tell you that having a conscript army didn´t prevent a single military coup in the 20th century (if you really want to look at it, start with the first coup in the modern sense in 1930 and laugh or cry your way to the last one in 1976-83 and every other folly in between) Latin America in general experienced long decades of high levels of political instability from local an foreign factors, coups were common occurrences, having conscript units didn´t prevent Generals to turn the Army into a de facto occupation force on it`s own soil, enough NCOs and low and mid level officers went along just fine with every crime and atrocity committed for various reasons, too long to go into in this thread We now have a volunteer armed forces, there`s no more conscription since the early 90s and the probability of a military coup has never been lower than in the last hundred years There are social, economical and political considerations for or against one model or the other, but I would venture to say that the composition of the armed forces is a relatively small factor on the odds of a constitutional breakdown, at least in modern times I would put more value on universal civic education, general awareness of civic and political rights, the ability of civilian political entities of managing internal conflict, etc.
  21. Wasn´t aware of the Regulus, nice trick The Panther and the Cougar I had some knowledge since both served in my country´s naval aviation wing, in low numbers, but not sure if they were ever embarked, Wikipedia seems to say no...that is when we still had a carrier, now naval aviation means the aircrafts are stationed close to shore while rusting I guess
  22. Perhaps the US Navy should rebrand their whole F-18E/F fleet to F-35D/E...that would send a clear message
  23. Thanks for digging up that info I guess "operational" doesn't mean what it used to...Still, if the thing is capable of putting some kind of weapon on target by 2015-17 it may show up in a later module And about the Navy hating it, there is not much choice, right? Other than pumping out F-18E/Fs until everyone else has a 5th Gen. fighter, which, granted, may take a long while
  24. The A-10 should be in If we are going to have a made up/fantasy sky scenario, just for fun, with a long contested air war and no stand-off CAS missions, why not go all in? My bet is the A-10 makes and appearance in the next module, together with USMC air assets (assuming a Marines theme), just to add some value to the mix Also, why no F-35s? Aren´t those being built and tested right now? Won´t they enter service by then?
  25. Without looking at your map I can´t say for sure, but probably you just overextended your, rather tiny, forces and put them on the way of too much Russian armor, there are some platoons going extremely close to the starting position , if I remember correctly It is possible to go about this mission without much contact, I´m not sure if zero contact is possible, probably not, but trying to take ground, beyond a few good observation/AT sniping points it´s suicidal on this mission There are indeed tons of armor in that valley, the most I´ve seen on a CM scenario, if I have one suggestion for this particular one, would be to give the player a bigger map to maneuver, as it is, there is almost no buffer zone And anyone having problems with mission should check the sticky topic with videos of the US campaign
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