Tarnished Gold – Mission 05 – Pin Drop

Our previous mission “Tin Can” dealt a severe blow to the ChDKZ and their Russian supporters. The loss of a few dozen armored vehicles and a couple helicopters and air defense units is definitely a setback for the ChDKZ rebels. With the tide turning slightly, we’ve decided to go on the offense, but we’ll need good intelligence to gauge where ChDKZ are massing their forces. As such, we’ve been tasked to escort a recon group deep under the Russian no fly zone where they will be inserted to provide intel.

The SPECOPS UH-60 “Dusk Knight 3-2” awaits our escort…

We fly near each other until we reach the vicinity of the no fly zone and I park Dusk Knight in a safe location while I fly ahead and scope out the area…

Our load consists of rockets, eight Hellfires, and 1200 rounds of gun. As we approach, the first indication of enemy forces is an S26 guarding the south edge of the enemy airfield…

As we scan the area I take note of the array of equipment: two Ka-52s, two fighters, at least two 2S6 Tunguskas, and some assembled infantry. The near Tunguska becomes my first target, followed quickly by striking the two helos, then the fighters. I use LOAL-HI mode to make sure the first missiles clear the treeline..

Boom – the Tunguska is down. Dusk Knight radios the obvious…

Next come the helos, which go up in an impressive ball of flame…

The fighters start to taxi, but they don’t have nearly enough time as the Hellfires rain down…

I change to the DTV mode for a few moments and check out the carnage..which is pretty awesome..

I switch to the black hot FLIR and can see a couple enemy troops running across the base…

I keep Dusk Knight holding south as I move forward to survey the damage at the base and see if additional forces are in the vicinity. I’ve exhausted my eight Hellfires already due to doubling up on accident on some targets, so I switch to the chain gun. An S26 comes roaring down the road spewing dust and bullets and I quickly lay the cannon on him and give a prolonged burst. At such a long range it takes several seconds for the rounds to splash, but I get lucky when the vehicle comes to a stop and I can pour rounds into him…

The airfield is fairly well sanitized except for a couple crews that might be wandering around with small arms. I head for “Point Mango” which is the LZ for the SPECOP insertion. On approach we spot one more truck with troops and a pickup with a bed mounted anti-aircraft gun. We light them up with the gun and soon both trucks are ablaze…

At Point Mango the area appears clear and I call up the UH-60 for the insertion and he comes charging up at low altitude from the south…

The Blackhawk flares hard and drops into the clearing and a squad of troops hops off and moves into the woods…

As Dusk Knight moves off I join up on him to escort him to Krasnotsav…

Just outside of Krasnostav I cringe as I see some tracers arc up toward the Blackhawk. I slave the gun over and lay it on the heat signature coming from the vehicles and pull the trigger and hold it, spraying the whole area with shells. The gunfire from the vehicles stops and several moments later the vehicles are ablaze as my bullets finally arc down onto them…

Dusk Knight drops onto the airfield and thanks us for the escort…

For the flight back to base I turn off the FLIR and watch the beautiful moonlit landscape scroll by below…

The mission is complete – almost an hour long with a good outcome. Another fantastic mission design by Franze and Nodunit – this is an exceptional AH-64 and an exceptional campaign!

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