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#1 donald trickett

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 02:02 AM

I don't understand the rules for formation interception in the air phase.It doesn't make sence. Like who rules for interception? The distances you intercept are confusing. Like if you roll and get 20000 yards what does that mean? I also can't understand the purpose for the intercept. Some light on this subject would be great. Thanks.

#2 Dave Franklin

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 12:39 PM

It makes perfect sense to me. The defender rolls for interception (actually, see first bullet under 2.1 Air Phases: "CAP commanders attempt to intercept opposing aircraft formations..."). Nominally, the CAP wants to intercept as far away from the target as possible. More time to shoot them down, and/or in the case of a snooper less likely they'll see anything useful they can report. This is reflected in the Tactical Air Ops Formation Intercept table.One thing that does seem to be missing is the effects of R=, R- and R+ AW radar. In fact on the USN RAT, there are two R+ columns, one for CXAM and one for SK/SC-2. Presumably one difference is maximum range...

#3 Cpt M

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 01:12 AM

The difference in AW radar is reflected by the increased range of interception over time. As the better radars came into service and the techniques for fighter control were more fully developed, the ability to direct fighters to longer range interceptions became more common. This is reflected by the longer intercept ranges in the later years.

#4 James Davis

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 05:02 PM

The object of the intercept is to shoot down or damage attacking aircraft. The die results give you how far from the task force or airfield the cap spots the enemy and can 1 start manuvering to attack them, and 2 how many air phases the TF or air field has to launch other fighters to join the fight. the more flighst you can get into the battle the better your chances of getting past the escort fighters and damaging the bombers.Jim D

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 10:03 AM

I do understand donald80's confusion about who rolls and what it means. It is important to decide which is the FDO ship. For the USN, it would be the carrier responsible for the CAP. For the Japanese, which typically put CAP aloft from numerous carriers and had no radar for flight direction, it could actually be considered the picket ship on the side from which the attackers arrive. The standard practice for the Japanese ships was to start shooting and laying smoke as a warning in addition to radio so the fighters aloft would see that there was threat from that direction.This is the method we will try when playtesting "The Solomons Campaign."Cheers,Gregory

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