|An M981 FISTV (Fire Support Team Vehicle) assumes a hull down position to acquire targets and call for indirect fire support.|
I had the opportunity to play a coop scenario and was particularly impressed with a young virtual commander's use of a single computer-controlled FISTV.
According to him, the secret is the use of the contextual use of the defense order. I heard about this a time ago, but I only used during the setup/deployment stage. After deployment and when rounds started flying, I consistently forgot about it.
I went straight into the editor and created a simple scenario to try it out.
|A FISTV and a M113 PC, facing some unknown danger to their north, just behind that hill.|
|The FISTV then moved ahead and acquired a platoon of Russian T-72s. It even called the artillery mission all by itself.|
|For added survivability, it also helps to let the FISTV to retreat after it has done his job.|
|The sight view of the "glid" or Ground/Vehicular Laser Locator Designator (G/VLLD).|
So here is to you, young virtual officer. From now on, I promise that no FISTV will be left at the line of departure. And as a proof, from an scenario editing test I am into, something you would certainly not approve.
|Captain Bannon's dismounts heard a tank engine revving up at the west entrance of a village. His faithful FISTV commander volunteers to call indirect fire support on that entrance.|
|The FISTV calls a smoke screen fire mission and moves ahead in search for the enemy tank.|
|The smoke screen is so dense that the enemy is blind. The other side of the laser beam enjoys this view.|
|After lasing the target, its specific location gets recorded. With no need to stay in danger's way, the FISTV pulls back before the smoke screen lifts off.|
|The call for fire support interface. Just making sure this T-72 gets it.|
|Mission accomplished. A T-72 burns in its prepared position.|