2013-05-12 Cold War unit database reinforced Zoom

With the Arma2 community continuing to deliver great cold war add-ons, here is another update of the add-on database. New in the air are SCAJolly's RAF Phantom FGR-2 in various (squadron) liveries and Foxtrop's Argentine FMA Skyhawk A4B / A4C's.

Cold war RAF Phantom FGR-2 from 43Sqn over Schwemlitz (Arma2)

British paras with their maroon berets from the CWR2 BAF add-on (Arma2)

BAOR's CRV(W) FV721 Fox platoon (Arma2)

On the ground, we have Trouble's CRV(W) FV721 Fox recce vehicles and para and marine berets for the Cold War Rearmed² - British Armed Forces Expansion, by CWR² Team.


With a little bit of scripting, the CWR² BAF add-on allows you to recreate the 29Cdo RAR batteries from the Falklands campaign. PlannedAssault has these units ready to use in its unit database, handling all the configuration and scripting for you.

29Cdo RAR battery firing, with CWR2 BAF marines (Arma2)

Cold war Royal Marines advancing (Arma2)

FMA Skyhawk A4-C (Arma2)




2013-04-15 Getting better at generating missions, CWR2 beta units and Project 82 Pucara units Zoom

"Cannot find maneuver space to execute a coordinated attack...". If PlannedAssault fails to generate a mission, it most frequently is for this "lack of maneuver space" reason. In case of eight 4-tank platoons being asked to attack through a single valley in Takistan, it's hard to blame the mission planner. However, in some other cases, the planner wasn't seeing all the options available.

Form-up position candidates for unit Hotel

Checking form-up positions for crossing routes

CWR2's M2A2 Bradley in combat (Arma2)

I've just updated the planner behind PlannedAssault with a new set of algorithms to identify and select the most promising form-up positions and avenues of attack. The new approach takes into account more candidate form-up positions which also have higher quality. It balances multiple prongs in a joint attack better. This improvement applies to all supported games and simulators, from Arma1 to Arma3, Iron Front and any VBS.

And, most important, it is better at finding maneuver space. It is successful more often based on off-line runs against 100s of your missions.


In the first two images above, you'll get a glimpse of the new approach. The image on the left shows potential form-up positions for combat unit Hotel and its transport (not shown), along with course avenues-of-approach to the objective. The image in the center illustrates a sanity check performed when picking form-up positions for multiple units; when a combination of form-up positions leads to units crossing each other towards the form-up, this combination is rejected.

Column of CWR2's new T-64s and BRMD-2s (Arma2)

A CWR2 OH-58/AH-64 hunter killer team (Arma2)

CWR2 SAS engaging P82 Pucara with Stinger (Arma2)

This update also brings a few new (Cold War era) units to the unit database. Ready for inclusion in your mission are new additions to the Cold War Rearmed 2 (CWR2) add-on: the M2A2 Bradley IFV, the OH-58 Kiowa scout helicopter, and Warsaw Pact T-64 tanks and the BRDM-2 family of recon/HQ vehicles.


Also new is the Argentine FMA IA-58A Pucara by Foxtrot, which combines nicely with the CWR2 UK forces.





2012-09-16 Cold War Rearmed2: British Forces, Dutch Marines, and cold-war era Harrier, Chinook Zoom

Today's update adds more cold-war era forces, especially covering the Falklands War, to the unit database. Last week, the Cold War Rearmed:2 mod team released an update, and introduced cold war era Dutch Marines, British infantry and vehicles, and British SAS.


Based on the TO&Es I could find, I've defined groups and sections (and 'ploegen', for the Dutch Marines) for the most common variations. This includes the Dutch Marines with the camouflaged faces, TOW crew-served weapon teams, Dragon and Stinger units, and 81mm mortar teams.

For the British infantry, I've added the 5+3 sections, camouflaged faces, mortar and howitzer teams. For the SAS, I've added GPMG, 66mm HEAT rocket and Stinger variants, and created a script that replaces the default backpack with large bergens if the Lennard's 19 backpacks variants add-on is loaded. These SAS teams should better represent the teams deployed in the Falklands war.

Dutch (Korps Mariniers) cold-war era Marine in DPM (Arma2)

Dutch Marine with Carl-Gustav anti-tank missile launcher (Arma2)

Harrier GR3 in cold war RAF-Germany livery (Arma2)

RAF Chinook 'BN' in 1982 Falklands camouflage (Arma2)

SAS troop with large bergens inserted by Chinook (Arma2)

SAS soldier equipped with large bergen and Stinger (Arma2)

British howitzer being fired (Arma2)

British light infantry advancing on Zernovo (Arma2)

Cold war era British infantry and FV432 APC (Arma2)

To add to the Falklands coverage, the cold-war era Harrier GR3 (in RAF Germany livery) (by trouble) and the Falklands War livery CH-47 Chinook (by Konyo and friends) have been added.