Today saw the beginning of what may prove to be a prolonged Russian involvement in the Andreivian Civil War. VDV Spetsnaz forces attacked the International Airport of the national capital Tcherbevan.
The picture below shows the scene of the action. On the left are the control tower and terminal building and on the right a SA-2 Guideline anti-aircraft missile and the military radar installation. Andreivian Airlines and AlpAiraircraft can bee seen near the runway.
The action opened with Russian Spetsnaz forces advancing down the runway having been heli-dropped at its far end. Platoon commander Will McNally deployed his platon HQ squad mounted in their BMD fighting vehicle and raced to capture the SAM only to see it destroyed by a single shot from Ian Shaw's second section's BMD. The resulting explosion and fuel fire would illuminate that part of the battlefield for the remainder of the action.
The third Russian section (and accompanying sniper team) were controlled by Rob Connolly. Rob was the first to try out our darts-based mechanism for off board artillery fire. All he had to do was to hit the dartboard to determine where the artillery arrived. As you can see this was clearly easier said than done...
Eventually some Andreivian artillery bracketed Will's first squad as they deployed near the burning SAM.
The Andreivian airport guards (commanded by Phil Gray) soon fled the scene but not before they had called in reinforcements including a T-62 tank which soon made burning scrap metal of Ian's BMD (and then Will's too).
An Andreivian motor rifle section in a BMP-1 didn't last long but an Andreivian Air Force Skyhawk did put in an appearance. Just after this photo was taken it was driven off by heavy ground fire.
Finally, the T-62 took care of the final BMD but not before Rob's section had secured the air traffic control tower and begun to call in Russian air support.
We called time at this point. A marginal Russian victory but only very marginal - the main force will not find a completely pacified landing zone when it arrives. Here are most of the team (l to r) Richard Crawley, Rob Connolly, Will McNally, Ian Shaw and Phil Gray.
Finally, we decided to see how my recently painted MiG27 would do against the T-62. Targeting was spot on and two full pods of unguided rockets made short work of the tank.
All in all, great fun. We must do this again some time.