Adding Support Units To An Arma2 Mission.

Logistical Support for my A-10 Practice Mission.

beware fueltrucks on the taxiway

A little help here?

One of the benefits of using the Ambient Combat Manager coupled with the Secondary Operations Manager are they create plenty of random targets for me to practice on. This is good as I need the practice. The problem is I’m soon injured with my plane shot up, and I’m out of ordinance but not out of targets. So this week I decided to add the standard logistical support vehicles to my A-10 practice mission from last week.

Adding the support vehicles and making them available via a radio support request is quite simple in Arma2. It works the same way as it did in the original ArmA (see
How To Setup ArmA’s Built In Support System. for details) By giving the support unit a Support waypoint type the unit will respond to both AI and player support requests without any scripting.

Logistical Support vehicles

Logistical Support vehicles with waypoints

For my mission I added fuel, ammo and repair vehicles, each in their own group with their own Support waypoint. For the ambulance support vehicle I added a humvee with two riflemen. I made the ambulance vehicle the highest ranking unit of its group so the other units would follow it when a support call is made.

I noticed a few things different between the ArmA and Arma2 (1.57) support system.

  1. Support is only available via the Complex Command Menu. i.e. you would have to type 5 1 1 to call a medic. The support option is not available thru the Quick Menu  (spacebar). Support will just be grayed out.
  2. Support is only available to a player if they have other units in their group.

Since I didn’t want to add another unit to my group this last one was problematic. What I ended up doing was adding a game logic to the mission and grouping it with my A-10.

grouping the player with a game logic

Grouping the player with a game logic

This had the advantage of forcing the game engine to think I had more than one unit in my group, but I didn’t have to listen to the AI bitch every two minutes “Where are you?”

I could have just added myself a wingman but I’ve got enough to worry about without having to babysit the AI. Maybe if my flying skills improve enough I’ll do this in an “advanced” mission.

Player with Game logic

Support Menu available with Game Locic grouped to player

Reference

How To Setup ArmA’s Built In Support System.

Support way point not working for me

 

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