Dynamic AI Creator Helicopter Zones for JCOVE Lite

Spawning Helicopters with DAC

DAC allows you to spawn helicopter groups in a manner that is similar to how infantry, wheeled and tracked vehicle groups are spawned. There are differences however.

Setting up a Helicopter Spawn Zone

Just as I did with civilians I insert a trigger into my sample mission and configure it as before, but with the name “blu1” and the On Act. script as follows:

On Act.: [“blu1”,[20,0,0,150,150],[],[],[ ],[2,1,0],[1,0,1,0]]exec “DAC\Scripts\DAC_Init_Zone.sqs”

  • [20,0,0,150,150] 20 is the DAC zone ID number, not linked to other zones yet.
  • [2,1,0] tells the DAC_Init_Zone script that I want to spawn 2 groups of size 1 (2-4 units per group), with 0 waypoints assigned each group. Note that unlike previous zones helicopter zones handle waypoints differently – no pool of waypoints.
  • [1,0,1,0] this parameter tells the script that the helicopters are on side 1 (West), unit config type 0 (JCOVE blufor units) behaviour 1 (west), spawn camp type 0

I’ve chosen a smaller group size so I could end up with no transport helicopters, as the size of group determines type of chopper (chosen by capacity).

Waypoint Only Zones

When I setup my blu1 helicopter spawn zone I specified that I wanted 0 waypoints assigned to the groups. This is because I didn’t want my helicopters moving back & forth in my little spawn zone. The helicopters would be available for support calls, but other wise wouldn’t go anywhere. To make things a bit more interesting I’m going to create a waypoint only zone with no AI spawning and link it to my helicopter zone blu1. To do this I insert a trigger on the west side of the map and configure it as before, except the name is  “blu2” and the On Act. script as follows:

On Act.: [“blu2”,[20,0,0,150,5000],[],[],[ ],[2],[1,0,1,0]]exec “DAC\Scripts\DAC_Init_Zone.sqs”

  • 20 is the same DAC zone ID number as my previous zone “blu1”. This links the two zones.
  • 2 is the number of waypoints that will be assigned to each group from the “blu”1 zone. Note that no units will be spawned in zone “blu2”.


Sample JCOVE mission created in this article: Morning Sweep v1.2

Previous Posts:

DAC OpFor Linked Zones

Setting up a Mission with DAC

DAC for ArmA includes documentation
Bis forum entry for more info.
DAC for JCOVE at www.jcovelite.co.uk (registration required).