Tip: A Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) strike is one of the most
dangerous types of combat missions, because you're often flying into the teeth
the enemy's air-defense network. The best course of action is to reduce speed
whenever you enter a SAM's radar range and then stay out of its firing radius.
Next, transition into a hover-hold position, engage the bob-up system, and,
finally, fire on the missile battery from extreme range, preferably from behind
hill or low-lying obstacle. Don't forget that you may be able to hold off and
call in an air or artillery strike to eliminate heavily defended enemy
Tip: If you're flying the Comanche and are tasked with a reconnaissance or
Damage Assessment (BDA) mission, remember to modify your gunship by switching to
a low-observable configuration. Removing the stubby wings will reduce your radar
profile, making your aircraft much harder to spot on enemy radar screens.
Tip: Try to keep the air-to-ground and air-to-air radar systems switched off
until you reach the primary target. An active radar system will call attention
your whereabouts and alert nearby SAM batteries to your approximate position,
making it much harder for you to complete your mission.
Tip: At night and during inclement weather, make sure to switch on the Pilot
Night Vision System (PNVS). The PNVS will enable you to see enemy targets much
more clearly than might otherwise be the case. It will also amplify other
potential hazards, such as power lines, buildings, and hillsides, making it much
easier for you to maintain a map-of-the-earth flying profile.