Gunship Academy

by Richard Sheffield

Rule 2: Use the Maximum Standoff Range Available

The further away from a target you can be and still destroy it, the safer you'll stay. The AH-64A has the capability to attack from a long way off using Hellfire missiles and rockets. Use this ability, and you'll stay out of range of as many enemy guns as possible. If you have the opportunity to engage a number of targets from a hover at maximum range, take advantage of it. If you start to come under fire, you can always descend or even land for a second to make the enemy lose sight and then pop back up to continue the attack.

The target that Buzzsaw was after was a mobile SAM launcher. Had he chosen to use a Hellfire missile attack, he could have stayed clear of the infantry SAMs and completed his mission with little trouble.

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