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Old 02-11-2009, 07:23 PM   #1
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Default Armor Laser Targeting

To simulate the ability for tanks to fire accurately while in motion, certain conventional-army tanks should be given the ability to use a form of laser targeting.

The idea:

1) Driver/tank commander lazes the target with his camera crosshairs. (If possible, code this in such a way that aircraft cannot lock on to it.)

2) Gunner acquires target and fires. Stabilizing the turret on the laser target is impossible, but the shell itself can be coded to track and destroy the target, as long as the gunner has a relatively good view of the target. The gunner would have to aim well enough to keep the target lock, without having to force the driver to stop every time he finds a target to destroy.
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:50 PM   #2
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Any comments?
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:52 PM   #3
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Laser guided sabot?
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:58 PM   #4
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It's all we've got, really. There's no way to lock the turret itself onto a target. (This had already been explored in the suggestion threads about turret stabilizers.)

Granted, this sounds crazy, but it can be balanced by changing the maneuverability of the projectile so that it requires fairly good, but not exact aim to hit a target on the move.
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:58 PM   #5
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Might work.
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Old 02-12-2009, 11:25 PM   #6
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To bad that all lasers are on the same channel so jets and helos can still pick it up.

Im looking for a word, It has hard in it, and some code too.
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Old 02-12-2009, 11:29 PM   #7
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It's not hardcoded. That aspect is hardcoded, but I know the idea itself is not.

The problem is this: do we want helicopters locking on to these targets? Is it so important that they can't lock on that the whole idea is void? My reasoning is that this can make armor much more effective against mobile AA, against which there isn't always an infantry spotter and CAS is very hard to use.
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Old 02-12-2009, 11:35 PM   #8
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Its hardcoded. I know for a fact that a DEV commented on something similar to this and said so
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:36 AM   #9
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How could it be possible for laser-guided bombs and impossible for tank shells?
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Old 02-13-2009, 01:00 AM   #10
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No, its impossible for it to be locked for only tanks to see. If you shot out the laser EVERYTHING could see it. So a tank could lase for jets and helos essentially
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