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"Operation Darius"
for
Strike Fighters 2

 

This package contains an overhauled version of the "Operation Darius" mod that was originally assembled by Wrench for a collaborative campaign project at CombatAce.com. The mod is based on a fictional scenario set in late 2012 which sees a coalition of Western nations conduct a four week air campaign to degrade Iran's nuclear development facilities.

 

This mod package should be installed to "Strike Fighters 2" (SF2) installations (or merged installs incorporating SF2) that include "Strike Fighters 2: Europe" (SF2E) and that are patched to the Mar2012 or later patch level. If you are running SF2 at an earlier patch level and do NOT intend to update to one of the later patch levels mentioned above, you should NOT install this mod package.

 

Note that this is a COMPLETE mod package. There is no need to install the original "Operation Darius" mod that was released by Wrench. Nor should you attempt to install it over the top of Wrench's version, as you could end up with a non-working install.

 

So, what's different about THIS version of "Operation Darius"? What makes it new and unique? Plenty of things. This version includes:

 

- three blue-side campaigns -- one w/ a ground war; two w/o a ground war
- one red-side campaign -- w/o a ground war
- new Iranian weapons, incl. AAMs, SAMs, & MRBMs
- new Iranian ground objects, incl. mobile SAM launchers, static SAM launchers,
AAA, tanks, APCs, ships, & MRBM launchers
- two different versions of the IRIAF F-14A, one of which is equipped with the
Sedjeel air-to-air missile (based on the Hawk)
- dozens of new target areas, incl. SAM sites, MRBM sites, nuclear research sites,
and uranium processing/enrichment sites
- an overhauled terrain TYPES.INI to better prioritize targets in campaigns
- a number of new aircraft, incl. the Rafale, Gripen, Turkish/Greek F-4s & F-16s,
the Greek A-7E(H), a new J-7ME, the A-10C (w/ Spectre8750's cockpit), AV-8B Plus,
F-35A, F-111C (Late), A310 MRTT, CF-18_07, & Su-30MKM
- new menu screens (nothing radical)
- plenty of fixes to just about every area of the mod to get things updated
to SF2 standards and working correctly
- support for new SF2NA features, incl. carrier battle groups, F-14A avionics,
cruise missiles, and new mission types

 

This version also departs from Wrench's version in that some aircraft have been removed (F-4E_86, AT-6B, the AlphaJets, excess C-130s & Mirage 2000s, and a few others) in addition to plenty of other unnecessary cruft, incl. gigabytes of unused aircraft skins. (Even with all the removals, this mod is still on the large side.)

 

NOTE: this mod is distributed as set of FOUR 7zip archive files. If you did not download all four 7zip packages from CombatAce.com, then this mod will not work properly.

 

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Minimum Requirements
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To install and play this mod, you must have the following installed:

 

SF2 VERSION: Strike Fighters 2 PLUS
Strike Fighters 2 Europe
PATCH LEVEL: Mar2012 or higher

 

This mod does support installations that include "Strike Fighters 2: North Atlantic" (SF2NA), however, SF2NA is not required.

 

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Update Notes
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This mod package is a refreshed and updated version of the original version that was released in August 2012. It incorporates all the updates included in the "Update 1" package released on CombatAce in January 2013. It also includes further updates, fixes, and additions beyond what was included in the "Update 1" package. All told this refreshed version of the mod includes the following major additions to the "Operation Darius" mod package:

 

- new aircraft: Mi-8, SH-3D, SeaKing, UH-1D, & 2 Iranian UCAVs
- new SF2NA aircraft: EA-6B_98, E-2C
- new optional aircraft: F-14A_Iran, F-14A-Iran, HH-60H, MH-60S
- new aircraft models: F-7B, F-7M, F-16I_Sufa, MiG-29A, MiG-29G, Su-25
- new ships: USNTransport, plus 13 new Iranian ships
- new alternate main campaign
- updated desert terrain tiles

 

...plus numerous other fixes, updates, and skin additions to dozens of aircraft and ground objects.

 

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Installation
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Before installing this mod package, please ensure the installation of "Strike Fighters 2" and "Strike Fighters 2: Europe" that you intend to use is updated to at least the Mar2012 patch level. The latest patches for Strike Fighters 2 can be downloaded from ThirdWire:

 

http://thirdwire.com/downloads.htm

 

Also, please be aware that the mod requires "Strike Fighters 2" (SF2) as well as "Strike Fighters 2: Europe" (SF2E). This mod can be installed to SF2 installations that incorporate "Strike Fighters 2: North Atlantic" (SF2NA). If SF2NA is part of your target install base, there are some additional items for you to install.

 

The main installation process consists of three main steps -- or, four if your target install base incorporates SF2NA. Please read the following instructions carefully and follow them religiously. If you wind up with a non-working mod install, then you likely failed to follow the instructions properly.

 

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* STEP 1: PREPARE THE MOD FOLDER *
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This mod requires a separate mod folder. Please do not attempt to install this mod over or combine it with other mods such as NATO Fighter 4+, "Operation Desert Storm," or the SF2V Expansion Pack.

 

- Open your SF2 Installation directory and make a copy of StrikeFighters2.exe or StrikeFighters2 NorthAtlantic.exe (if your target install base includes SF2NA). Rename the copied .EXE file to StrikeFighters2_OpDarius.exe (or whatever unique name you prefer).

 

- Run the newly copied and renamed .EXE file, then exit back out to the Windows desktop after navigating through a few menus. A custom Mod Folder for your "Operation Darius" mod install will have been created in one of these locations:

 

Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\[username]\My Documents\ThirdWire\[YourModFolder]
Windows Vista: \Users\[username]\Saved Games\ThirdWire\[YourModFolder]
Windows 7: \Users\[username]\Saved Games\ThirdWire\[YourModFolder]

 

...where [YourModFolder] matches the name of the copied .EXE file that you created. You will install the "Operation Darius" mod files to your Mod Folder.

 

- Open your Mod Folder and delete the \Objects sub-directory (including everything in it).

 

Now you're ready to install the "Operation Darius" mod proper.

 

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* STEP 2: INSTALL MAIN COMPONENTS TO MOD FOLDER *
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This is the easiest step.

 

- Unpack the four "Operation Darius" archive packages to a temporary location on your hard drive.

 

- Move the contents of the \To_Mod_Folder directory from all four unzipped packages to your Mod Folder (created in Step 1 above). (Note: do not simply drag and drop the folder named "To_Mod_Folder" or you will end up with a non-working install.)

 

If you've moved everything correctly, you should have a new \Objects sub-directory in your Mod Folder, along with a few new other sub-directories.

 

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* STEP 3: EDIT OPTIONS.INI *
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This last step involves a bit of text editing, so please pay attention.

 

Open the Options.INI in your Mod Folder. Locate the "Instant Action" section and replace it with the following:

 

[instantAction]
AircraftType=F-22A
MissionMap=IR2003
StartTime=05:30:00
StartDate=11/19/2012
StartTimeDeviation=120
TextureSet=0
NationalMarking=0
SquadronMarking=0
AircraftNumber=0
KillMarking=0

 

Just below the "Instant Action" section is the "Single Mission" section. At minimum you should change the EndYear= statement to 2012 or higher. I recommend setting the StartYear= and EndYear= as follows:

 

StartYear=2003
EndYear=2020

 

Finally, a little further down you should find the "Campaign" section. Replace it with the following:

 

[Campaign]
CampaignName=20121117 Operation Darius
PlayerService=USAF
PlayerUnit=44th Fighter Squadron
AircraftType=F-15C_85
Difficulty=NORMAL
Length=NORMAL
AircraftSupply=NORMAL
WeaponSupply=NORMAL
LoadCampaign=FALSE
CampaignSavename=DefaultCampaignSave

 

Save your changes and close the Options.INI file.

 

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* STEP 4: Optional Step for SF2NA Users *
-----------------------------------------

 

This last step is for those whose install base include "Strike Fighters 2: North Atlantic" (SF2NA). Included with this mod are a number of custom files that allow SF2NA users to enjoy some of the new functionality included with SF2NA, including:

 

- F-14A cockpits and avionics that use the new AvionicsF14A.dll included with SF2NA;

 

- Carrier battle groups in campaigns

 

- New mission types in campaigns, including Escort_Jamming missions for the EA-6B and EA-18G
(AI only) as well as Early_Warning missions for the E-2C and E-3A.

 

TO INSTALL: drag and drop the contents of the \_For_SF2NA folder into your Mod Folder, allowing Windows to merge and overwrite any folders and files it prompts to.

 

* * * * *

 

THAT'S IT. Your ""Operation Darius" mod for SF2 should now be ready to use. Please read the following section for more information on the campaigns included with this mod.

 

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Optional Installs
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This mod package includes several optional aircraft that you can isntall, provided you have the models to support them (the models are available from ThirdWire or the A-Team.

 

A. Tomcats

 

Included in the \_Optional folder are files to support the installation of two new versions of Iran's F-14 Tomcat. Both versions require DLC #27 (F-14A Tomcat, Iranian Air Force) from ThirdWire's DLC store:

 

https://store.thirdwire.com/store_dlc.htm

 

To add these aircraft to your OpDarius Mod:

 

1. Ensure that DLC #27 is part of your target SF2 installation.

 

2. Copy or move the F-14A_Iran and F-14A-Iran aicraft from the \_Optional folder to your OpDarius Mods Folder.

 

These two DLC-based Tomcats will replace the default F-14s used in the campaigns (though they can be installed alongside the default F-14s, which use Mirage Factory models).

 

B. Seahawks

 

Included in the \_Optional folder are files to support the installation of two new helicopters -- the HH-60H and MH-60S, which are custom mods by JimBeamer5 of Seahawk models available from the A-Team's web site at:

 

http://cplengineeringllc.com/SFP1/Skunworks.html

 

Note that you MUST download the original packages that contain the LOD files (models) from the above site (which requires you to apply for access) in order to use these aircraft. You will need to download two different packages from the A-Team's site:

 

------------ --------- --------------- -----
Optional A/C LOD Files A-Team Download Notes
------------ --------- --------------- -----
HH-60H sh60F-R*.lod SH-60F SeaHawk four LODs
MH-60S mh60-R*.lod MH-60G PaveHawk four LODs

 

To add these aircraft to your OpDarius Mod:

 

1. Download the specified packages from the A-Team's site (see above)

 

2. Unzip the packages to a temporary directory.

 

3. Copy the .LOD files from each package you downloaded to the appropriate aircraft folders in the \_Optional\Objects\Aircraft directory.

 

4. Once you've added the LOD files to the aircraft folders, you may install the aircraft and accompanying decals from the \Optional directory to your OpDarius Mods Folder.

 

These optional helicopters are used by several USN squadrons in the new alternate OpDarius campaign. If these aircraft are not installed, the game will default to using the SH-3D -- which is not historically accurate but will at least give you flying helos for those squadrons.

 

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A Note on the Included Campaigns
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This mod includes three different campaigns:

 

1. OpDarius - a blue side campaign without a ground war. Primary focus for the campaign is bombing Iranian nuclear and military sites. If your primary interest is flying strike, SEAD, or air-to-air missions, this campaign is your best option.

 

2. OpDarius (alt) - a variant of the original OpDarius campaign (described just above), but with a more restricted Blue-side order of battle, as well as the following changes:

 

- updated USN squadrons & ships
- helicopters (USN & Iran)
- Iranian ships
- Iranian drones

 

This OpDarius alternate version is designed to take full advantage of features introduced in SF2NA -- if you play it with an isntallation that includes SF2NA.

 

3. OpMarathon - a blue side campaign with a ground war. The only units tasked with CAS missions, though, are the A-10C, AH-64D, and AV-8B units. If you want CAS missions, you need to select one of those units. The ground war consists of border skirmishes along the Iran/Iraq border, not a full-fledged invasion of Iran. Still, a very engaging campaign.

 

4. OpShamshir - a red side campaign without a ground war. Undoubtedly the most challenging campaign. It'll probably take you a while to develop tactics that allow you to survive more than a few missions.

 

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A Note for SF2NA Users
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If you have SF2NA as part of your install base and go ahead and install the files to support SF2NA features like carrier battle groups, you'll notice the that LCC-19 and LPD-4 ground objects have been disabled (you can find them in \Objects\GroundObject\_disabled). There is a good reason for this.

 

The SF2NA game engine will, by default, generate two battle groups when you fly game-created Single Missions: one carrier battle group to support naval aircraft; a second battle group that includes the two amphibious ships (LCC-19 and LPD-4). This second battle group will be automatically positioned at some distance behind the main battle group. Given the narrow confines of the Persian Gulf, this auto-positioning often results in the second battle group being placed on land (depending on wind direction for the mission).

 

I can assure you that nothing kills the immersive quality of the game quite like the sight of U.S. Navy amphibious ships ploughing across a desert landscape. Definitely something no player wants to see, esp. after a long and otherwise satisfying mission.

 

Unfortunately, this behavior appears to be hard coded, meaning that the only way I've found to stop the game from generating a second battle group on land is to remove the LPD-4 and LCC-19 from the game altogether.

 

Please note that this behavior is a factor only in Single Missions, not campaigns, as none of the campaigns include the LPD-4 or LCC-19 in a carrier battle group.

 

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A Note on Anti-Ship Missiles
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For this mod most third-party (i.e., non-stock) anti-ship missiles have been converted to use the ASM/cruise missile functionality introduced w/ SF2NA. At the same time, the older versions of these missiles have been preserved, as the new ASM cruise missiles can be used by AI only against ships.

 

So, for many anti-ship missiles you will now find two versions:

 

1) "Standard" guided version

 

These versions are the "old" style missiles setwith WeaponDataType=1. They can be used by AI against land and sea targets. These missiles retain their familiar names (e.g., AGM-84D Harpoon, Kh-59M Ovod, etc.).

 

2) ASM/cruise missile version

 

These versions utilitize the new cruise missile functionality set by WeaponDataType=7. They can be used by AI only against ships. These versions can be distinguished by their names:

 

- U.S./NATO missiles have the ASM tag (e.g., AGM-84D Harpoon ASM).

 

- Soviet/WP missiles follow the naming convention used by ThirdWire's
Soviet cruise missiles (e.g., Kh-59M AS-13 Kingbolt).

 

At the same time aircraft that typically carry these missiles have been updated to accommodate the ASM versions. Loadouts for these aircraft have been updated to use ASM versions by default for Anti-Ship, Naval_Attack, and Cruise_Missile loadouts.

 

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A Note on Laser-Guided Bombs (LGBs)
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AI pilots in Strike Fighters have long had problems employing LGBs. AI pilots in the player's flight can drop LGBs, but will treat them as dumb bombs. AI pilots in flights not controlled by the player (i.e., AI-only flights) cannot use LGBs at all, and will typically get stuck circling the target.

 

To address this problem I have created EOGB versions of all LGBs for AI pilots to use (AI pilots have no problems with EOGBs for some reason). These AI versions are identical in all respects to the LGB versions save for the Guidance Type, which is set to "Electro-Optical Guided" instead of "Laser-Guided."

 

By default aircraft that use LGBs for certain loadouts (usually Stike, Attack, SEAD, or Anti-Ship) are loaded with these AI (EOGB) versions instead of the LGB versions. You should make it a habit to check the Loadout screen and switch the bomb version on your own aircraft to the LGB version.

 

You can distinguish between the AI (EOGB) and LGB (Player) versions by the weapon name -- for example:

 

LGB version: GBU-12D/B Paveway II LGB
AI version: GBU-12D/B Paveway II (AI)

 

While this solution introduces an extra step for the player in the preparation to start a mission, it allows AI pilots and AI-only flights to use these weapons.

 

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Updates
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This mod was last updated September 2015. That update included the following additions, fixes, and changes:

 

New Aircraft:
- AH-1J_IRIAA
- AH-1W
- EF-2000_Luftwaffe
- EF-2000_RAF
- MQ-9

 

New Models:
- CF-18A_07 updated model
- F-18C_Fin updated model
- FA-18C updated model

 

New Skins:
- AV-8Bplus new skins
- C-5A new skins
- C-17 new skins
- C-141B new skins
- F-1EQ new skins
- RF-4E_TuAF new skins

 

Other Updates:
- AH-64D updated flight model
- HH-60H & MH-60S updated flight model
- Su-27 & Su-30MKM new cockpits
- minor fixes & tweaks to
most other aircraft
- addition of new aircraft
to campaigns
- other minor updates to
campaigns
- addition of around 200
new weapons & guns

 

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Credits
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This mod package incorporates a large number of items are from the following modders, who generously allowed their use:

 

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The Mirage Factory ................ A-7E(H)
Wpnssgt ........................... A-10C original model
Spectre8750 ....................... A-10C new model, upgrade, & cockpit
AmokFloo .......................... A310-MRTT
yakarov79 ........................ AH-1J/W
EricJ ............................. AH-1W camo skin
Dels .............................. AH-64D
Bobrock & Brain32 ................. AV-8B-da & AV-8Bplus
Wrench ............................ AV-8B updates
331KillerBee & USAFMTL ............ AV-8Bplus skins
Nengajyou Aki ..................... AV-8B Plus (2010)
Dels & the Bone Team .............. B-1B_03
USAFMTL, JSF_Aggie, ............... B-52H_06C
Dels & wpnssgt
The Mirage Factory ................ B707-300
Veltro2k .......................... C-5A & C-141B
Veltro2k & Wrench ................. C-17
Daddyairplanes .................... C-5A, C-17, & C-141B skins
HrntFixr .......................... C-130A desert skin
Dels .............................. C-130H, C-130H_IRIAF, EC-130H
Daddyairplanes .................... C-130E/H upgrades & new skins
Dels, Sundowner, & Dave ........... RAF C-30K Super Pack (for C-130Ke)
AmokFloo .......................... C-160D
The Mirage Factory / ModMafia ..... CF-18
dtmdragon ......................... CF-18_07 upgrade
The Mirage Factory ................ E-3A
USAFMTL ........................... E-3A AEW Update
Daddyairplanes .................... E-3A skins & SF2 updates
Hawker/Agemmenon & 331KillerBee ... EA-6B
Paul Nortress ..................... EA-6B skins
Fubar512 & Wrench ................. EA-6B INI upgrades & fixes
Home Fries ........................ 3W EA-6B_98 (optional)
Ace888 ............................ EF-2000 Typhoon
The Mirage Factory ................ F-1EQ
Stary ............................. F-1EQ cockpit repaint
Sundowner ......................... F-4D_IRIAF, F-4E_IRIAF, F-4E_IRIAF_75 skins
Wrench & Sundowner ................ F-4E_AUP
Ace888 ............................ F-4E_SRA
USAFMTL, Sundowner, & PureBlue .... F-4ETM_2020
Ace888 ............................ F-4ETM_Simsek
ravenclaw_007 .................... F-4F_ICE
The Mirage Factory ................ F-5A_IRIAF & F-5E_IRIAF
lanapa ............................ F-5E_IRIAF skin
Crusader .......................... F-5E avionics mod
The Mirage Factory................. F-7B & F-7M Airguard (mew models)
101tfs & Gepard ................... F-7ME
The Mirage Factory ................ F-14A & F-14A_IRIAF
EricJ & Sundowner ................. F-14A & F-14A_IRIAF skins
Spectre8750 ....................... F-14A fixes & upgrades
FastCargo & team .................. F-15C_85, F-15E_04, & F-15I_Raam
Viper Crew ........................ F-16AM, F-16C, F-16CM_B40, F-16CM_B42, F-16CM_B50,
& F-16CM_B52
Viper Team ........................ F-16I Sufa (new model)
JJava ............................. F-18C_Fin (based on the TMF F/A-18A & F/A-18C)
The Mirage Factory / ModMafia ..... F/A-18A & F/A-18C
Wildcat,column5,SidDogg,& BPAo .... F/A-18 skins
Dels & the Raptor Team ............ F-22A
Julhelm ........................... F-22A cockpit
Fastcargo ......................... F-35A
DoctorWho ......................... F-35A 58 FS skin
FastCargo ......................... F-111C(Late)
liamp51 ........................... re-textured F-111A cockpit
EricJ, FastCargo & team ........... FA-18E, FA-18F, & EA-18G
SidDogg, Thundercheif, & EricJ ... FA-18E, FA-18F & EA-18G skins
EricJ ............................. FA-18F_RAAF skins & EA-18G Jammin' Jihad scheme
Brain32 ........................... Updated F/A-18E/F cockpit
Bobrock ........................... HarrierGR9 model
Pagan ............................. HarrierGR9 updates
Crusader .......................... Harrier avionics mod
JimBeamer5 ........................ HH-60H & MH-60S (optional)
Insky Group & Erwin Hans .......... J-10A
Gux & Gripen Team ................. JAS39C
Scandinavian Front Team ........... Gripen updates
Bpao .............................. KC-135E & KC-135R tankers
The Mirage Factory ................ M2000-5F
Amokfloo, JAT81500, & ludo.m54 .... M2000BG
Marcfighters ...................... Mi-8 Hip
The Mirage Factory ................ MiG-29A_ir & MiG-29G
Russouk2004 ....................... MiG-29A updated model
dast24 ............................ MiG-29G updates
frtn .............................. MQ-9
CadeteBRA ......................... RafaleC
Bpao, Crab02, & ravenclaw_007 ..... RF-4E_HAF, RF-4E_HAF_SW, RF-4E_IRIAF, RF-4E_TuAF
Ace888 & emresukhoi ............... RF-4E_TuAF skins
FastCargo ......................... Saeqeh
foxmonter ......................... SEtendard
Wrench ............................ SEtendardM update
Florian ........................... SH-3D Sea King
Veltro2k & Lindr2 ................. Su-24MK
dalai_LAMA, Veltro2K, ............. Su-24MK skins
& Tunderchief
Mikeymead ......................... repainted/updated Su-24 cockpit
NATO Fighters 4+ team ............. Su-25
Florian, Baffmeister, Paulopanz, .. Su-25 updated model, INI updates, & new skin
& Wrench
Marcfighter, Erwin Hans ........... Su-27
Marcfighter, Erwin Hans, .......... Su-30MKM
Bpao, & Jv44KT
SayWhat!, Massimo, & Erwin Hans ... Su-27 & Su-30MKM skins
Orsin & Lindr2 .................... Su-27 & Su-30 flight models
YEYEYE ............................ new Su-27 & Su-30 cockpits
Sundowner, AD, & Dave ............. TornadoGR4_06
Ianh .............................. Tornado GR4_06 fixes & updates
Sundowner & Ianh .................. TornadoRECCE
Gramps ............................ UH-1D Huey
101tfs & Spillone104 .............. Iranian drones (from Mescalero mod)

 

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WhiteBoySamurai ................... Ticonderoga & Arleigh Burke class ships
aleks1 ............................ CVN-68
Kesselbrut ........................ LHA
SUICIDAL & TORNO .................. Alvand (Type 21 frigate)
Hinchbrooke ....................... Damavand (Daring class)
WhiteBoySamurai ................... Bayandor (Jianghu)
SUICIDAL & TORNO .................. Moudge Class DD (Type 21)
WhiteBoySamurai ................... China Cat FAC (new)
ThirdWire ......................... ChinaCat (P-4 Patrol Boat), Tir Class (Patrol Boat)
Kesselbrut ........................ Supply Ship, Small Cargo Ship, MVNordic_Ferry,
MVTor_Caledonia, MVBaltic_Ferry, Trawler 1 & 2
Kesselbrut ........................ Hejaz (Small Cargo Ship), Hendijan (Navy Tug), Kilo
Class submerged (November), Spy Trawler (Trawler2)
Polak ............................. MVAtlantic_Causeway & MVAtlantic_Conveyor
Adrian Benetti .................... Kaman (ARA Intrepida) & Riazi (Sotoyomo)
Pasko ............................. Thondar Class (Komar)
AleDucat .......................... Kilo Class Sub (ARA Salta)
BANIDOS Team ...................... ContainerShip
Julhelm ........................... ND Tanker & Kharg (Tanker2)
loborojo & SUICIDAL ............... Petrolero
Fubar512 .......................... Fleet Oiler
Cocas ............................. Trawler
Raven ............................. Navy Trawler repaint
JSF_Aggie ......................... ThirdWire LHA upgrade
Florian ........................... USN AOE Transport
Abhi .............................. AN/TQ-1 Avenger, Pantsir-S1
FastCargo ......................... SA-5 & SquarePair
Monty CZ........................... SA-10 & Flaplid, Stinger site
Fubar512 .......................... SA-10 INI tweaks
Gabilon ........................... Gepard & Tor-M1
Pasko ............................. S-60, KS-30, KS-19P, SA-7, Hawk launcher & radars,
BTR-60, Type69, Type59, M-42, D-20, Chaparral,
SS-4 launcher & vehicles, 155mm Howitzer, EW_Radar
Fubar512 & Wrench ................. Hawk INI tweaks
rebel ryder & Nicholas Bell ....... M1939 flak guns
bigal1 ............................ M270MLR
YEYEYE ............................ PAC-3 system
Florian ........................... RolandRad
CrazyhorseB34 ..................... RolandRad desert skin
EricJ & winterhunter .............. Starstreak Stormer
Kesselbrut ........................ ZPU-1, ADATS, BlowpipeUK, OerlikonAAA,
Rapier, & Blindfire radar
Gerald14 & Kesselbrut ............. M3A1 Bradley & M6 Linebacker
BPAo & Sundowner .................. HQ-7 (SA-9)
Julhelm ........................... Firecan radar (new model)
Stefano ........................... AMX-30 & AMX-30B2
rebel ryder ....................... BMP-1 & M-109
SFP1Ace ........................... Chieftain 5 tank
Florian ........................... Leopard2A6
bigal ............................. Scud launcher
Moonjumper, Crusader, & Otto ...... Kytusha launchers
Spectre8750 ....................... GAZ-66 trucks
BANIDOS Team ...................... M167 VADS & TOPOL
Richard & Kesselbrut .............. Land Rover trucks
BANIDOS Team & SUICIDAL ........... Mercedes trucks
Kesselbrut ........................ ZiL-157 trucks
SUICIDAL & TORNO .................. Humvees
SUICIDAL .......................... New Destroyed Tank LODs

 

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cellinsky, Insky/Orsin, ........... Environment mods
& PanamaRed
Fubar512 .......................... Improved water shader effect
USAFMTL & Polak ................... Terrain
Wrench ............................ Terrain updates & updated desert tiles
Spectre8750 ....................... Fake Afterburner Node
Stary ............................. Ejection mod
OldDiego, Pappy, Wrench, Pasko, ... Pilots
Florian/AmokFloo, & PureBlue
allenjb42 ......................... OpDarius icon

 

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(Used in an earlier release of this mod package)

 

Wrench ............................ F-7M update
The Mirage Factory, ............... F-16A & F-16C models
Swede & Wpnssgt
Viggen ............................ F-16AM_KLu (based on The Mirage Factory F-16A)
Creepn Death ...................... F-16C_HAF skins
Eankhilous ........................ F-16C_TuAF skins
wpnnsgt, Swede, & team ............ F-16I_Sufa
The Mirage Factory ................ F/A-18C models & skins
SidDogg ........................... F/A-18C skins
Spectre8750 ....................... F/A-18C upgrade
ODS Team .......................... Firecan radar
Bongodriver ....................... EF-2000 Typhoon
Spiritwalker69 .................... EF-20000 new & updated skins

 

Credit for the original "Operation Darius" mod package goes to USAFMTL, Wrench, and the team of modders that contributed to that campaign collaborative project on CombatAce.com. To peruse the discussion surrounding the original "Operation Darius" project, see this thread:

 

http://combatace.com/topic/68337-ok-lets-start-a-virtual-nato/

 

If we have neglected to credit anyone here, please let us know. We will get it fixed ASAP.

 


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eburger68 & USAFMTL (Dave)
31 August 2012
24 January 2013
30 October 2014
23 September 2015


 

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Folks:

Attached to this post is Update #1 for the OpDarius Mod. The update includes fixes and updates to various things as well as new aircraft, ships, and other ground objects. Also included is an alternate version of the main OpDarius campaign that takes advantage of many of the air and naval items that are introduced in this update.

Please pay attention to the install instructions that are included, as the installation process for this update does require you to remove and replace certain items.

This update will eventually be rolled into a refreshed set of installation packages. If you encounter problems with this update, please report them here.

Eric Howes
 

UPDATE: The Update #1 package attached to this post is now superseded by the refreshed set of OpDarius install files that was released on 31 Oct. 2014. See my post below for more details. If you have downloaded and installed OpDarius after 30 Oct. 2014, you should not apply the update attached to this post.

OpDarius_Update1.7z

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wondering will this mod work with my combination of SF2 packages because I have : SF2EU + SF2EU EXPANSION PACK 2 + SFNA i don't have SF2 , will it work ?

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MURc:

 

It may, but I can't guarantee it. At the very least you'd need to change the CAT pointer line in the terrain's main INI file to point to GermanyCE.CAT instead of Desert.cat. See the Knowledge Base if you need help on doing that.

 

Eric Howes

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there's an upper llimit to how big a zip can be, that can be uploaded.

this is why total conversion mods like this, and others are broken up into parts.

 

a fact of life we all must live with

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Every time I try and start any campaign it locks up during loading at 80% Any idea what i can do to get it to work? I am playing a fully merged game with all SF2 titles. I have tried re downloading and installing the mod. I have also triple checked I have followed the installation instructions to the letter.

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dtmdragon:

 

A few questions:

 

Which campaign?

 

Which aircraft/squadron?

 

What patch patch level are you on?

 

Which SF2 titles are part of your target install?

 

Can you fly single missions?

 

Eric Howes

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Thanks for getting back to me Eric,

 

 

 

Which campaign? Op Darius at 80%, Op ShamShir at 90% but Op Marathon works ok but occasionally crashes when I end a campaign mission.

 

Which aircraft/squadron? Any, I have tried quite a few of each.

 

What patch patch level are you on?  The latest patch

 

Which SF2 titles are part of your target install? I have used SF2NA to make the mods folder but I have all the SF2 titles merged.

 

Can you fly single missions? Yes

 

 

Thanks,

 

Dan.

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dtmdragon:

 

Unfortunately, I have no idea why you're experiencing problems. There's almost nothing specific to go on. I can't reproduce the problem, and I've received no other reports of similar problems in the two years since OpDarius was released.

 

The only thing I can suggest is changing the .CAT file reference in the terrains main .INI file (IR2003.INI). By default it points to Desert.cat. You could try changing it to point to Germany CE.cat or VietnamSEA.cat.

 

Eric Howes

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Any answer to a campaign glitch that makes all missions into night missions regardless of when they are 'timed' to start? I checked the latitude of the terrain file and it is relatively correct for the region; in single missions sometimes, you can 'debug' the night thing by changing the date from winter to summer, but that can't be done with a campaign. I think it's an artifact of Iceland being dark in the winter and light in the summer, somehow. But with the proper latitude in the terrain file it shouldn't matter.

 

Everything else seems to load and work just fine. Any ideas?

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Folks:

 

The OpDarius installation packages have been refreshed and updated. This refreshed set of install files includes all the updates included in the Update 1 package posted earlier in this thread, plus numerous other updates and additions that have accumulated since then.

 

If you're interested in this refreshed set of installation files, I would recommend doing a new install (do not simply drop over an existing install of the earlier version of OpDarius). The four refreshed files can be found here:

 

Part 1

http://combatace.com/files/file/13300-operation-darius-final-part-1-of-4/

 

Part 2

http://combatace.com/files/file/13301-operation-darius-final-part-2-of-4/

 

Part 3

http://combatace.com/files/file/13302-operation-darius-final-part-3-of-4/

 

Part 4

http://combatace.com/files/file/13303-operation-darius-final-part-4-of-4/

 

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I need some help from anyone who might have some advice, I will start by saying thank you for all the hard work that's gone into this mod and campaign and have found endless enjoyment with it. But I am experiencing issues within my campaign assigned to the Escort missions where it seems the flight I am escorting (numerous times) seem to just fly over their target and then continue off without any sign of a waypoint or ending. I have longest spent over an hour into one single mission where I completed the task, escorted all the F-15s and basically flew until I was almost out of fuel, cut off from them and landed at home base and just sat there continuously for a substantial amount of time and yet these flights never reach there final destination (where-ever that may be) and I am forced to opt out of the mission resulting in a failure. Anyone else experience this issue or have any kind of resolve? Thank you to anyone who can respond.

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IsaacCoote:

 

That's a bug in the game's handling of AI behavior. It's not specific to any mod. I've seen it -- or variations on it -- in a number of different mods and games.

 

Unfortunately, there's not much I can do about it.

 

Eric Howes

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Hey Eric,

 

I appreciate your swift response as to this bug and still must say that this is a great imagining and piece of work that you have shared here and am very grateful for the work of all those who put their time into this and thank you to you for sharing this!

 

Cheers,

Isaac Coote

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Folks:

 

The Operation Darius Mod has been updated. Here's a short list of the most significant additions & changes:

 

New Aircraft:
- AH-1J_IRIAA
- AH-1W
- EF-2000_Luftwaffe
- EF-2000_RAF
- MQ-9

New Models:
- CF-18A_07 updated model
- F-18C_Fin updated model
- FA-18C updated model

New Skins:
- AV-8Bplus new skins
- C-5A new skins
- C-17 new skins
- C-141B new skins
- F-1EQ new skins
- RF-4E_TuAF new skins

Other Updates:
- AH-64D updated flight model
- HH-60H & MH-60S updated flight model
- Su-27 & Su-30MKM new cockpits
- minor fixes & tweaks to
  most other aircraft
- addition of new aircraft to campaigns
- other minor updates to campaigns
- addition of around 200 new weapons & guns
 

And here are links to the four parts of the OpDarius mod:

 

http://combatace.com/files/file/13300-operation-darius-final-part-1-of-4/
http://combatace.com/files/file/13301-operation-darius-final-part-2-of-4/
http://combatace.com/files/file/13302-operation-darius-final-part-3-of-4/
http://combatace.com/files/file/13303-operation-darius-final-part-4-of-4/
 

Eric Howes

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Hi it's a great mission but it seems like there's a little problem when I play it. All the missions start around 6:30 am and there is no variation in mission time at all. Is that supposed to be like that?  If not is there a way to fix that? Thanks

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Been having fun with this: I reprogrammed a few things on my install so as to replace one of the USN squadrons with a squadron of F-14D_06 Super Tomcats from the latest version of the superpak. (The idea being that they were never removed from service.) Tell you what, the Super Hornet just can't touch it when it comes to payload/range and performance. Momma!

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I got it to work finally. Thank you. I know it's too much to ask for an installer considering the amount of work that obviously went into making this mod. It's great!!!!!!! Thanks again for all the work an an excellent mod!!!!!

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