ajac wrote:I wonder what the chances that WP would have airsuppority. I am thinking low. NATO forces are trained better better aircraft and larger number of better aircraft. Granted the su-27 and mig 29 are awesome but going up against the large number of nato aircraft would make ait an interesting battle. Now I want to play a game that throws WP and NATO airforces together. Who would win? Id love to see some ideas on this.
NATO pilots had similar amount of useful training, as WP pilots had their training facilities nearby to their airfields.
WP had comparable aircraft for their role - MiG23MLD is comparable to F15C on the short range operations, Su27S/MiG29A in their 1985/1987 vintage were vastly superior to the F15C as they had better weapons (R73), better sensors (IRST), better avionics (helmet mounted sights, infra flight network centric datalink). Hence NATO did not have an advantage in equipment.
If we look into the ground attack aircraft NATO has not technological advantage here, with MiG27K and Su17M3 aircraft, they both were capable of using a variety of PGM type weapons.
They were also vastly outnumbered by the WP aircraft - one of the reasons why USA would strive for F15C+AMRAAM system, stealth force multiplier, but none were fielded in the time period.
In addition to this WP had a massive advantage in the anti air systems until the 1987, as they have had large amounts of modern, mobile systems such as Buk, and the advantage on the lower level is even larger.
Also WP had more of TBM type weapons, which NATO had no defense against. Those would have been used on airfields and other such important targets as part of the combined arms anti air operation.
Thus, especially with WP first strike up to 1987 WP would be capable of at-least denying the air to the NATO if not decisively taking control of it.