Just out of curiosity, do you actually play both factions?
To my mind, both factions are balanced. It's just a thing of personal preference that might give you the feeling that one faction is slightly better. For myself that's Pact.
I play PACT 90% of the time, that's true. I play NATO occasionally but not much.
Ehm, no. The Tunguska is a lot better than the Roland at roughly the same price.
I never use the Tunguska or Roland so can't say. I stick to big missiles or infantry SAMs - IMO having autocannons doesn't compensate for high price/lack of range, if I field an AC unit it's a Praga 59 or something.
And due to NATO helos only having 5 HP, they get even much more powerful. Iglas can one shot NATO helos, whereas Stingers need 3 shots to down any Pact helo at the same price.
Iglas are absolutely great, that is true, but they are actually outranged by Hellfires. Passive forest defense AA, can't cover PACT in the open.
Also, I'm pretty sure Iglas don't always one-shot each and every NATO chopper other than Apache, I'll need to check that though.
When it comes to long-range AA, Buk and fully vet Chap are about equal. Buk can fire longer without a reload but chap is more likely to get a quick kill, and you should keep a supply truck by each one anyway.
So I'll agree that short-range AA for PACT is better (or rather, NATO helos are more fragile). But as I've mentioned, NATO actually has a decent AA chopper, which is a huge advantage.
Yes, you do. NATO helos have 5HP (except for the Apache), making them totally vulnerable to any kind of Pact AA.
Not any kind. To defeat Hellfires, you need the Buk - Iglas and Tunguskas often don't have the reach.
To defeat mass rushes, you need several AA - sure, you can one-shot Gazelles, but NATO can field a horde of them cheaply, whereas you'll generally have 1 Buk and 1-2 short-range AA defending any armor group.
So yes, generally PACT choppers are tougher, however as we all know helo rushes are easier to do with NATO because you can just field so many of the damn things.
You noticed that only Pact has a ground recon with Excellent optics?
That gets used how often? There's hardly ever a reason not to get 2 Very Good optics stealthier recons for the same price, or a helo recon for 20 pts more. If BDM (or whatever its called) was 15 pts cheaper I'd agree, but currently it's more of a curiosity.
Don't let us get started about Top-tier heavies, I think we discussed that long enough. Low-tier: It does. T64A.
Similar but not quite as good. Can't fire accurately on the move. Otherwise similar, yes - more armor and higher ROF but fewer numbers, works out to about the same firepower/survivability when stationary. But if you just use those guys to sit in place you're better off with T64BV.
Overwhelmingly better AA, the best tank in game, the cost efficient base T80, ground recon with Excellent optics, better supply trucks (IMO), flame tanks and so on and so forth.
Sort-of better short-range AA (but no chopper, long-range AA about the same), two best tanks total - great in a small game but not that important in standard size, overpriced recon that hardly anybody uses. And that MMG on supply trucks is literally game-shattering... Oh, and as I've mentioned before - crap cannon on a flame vehicle that usually prevents it from using the flamethrower like it should.