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 Comanche 4

Comanche 4

FAQ/Strategy Guide    (v 1.20)

Game:           Comanche 4
System:         PC
Publisher:      Novalogic
Developer:      Novalogic
Genre:          Action/Simulation
Released:       Nov. 2001

Author:         rtbull (GameFAQs ID)
Version:        1.20   4/29/04            [orig 1.00: 01/02/04]


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 |   Comanche 4 FAQ/Strategy Guide, v 1.20                     |
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 |                                                             |
 |   Major Sections                                            |
 |   --------------------                                      |
 |                                                             |
 |   I.     Introduction                                       |
 |             Initial Comments                                |
 |             Copyright, Contact                              |
 |             Comanche 4 Game Overview                        |
 |                                                             |
 |   II.    Common Keyboard Commands                           |
 |                                                             |
 |   III.   Game Tactics & Methods                             |
 |             01  Keyboard and Joystick                       |
 |             02  Flying and Stealth                          |
 |             03  Altitude                                    |
 |             04  HMD, MFD, and F1-F6 Keys                    |
 |             05  Freelook Mode       (F4)                    |
 |             06  External Camera     (F3)                    |
 |             07  Threat Display      (Radar)                 |
 |             08  Targeting Modes                             |
 |                     Active/Passive                          |
 |                     Nearest/Cycle                           |
 |             09  Weapons                                     |
 |             10  FARPs                                       |
 |             11  EFAMS and Bay Doors                         |
 |             12  Firing Hellfires                            |
 |             13  Enemy Units                                 |
 |             14  Wingman Communications                      |
 |             15  Game Difficulty                             |
 |             16  Misc Tips and Notes                         |
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 |   IV.    Single Missions - Helpful Notes                    |
 |                                                             |
 |   V.     Mission Editor Basics - Training                   |
 |                                                             |
 |   VI.    Closing Comments                                   |
 |                                                             |
 |                                                             |

  Ver. 1.00   1/02/04    Original submission.
       1.10   1/12/04    Minor changes throughout.
       1.20   4/29/04    A few last additions and corrections.


 /   I.     I N T R O D U C T I O N                              \


  > Initial Comments
  > Copyright, Contact
  > Comanche 4 Game Overview

> INTRO:   Initial Comments

Comanche 4 is a much updated version of Novalogic's Comanche 3 game, and
while 4 has been out for some time (2001), it is still one of the better
combat helicopter games available.

This game is somewhere between an arcade and a more serious helicopter

Comanche 4 has a good set of controls and systems to work with, but not
too much as to require a long learning time. You can be up and flying
fairly quickly, yet there are aspects of the game that you can work on
and master to a higher level.

With Comanche 4, you have the choice of using the easier default keyboard
controls with the mouse, or the more challenging keyboard/joystick setup.
The joystick even has a few more advanced and realistic flight control
options for a greater challenge.

The graphics and sound are very good, and the flight performance of the
Comanche is fairly agile.  In most missions you are heavily outnumbered
with little or no support, but you have a good supply of weapons and
usually can reload once or twice at a FARP (Forward Arming and Refueling
Point) during a mission. Flying and evading is not too taxing once you
master the mechanics of handling the Comanche and learn to use the
various displays.

The multiplayer in Comanche 4 is still available on Novaworld, and
there is a game mission editor to create your own missions and custom
multiplayer maps.

This guide is intended to be used with the game's official user manual
(PDF or printed), and highlights certain topics or provides a different
perspective to aid understanding of the game. The guide is also focused
more toward single player campaigns and missions, but should also assist
in multiplayer.

A good portion of information in this guide will seem fairly basic to
someone who's played this game a while, and so this guide is really more
for that person just starting out on the game. When learning Comanche 4
myself, I found certain topics in the provided game manual to be a bit
confusing or not explanatory enough for me, and so I've tried to expand
on those particular areas in this FAQ/Strategy Guide.

> INTRO:   Copyright, Contact

This Comanche 4 FAQ/Strategy Guide is copyrighted 2004, by
R Turnbull. ( ID: rtbull,

If you would like to post this guide on a website other than, email me with your website and contact info.

Please don't edit or alter this guide without my consent.
Thanks and enjoy the guide.

> INTRO:   Comanche 4 Game Overview

You are Griffon 2-6. Occasionally you coordinate with your teammate
Griffon 2-7. Together you comprise Griffon Squadron. You fly the
advanced U.S. RAH 66 Comanche helicopter that carries a low radar
signature when you have your gear up, bay doors closed, and no EFAMS
(external weapon mounts).

There is no instant action, but that is offset somewhat by the
available multiplayer and mission editor capabilities.

There are no saves during a mission, which requires a considerable
amount of patience and perseverance for some of the more difficult

You can create up to 4 different pilots, and your pilot's career is
tracked and updated after each mission. Your best point score on any
particular mission is retained. As your total points increase over
time you ascend through various officer ranks, from Warrant Officer
up to Colonel and higher.

There is a helpful training mission to start you off, followed by six
campaigns, each consisting of five missions.  The missions range from
easy to very hard, and employ a variety of targets and objectives, such
as escort and protect, defend base, reconnaissance, search and destroy,
etc. The campaigns take place all over the world and so you operate in
and under a variety of environments and conditions.

To immediately have access to all missions (Mission Archives), create
a pilot named WolfBlitz.

For other pilots, the missions are available for replay under Archives
once you successfully complete them.

Here is a brief listing of the six campaigns and their locations:

   MT   =  Mission Targets
   OEU  =  Other Enemy Units
   OBJ  =  Objectives
   Dif  =  Difficulty Rating (E-easy, M-mod, H-hard, VH-very hard)

   ??   =  not completed, unknown   (MT column)

                               |  MT  | OEU | OBJ | Dif |  Primary           |
                               |      |     |     |     |  Objective         |
1 - Operation Island Hopper    <>  The Philippines                           |
  M1 - Still Waters            |  16  |  50 |  1  |  E  | guard yacht        |
  M2 - Invasion                |  65  |  22 |  1  |  E  | assault island     |
  M3 - Speed Trap              |  18  |  74 |  2  |  M  | track plane        |
  M4 - Junkyard                |  27  |  31 |  3  |  E  | destroy shipyard   |
  M5 - Salvage                 |  26  |  48 |  3  |  E  | board LHA ship     |
2 - Operation Delta            <>  Multiple Countries: Delta Force           |
  M1 - Terminal Zone           |  38  |   9 |  4  |  E  | secure airport     |
  M2 - Eagle's Talon           |   0  |  96 |  3  |  M  | retake island base |
  M3 - Lost and Found          |   0  | 111 |  2  |  M  | recover new boat   |
  M4 - Lion's Den              |  39  |  24 |  3  |  M  | escort officials   |
  M5 - Contact                 |   0  |  44 |  2  |  H  | recover satellite  |
3 - Operation Rapid Response   <>  Belarus  (Russian Federation)             |
  M1 - Red Ferret              |  12  |  81 |  2  |  H  | protect Spetznatz  |
  M2 - Icebox                  |   0  |  45 |  3  | VH  | rescue F14 crew    |
  M3 - The Chase               |   0  |  49 |  2  |  M  | set up ambush      |
  M4 - Checkmate               |  ??  |   0 |  0  | VH  | comms towers       |
  M5 - Flytrap                 |  ??  | 104 |  8  | VH  | enemy drones       |
4 - Operation Crossing Guard   <>  The Balkans                               |
  M1 - Silver Strike           |   0  |  55 |  2  |  E  | escort to airport  |
  M2 - Bloodhound              |   6  |  52 |  3  |  E  | take out SKUDs     |
  M3 - Battle Cry              |  42  |  30 |  8  |  M  | 4 skirmishes       |
  M4 - Early Bird              |  15  |  35 |  7  |  H  | early warnings     |
  M5 - Crown Jewel             |  21  |  53 |  3  |  M  | final assault      |
5 - Operation Covert Action    <>  Multiple Countries: CIA                   |
  M1 - HAZMAT                  |  84  | 236 |  3  |  H  | destroy chem.fact. |
  M2 - Countdown               |  ??  | 194 |  4  | VH  | nuclear ctrl bldg  |
  M3 - Fallen Angel            |  ??  | 118 |  7  | VH  | escort Blackhawk   |
  M4 - Depth Charge            |  28  | 150 |  8  |  H  | submarine base     |
  M5 - Into the Breach         |  33  |  31 |  8  |  M  | free city areas    |
6 - Operation Global Reach     <>  Algeria & Libya                           |
  M1 - Wrong Turn              |   3  |  59 |  3  | VH  | rescue operative   |
  M2 - Phalanx                 |  ??  |   5 |  1  | VH  | defend M'Sila city |
  M3 - Rain of Fire            |  42  |  25 |  1  |  E  | Libyan air attack  |
  M4 - Glass Eye               |  20  |  51 |  2  |  M  | 2 destroyers       |
  M5 - War Machine             |  ??  |  61 |  3  | VH  | hit mobile command |
                               |  MT  | OEU | OBJ | Dif |  Primary           |
                               |      |     |     |     |  Objective         |

An "??" in the MT (Mission Targets) column means that I've yet to
successfully complete that mission. (All these I obviously rate as
very hard.) Most of the VH missions have some kind of time constraint.

The hard and very hard missions might be worth trying in multiplayer co-op
mode on Novaworld if you can find a teammate or two to assist.


 /   II.    C O M M O N    K E Y B O A R D    C O M M A N D S    \


   Shift     Up
   Ctrl      Down
   Z         Low                 [auto altitude]  [Insert]
   X         Medium                   "           [  Home]
   C         High                     "           [ Pg Up]
   Space     Pop-up

   G         Landing Gear        [or 9]

   W         Forward
   S         Reverse
   A         Left   (strafe)     [Q-pivot left]
   D         Right  (strafe)     [E-pivot right]

   1         Cannon
   2         Hydras              (rockets)
   3         Stingers            (missiles)
   4         Hellfires           (heavy missiles)
   5         Artillery

   B         Bay Doors           [or 0]
   F         Flares              (or fired automatically)
   8         Drop EFAMS

F - Keys
   F1        First Person View
   F2        Cockpit Views       (2 views)
   F3        Third Person View   (external camera)
   F4        Freelook

   F5        Fly-by Camera
   F6        HMD Detail          (3 levels)
   F7        Goals, Briefing
   F8        FARP Menu           (open/close)

   F9        Cycle Waypoints
   F10       Target Mode         (Nearest/Cycle)
   F11       Target Friendlies   (enable in Options)

   6         Griffon 2-7 "Attack My Target" Command
   7         Griffon 2-7 (wingman) List of Commands
   9         Landing Gear
   0         Bay Doors
   \         Cycle Targets       (Cycle Target Mode - F10)

External Camera (keypad) F3 View
  7   zoom in
  8   raise up
  9   zoom out
  4   pan left
  5   return to start position
  6   pan right

  2   lower


 /   III.   G A M E   T A C T I C S    &    M E T H O D S        \


The following topics are designed to improve your level of play and
understanding of the game in particular areas. You should still read
through the game's user manual, whether you have the printed one or
the CD PDF guide, for the basics and overall game instruction.

  Topic Listing

  01  Keyboard and Joystick
  02  Flying and Stealth
  03  Altitude
  04  HMD, MFD, and F1-F6 Keys
  05  Freelook Mode     (F4)
  06  External Camera   (F3)
  07  Threat Display    (Radar)
  08  Targeting Modes   (Active/Passive, Nearest/Cycle)
  09  Weapons
  10  FARPs
  11  EFAMS and Bay Doors
  12  Firing Hellfires
  13  Enemy Units
  14  Wingman Communications
  15  Game Difficulty
  16  Misc Tips and Notes

    Keyboard and Joystick

You have the option to remap any of the control keys for the
keyboard, mouse, and joystick. You can opt to use the keyboard
with mouse, keyboard with joystick, or all three together. These
selections are made under Options > Controls.

The keyboard/mouse combination is probably easiest for most people
starting out unless they've used joysticks often in other games.

The keyboard/joystick combination will provide the more realistic
flying experience. If you use the mouse as well, it will enable you
to be more accurate with rocket fire or if you have to fire out a
number of weapons quickly.

Use your left hand with the keyboard to control speed, height,
views, weapon selections, and pop-ups. Use the right hand on the
joystick to lock targets (Btn 2), fire weapons (Btn 1), and bank
and turn. If you checked the mouse option, then the mouse will
always be operational if you want to switch to use it for weapon
firing, especially from a distance, or to pinpoint targets among
a group.

Under Options > Controls, the joystick has check boxes for more
advanced flying effects. These are listed below.

Advanced Controls
menu: Options > Controls > Advanced

(enable these options for easier flight, or disable for harder)

(on) Slip Control - allows for controlled turns with less sliding
                    (slip) and easier steering around objects, but
                    slower pivots with the mouse and limited strafing.

                    (Turn Slip Control on for more precise flying, but
                    off for better maneuvers in close-quarters combat.)

(on) Limit Cyclic - limits upward and downward angle of Comanche
     Range          when flying forward or backward. Allows for
                    faster starts and stops and altitude changes, but
                    less realistic flight and slightly slower speed.

                    With Limit Cyclic on, your top speed is about
                    138-139 knots. When off, your speed can reach 143.

(on) Heavy Rotor  - could not determine what effect this has.
     Damage         Possibly with it on it limits the amount of
                    rotor damage the enemy can inflict. (It doesn't
                    appear to effect damage you sustain when you
                    run into something like a mountain.)

PIO Control - the PDF guide mentions a PIO Control under the Advanced
              Controls section on page 13, or page 8 in the small
              printed guide. The README.TXT file that comes with the
              game mentions that this feature was not included in the
              release of Comanche 4.

Also within the Advanced Controls screen is a setting for the Enemy
Difficulty Level (Easy / Normal / Advanced). Using the Advanced level
seems to make enemy unit's weapons more potent, or else your Comanche
more fragile. For tougher missions, use the Easy setting until you
figure out the mission, and then raise it for a greater challenge on
the replay.

One final tip is that if you know how to use the game's Mission Editor
to create a very basic mission (insert a start player marker, then save
and export) you can select it at runtime and practice flying maneuvers
and the various controls without any time constraints or enemy presence.
Then later add specific enemy units to work on fighting/evading tactics.

(see item 6 in topic 16 below, as well as the Mission Editor Basics
main section)

    Flying and Stealth

In most cases, you'll be detected less the lower you fly. You typically
can fly using the Z altitude key over flat terrain and water, while X
is good for uneven, non-mountainous landscape.

To obtain the greatest level of stealth, fly low and slow, keep your
gear (G) up, bay doors closed (B), and avoid using EFAMS. If using
EFAMS, you can eject them at any time, preferably after you've fired
the weapons, by pressing the 8 key.

(see topic 16, item 7 for a chart on different levels of stealth)

If you want to fly low over uneven ground, you might want to lower your
wheels to prevent damage to your 20mm cannon and undercarriage. However,
if you damage your gear, you won't be able to retract it to increase
stealth later.

When approaching the enemy and preparing to fire, try to hide behind
natural cover such as tree stands and ridge lines, and then use the
spacebar to pop up and fire at the enemy. Be careful flying too close
to objects or you will damage your rotors and adversely affect your
flight control.

When planning a route through a territory, the F2 pilot cockpit view
provides a topographical display of the terrain levels, with green
representing terrain below you, and red above you. Sometimes a longer
route via low terrain is better than proceeding directly to the next
waypoint over exposed ground.

If an enemy gains missile target lock on you, as indicated by the
warning tone, and yellow flashing arcs on the threat display,
your best move is to dive for cover. It seems that most enemy missiles
require up to 10 seconds to arm and fire so you have some time to
evade once you first detect the warning. Some enemy missiles have
high tracking capabilities and so you may still be hit even after you
get behind cover. If you can manage to break their target lock though,
you should be okay.

One good trick you can use to stay low and behind cover, is to drop
your gear, and then lower to about 1 meter on your digital AGL. You
can sneak up on the enemy even behind a small hill using this
approach. Use spacebar to raise up as high as you need, target and
fire, then release and drop. With your gear down you should not
sustain any damage to your undercarriage, and enemy fire will hit
the small hill.

A typical key sequence to use when starting a mission is as follows:

  F8    to alter weapons loadout if desired
   X    to raise up (or C if trees nearby)
   G    raise gear
   -    (minus key to zoom out map)
   #    select your current weapon  (#: 1,2,3,4)

This is a good routine to go through for every mission, and ensures
you're ready to move out and start on your objectives.

In some missions you have artillery strikes available, so its
worth selecting the 5 key early on to see if you have any, or
check the left display in your F2 cockpit view.

Firing a rocket, missile or hellfire instantly and significantly
lowers your stealth.  The cannon does not seem to impact it though.


  Shift    raise altitude
  Ctrl     lower altitude
  Z,X,C    automatic altitude settings
  Space    pop-up

There are 3 altitude indicators on your HMD.  One digital and analog
AGL (above ground level) each, plus one digital ASL (above sea level).

The digital AGL is probably the most useful in telling you how close
to the ground or how high up and exposed you are.

The keyboard provides 3 auto-altitude settings.  When hovering above
water (your most level terrain) these settings are:

  Z  =  low       about 17 meters ASL
  X  =  medium    about 29 meters ASL
  C  =  high      about 153 meters ASL

As you move around in your Comanche, these settings do not remain
constant, but are calculated using some average of the surrounding
terrain levels.  

For instance, if you are over level ground at the Z level, you're
probably at about 15-20 meters AGL. If you then move forward and
reach the top of a mountain ridge, you won't automatically pop up
to 15 meters above the top of the ridge. Rather you may just skim
the top. This averaging of the terrain levels allows you to approach
behind cover with minimal disruptions in height, and therefore
maintain better stealth.

Usually you can continue to fly at the Z level over most types of
terrain if you move slow enough. Crawling up a mountain side at a
low setting will position you up high enough to then pop up with
the spacebar and attack, and then release and drop back down to
just below the ridge. Enemy fire should then hit the mountain
rather than you.

The mouse wheel can be set to change altitudes. (Options > Controls)

    HMD, MFD, and F1-F6 Keys

   HMD  -   Helmet Mounted Display       F1 & F3 Views
   MFD  -   Multi-Function Displays      F2 View

You'll probably find all 3 combat views, F1-F3, to be useful for
different reasons. 

The F1 first person view provides more indicators and an open screen.
The threat display is in the upper right, and the target monitor in
the upper left. F1 also has the altitude indicators and other useful

The F2 cockpit view has a more realistic look, plus a useful
topographical map. (green is terrain below you, red is above you)
There are two settings for F2 - the second is an opened-up cockpit
view. Threats are displayed on the topographical map, while target
information and weapons status are displayed on the left screen.

F3 is an external camera view that is manipulated using the keypad
keys. Use it to examine your Comanche, or to view the surrounding
area during a mission. (more on this in topic 6)

F4 is a freelook mode that allows you to look around without moving
your Comanche. There are some situations where this is useful. (see
topic 5)

F5 is a flyby view, and allows you to watch your helo in action.  Its
also a good view to use for screen shots.

Finally, F6 is used with views F1-F3. F6 toggles between three levels
of displayed information - all, minimal, and no display.

    Freelook Mode     (F4)

The (F4) Freelook mode allows you to look around you without moving
the Comanche. This mode can be used with any of the other 3 views,

When you are done looking around, make sure to toggle back to
locked mode before you attempt to fly or you'll risk colliding with
some object while flying erratically.

When you select freelook, the word "Free" will appear in the View
field in the lower left of your F1 HMD to indicate that it is active.
When freelook mode is not engaged, the View field will say "Locked".

Freelook might also be useful if you want to remain pointed in one
particular direction, but be able to fire at a number of targets
located in front of you. If near some type of object, using freelook
to fire will prevent you from turning and colliding with the object.

When Freelook mode is used in the 3rd person view (F3), the Comanche
remains pointed in one direction. This allows for more stable
scouting around with the external camera. Without freelook mode, the
Comanche will tend to pivot or drift slightly in one direction or
another. You won't be able to pan the camera with the mouse, but
you can toggle back and forth to locked mode to use the mouse.

The Freelook mode is very useful when firing Hellfire missiles while
hiding behind structures or natural barriers. (see topic 12)

    External Camera     (F3) 3rd Person View

You select F3 to activate the 3rd person view (external camera),
and manipulate this view with the keypad.  Here are the controls:

  7   zoom in
  8   raise up
  9   zoom out
  4   pan left
  5   return to default position
  6   pan right

  2   lower

  Use the mouse to rapidly pan left and right.

You'll notice that by using the 9 key, you can zoom out quite a distance.
Once you select F3, use the 4 or 6 key to pan around so that you are
facing the Comanche.  Then use the 9 key to "back" the camera out. You
can backward zoom out into enemy territory and scout around a bit just
using this camera, as long as you have the time and aren't under
immediate threat of attack.

The Comanche doesn't have a weapons scope view, but this camera feature
is an adequate alternative in some situations.

Here are some things you can inspect while using the external camera...

 >  press F4 (freelook mode), then swivel the gun (mouse), and watch the
        pilot's head turn. Apparently the targeting is controlled by the
        direction the helmet HMD faces.

 >  press the various Z,V, and C altitude settings to get an idea how far
        off the ground you are and how exposed you are behind natural
        barriers. Also, the Z,V and C settings variably change depending
        on the overall terrain, so fly over different types of terrain,
        changing altitude to get a sense of the variations.

 >  pan around the Comanche to a front corner, then operate the gears (G),
        bay doors (B), fire out hydras, Stingers, and Hellfires - and see
        the hardpoints empty out, and press 8 to discard your EFAMS.

 >  identify a forward target to strike and zoom forward until you are
        up next to it. Then select F1, fire your weapon (hydra, Stinger,
        or Hellfire), and then immediately select F3 to toggle back to
        the target's location and watch it explode.

You can set up the external camera to continually operate at a set
distance by first zooming out to the preferred distance, and then just
toggle between F1 (or F2) and the F3 modes.

The external camera seems able to go out a distance of 900-950 meters,
so you always have the capability to scout out a distance that far ahead
of you. For stealthy missions without a time constraint, just work
forward in segments by briefly surveying an area before entering it.

    Threat Display   (Radar)

Your Threat Display appears in the upper right corner of your HMD in
the F1 first person view, and on the right side topographical map in
the F2 cockpit view.

You zoom the display in and out using the (+) and (-) keys respectively.

A locked target will appear on the radar with a black circle around it.

The locked target will also appear as a visual graphic, with its name
and distance from you in the Target Monitor at the upper left of your
HMD in F1 view, or on the left side screen in F2 view.

At the start of a mission you may want to zoom out the display (-) as
far as possible to give you early notice of approaching threats of any
kind. Later you may find it helpful to zoom in when you have a group
of targets and want to better identify individual ones.

The threat display flashes yellow when an enemy unit has target lock,
and red when the unit fires. During target lock you'll hear a warning
tone that may last for up to 10 seconds. If your Comanche systems detect
a strong radar lock when a missile is en route, the tone will raise to
a high pitch and then flares will be automatically fired as decoys.

When the threat display flashes from enemy lock, the flashing arcs on
the outside of the display will be in the direction the enemy is to you.
This enables you to better recognize which enemy is most threatening to
you so you can turn and deal with it.

Learn to recognize the different symbols of the threat display. In 
particular, the one for air units because they are sometimes difficult
to spot in the air visually, but they're easy to ID and turn towards
using the threat display.

Moving sideways quickly seems to help evade missiles a little better
than trying to raise or lower your altitude suddenly. (Enemy missiles
seem to be more able to track you higher and lower, than laterally.)

    Targeting Modes   (Active/Passive)

   F10 - toggles between Nearest and Cycle targeting
   F11 - activates friendly targeting (turned on in Options)
     / - cycle targets
  Bspc - remove active locks (Backspace)
  Caps - remove active locks (Caps Lock)

You lock on targets either by right-clicking with the mouse or
button 2 of the joystick.

  Passive and Active Lock          (both are always operational)
  Nearest Target vs. Cycle Target  (choose Active Lock mode, F10)

You always have Passive and Active Lock available.  You don't have to
choose between these two.

Passive lock is when you gain a yellow (non-locked) reticle on a
target.  In most cases, as long as you maintain the yellow reticle,
the weapon you shot should still be fairly accurate. Note that this
really only applies to Stingers and Hellfires, since cannon rounds
and hydras pretty much fly straight.

Active lock targeting refers to how the weapons system determines
which target to lock onto.  You choose either Nearest or Cycle (F10).
(Current mode is displayed on lower left of F1-HMD display.)

Nearest Target - selects the target nearest to where your Gunsight
               Pipper is pointed.

Cycle Target - the system prioritizes and selects the target most 
               threatening to you and also within range and movement
               of your currently selected weapon.

               To cycle targets, press the "\" key (above ENTER), or
               right click with your mouse.

Cycle Target works well if you're approaching an area with a large
number of unknown enemies and you'd rather have the system prioritize
your targets for you. This allows you to rapidly fire a number of
rockets, stingers, and hellfires. Once you fire on one target, the
system switches to the next priority target on the list - unless the
target requires two hydras or Stingers to destroy.

If you've activated the option for targeting friendlies (under 
Options > Controls), then you can toggle the F11 key to target
friendlies or not. This is a useful feature if you're trying to
escort and protect a particular unit. If you then get in a battle
situation, you might want to use Cycle Targets mode (F10) so that
you are not constantly targeting and firing at your friendly unit.

(Or else, while in battle, just toggle off friendly targeting, F11.)

When the target reticle is gray, that means that the reticle is
directed at targets or area outside the firing cone of the
currently selected weapon or WIP (Weapon In Priority).


(See section 13 for details on what weapons to use per enemy unit.)

Weapon Loadouts
A full loadout, with EFAMS, concentrated on just one type, will allow:

     14 Hellfires  (or)  28 Stingers  (or)  56 Hydras

You have 14 hardpoints altogether using the EFAMS (6 without). Each
hardpoint allows for either 1 Hellfire, 2 Stingers, or 4 hydras.

If you'll look at section 13 displaying what it takes to destroy each
type of enemy vehicle or craft, note that in nearly all cases of
ground and sea units, 1-2 hydras are as effective as 1-2 Stingers.
So the hydra is your most efficient weapon to load and use, as long
as you don't encounter too many air units.

Whatever weapon loadout you select at the start of a mission (F8),
will be what you reload whenever you land on a FARP - unless you
modify the combination at the FARP, again with F8.

Hydras flight straight for the most part, although they seem to
be able to angle slightly to the side or down to reach a target.
Also, in the case of moving ground targets, the hydra will follow
the unit as long as it has a clear path and the unit is not moving
too swiftly or down among very uneven terrain.

Note that hydras can work against aircraft that is hovering, moving
very slowly, or grounded. In some cases, hydras can be used against
aircraft moving directly toward you, especially the closer they are.
Furthermore, with hydras, the enemy air units are not alerted to the
incoming rocket and make no attempt to evade, as is the case with

The cannon fires about 25 rounds per second.

The cannon is also effective against aircraft at close range, and can
usually destroy the unit with a ten second or less cannon burst.  The
drones in the C3/M5 mission require about a 2-3 second burst of cannon.

The cannon is more effective and potent the closer you are to a target.

Stingers work against air, ground, and sea units, but you want them
primarily for air units since hydras are better for ground and sea.

Stingers are fire and forget, so target and fire them and then move
on to your next enemy unit.

Stingers can still be effective even if you don't have a full active
target lock (target reticle is yellow, passive lock). As long as you
maintain the enemy unit within the firing cone of the Stinger it
should have a high probability of contacting successfully.

If you have a ground or sea unit moving fast and at a distance, then
the Stinger might be a better choice than the hydra, since the
Stinger can track a unit better.

Although Hellfires are fun to target and fire, I usually don't load
more than 2-4 in a mission, if any at all.  Four hydras are as
effective if not more than one Hellfire.  Its better to sneak up low
to the ground on an armored target, then pop-up and fire 1-2 hydras to
destroy it. With a Hellfire you must maintain target lock on the enemy
unit - at least at the point of contact. This makes you exposed to
enemy fire when using a Hellfire. (see topic 12 for some creative
workarounds though)

Since most enemy units can be destroyed with a single hydra, you're
losing space for 3 more hydras in a hardpoint by storing a Hellfire.

Hellfires work well against strong enemy structures, especially ones
that are well defended by SAMs and ground units.

Hellfires can also be used against enemy aircraft, preferably slower
flying craft like helicopters, as long as you maintain a target lock.

For additional notes on using the Hellfire, see topic 12.

The flares are fired automatically when an enemy missile is locked on
and approaching, but you can also manually release them with the F key.

The maximum target acquisition distance for all weapons is about 2,000

The mouse wheel can be used to change weapons.  (Options > Controls)

    FARPs - Forward Arming & Refueling Points

FARPs are a lifesaver in some of the missions. At any point in time,
whatever FARP is closest to you will be the one the yellow "F" caret
is directing you towards. The distance to the FARP is in meters.

When you approach a FARP, once you're clear of trees, drop down to
the X or Z altitude setting and drop your gear (G). A green box will
appear on your lower HMD when you are near the FARP, and will then
turn to yellow once you are directly over it. If your gear is down,
just press your CTRL key and drop straight to the ground. Unless you
are changing your weapons loadout (F8), there is no need to wait
before raising and commencing with your mission.

Press F8 to access the FARP menu.  Make any changes to your loadout
and then select OK or press F8 to continue with the mission. When
you land on the FARP, it will reload with whatever loadout you
started the mission with - or what you changed it to at the previous
FARP in the mission. Some missions play out in stages or segments,
and you will find it useful to alter your combinations of weapons.
For instance, if you have upcoming buildings or other heavy targets
to destroy, add in a few extra Hellfires.

The Load Preset Light (F8 #6) provides a balanced weapons loadout
for stealth, while Load Preset Heavy (F8 #7) provides a balanced
loadout with EFAMS for more combat.

If you dropped your EFAMS (8 key) to increase your stealth earlier,
it will automatically be added back in at the FARP.

FARPs also fully repair any damage to your Comanche. If you have
sustained a lot of damage, and are fairly well into a long mission,
it will probably be worth your while to at least make it back to
the starting point FARP if there is no time constraint, and no
other (safe) FARPs nearby.

    EFAMS and Bay Doors

EFAMS - External Fuel & Armament Mgmt System

EFAMS provide you with 8 additional hardpoints to the original 6.
You can load whatever combination of hydras, stingers, or hellfires
on the EFAMS you want. Just be aware that a single hellfire fills
one hardpoint by itself, whereas otherwise it takes 2 stingers or
4 hydras.

When loading weapons, the original internal 6 will be loaded first,
and then the EFAMS. You might want to first empty all weapons to
clear the first 6 if you want a certain configuration for those.

The bay doors open only for those weapons that are loaded in the
original or default 6 hardpoints. Using weapons loaded on the
EFAMS does not open the bay doors.

Weapons on the EFAMS are used first, and the bay doors will
only open once all of the currently selected weapon are no
longer loaded on the EFAMS.

If you know what weapons you'll likely be using first, try
loading some of those on the EFAMS, if you plan on using EFAMS.
This will allow you to fire without having to also open your bay
doors, which would further decrease your stealth in addition
to having the EFAMS.

You can eject the EFAMS at any time by pressing the 8 key.

Once your bay doors open, you can shut them again by pressing the
B key - unless your bay doors have been damaged from a collision
with the ground or enemy fire.

    Firing Hellfires

Hellfires require the most skill of any of the weapons, and will
often expose you to the greatest amount of risk when using them.

Hellfires are not fire and forget. (In reality, some are radar
guided once fired and don't require a constant laser lock.)

With Comanche 4, you must maintain target lock at least 1/2 - 2/3
of the way down its descent, or else it will fly off in another
direction, or explode when it reaches your reticle. 

Both the passive and active locks work with the Hellfire.

A good time to use the Hellfire is when you can view the
enemy, but the enemy can't hit you because you're behind some
structure or barrier of some kind. With the Hellfire, you can
attack a target from above, so even if the enemy is somewhat
hidden themselves, you can still likely destroy it.

Laser vs Radar Guidance
The game manual mentions GPS guidance for tracking and targeting
the Hellfires. I don't think this actually applies to this game.
For the Hellfire to hit a target it must either have passive or
active target lock. So laser targeting is what you use for the
Comanche 4 game.

Ripple Fire
To accomplish ripple fire, you shoot off 3 or 4 Hellfires, with about
2-3 seconds between each shot. You don't necessarily need to be locked
onto a target when initially firing - just point up in the air above
where your intended targets are located.

(You might want to use Cycle Targets mode (F10) rather than Nearest
Target to let the system tag the most dangerous enemy missile units.)

When the first of the 3 or 4 Hellfires reaches its peak, raise up
and target lock your first target. All 4 Hellfires will now aim for
that target. As soon as the first target explodes, retarget on the
next unit. If you left enough time between shots, the second Hellfire
will shift direction and head for the new target. Repeat this step
for the 3rd and 4th Hellfires.

Its best to use ripple fire with targets that are fairly close
together. The Hellfire can alter direction to a degree, especially
the higher up it is, but there is a limit to how much it can curve
on its descent.

The main problem with ripple fire is that typically you are exposed
during the time when you make target lock for the first Hellfire
all the way until the 4th Hellfire hits, and any close enemies will
be firing at you. You may be able to avoid this by timing your pop
ups with the space bar, in time to lock each Hellfire while it is
still high enough up and then dropping down immediately after the
unit has been hit.

(However, if you fire the Hellfires while behind cover, and then
maintain a good stealth profile when you raise up, you'll be less
likely to be detected and can laser the units in silence.)

The Comanche 101 training mission allows you to practice ripple
fire at waypoint 6.

Artillery Mode
If you have Hellfires to waste, or are over a FARP and want to
shell a nearby area, rapidly fire out a number of Hellfires and
point to the distant ground area where you want them to land.
Even if you don't have target lock on anything, if they all land
fairly close together it will resemble a very light artillery fire

If a Hellfire is not locked on a target near point of impact, it
will detonate wherever your reticle is directed - whether up in
the air or at the ground or on a unit. So its important to keep
your reticle below the Hellfire as it descends, else it will go off
once it reaches your reticle. You can sort of guide the Hellfire
as it descends using your reticle, while still hiding behind cover.
Then when you have directed it to about where it should land, while
still high enough (say 50-75m), pop up and light your target.

When you fire an internal Hellfire and the bay doors open, it
will help to immediately close the doors (B), and when you
raise up you'll be less likely to be detected. You can also
drop your EFAMS (8) for even better stealth when using
internal Hellfires.

Hang Time
The time it takes the Hellfire to reach its peak and then start
its descent differs under locked and unlocked conditions:

 > if locked on a target             about 4 seconds

 > if not locked on a target         between 6 and 15 seconds

When not locked on a target, the amount of time to the peak
depends on how sharp an angle you have the reticle pointed up.
When pointed up at the maximum - about 15 seconds, but when
pointed just over the horizon - about 6 seconds.

Also, a lower trajectory will travel farther - better for
distant targets, but may not be able to hit closer enemies.

When fairly close to the enemy, fire a high trajectory. This
also gives you more time to control the downward flight with
your reticle, time to reset your stealth (raise gear, close bay
doors, or even drop the EFAMS - 8 key), and then raise up
without detection at the appropriate time and light the target.

(See the Stealth Chart in topic 16 below, item 7, to get an idea
how close you should be able to get to enemy units without detection
at various configurations of your stealth profile.)

Note also that when you lock on a target before firing the Hellfire,
and are detected for the first time by the enemy unit, if that unit
has missiles it will take 8-12 seconds to arm and fire - but you
will have destroyed it (4-6 seconds) prior to it firing its missile.

If you are 1000 meters or so away from the enemy, without being too
high up, you should be able to lock and fire your Hellfires without
detection by the enemy. Note though that a Hellfire targeted at a
very distant target will have a flatter angle on its descent
and may likely strike a nearby object if the unit is positioned
close to anything.

Using the External Camera
Its possible to fire Hellfires using the external camera, and use
Passive lock (yellow reticle) instead of Active lock.

Move to within a safe distance of the enemy and stay behind or below
cover. Then switch to external camera (F3), and use freelook mode (F4)
so your Comanche doesn't drift. Then using the camera, press keypad 8
to raise up and then press keypad 9 to back out behind the Comanche
just a short distance. The enemy units in front of you should now be

Although you can't get an active target lock, using the camera and
positioning the reticle over a unit - as long as the reticle turns
and maintains yellow - you can fire the Hellfire.

So you don't accidentally lose your passive lock when you select the
mouse to fire and potentially move the cursor off the target, instead
fire with your Enter key.

Mission C4/M4 - Early Bird
Mission 4 of Campaign 4 requires you to take out a number of early
warning structures, which are fairly well defended by ground and
air units. Using the external camera to target and fire the Hellfires
is very helpful for this particularly hard mission. You may need to
make an extra trip back to the starting point FARP to reload because
you stocked up on Hellfires, but it is an effective strategy to use.
(hint: take out the helos anyway if you want it easier)

    Enemy Units

These are most of the enemy units you will face in the missions.

The Offensive Info is what amount of each particular Comanche
weapon is required to destroy that particular enemy unit.

The EMT column shows what enemy units have missiles and what type.
(see listing below)

                          |   Comanche Offensive Info  |=====
                          |      :      :      :       | EMT |
Unit                      |Cannon|Hydras|Stngrs|Hellfrs|     |
Sea Units                 |      |      |      |       |     |
------------              |      |      |      |       |     |
Attack Yacht              |  Y   |   1  |   1  |   1   |     |
Experimental Boat         |  Y   |   5  |   5  |   3   |     |
Nanuchka Frigate          |  N   |   5  |   5  |   3   |  J  |
Patrol (Pirate) Boat      |  Y   |   1  |   1  |   1   |  I  |
Pirate Speedboat          |  Y   |   1  |   1  |   1   |     |
Sovremenny Destroyer      |  -   |   -  |   -  |   -   |  K  |
Submarine                 |  N   |  10  |   9  |   5   |     |
Air Units                 |      |      |      |       |     |
------------              |      |      |      |       |     |
Ka-27 Helix (transport)   |  Y   |   -  |   1  |   -   |     |
Ka-50 Hokum (adv.attack)  |  Y   |   -  |   1  |   -   | A,B |
Light Helicopter          |  Y   |   -  |   1  |   -   |     |
Mi-24 Hind (grnd.attack)  |  Y   |   -  |   1  |   -   |  C  |
Mi-28 Havoc (anti-air)    |  Y   |   -  |   1  |   -   |     |
Mig-29 Fulcrum            |  Y   |   -  |   1  |   -   | C,D |
Remote Drone              |  Y   |   -  |   1  |   -   |     |
Su-25 Frogfoot            |  Y   |   -  |   1  |   -   | D,E |
Ground Units              |      |      |      |       |     |
------------              |      |      |      |       |     |
2S6M Tunguska             |  Y   |   1  |   1  |   1   |  G  |
Air Defense Gun           |  Y   |   1  |   1  |   1   |     |
BMP-2                     |  Y   |   1  |   1  |   1   |  F  |
BRDM-2                    |  Y   |   1  |   1  |   1   |     |
Buggy                     |  Y   |   1  |   1  |   1   |     |
Jeep                      |  Y   |   1  |   1  |   1   |     |
SA-6 Gainful              |  Y   |   1  |   1  |   1   |  H  |
SA-8 Gecko                |  Y   |   1  |   1  |   1   |  J  |
Snowmobile                |  Y   |   1  |   1  |   1   |  I  |
T-72                      |  Y   |   2  |   2  |   1   |     |
T-80                      |  Y   |   2  |   2  |   1   |     |

EMT - Enemy Missile Types  (defensive info)
  A   IGLA Missiles
  B   Anti-tank Missiles
  C   Spiral Missiles
  D   Aphid Missiles
  E   ATOL Missiles
  F   Spandrel Missiles
  G   Grison Missiles
  H   Gaskin Missiles
  I   Tow/Stinger Missiles
  J   Gecko Missiles
  K   Smerch Missiles

In the chart above, I note what enemy units have missiles, because
missiles generally are the most destructive weapon to your Comanche,
and are more difficult to evade than rockets, cannon or gunfire.

You should assume that each enemy unit has its own radar and
targeting systems and capabilities, and so they have different
levels of effectiveness against the Comanche.

Missile Timing
All units using missiles seem to take about 8-12 seconds to
initially arm and fire their first missile. (Subsequent firings
only take about 5 or so seconds.) So typically you can start
counting from the time you first hear the warning tone, and
know how much time you have to get behind cover. If you can break
their missile lock, detected by an interruption in the tone, then
you have a good chance of not being hit. Be cautious re-appearing
though because once armed, an enemy unit might not have to redo the
8-10 second warm-up count, but may immediately fire at you.

Dangerous Units
Different missiles, and thus certain units, are the most threatening
to you. These are the SA-6 Gainful, SA-8 Gecko, Tunguska, and the
Ka-50 Hokum helicopter. Their missiles seem to be the most potent
and hardest to evade. Also the destroyers guarding the submarine
base in C5/M4 have powerful missiles, in addition to the fact that
the destroyers are indestructible sea units themselves.

You can usually evade an SA-6 or SA-8 missile when up close by
circling the unit at fast speed. A Tunguska's missile will be
able to track you, though, when you circle. So the Tunguska missiles
seem to be the most capable of maneuvering toward you.

The maximum acquisition distance (target lock) for all your weapons
is about 2,000 meters.

It doesn't appear you have the capability to destroy the Sovremenny
Destroyer. However, you have the capability to destroy any weapons
or radar equipment that they have mounted. Typically these auxiliary
pods on the destroyer require at least 2 hydras or Stingers to be
destroyed.  (see the C6/M4 Glass Eye mission)

The enemy missiles have varying degrees of effectiveness and accuracy
against the Comanche.  It also usually takes at least 4-5 missile
hits to put down the Comanche, at least in the Easy Enemy Difficulty

Pop-Up Tactic
Some of the missiles, such as Grison and Gaskin, are highly effective
in tracking the Comanche. One good defense against these missiles, from
a distance, is to get behind a fairly high ridge where you can drop
down several meters fast. Use the spacebar to pop up just above the
ridge, then fire and drop. You can also get the enemy vehicles to
fire out their missiles, and then attack once they're empty.

The enemy units with missiles don't have an unlimited number. Typically
there are between 3-5 missiles for the ground units, possibly more if
the missiles are a very small variety, or in the case of the destroyer
which probably has room for a significant number.

A good strategy to use is to entice the ground unit, say an SA-6
Gainful, to fire its 3 missiles, while you duck behind cover each time.
Then you can approach and finish off that unit without worrying about
being fired upon. This also works well if you're trying to conserve on
hydras or stingers and would prefer to use your cannon.

Also realize that there is a 5-10 second delay between enemy missile
shots for each unit - possibly a variable delay per unit, and so use
that brief pause to attack them and then retreat back behind cover.

    Wingman Communications

   6 - Wingman, "Attack My Target" Command
   7 - Wingman Communications, Listed Commands

To access your wingman communication options, press the 7 key.

This will bring up a list of 7 commands you can issue to your
Griffon 2-7 teammate, if present for the mission. Griffon 2-7
will heed your commands too - so be aware of what your options
are and use them in particular situations where you want Griffon
2-7 to perform a certain action.

Otherwise, Griffon 2-7 will attack any close enemies alongside you
and will generally keep pace with you during the mission. Griffon
2-7 also does a pretty good job of holding their own against all
types of enemy units.

A shortcut for the wingman "Attack My Target" command is the 6 key.
It functions just like another weapon giving you a unique targeting
reticle. Just lock on a target and select your fire button, (left
mouse button or Enter key), and Griffon 2-7 will attack the
designated unit. You don't have to maintain lock on the target
either, but may proceed to select a weapon (1-4) for yourself
and go after other units.

Once Griffon 2-7 destroys your target, they will deal with other
threats in their normal manner unless you give another command.

    Game Difficulty

There are a few adjustments you can make to alter the difficulty or
challenge of this game.

Under Options > Controls > Advanced (or Quick Setup), select either
Easy, Normal, or Advanced for the enemy difficulty level. The Advanced
setting will make the enemy harder to destroy plus make their weapons
a bit more potent.

For missions you have difficulty completing, try the Easy level first,
and then once you figure out the mission and want a greater challenge,
switch to the Normal or Advanced level.

It may also be less frustrating to work on the easier types of missions
first, as noted in the Campaign/Mission chart in the Game Overview
main section above.

Finally, for replaying missions, you can work on completing the
missions faster, or without EFAMS, or minimize use of stealth.
These factors will all make the missions more difficult to play.

Flight Control
As mentioned in Topic 1 above, for most people the keyboard/mouse setup
will be the easiest for controls. If you want more of a challenge and
a more realistic flying experience, use the joystick (with the keyboard
and mouse), and also turn off the Slip Control and the Limit Cyclic
Range options in the Advanced Controls section.

    Misc Tips and Notes

.01  -  WolfBlitz
To have access to all missions, create a pilot named WolfBlitz. All
the missions will then be listed and available under Mission Archives.

.02  -  Pause Game
Pause the game (Pause key), if you need time to look something up
in the provided game manual or to think a strategy through.

.03  -  Griffon 2-7
Griffon 2-7 will typically tail you at a little higher height, giving
them a clear shot at targets.  If you raise or lower your height, so
will Griffon 2-7 accordingly.  So when you fly low to protect yourself
from enemy fire and to avoid radar detection, you provide the same,
though lesser, sort of protection for Griffon 2-7.

.04  -  Map Zoom
At the start of each mission, you might want to zoom the map out (-)
to the maximum distance. This gives you much more time to react to
threats as they come close.  Usually you can see and react to a
threat well before they can detect you, especially air threats.

.05  -  Officer Rank
You receive officer ranks based on your total career points for the
pilot. Here are the ranks I've identified so far, and hopefully
placed in the correct order:

      Warrant Officer
      Chief Warrant Officer 2
      Chief Warrant Officer 3
      Lt. Colonel

.06  -  ME Training
If you know how to use the mission editor, a custom map is a good
place to work on your flying skills or to insert some specific enemy
units (like the SA-6, SA-8, Tungunska, and Hokum) and practice
different techniques for taking them out en masse or under various

Read the main section below on Mission Editor Basics to see how to
create a simple map for your own training purposes.

.07  -  Stealth Chart
You have different levels of stealth depending on how you use EFAMS,
gear, bay doors, height and speed. Below is a chart showing how close
you can get to a typical enemy missile vehicle before it will detect
you and attempt target lock. The first row is for an approach at 50
meters high over flat terrain. The second row is a 20 meter
(Z altitude) approach.

As shown, you can get a little closer by being lower to the ground.
Also, EFAMS negatively affect your stealth the most, followed by
bay doors, and then gear.

The intent of this chart is to illustrate how close you can get to
most enemy (ground) units before alerting them to your presence, plus
the effect that different configurations have on your overall stealth.
Most often, you'll be flying so fast that the information below will
be irrelevant. However, when approaching slowly through enemy
territory using stealth, it will be useful info to know.

Actually some ground units will only detect you if you are in front of
or to the side of them, and so you can approach from the rear to the
point where you can get right behind them with your Comanche.


(approx. distances in meters)
                                 <- - levels of stealth - ->

                         FS     G     B    GB     E    EG    EB    EGB
   Enemy Unit            [1]   [2]   [3]   [4]   [5]   [6]   [7]   [8]
   ----------            ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---
   SA-6 Gainful          320m  365m  415m  460m  465m  510m  510m  560m
   (50m AGL approach)

   SA-6 Gainful          285m  330m  380m  425m  435m  480m  480m  525m
   (20m AGL approach)

     Stealth Configurations:
      #  |  EFAMS  |  Gear   | BayDrs  |
     [1] |    no   |   up    | closed  |   full stealth            FS
     [2] |    no   |  down   | closed  |   gear down only          G
     [3] |    no   |   up    |  open   |   bay doors open only     B
     [4] |    no   |  down   |  open   |   gear and bay doors      GB
     [5] |   yes   |   up    | closed  |   EFAMS only              E
     [6] |   yes   |  down   | closed  |   EFAMS and gear down     EG
     [7] |   yes   |   up    |  open   |   EFAMS and bay doors     EB
     [8] |   yes   |  down   |  open   |   low stealth (all 3)     EGB


.08  -  Max Height
The highest you can climb in your Comanche appears to be about 884 ASL.
You can target and fire all your weapons from that height, but enemy
missiles can still hit you as well.

.09  -  AWACS Radar
When AWACS Radar is included for the mission (you probably won't
know this unless you created the mission and checked that box within
the General Information dialog screen) you will have a significantly
greater area of radar coverage. This might also be true whenever
JSTARS or any other overhead surveillance is involved in the
particular mission. However, I don't believe having this greater
radar coverage benefits your weapons and targeting at all - other
than being able to see the enemy a bit sooner.

.10  -  HQ/C3 Support
You get background support in some missions, provided by HQ/C3
(Command, Control & Communications). Names and acronyms used...

  AWACS            Airborne Warning and Control System
  DarkStar         stealthy, unmanned reconnaissance plane (UAV)
  EC-130H          airborne electronic combat platform (plane)
  JSTARS           Joint Surveillance & Target Attack Radar System
                       (overhead reconnaissance, satellites)
  Keyhole          spy satellite
  Rescue 1         rescue chopper
  UAV              Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

.11 - LAN Play
You can play Comanche 4 with multiple people over an IP or IPX LAN,
and with only one copy of the game. The game CD is installed and used
on the server, and then a small install is done for each client - in
which the CD is not required at runtime. The Novalogic start-up
folder on each client will have a "C4 LAN Only" entry.  (See the
README.TXT file that comes with the game and "LAN Client" section.) 

You can't play single player missions or Novaworld multiplayer games
in this mode, but can join whatever custom or downloaded multiplayer
maps you host on your server. Pages 33-35 of the PDF user guide
("Pilot's Operating Handbook"), contain additional instructions on
hosting or joining LAN games.

If you ever need a low cost "team builder" exercise for a group,
this LAN game might be an option. Comanche 4 is fairly easy to pick
up and play, and use of a joystick is not required. (Print a copy of
the above Keyboard Commands chart for each person.)


 /   IV.     SINGLE MISSIONS  -  H E L P F U L   N O T E S       \


Below are some notes on playing nine of the more difficult missions.

The missions I've yet to complete are: C3/M4 (Checkmate), C3/M5
(Flytrap), C5/M2 (Countdown), C5/M3 (Fallen Angel), C6/M2 (Phalanx),
and C6/M5 (War Machine).

If you have any hints or tips on these above six missions, I'd be
grateful to receive them.

Campaign/Mission       [main objective]   (difficulty)

C1/M3 Speed Trap       [track plane] (M)

Go to WP 3, and stay low and wait for the plane to pass overhead.
Then track it at a distance, staying low to the water and not
engaging with any enemy (unless you want) along the way. When
you locate the enemy base area, take out the plane as it leaves
(for practice), and then consider approaching the base from
different directions to get different combat situations (on replays).
You need to stop a small convoy of trucks departing on a road from
the rear of the base. Watch out because there are soldiers with
rocket launchers in the mountains as well as beyond where you may
think the rear of the base is. A lot of the enemy is protected among
trees, and so your cannon will prove very useful. You need to stay
low to avoid being picked off, but watch out that your rotor blades
don't hit the trees.

C2/M5 Contact          [recover satellite] (H)

Fly down low in the river and stay ahead of the rescue chopper.
Take out a handful of threats ahead and just on the side of the
river. Near the last waypoint, come up but stay low, and take out
all threats in the vicinity. Then prepare for a good number of
enemy vehicles approaching from one or two directions beyond a
nearby mountain. You can wait for them to arrive, or go after and
hunt them down. If you can manage to come up behind them, they'll
be easier to eliminate.

C3/M1 Red Ferret       [protect Spetznatz] (H)

Proceed low over the tracks taking out snowmobiles and soldiers.
Also look out for SA-6 missile units positioned along the way.

Near the final waypoint, make use of trees and mountain ridges to
fire at all the enemy vehicles (Tunguskas, tanks, SA's, and
snowmobiles). The Spetznatz team will be arriving in a helicopter
from the far side of the train, so you need to work over to their
ingress route and clear that area. Make use of the FARP nearby,
but you'll need to land and reload quickly.

Avoid hitting the train, which contains the nuclear material.

C3/M2 Icebox           [rescue F14 crew] (VH)

This is a very difficult mission because there is a time
constraint that starts once you reach WP1. Plus the Rescue 1
chopper cannot take any damage or it will crash. So you need to
avoid WP1 initially, circle around to the left, and try to take
out as many SA-6 Gainfuls and snowmobiles as you can from a

(Initial loadout: 20 Hydras, 10 Stingers, 4 Hellfires)

[1]Advance toward WP1, but swing to the left of it and stay
1,000m away. [2]tell Griffon 2-7 to "Stay Here" (key: 7,1).
[3]Advance toward WP2, but not too close. Try to get within
1,000m of 3 to 4 SA-6 missile units and hit them with Hellfires.
Also use Hydras against any snowmobiles you can target.

(optional)[4]Proceed to WP5 and take out a bunch of enemy helos,
at least to get you safely through the first time. Find the FARP
not too far from WP5 and reload - but don't cross the river
ravine or you'll activate Rescue 1 - who will then get shot down.

[5]Return back along the route you came from, back to Griffon 2-7
and order it to "Follow and Engage" (key: 7,6). [6]Go to WP1 and
meet up with the Rescue 1 chopper. Protect it as it eventually
proceeds to WP4 to pick up the stranded pilots. (You can then
quickly reload at the nearby FARP with missiles if needed.)
[7]Rescue 1 will extract toward WP5 where any helos you missed
earlier will be waiting.

C3/M3 The Chase        [set up ambush] (M)

This a fun, medium-length mission. You harass the enemy by
blowing a power facility to get all enemy choppers in the vicinity
to chase you back to your base, where an ambush awaits them. Fly
low and fast over the paved road to the base, and then help fight
off the hapless choppers.

C4/M4 Early Bird       [early warnings] (H)

Make use of your external camera to scout around, and even to
fire Hellfires while hiding behind cover (passive, yellow target
lock). Use stealth and see how close you can approach to the 
enemy in various locations. If you get caught by certain enemy
helos, take them out as a last resort. Try to leave as many helos
as possible to add difficulty.

C5/M1 HAZMAT           [destroy chem.fact.] (H)

A lengthy and very challenging mission if you have the patience
to go slow and proceed cautiously in places. Use the external
camera (F3) to scout around new territory before entering. No time
limit, so go along at your own pace. You might consider taking out
grounded or hovering enemy helos with rockets to conserve on
missiles. You'll likely need to make at least 1 or 2 trips back to
the starting point FARP to reload since there aren't any FARPs
positioned in enemy territory. At the eventual chemical factory,
call in an air strike, and use whatever weapons you have left to
take out all the critical structures. The factory area is pretty
heavily protected by all sorts of ground and air units.

C6/M1 Wrong Turn       [rescue operative] (VH)

You might want to skip the Hellfires on this mission, and load up
with 24 Hydras and 16 Stingers. Stay low, follow the waypoints (but
you can also try alternate routes to the designated rescue location).
Once you find the clearing with the enemy jeeps, take them out, then
drop to ground level where they were.  Fire on the rear missile truck
of the convoy (not the front vehicle since your operative is riding
in that one). Reserve missiles for enemy helos, of which there will
be several flying in from an enemy base on the other side of a
nearby mountain.

Shoot down helos and approaching vehicles with pop-up attacks. You
should be okay if you keep your head down, but don't collide with
the trees. The Blackhawk will eventually arrive, land and board the
operative, and then you must protect it from a few additional helos
during the extraction.

C6/M4 Glass Eye        [2 destroyers] (M)
Make use of the FARP just inland of where you meet up with the
enemy warships. You can even fire on some of them while hovering
near the FARP. Shoot 2-3 missiles or rockets at the communications
arrays and weapon mounts on the two destroyers. You should try to
destroy all other enemy boats. Don't let the two destroyers get to
WP3 or you'll lose the mission. You can't destroy the two destroyers;
just their mounted gear. Fly in and among the enemy ships, flying
low as possible and constantly zigzagging. Once you eliminate the
defending boats and remove the destroyer radar and AAA guns,
friendly jets will drop bombs on the two destroyers.


 /   V.     M I S S I O N    E D I T O R    B A S I C S          \


This section provides basic instruction how to set up a very simple
mission map for your own adhoc training purposes.

Setting Up The Map
1.  Start up the C4 Mission Editor program from the Novalogic program

2.  A blank map area will appear in the default Character Map (C) view.

3.  From the menu, select Edit > General Information.

4.  Type a name in the Mission Name field.  (this name will appear
      under the Mission Archives choice at runtime.)

5.  For Mission Terrain, select either c01m03 (land and sea) or
      c02m04 (level terrain plus mountains) terrain maps from
      the drop down selection, or make your own choice.

6.  Click OK.

(Note: stay within the green box for best results. See keyboard
commands listing below to zoom and maneuver map.)

Start Marker, Save/Export
7.  Click the D button on the upper left of the map interface. This
      provides a Depth view, with black representing flat areas.

8.  Select your INSERT key, and then click on one of the black areas
      and a dialog box, "Insert Item...", should appear.

9.  Select the Markers option, and then "Player Start Marker", then OK.

10. From the menu, select File > Save As. Use a short descriptive name
      for your file and save it to your Comanche 4 root game directory.

11. From the menu, select File > Export Binary Mission. Use the same
      name as step 10, and also save it to the root game directory.

Now start up your game, select Single Player, Mission Archives, and
then select your custom mission map.

Fly around and practice maneuvers, controls, views, displays, etc.
When done, just press the ESC key and then Y to end the mission.

(If your system allows, you can have both the mission editor and the
Comanche 4 game running at the same time, and just switch back and
forth between the two if you want to make adjustments, such as add
various units, buildings, etc. Just make sure to resave and export
after each set of changes.)

Unit/Structure Enhancements

12. Click the H button on the upper left of the map interface. This
      provides a Height view, displaying higher areas in lighter green
      and lower areas in darker green.

13. To add units, select the INSERT key if not already in "Insert Mode"
      as indicated by the text in the upper right corner of the map.
14. Click anywhere in a medium green area and a little distance from
      your player start marker (so you don't get shot up as soon as
      you start the game). From the "Insert Item..." dialog box,
      select the Vehicles option, and then "Tunguska Mobile Anti-Air".

15. Check the Random Facing box in the lower left, and then click OK.

16. Find another spot on the map and click to add another vehicle.

17. If using the land and sea map (c01m03), click on the water to
      insert sea units.

18. Place a few buildings on flat areas.

19. Save your file, and export it.  Then run the game to use your

If you want to learn more about using the Mission Editor, read the
PDF manual provided on the game CD, called C4MED.PDF in the Manual

To learn more advanced aspects of mission/map building, you can
visit the web site for good resources.
Since Novalogic basically uses the same mission editor tool for
many of their games, you can use any guides for other games to
learn more about creating custom maps for Comanche 4.

Here are some suggestions for training with your custom map:

A.  maneuvering, fighting and evading
B.  flying NOE (nap of the earth)
C.  pop-up attacks over mountain ridges or behind structures
D.  approach enemy units with various levels of stealth
E.  firing Hellfires, and other weapons
F.  attack a large group of various units
G.  flying at high speed over various types of terrain,
        at Z altitude
H.  dog fighting with Hokums (Hokum Advanced Attack Chopper)
I.  using the different targeting modes (active/passive,
J.  slalom training among tall, close buildings

Commonly Used Keyboard Controls - Mission Editor

U                            unselects all objects
SHFT + R-mouse (drag L/R)    to zoom map out/in
CTRL + R-mouse (click)       to center map on that point
INSERT (key)                 to toggle insert mode on/off
R-mouse (click)              brings up context menus
DELETE (key)                 to quickly delete an object

SHFT + L-mouse (drag box)    to select a group of objects
CTRL + L-mouse (drag box)    to unselect group of objects
CTRL+C                       copy
CTRL+V                       paste
F1,F2,F3                     3 map views (character, height, depth)


 /   VI.     C L O S I N G    C O M M E N T S                    \


Comanche 4 is still one of the better combat helicopter sims available
on the PC, even though it was released back in 2001.

Another helo sim, released in 2000 and that is comparable to Comanche 4,
is Enemy Engaged. This sim allows you to fly either the Comanche or the
Russian Hokum. The game has more realistic flight effects, and a broader
scope of overall battle play.

Some people have mentioned in reviews of Comanche 4 that the game lacks
a good storyline and transitional elements that tie the game together
and pull you along. To a degree I think this is true. However, I actually
think Novalogic did a pretty good job of developing the six campaigns and
the missions for each one. The missions have a good variety of objectives,
different levels of difficulty, and are fairly interesting and well
thought out.

One of the key strengths of Comanche 4 is the mission editor, which
somewhat extends the life of this game. You can take on your own mission
development projects, play missions created by others, or play on some
of the creative multiplayer maps that are available, in addition to the
standard MP maps on Novaworld.

In Feb 2004, the US Army cancelled the Comanche project, probably
due to the high costs involved, but possibly to focus on other
trends in combat - such as scaled-down and unmanned ground and air
units. Its likely that the Apache will now have an expanded role
in the future because of this decision.

Armored Cav
If you want a good reference-style book for this game, consider
"Armored Cav." (Clancy)  In addition to a section just on the RAH-66
Comanche, it covers other US Army air and ground units in fairly good
detail. You can find a decent copy at a used bookstore, library, or
the Internet.

Here are some related web sites for this game that you
might find useful or relevant to visit:

1.         [plus]
3.                   [not .com]
5.                  []

Novalogic has some background game information, while Novaworld has
some good forums, including topics specifically for Comanche 4.

The CheckPointDelta site has nearly 50 available Comanche 4 co-op/single
player missions available, in addition to other types of multiplayer maps
like deathmatch. This site also has helpful information (download guides
and forums) on using the mission editor (for Comanche 4 and other
Novalogic games).

TeamSpeak / ICQ / RogerWilco
To get the most out of multiplayer games, you might want to use voice or
chat communications with your squad, teammates and opponents. These are
the applications that I've seen used or mentioned the most frequently. 


Good luck with your Comanche 4 play, and email me if you have any
comments or questions about this guide or the game.

-rtbull   (

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