I hereby want to propose banning the "Blackfish PIP & Laser mod" from usage on all NAK Squad servers.
- The mod offers the player a continously computed impact point (CCIP) while being a blackfish gunner. Vanilla ArmA requires the player to zero in his guns from time to time in order to
keep the shots on target and on crosshairs. While this is a realistic feature, the mod mentioned erases the need of zeroing in completely and makes the Blackfish even more of a "Frag Machine"
than it already is under vanilla conditions.
- The CCIP is only displayed when in the least zooming of the gunners sights. As soon as you zoom in, the CCIP disappears from the gunners view as the viewing angle decreases while zoom
increases. That being said, you will not be able to see the CCIP once zoomed in.
- Adding another aspect to the point listed before, the mod erases the possibility to zero in your guns when in the gunners view. As a result, as soon as you zoom in,
a player will no more be able to align point of impact and crosshairs. Accordingly, the shots will hit outside the view angle of the gunner, which might pose a threat to fellow players on the ground.
- I have tested the "offset error" described above on a hovering blackfisch and found the following offsets in meters depending on flightlevel at max zoom:
2.) ALT: 250m OFF: ~66m
3.) ALT: 300m OFF: ~83m
4.) ALT: 350m OFF: ~105m
5.) ALT: 400m OFF: ~127m
6.) ALT: 450m OFF: ~149m
7.) ALT: 500m OFF: ~173m
All of the above leads me to the conclusion that the mod mentioned above poses the inherit threat of teamkilling to players that are not fully aware of the effect the mod has on their
aiming. Additionally, this gets even more dangerous if the player has his maximum distance for the "friendly octagons" set to a low viewdistance due to his machines performance.
Moreover, I think the reduction of workload from the gunners is unnescessary. Let us be honest, there is not much to do as a blackfish gunner to be successfull: IFF, aim, zero in, fire and
watch your frag-count go up.
From my point of view, the Blackfish is a very mighty weapon system in vanilla with no need to get even easier to use (YES, I am neglecting that flying the beast might appear tricky to some
pilots and requires a little training to get the hang of it. And doubled YES, I neglect that flying the blackfish without good CAP being up, you are a turkey shoot for any AA or enemy CAP).