This manual is based on Multi-command handbook 11-F16 volume 5, chapter 5.7 ‘Manual Delivery’. Most information is left out due to the limits of Arma’s air operations, avionics. Some data has also been modified to fit ArmA.
Since ArmA is more of an infantry simulator and no flight simulator, many in the community don´t have the basic skill and knowledge to properly fly an aircraft. Let alone drop bombs from safe altitude, with a decent accuracy without the help of a fire control computer and/or guided munitions. I took most information from the handbook as stated above but tried to made some things clear by using my own experiences as a militiary pilot. I must warn the reader though, I felt even manual bombing is harder in ArmA than it is in real life. Since there is barely any reference. Additionally ArmA uses the distance between the aircraft and the ground rather than mean sea level. This makes manual bombing way more complicated than it should be in hills and mountainous terrain.
For this manual I used Saul’s F/A-18 Super Hornet addon as cockpit lines reference. However the procedures are easily adapted for other aircraft. I personally tried it with several other addons and it works fine, if you understand the correct cockpit line references. Take not that the manual release table that comes with this manual work for 500 pound Mk-82 lowdrag bombs. So far I only tested this with: GBU-12 and GBU38 from Saul’s F/A-18, stock ArmA 3 GBU-12, and Mk-82’s from Peral’s A-10C.
WARNING: Manual bombing requires discipline in flight. Striving for perfection and patience in training! The random 'fancy flyboy' simply won't hack it! Prepare to drop dozens of bombs to get this down right. Trust me! Eventually you will be able to drop bombs from over 1000m altitude with 10m precision!
Two video examples of using this technique:
A full combat manual for Fixed wing fighter aircraft
- GBU38's physics is off > removed from Manual release table
- Added level delivery table for both GBU12 and GBU38
- Added LGB delivery parameters (bonus)
- BI forums