More alternate-universe shenanigans. The Commonwealth of Independent States keeps its teeth, the nationalities question in the Crimea becomes heated, and Russia invades the Ukraine, but the US gets involved with a CVBG and an amphib group. On the US organization/hardware side, the Navy doesn't squander all its money on the boondoggle that was the A-12, the A-6 still reaches its sunset period, but the Tomcats get new systems to make up the slack, specifically LANTIRN and AMRAAM.
VF-142 F-14B during combat operations in the Black Sea in 1996. During the conflict, VF-142 functioned differently from her sister squadron VF-143, acting more as a fighter-attack squadron to validate new tactics and hardware entering the F-14 community, leveraging its experience as one of the first Tomcat squadrons to practice dropping bombs from the platform.
The aircraft depicted here is shown armed with 2 AIM-9M Sidewinders, 1 AIM-120C AMRAAM (rushed to the deploying Tomcat squadrons due to their prevalence in the fighter role despite the AIM-120C being a brand new missile in 1996), 2 GBU-24B/Bs, and CBU-78 GATOR war cr- I mean, mine dispensers for a strike on Novorossiysk. Additionally the aircraft carries an AAQ-14 LANTIRN targeting pod on the right shoulder pylon.
(I would be lying if half of this didn't come about because of my hype for DCS F-14B)
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