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- Marksman FAC
The Marksman FAC (Forward Air Controller) is a newly introduced support helicopter used by the European Continental Alliance to paint targets with a designator to allow better accuracy for friendly units, as well as relaying targets for a cruise missile bombardment and deploying spotter balloons to watch over an area.
The Marksman FAC is the newest modernisation of the venerable Westland Lynx, a multi-purpose helicopter of British design that serves in a variety of different roles in many European militaries, including the armed forces of Portugal, Denmark and Norway. The European Continental Army makes prominent use of it as a forward air controller and artillery observer. Its precision target designator allows friendly units to bring the full weight of their firepower to bear on anyone unfortunate enough to be marked by the beam.
In addition, most Marksman FACs operate in constant coordination with the nearest European artillery detachment, allowing them to place a target marker on a structure which can then be bombarded by all available howitzers for a short period of time. Despite not having any weaponry of its own, a lone Marksman snooping around the base perimeter should never be dismissed as a non-threat, for its appearance may very well be the only warning prior to a devastating rain of shells.
Behind the scenes
- Prior to 1.87 the Marksman FAC can detect stealthed enemies in place of its ability to deploy spotter balloons and the ability to mark a building for Howitzer Positions to bombard it from anywhere on the map; the latter of which was then replaced by Cruise Missile Bombardment.
- The Marksman FAC was previously named Bloodhound FAC, which eventually goes to the eponymous ECA scout vehicle.