I've gone ahead and used the Sidearm a little, trying to find a good opportunity to actually make the thing useful. Mostly, I just found players who used the usual non-Rad affair, but I did do a game with what I assume to be a bunch of terrible randoms (the enemy might have been a team). They were kind enough to provide an immobile Tunguska for me to poke a Supercobra at. Unfortunately, the Supercobra missed spectacularly and did nothing productive except spin around and die. I'm not sure what the "optics" on the Supercobra are, but it doesn't really seem that great.
The only really practical uses it can serve is spacer across fields for Longbows and helo rushing as far as I can tell. Actually targeting AA with the intent of killing it can pretty much be done with one of the many actually somewhat useful SEAD planes at the US's disposal.
codextero wrote:Well it would be good against Israel, since the macbet sees much more use than chaparral A1. Also scandinavia due to prevalence of Otomatic.
The proliferation of 3325 non rad AA does cut down on the ability of helicopters to operate. But I still see some definite oppurtunities for Super Cobra, espically since it's helo tab, unlike Ka-52.
The real reason the Drakon was less popular was it having 5 HP vs the Machbet's 10. Chap A1 and A3 are both really nice now.
Having a long range non-Rad option is considered downright mandatory for most coalitions. Crotale/HQ-7, Tunguska, Pracka/Strela, Stormer/ADATS, Chap/Drakon, etc all make the Sidearm pretty much useless.