In Falcon4 Allied Force, the enemy aircraft threats are likely to have low aggressiveness. This may be because the enemy aircraft are down to their low range heatseeking missiles. Another possibility is that the enemy aircraft are waiting to react to you.
When they react to you or you penetrate further into enemy airspace, their aggressiveness may change to high aggressiveness. As you end up destroying enemy aircraft after enemy aircraft, the artificial intelligence will choose to target you above other enemy aircraft. Also, as you penetrate deeper and deeper into enemy airspace, the enemy aircraft you encounter will still have their longer-range radar air to air missiles, which will also make them a high threat/highly aggressive enemy.
If you find that you want to target a plane that is a set of two carrot marks(two ^ marks), then that target plane is jamming you. You can not lock onto that plane unless the radar has burned through the jamming and that target on radar has turned into a solid box with two carrot marks through it(also looks like a box with an X through it). You still need to set the radar to the right lower and upper altitude so that when the target gets close enough for the radar to burn through the jamming, the radar knows what altitude to look at. Otherwise, the target will remain two carrot marks because the radar hasn't found it.
This is particularly useful if a plane is way above you and jamming. If you see two carot symbols really close to you on the radar, it unlikely could be an enemy plane way above you. I say unlikely because the enemy rarely uses jamming and is most likely a friendly plane. However, if you are deep within enemy territory where you expect no friendly planes to penetrate, then it is likely an enemy plane. In this case, place the target with two carat symbols horizontally in the center of the radar. I will use a flight of SU-27s with me as the flight leader. Note that the radar needs to be set to a 40 mile range for it to work.[see video 2]. For more on jamming, see Falcon4 tips B1c by clicking here.
Paying attention to the jamming symbols on your radar is most useful for separating friendly plane from enemy plane. This is because friendly planes are far more likely to use jamming than enemy planes. It can also be useful for finding high-value aircraft such as the SU 27 or Mig29S, which can use jamming at all.[see video 3
The vast majority of the time, you will not have to worry about attacks from above or below you or about jamming. The F-16 radar can see, especially at a good distance, targets far above and below you. Jamming is little hinderance to your F-16 radar. So the name of the game most of the time is to keep your radar centered and target the enemies heading toward you. A good way to do this is by looking at your radar warning receiver display. To find that plane heading towards you, steer your plane so that a threat symbol on the radar warning receiver is centered along the top of the display. Then target the plane centered horizontally on the radar. Note whether a symbol is on the inside edge of the second ring or the outside edge of the second ring. Target planes on the inside edge first. These are the biggest threat. You need to keep these planes from closing the distance. Then target planes on the outside edge.
The following video will demonstrate how to use the radar warning receiver. Notice that I tilt the radar cursors up before the radar cursors are moved towards the bottom. This is because as the radar cursors are moved down, the lower and upper altitude limits will no longer be correct to target the Mig-23.[see video 4
If a plane is fully below the inside edge of the radar warning receiver, then it is likely within 10 miles away from you. Look above you. Many threats are above you when this happens. Switch to dogfight mode by pressing D. Once you switch to dogfight mode, you will want to switch to air combat submode ACM 20 so that dogfight mode gives both a fast scan rate and a wide scan. To do this press F1 for Falcon4 BMS4 until the left MFD says ACM 20. In Falcon4 Allied Force, press F2. Then, in the left MFD, click the second to the left MFD button along the top set of buttons until it says ACM 20. Steer your plane so that the threat symbol on the radar warning display is centered at the top of the display. It is centered when the top pointed edge of the diamond or carrot intersects the top of the radar warning receiver. Then make your radar scan above you if it is above you or below you if it is below you by climbing or diving.
The following video will demonstrate the above principles in an actual mission in a campaign. The radar will be kept centered. However, if I cannot see a target I am looking for that appeared on the radar warning receiver, I will tilt it up and down. I will have good situational awareness destroying enemy planes detected on the radar warning receiver first. I will ignore planes on the radar with carrot marks through them, as these are jamming and probably friendlies. This will demonstrate what to do for the most common threats. They will not fire long range shots but instead be unaggressive. If the enemy becomes aggressive as in the Falcon 4 tips B1A-General Aggressive enemy, I will go to safety and then re-enter enemy airspace.
Often the radar warning receiver, not the radar, is your best friend. This is because enemy aircraft will often appear suddenly from multiple directions. But your radar can only scan ahead of you 60 degrees to the left and 60 degrees to the right. This will also be shown in the following video.
Notice that near the end of the following video before I get shot down, the enemy appears to turn from an unaggesssive enemy into an aggressive enemy. They launch missiles from far away and launch multiple missiles. I should have left the fight before this.[see video 5