COMMAND NAME Edit
recon - Use planes to take a look around
[##:##] Command : recon <SPYPLANES> <ESCORTS> <SECT> route|destination
The "recon" command is used to gather intelligence about sectors that the spy mission overflies. The planes take off from their respective airports, assemble, and then fly the mission and land in the destination sector.
<SPYPLANES> represents a list of planes which are to perform the intelligence gathering operation. Only planes with sufficient mobility, based in a sector stocked with petrol, will be successfully selected for the mission.
<ESCORTS> represent a list of fighter planes which are capable of escorting the transports all the way to the target. To be selected, escorts must have fuel and mobility.
<SECT> represents an assembly point, where all of the planes in the mission meet before proceeding on to the target sector. The assembly point must be owned by you or an ally, or you or an ally must have a ship there. It must not be more than four sectors away from any of the planes selected for the mission.
Route is a normal empire path specification. You may also give a destination sector on the command line, or at any time while giving the route, and empire will use the best path from the current sector to the desired destination sector.
When getting a path interactively, empire will show you the information you have (from your bmap) concerning the current area, to help plot your course.
Information given by recon is not totally accurate.
Recon missions can be intercepted just like any other mission. See Info: Interception.
If the destination sector is not an airport, then all planes in the mission must have V/STOL capability.
Planes with the ASW ability will perform a sonar search on each sector as they fly through it. Each sub contact will be reported only once, giving the sector and number of the sub, from the sector in which it is first detected (which may not be the sector the sub is in, as plane sonar has a range dependent on acc, and a chance of finding a sub of ((100-acc)-(4-sub visib)*10))+((100-effic)/5) percent. The sub being sonared may detect the sonar ping.
Note that a plane must be at least 40% efficient before it can leave the ground.