A simple buddy lasing mechanic

[Would you like to see this implemented into WT?]
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As of right now all LGB and LGM’s must be self designated by the player in the aircraft using the weapon. Although in most cases this isn’t an issue, I feel it would be nice to have a squad of my friends absolutely destroy a team of Pantsir’s more efficiently. I think buddy lasing would be extremely niche, but could be a cool mechanic that wouldn’t be that hard to implement. It wouldn’t be game changing but could be awesome for a teamplay aspect. Would be a buff to the light tank Scout UAV as well.

My idea involves Colors, As IRL having someone input a 4 digit code each time they spawn to do this would be far too cumbersome and if you use my color idea it realistically would only involve 2 key binds; One is for the cycling weapon tracking color and one for cycling the color of the laser you are emitting. Here ya go:

Example F1 : The color of the text of the laser guided weapon (GBU-24 Paveway III)
The text color indicates this what color laser the bomb/missile is looking for in this case purple. This is preset to whatever is not in use by a current friendly aircraft or if all colors are in use what ever is furthest away from your aircraft. This could be cycled with a key bind and would show the selection as the text of the weapon. The available codes (colors) would be Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Red.

Example F2 : a Friendly aircraft designating another target: in this case green (o)

Example F3: Your laser; You are lasing the Tunguska. This could be Cycled with a key bind that would change the color of the laser designation indicator (o) This would be preset to whatever color your weapon was preset to. (Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Red, in this example purple)

Note: Enemy aircraft lasers are not be shown.

I hope I explained my idea in a way that somewhat made sense as I couldn’t figure out another way to word this but I really think would be a cool mechanic.

PS. Give us a kill assist for a player who gets destroyed by a target you lased.


This is absolutely awesome, and should be a good addition.

It could easily lead to having other multi-person coordinated methods being brought into the game.


Does this system have that functionality IRL?

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I totally support this. With all the modern laser guided weapons in the game now, it seems like this should be added for sure! +1


I think this would be an awesome addition. War thunder is a team game, and this would add an additional layer of teamwork to the fray.

I think the colour idea might be open to issues though, and I suggest that maybe a better method would be having all friendly lasers with the usernames of the designator appear through the targeting pod, and the ability to lock on, or cycle through these friendly lasers (to simulate putting in the code for that designator) before launching the weapon.

You could even replace the ‘laser’ info on the targeting pod that informs you that your laser is on with the username of the designator you have locked on to.

Anyway - food for thought, great core suggestion though.


To date, buddy lasing has allowed MQ-1 and MQ-9 aircrews to partner with other U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy platforms to include: the B-1B Lancer, A-10 Warthog, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Viper, F/A-18 Hornet, and AV-8 Harrier.

From a little bit of Google-fu, some ground vehicles are even capable of buddy-lasing, which would be a pretty strong addition for the typical light/scout vehicles at high tier. I don’t know off the top of my head what specific vehicles can do so however.

This suggestion gets a +1 from me

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i like this idea, though i think it would also be worth adding a squad only “color” so that you can choose to only cooperate with your immediate group, and not have to wrestle for colors with the rest of the team.

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Hopefully teammates will help. Some people will surely troll teammates with this mechanic.


This could be nice and some aircraft in game would have a new capacity to carry laser guided stuff (for example the mirage F1CT can carry gbu but can’t guided them)