Bug #7505

AI tank gunner/comm/loader looking in weird directions

Added by ZiiiP over 7 years ago. Updated over 7 years ago.

Status:Expired Start date:12/29/2009
Priority:Normal Due date:01/12/2010
Assignee:- % Done:


Category:AI Issues
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Reproduced by another DH user:Yes First affected ArmA II version:
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One very bothersome problem I have with tank combat is that when I drive a tank or command it, half the time the AI is looking in a weird direction where there is nothing interesting. This is especially irritating when I know I'm heading towards enemy territory, but the dumbarse gunner is just looking backwards.

This problem has been in the game since 1.00 I think, and it would be awesome if the AI was watching kinda forward all the time, unless told otherwise.


Tank gunner is looking in arbitrary directions.


Unless there's a effective threat the tank gunner should watch in the direction the tank is headed.


Updated by Fireball over 7 years ago

  • Due date set to 01/29/2010
  • Status changed from New to Assigned
  • Priority changed from High to Normal

I allowed myself to reformat/add clues to the ticket.

Now we only need a mission or way to repro this most easily.

EDIT: Last time I just made a mission with Utes to let a tank drive from the Airport to Kameny and it was fine, it was pointing in the proper direction. So probably it needs an enemy at 6 o'clock first to make it turn the turret.

Updated by Fireball over 7 years ago

  • Status changed from Assigned to Feedback
  • Affected ArmA II version changed from 1.05.62017 to Please select...

With which patch version did you see that behaviour? I cannot repro this anymore even after placing an enemy unit at 6 first and then drive on.

Maybe it is related to #6476, i.e. when an enemy retreats and the gunner follows the target even it's out of LoF/LoS.

Updated by Fireball over 7 years ago

  • Due date changed from 01/29/2010 to 01/12/2010

With patch 1.05, I tried placing an invincible soldier behind the tank and drove away. After it lost LoS (Line of Sight) to the target, it still kept looking in that direction.

BUT after I hit Tab then again, I ordered "No Target." and it adjusted the gun back to the front, as it should.

So unless you gonna bring a good repro I'll expire this bug after 14 days.

Updated by kju over 7 years ago

Yes make sure to order them no target.
Either via 2-1 or RMB.

Updated by 76 over 7 years ago

This happened in 1.04 (not sure with 1.05)

Its caused by you getting into a vehicle AFTER the other crew members have boarded, they seem to not register you as 'leader' (if you happen to not be in the 'commanders' position) and do there own thing. Ordering 'No Target' and/or 'Return to Formation' doesn't work as your not 'seen' as crew leader.

Try making the AI disembark (with you still in the vehicle) and then order them to re-board, Or always board your vehicle BEFORE the AI :)

Updated by kju over 7 years ago

Effective commanders problems are a different ticket.

Updated by ZiiiP over 7 years ago

I only use tanks in CTI, and sometimes its good for a longer time, but the fear always lingers. :D I'll try that "no target" command, but the gunner often turns the turret even if they report no enemy.

Updated by kju over 7 years ago

Do you use scan horizon? Or watch at XXX?

The AI does not look stupid to 12 o clock all the time.
It might be good useful at times though. Maybe some mode like aware/safe does that?

Updated by Fireball over 7 years ago

It looks for enemies within approx. 60 degrees in the direction you drive, from what I've seen - I don't think that's that bad.

Updated by Fireball over 7 years ago

  • Status changed from Feedback to Expired

No usable repro.

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