The Scenario - PIRACY ON THE HIGH SEAS!
From the manual:
" It sounds like something out of the history books or a Hollywood film, but the truth of the matter is, pirates still exist and are causing chaos in the Southern Hemisphere. The sailing ships have been replaced by speedboats, and the hooks, peg-legs, parrots and cutlasses discarded in favour of machine guns and the latest military hardware, but these pirates are no less ruthless and cunning.
Every day in the South China Sea up to 200 ships slow to as little as 15 knots to pass through sea-lanes less than a mile wide leaving them open to attack from pirates. Valuable cargo is always stolen and often sold at neighbouring ports (with so many buyers in search of cheap product, it's easy to overlook its origins); sometimes lives and whole ships are taken. And when people start to notice, the ships are abandoned and sunk.
This is a serious issue prompting seminars devoted to the subject (such as The Piracy In South East Asia Conference, held in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia on July 28-29 1992). To make matters more awkward, the sea in South East Asia is divided into many jurisdictions with boundaries that cannot be crossed by the resident law enforcement.
Understandably, not everyone is happy about this arrangement. Some corporations are prepared to spend vast sums of money employing people to protect their investment. People like you.
As commander of a mercenary group, a ship and a fleet of eight helicopters, it's your responsibility to patrol an area approximately 75,000 km square (lying at a longitude of 3 degrees North and a latitude of 160 degrees Fast, in case you were wondering), and suppress or (preferably) remove the pirate forces dominating the Indonesian-owned Anambus Islands.
Let the on-board computer plan and execute a campaign of action, leaving you free to fly the missions of your choice. As your experience and confidence grows, you can take on greater responsibilities, and ultimately mastermind a movement to eradicate the pirate threat once and for all.