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I've often seen jets release their flares in dogfight or against ground threats.

How does that happen?

Are choppers able to do this, too?

Does the aircraft do it automatically like in COD: Black Ops, or would I have to press a key?

If yes,

  • Which key?*
  • What is the strategy behind it? Against what kind of threats is it useful?
  • When exactly should I release it?

*: I'm playing on the PC, but console info would be nice, too, for the sake of completeness.

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Flares are the first unlock for both choppers and jets.

To activate flares, you must press the "x" key (default for PC, right bumper/r1 is default for consoles), after which, there will be a short cooldown before they can be used again.

Flares work to stop missiles that are tracking you, from continuing to track you.

The best time to use them is when a missile is in mid flight, not before it is launched, otherwise they'll just wait for the flares to dissipate before firing.

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a flares unlock? -_- – tombull89 Oct 26 '11 at 9:07
When you hear the rapid faint beeping is when you should usually deploy your flares. Not just when you get a lock warning, some pilots are smart and will stay locked as long as it takes to scare your flares out. – Emerica. Dec 7 '11 at 19:29

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