|“||Very good -- they can't detect our units unless we make visual contact. Now you can maneuver invisibly.
- Andrew Campbell, Hide And Seek
Duration: 5 minutes
Once the ruse is selected, the map will be divided into sectors. Selecting a sector will mask it with black and white "video static", implying that your communications are blocked out or scrambled in the area.
All allied units in the affected sector are hidden from enemy detection. All allied units remain hidden from the enemy detection system as long as they do not leave the affected sector, and any allied units who move into the enemy sector will disappear from enemy detection.
This ruse is great to ambush enemy forces, or to build up an attack force unnoticed. However, this does not make your units 100% invisible; if enemy units come upon your units, they will be found.
If you suspect your enemy has deployed a Spy Plan in your territory, Radio Silence can counter it, leaving your units unidentified unless your opponent can actually maintain Line-of-Sight with your forces (such as with Recon units).
|“||Let your plans be dark and as impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
- Sun Tzu; 'The Art of War' - Chapter VII, Verse 19
Radio Silence has greatly evolved. The idea behind Radio Silence was to cover any troops or equipment or urban centers by shutting off any radio transmitted communication. The Germans during 1944 made great use of it in the Ardennes Offensive moving their troops under Radio Silence and in the cover of night.
Now days Radio Silence has evolved to become EMCON in severe cases. EMCON stands for, Emission Control, which prevents and shuts off all communication modes whatsoever.
Radio Silence was used in different cases such as after the attack of Pearl Harbor when all western sea board cities were put under Radio Silence while on June 2nd 1942 all radio stations in Canada and Mexico were turned off due to an alert of air raids.