So, we have our MEU vs. dragon scenario set up. Harriers launch and zoom overhead as the Marines on the ground hop off their LCACs onto the island and spread out in search of the beast, anti-materiel weapons at the ready. In the meanwhile, the dragon hears the roar of jets in the distance and takes to the skies to roast the intruders into his territory, climbing as high as he can with the sun at his six to try to launch a surprise attack.
However, this takes the dragon out of the clutter, making him more visible on the Harriers' radar. "Smash 51, bogey 2 o'clock, raygun" "Smash 51, roger. Shouldn't be anyone but us up here...wait. Bogey's spades, no squawk at all -- how much do you want to bet that's the hostile?" "Smash 51, Redhawk. Cleared hot, weapons free." "Smash 51, roger. Fences in, he's outlaw alright."
In the meantime, the dragon has seen the jets and began to dive for them, aiming in front of them to try to meet their expected flightpath and burn them out of the sky. "Smash 51, lost lock. IR's not picking him up, and we've put ourselves too close for a Slammer." "We'll have to go guns here..."
As the dragon and Smash 51's Harrier pair race closer to each other -- what tactical options should each side employ in order to maximize their chances of success?