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Avimimus

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  1. I just want to know if we'll someday get modular racks allowing us to carry only two or four Vikhr per rack! I could be patient for release if I knew we were getting this feature (similar to what the Apache has).
  2. What I don't understand is the getting rid of the buttons for a touch screen... I mean, tactile responses to ensure one knows that one has successfully given a command to the aircraft would be pretty essential one would think... Lots of head down time if one can't feel the spot to find the right button and feel oneself press it.
  3. I think that the improvements to the Apache - namely the ability to carry less than the full amount of Hellfires per rack ought to be eventually passed on to the other helicopters (i.e. Mi-24, Ka-50). It would seem to be fair. That said the Mi-24 is relatively well off since its racks only carry two missiles per rack (rather than four or six)... so there is already some flexibility there. On the other hand the Mi-24 has the smallest useable payload out of the three so it needs to be even more cautious in terms of what it carries.
  4. That is assuming the weapon control system allows mixed payloads, rather than limiting us to one unguided weapon type at a time. Honestly though, with only four relevant hardpoints... we'll usually probably want four rocket pods or four bombs... or two rocket pods/bombs and two self-defense missiles... so it is likely much less of an issue than it would be on other aircraft. Also, it has an internal gun (unlike the AJS-37 which frustratingly can't carry gunpods alongside rockets or bombs - only missiles).
  5. Hmm.... but money carries essentially no information - how are they to know why I bought the product? Maybe they think I'm just interested in higher resolution rivets or the Igla? That I don't care about being able to carry fewer missiles or asymmetric loadouts? How are they to know why I do what I do?
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    Su-17

    If it is Su-22, should it not have R-29 engine?
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    Su-17

    Obligatory 'must think in Russian' reference: It is supposedly easier to fly than the Mig-23... Anyway, I'm personally really curious about its sustained turn and high-aoa stability... as that is bugged out in the current AI flight model (and also a bit wonky in some mods in other sims that tried to model this aircraft). I'm curious what it is like in a higher fidelity flight model (and/or real life).
  8. Most of us suspect that rocket fragmentation is undermodelled in DCS... which means the use of a rocket pod for area effects (cluster bomb style) isn't going to be as effective as it is in real life in any case. Still interesting to try the technique though. At those ranges cannon are almost always much more effective!
  9. Hmm.... at least the Ka-50 is largely built around the Vikhr... the lack of detailed modelling of rocket warheads on the other hand really impacts the Mi-8 and Mi-24 (and Su-25A)! Thanks! Now that I know they've notice - I'll stop mentioning it
  10. My two big questions: - Will we be able to load only two or four Vikhr per rack (as is done IRL)? If the Apache gets the ability to load multiple types of rocket per pod (and multiple fire modes etc.) but the Ka-50 doesn't get the chance to carry less missiles... well, it'd seem a bit unfair - Will the new six hardpoint wings (Ka-52 style) have a new weapon selection system, and will it allow asymmetric loads (as are operationally used by the Ka-52 e.g. Two drop tanks, 6xVikhr, and 20xS-8)?
  11. *edit* It appears to be an M4 so my comment below probably doesn't apply: It appears that the OctopusG model may be a Su-22M2... so I can't help but wonder if there might be room for both modules (Su-22M2 and Su-17M4)? Something for ED to decide I guess? It would be good if ED could provide official word as to whether they would be open to that.
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    Su-17

    So it is for DCS - but it is a Su-22M2?
  13. Avimimus

    Su-17

    Indeed, the Su-17M4 can be quipped with a wider array of guided weapons than either the Mig-27 or the Su-25A/SM. On the other hand, it isn't currently in service - which probably helps a lot.
  14. Avimimus

    Su-17

    So Magnitude 3 LLC, Octopus G, and SVKSniper are either working on, or have teased, a Su-17M3 or Su-17M4... but none of them have received a license from ED and none of them appear to have been in touch with each other? Honestly, it would have been nice if people had teamed up. But I hope at least one of these projects gets released. It would be a shame if everyone stopped work because they thought someone else was going to complete it.
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    Su-17

    Me too. The only other aircraft I might pre-order are the Mig-23 and the IA-58... but honestly, this is the most exciting one. That'd mean quite a few guided weapon options (more than the Mig-27 or Su-25 I gather).
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    Su-17

    Any way to infer the variant?
  17. Very interesting. Is your source English language? I could do with updating sources! There is also footage of an Mi-8 with an AGS-30 mounted in the door-gun position. Well, it is somewhat effective... but I can see why there would be a preference. P.S. I also wonder, with the limited range of movement for the window gun, whether the window-gunners would actually be that useful for spotting.
  18. There is footage of a mercenary operated Mi-24 with two gunners operating PK from the cabin. From what little I read in English sources it was more common for one gunner to operate two guns (or sometimes switch the gun's side while in flight... but that was considered hazardous). There might be some benefits from having the two PK 7.62 gunners in terms of suppression and observation. However, it sounds like we're only getting the more effective 12.7mm field modification. I'd personally like the PK as an option, but the MDB FAB-100 racks (apparently used in Afghanistan) or more rocket types would likely be more interesting expansions. Personally, my priority would be to improve the modelling of rocket fragments to get more realistic blast effects - aircraft like the Mi-24 and Mi-8 desperately need this, and it could be done with a small fraction of the resources required to give other aircraft FLIIR (for example).
  19. I suspect the 'ground' mode might actually just be to switch it off when landed? It'll be interesting to find out anyway. I'm curious too.
  20. Is that possible with the 12.7mm or was that only the case with the 7.62mm window guns?
  21. Just know that even when we aren't commenting - some of us are eagerly enthusiastic about this project and checking in regularly! I hope you enjoy this creative act (we certainly do)!
  22. It seems to be hosted on facebook (judging from the URL).
  23. I wonder if it will be possible to re-arrange the hardpoints? If one used the Ka-50 hardpoint hooks, but re-arranged as 1 3, 2, 4... then one could simulate asymmetric loadouts (e.g. 2xdroptank, 6xVikhr, 20xS-8)
  24. I do hope that the basic flight model, weapons model etc. will be to FC3 standards. I remember the 'arcade mode' for the original Blackshark... and it just wasn't that much fun as targets could be instantaneously detected, selected, and engaged. It didn't work. I think FC3 level of systems modelling is a must. That said, I do think there is room for removing the 'switchology' without removing all systems modelling or the quality of flight models. I could also see a product like MAC having additional and newer aircraft (thanks to the shallower systems modelling requiring less reference materials and fear of accidentally releasing secrets). I hope to continue using FC3 and the Su-25/Su-25T in DCS indefinitely (which seems to be the case so long as it remains the free aircraft).
  25. Interesting! Did they still use the hybrid rocket-launcher/drop-tanks (JL-100). If it can I'd probably order the module for that alone... there is something about the idea of putting a rocket pod in front of a bunch of fuel (and venting the exhaust over it) that always results in a bit of nervous laughter (or maniacal laughter) from me.
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