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  1. We've certainly had a series of exceptionally unfortunate series of adverse events this year. Right now we're just standing on the gaspedal as much as possible. It is worth noting that our engineering team is steaming full-speed ahead without issue, and having grown the team to 8 full-time engineers over the past year has added a level of capability that we have never enjoyed before. This will be paying off dividends across our products, in both speed and level of support as well as development time, and it has also helped to soften the blow of recent events. Thanks for your patience and support! It means a lot. You should all remain very confident that you will hear from us later this year.
  2. Dear All, Today’s patch sees a number of improvements and additions to both the F-14 and Viggen; as we continue our march towards an exit out of early access. Unfortunately, however, you may notice that some key elements we had hoped to ship this patch are not included, e.g. our new in-cockpit pilot bodies. A few weeks ago, a close family member of mine passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Some of these art tasks are squarely on my shoulders, and thus we’ve had a stall in getting some of these features complete in time. Our apologies for the continued wait for some of these key features still remaining from both products. We’re working hard to return to our planned internal roadmap. The invasion of Ukraine and recent events have both combined to severely impact art production capabilities within Heatblur, but we are sparing no resources in order to facilitate an urgent return to normalcy. Today’s patch changelogs are below. Key additions are a complete overhaul of ACLS (as part of our last major step in overhauling the autopilot systems), a significant key binding pass, new custom JESTER functions for mission-makers, and some new art additions to the F-14 (new TCS, LAU-7s finally textured, etc.). Enjoy! DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations Complete ACLS overhaul: ACLS will engage correctly within parameters now and fly a stable approach. Safe engagement should be considered within 2.5° of the glidepath and 1° of the glideslope (+/-300 feet) at or around 3nm behind the carrier. Glideslope has been adjusted from 3° to 3.5°. Fixed VDI Caution Lights for ACLS. Improved Autothrottle. Fixed Authothrottle not disengaging with weight on wheels. Synchronized disengagement in GT+ALT hold. Fixed a small error in pitch dampening. Fixed DLC not disengaging at MIL power with weight on wheels. Added new DCS ACLS and Datalink to the Forrestal (for the F-18, not for the Tomcat). Fixed ICLS point of origin for the Forrestal. Adjusted runway azimuth for the Forrestal. Forrestal: fixed taking damage when planes land on the deck. Fixed Sparrow BRSIT: flood antenna only enabled after launch, and short LTE for first missile. Fixed Jester tuning bad radio frequency during carrier cold start. New SetCommand for Jester: arg 10015 - tune AN/ARC-182 to a selected channel with the value 0.XX where XX is the two-digit channel number arg 10016 - tune TACAN channel. The value should be constructed using the following guide: “0.XXXZ” - use negative (-0.XXXZ) values for A/A and positive for T/R. “XXX” is the three-digit channel number (001, 010, 100, etc.). Z is 0 for using X-mode, and 1 for using Y-mode. example: “0.0630” is channel “63X, T/R” and “-0.0081” is channel “8Y, A/A”. Added LANTIRN external draw arguments for Mission Creators: The following args can be used to obtain the components of a unit vector aligned with the LANTIRN sensor: LANTIRN_HeadX = 1023, LANTIRN_HeadY = 1024, LANTIRN_HeadZ = 1025. Fixed pilot being able to disarm the RIO’s ejection seat. AIM-54A now has a white default texture and uses a texture separate from the AIM-54C. Fixed texture seam running along top of AIM-54C. Added additional mesh detail to the gun tube. Re-textured gun tube internals. Improved modelling of TCS camera model. Retextured TCS pod internals. Improved TCS glass for a more accurate, coated look. Increased reflectivity of HUD lens in exterior view. Lower sidewinder station (shoulder) pylon extension texture added. Lower sidewinder station launcher now properly represents a LAU-7. Added textures to lower sidewinder station LAU-7. Added texture for lower shoulder sidewinder station. Fixed tacan presets for IA Case 3 missions and added Case3 briefing image. Changed Normandy IA Case 3 missions to use CV-59 Forrestal. Fixed AI blocking catapults in Marianas IA Mission Op. Clay Dagger. Fixed INS mode switch bindings not being functional. Fixed VHF/UHF ARC-182 Volume Pilot Inc/Dec keybindings. Added “_(name)” for default.lua in mods/inputs. Added new bindable inputs for the pilot: Pilot Oxygen Toggle Emergency Wing Sweep Handle Cover Toggle Emergency Wing Sweep Handle Pull Emergency Wing Sweep Handle Push Emergency Wing Sweep Handle Pulled else Pushed Emergency Wing Sweep Handle Pushed else Pulled Emergency Wing Sweep Handle Pushed/ Pulled toggle Eng/Probe Anti Ice Toggle Asymmetric Thrust Limiter Cover Toggle Asymmetric Thrust Limiter Toggle Hydraulic Transfer Pump Switch Toggle Hydraulic Transfer Pump Switch Cover Toggle Fuel Feed Cover Toggle Fuel Feed Toggle VDI Screen Brightness Knob Inc VDI Screen Brightness Knob Dec VDI Screen Contrast Inc VDI Screen Contrast Dec VDI Trim Inc VDI Trim Dec HUD Brightness Knob Inc HUD Brightness Knob Dec HUD Trim Inc HUD Trim Dec HUD Filter Toggle HUD Filter pulled else pushed HSD Brightness Knob Inc HSD Brightness Knob Dec Antiskid & Spoiler BK - Toggle Emergency Wing Sweep Handle move Fwd Emergency Wing Sweep Handle move Aft BINGO Fuel Level Knob Inc BINGO Fuel Level Knob Dec Radar Altimeter Control Knob + Radar Altimeter Control Knob - Radar Altimeter Test Master Test Selector CW Master Test Selector CCW Master Test Selector: OFF Master Test Selector: LTS Master Test Selector: FIRE DET/EXT Master Test Selector: INST Master Test Selector: OBC Master Test Selector: EMERG GEN Master Test Selector: WG SWP Master Test Selector: FLTGR DW Master Test Selector: FLTGR UP Master Test Selector: D/L RAD Master Test Selector: STICK SW Master Test Selector PULLED else PUSHED Master Test Selector push/pull toggle HSD Test Button Added new bindable axes for the pilot: HSD Brightness HSD Selected Heading HSD Selected Course ICS Volume Pilot Sidewinder Volume ALR-67 Volume VHF/UHF ARC-182 Volume Pilot HUD Brightness HUD Trim VDI Screen Brightness VDI Screen Contrast VDI Trim TACAN Volume Maneuver flaps (unrealistic but wanted by some) Emergency Wing Sweep Added new bindable inputs for the RIO: ATTK mode CW ATTK mode CCW Elec Fuse CW Elec Fuse CCW Elec Fuse: Safe Elec Fuse: VT Elec Fuse: INST Elec Fuse: DLY1 Elec Fuse: DLY2 Missile Speed Gate CW Missile Speed Gate CCW TID Mode CW TID Mode CCW TID range + TID range - Added new bindable axes for the RIO: ICS Volume RIO AN/ALR-67 Volume VHF/UHF ARC-182 Volume RIO TACAN Volume DCS: AJS-37 Viggen by Heatblur Simulations Fixed jamming not functioning properly in multiplayer. Fixed CTD with >92 data cartridges in DCS_AJS37 folder. Master volume knob now changes sidewinder tone volume. Removed the mobile-ground-crew relocation from the kneeboard. Fixed kneeboard selection of ground crew RB04 right group target. Mirrors can now be toggled by clicking them. Fixed errant polygons in the speed indicator gauge. Added rotation to the altimeter knob. Added 60° and 90° markers to the ADI. Fixed Bx7 not showing in the correct place when in ANF and Bx8 selected. Fixed Bx6 not being able to move. Bx6 will now correctly move along the line drawn from the aircraft to Bx7 and from Bx7 to Bx8, while also not being allowed to get too close to the aircraft, Bx7 or the target. Fixed RB-15F not descending at the Bx6 waypoint. Fixed Grans Lines (ingress lines) showing by default. Slightly reduced radar screen glass size to prevent the artificial horizon line from escaping the screen boundaries. Fixed flight director needles on FLI37 hiding behind the 'aircraft wings'. Sincerely, Heatblur
  3. @Gypsy 1-1 It's hard to further engage beyond restating our commitment to continued development, improvements and sustainment- on all fronts and in an appropriate way, as I can't do more than list all of the major improvements and additions we've shipped in the past 7 months alone. We'll continue executing best we can, in our order of priorities even though you may disagree with what comes first. If you wish to apply those feelings to supporting us on the F-4E then that is respectable but hopefully our execution will have been appropriate by then to make you feel more comfortable. Just as an aside, the irony of some of this is that many of the features you're listing are not promised features at release and are features completely out of scope and added post-launch. The Viggen PBR overhaul is a great example of a feature that wasn't even in DCS on launch and is now a cornerstone of our EA exit. Nature of DCS and if I had a dollar for the amount of night lighting overhauls I've had to do
  4. Indeed! Thanks for putting it so concisely, my posts are (a way too long way) of trying to convey that we feel the same. That said and in the context of this, the F-14 and Viggen both absolutely need to be in a better state and level of (promised feature) completion before we release the Phantom and our development goals revolve around achieving this.
  5. Yep! You can though IIRC it's ridiculously long hence why no-one might have experienced it yet. I'd like the oxy gauge to be back for the May patch with a number of other F-14 additions/improvements. Will update you all on it.
  6. Also; if I may indulge for a moment- interestingly there are some features that are straight up shared between F-4 development and F-14. A great example is the synthetic tone generation for the ALR-45 (Early F-14A). This is of course great as we're working on it for the F-14 but sort of means we're developing the F-4 at the same time. Conversely, there are things we're developing for the F-4 that are unannounced that will make their way back into the F-14 (Jester v2, anyone? ). It's not a zero-sum game, thankfully. Long term, we think of our products more as living platforms (sort of like DCS) which benefit from "platform improvements" down the line (e.g. some future aircraft tech being useful for earlier releases). We haven't fully realized this vision with the Viggen and F-14 yet though, since they're quite different, but it will become a bigger element in the future. Even something as small as us developing ways to better render curved displays is going to make it's way into the F-14 from the F-4. RE the Iranian F-14A (because I realized I didn't actually answer the question in this thread at all!) We will be doing something feature-wise for the Iranian F-14A. Likely we'll be doing the pod + lack of fuel pylons + other minor changes to make it more authentic + hopefully some ancillary elements like the older pilot equipment. When we get the -135 Early out and get closer on this we'll make a more detailed list. Sorry for the wait, we just want to get the early -A out before we nail down the above.
  7. We get plenty of emails about the Alicat and TARPS Which is my way of gently saying that it's not always as clear-cut as knowing what is in more demand than something else. I'd also note that the IRIAF F-14 has prerequisites (Early -A) which adding a graphical representation of the TARPS pod does not have. But to answer your key concern, it's coming! don't worry.
  8. Interestingly, in reality when measuring in spend and developer manhours, the Viggen and F-14 have seen an investment of manhours in 2021 and to date in 2022 that is about equal to what was spent in the year preceding release. This is mostly possible because we added 8 full-time engineers to our team through 2021. I see that tapering off as we complete features through summer and call these modules done however (and cards in our roadmap get moved). Thanks for your support so far; but I feel it is difficult for me to feel shame today in predicting a launch of the F-4 in a situation where both the Viggen and F-14 have most of their remaining elements delivered but the EA tag remains due to new features and/or minor elements missing. I hope the state of both modules will be to your liking at that time as much as I hope that we'll have removed the EA label. I simply consider the overall quality and completeness of a module far more important than whether a label is attached or not. And a minor feature missing or new features added cannot be unfairly weighed against the total. Importantly, just because I'm discussing this doesn't mean our stated goals have changed: we want to move both modules out of EA ASAP - but we consider the actual label far less important than the state of the products themselves. That's what we wish to be judged on; not a tag. I have to very strongly protest. What you'd call feature creep; I'd call passion, engagement, fun, creativity and a desire to do better. If we tightly and rigidly scoped our projects you wouldn't have JESTER (to the current extent), wake turbulence (First in DCS!), Burble (First in DCS!), trap kneeboard, roadbase support (first in DCS)- etc. The list goes on. Some of these features were even a driving point in developing them in DCS itself (wake turbulence is one example) - and all of them were the result of playfulness and creativity during the development process. Many things people enjoy the most in our modules are the result of being comfortable with going out of scope, and we will never change in this regard- even though it frequently has a negative financial effect as the long term benefits are quite evident.
  9. This is simply not true - for neither the Viggen nor the F-14. Just last patch (April) we completely rebuilt the entire FC/AP system. This might not seem like a major undertaking, but it's larger than even some other features like the Forrestal and has taken months of full-time engineering resources. FWIW; both the Viggen and F-14 will certainly be in a better state come F-4 launch, but there are no guarantees that we will have removed the EA tag by then. We're not very traditional in our use of the EA tag, as feature-wise the Viggen has been complete for a very long time on the total balance (we've added a lot of unplanned or unannounced features to the Viggen over the years!) and the F-14 is in a similar position (does anyone think the burble or new mass dynamics were on the development roadmap before 2021 for example? ) I think you'll be shocked at how much novelty is coming to the F-14, even excluding what we've already done in the past 12m. Since beginning development of the F-4, we've actually expanded the F-14 roadmap significantly, but more on this later. I think it's important to judge "launching another product while existing ones are in EA" based on this. The goalposts are constantly moving and while counter-intuitive, I should hope it's seen as a positive. It is - but there are higher priorities in the F-14 still that we're working on executing on; e.g.: In-cockpit VR Pilot body. TARPS Jamming/associated radar simulation F-14A (Early) with ALR-45 LAU-138 + other minor missing art assets ALR-67 bumps Representing the IRIAF F-14A properly is a wish of ours, but we do not consider it to be a part of EA exit criteria, thus we wish to square away other items first.
  10. Hey guys, it's not in this patch which is a smaller maintenance F-14 patch- the wording in the newsletter is a bit confusing. It's close now though- and unless something ignites, you should see it in the May F-14 patch.
  11. We'll talk more about Navy variants post release of the -E (and maturity!). Variants are TBD; but expect us to share much of the sentiment in here regarding the Navy variants and thus that does strongly lean towards something like S + J.
  12. Hey everyone, Don't expect to hear much, if at all, until we actually "unveil" the Phantom. While this may seem somewhat strange - it was always our intent to not announce the phantom until our unveiling later this year; but the high volume of requests and interest kind of precipitated the need for an announcement trailer ahead of time. As an additional compounding factor, Russias' invasion of Ukraine has impacted us severely, and this will have an outsized impact on our time availability for updates before we're fully ready. Thanks for all of the wonderful interest and support! We won't let you down.
  13. I generally agree - we'll look at this quite soon
  14. We're working on a brand new tone synthesizer, both for the ALR-45 and the Phantom RWRs. Short answer: yes; it should be much much better and a lot of effort will be invested into it
  15. Correct, we had too little time to spend on it and wanted to avoid breaking something by rushing it; but we're confident we'll get it migrated quickly.
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