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DCS World Newsletter - 13 July 2018

 

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Modern Air Combat by Eagle Dynamics Coming this Autumn!

 

Developed by the same studio that brought you the wildly successful Lock On, Modern Air Combat (MAC) brings you one game with 14 unique combat aircraft to own the sky! MAC aircraft include:

 

 

F-15C Eagle. US air superiority fighter with 104 kills to 0 losses record.

Su-27 Flanker B. Russia’s dominate air superiority fighter.

Su-33 Flanker D. The Russian navy’s carrier capable version of the Flanker B.

J-11A Flanker B+. The Chinese version of the Flanker B, with R77 active homing missiles.

MiG-29 Fulcrum A. Russia’s widely exported light-weight air superiority fighter.

MiG-29S Fulcrum C. The modernised version of the Fulcrum with latest weapons and defences.

A-10A Warthog. The USAF’s massively successful ‘flying tank’, designed to kill ground targets.

Su-25A Frogfoot. Russia’s primary ground attack and close air support jet.

Su-25T Frogfoot. A modernised version of the Frogfoot with enhanced sensors and weapons.

F-86F Sabre. America’s iconic top fighter during the Korean War.

MiG-15bis Fagot. Russia’s 1st generation jet fighter that opposed the Sabre over Korea.

F-5E Tiger II. The US light-weight fighter that has been operational since the Vietnam War and operated by over 30 countries.

MiG-21bis Fishbed. Russia’s most successful fighter of the Vietnam war. A supersonic fighter that closely matches the Tiger II.

L-39ZA. A Czech designed, two seat trainer that was then adapted to a light attack aircraft.

 

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Each aircraft’s flight model, sounds, external model and cockpit is recreated to an exceptional level of detail and accuracy. Great care has been given to offer scalable gameplay that suits your personal levels and wishes. This includes intuitive and consistent keyboard controls between aircraft, selectable difficulty settings, option for more forgiving flight dynamics, and even the ability to fly these aircraft with just your keyboard.

 

As with Lock On and the Flaming Cliffs series, MAC is focused on east and west counterpart aircraft, and this includes such legendary match-ups such as the Eagle and Flanker, Warthog and Frogfoot, Sabre and MiG-15bis, and the F-5E and MiG-21bis. MAC is a blend of both east and west, and this allows you to re-fight historical conflicts from the Korean War to today, and to create your own ‘what-if’ missions.

 

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You can generate an unlimited number of missions using the Fast Mission Creator and Mission Editor. MAC also includes numerous instant action and single missions, as well as campaigns for most of the aircraft and is fully compatible with DCS World online! There are no limits to content.

 

In addition to the full Caucasus map, MAC also includes a limited part of our Nevada and Persian Gulf maps.

 

Key Features of MAC:

  • 14 exceptional combat aircraft from the United States, Russia, China and Czech Republic.
  • Shallow learning curve with consistent key controls between aircraft, and easy to fly with just a keyboard.
  • Professional level flight models, but with option for forgiving flight dynamics.
  • Play instant action, single missions and campaigns for most aircraft in single player or fly online.
  • Supports Virtual Reality like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality.
  • Includes the Caucasus map and portions of Nevada and the Persian Gulf.
  • Purchase MAC aircraft individually or as a pack at a reduced price.
  • Flaming Cliffs 3 owners can purchase the MAC pack at a great discount.

 

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DCS World 2.5 Update

This week we merged the current DCS World 2.5 Open Beta to the DCS World 2.5 Release version.

 

Next week, 18 July, we plan the next DCS World update to include many fixes and improvements to the Hornet, DCS World 2.5, the Persian Gulf Map, and other modules.

 

DCS World Dedicated Server Update

With the launch of 2.5 earlier this year, we have been working diligently on an item we’ve been wanting to bring to DCS World for quite a long time: a dedicated server. It however was not until the launch of DCS World 2.5 was this possible, and hence the length of time this has taken.

 

As a dedicated server, the software will not require any graphics rendering, so no dedicated graphics card will be required and there is no audio requirement. This all greatly reduced server load overhead.

 

There will be a new web GUI to control the server. Operation of the dedicated server through the web GUI will operate much as the existing online server does now, but allow you to make changes remotely.

 

We plan to release the dedicated server in Autumn 2018. Afterward, we will investigate adding additional features to expand its capability.

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 20 July 2018

 

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NS 430 Update

In addition to the NS 430 GPS navigation and communication system being available as cockpit instrument for the Mi-8MTV2, we are now offering it as a cockpit instrument for the L-39 and as a 2D, mouse-interactive Pop-Op Window for most other aircraft. The 2D Pop-Up Window (not currently VR compatible) is available for all aircraft that don't already have a modern navigation and communication system. This allows you to use the NS 430 for many aircraft like all the World War II aircraft, Korean War era aircraft, Flaming Cliffs/MAC aircraft, and others.

 

This version is now available from our e-Shop for $10.99 USD.

 

As a special bonus to current owners of the NS 430 for the Mi-8MTV2, we are offering you the Pop-Up Window version for free!

 

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In addition to the three separate NS 430 products (L-39, Mi-8MTV2, and Pop-Up Window), we are also offering two bundle deals:

 

Persian Gulf Map for DCS World Update

This week we launched our first major update to the Persian Gulf map! In addition to adding the large Iranian airbases of Shiraz and Kerman, it also greatly expands the map with a larger detailed area with higher resolution elevation and textures. Further, many new towns and cities have been added, the Gate Hotel in Dubai, as well as an expanded road and rail network in Iran.

 

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This update brings the Persian Gulf map to almost the same size as the Caucasus map and provides many more gameplay options and a much larger battleground to fight in.

 

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet Update

Also this week we added several new features and resolved several bugs for the Hornet. Highlights of this update include:

  • Aircraft no longer slide on the carrier deck, at any carrier speed.
  • STT track will not switch lock uncommanded.
  • RADAR SIL (radar silence) and STBY mode has been implemented.
  • RWR display logic has been further improved, with critical threat lines added.
  • Option on ME to select single or ripple release (was not in fact merged for last update)
  • DUD cue added for when HT or fuze setting is below current aircraft AGL.
  • RWS page SET and weapon and count added when a weapon is in priority.
  • Night Vision Goggles (NVG) added.
  • Instrumented Carrier Landing System (ICLS) added.
  • Landing gear drag lowered.

Many of these items are highlighted in the video

 

 

DCS: M-2000C – Red Flag Campaign

 

Now available on Steam

 

The M-2000C Red Flag Campaign is a story-driven campaign that takes place during an extraordinary Red Flag exercise at the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR). The campaign backstory revolves around growing hostilities between Iran and its neighbors and a partially successful coup that takes place in the United Arab Emirates, effectively splitting the country in two.

 

You will take on the role of a deputy commander of a 10-ship strong detachment of M-2000C interceptors from the 02.005 Fighter Squadron "Île-de-France". In preparation for war in the Persian Gulf, your detachment, and those from the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland and the Netherlands, will spend two weeks at the NTTR to hone your skills.

 

All of the missions are based on extensive research of actual Red Flag exercises and will each include interesting facts and stories from previous runnings of the exercise.

Features:

  • 16 story-driven missions
  • Over 3,000 voiceovers performed by more than 40 voice actors
  • Returning characters from the M-2000C Caucasus campaign
  • Highly detailed mission briefings, maps, and other documents that includes Air Tasking Orders and Data Sheets based on actual counterparts use by the US and French Air Forces
  • Many of interesting background facts and stories from past Red Flag exercises
  • Preparation for upcoming DCS campaigns in the Persian Gulf

 

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 27 July 2018

 

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DCS World 2.5 Release Version Update

This week we moved a large number of improvements from the Open Beta to the Release version of DCS World 2.5. You can read the complete changelog here.

 

Highlights of the Release version update include:

  • All terrains updated with improved file structure and adjusted shaders. In particular, the detailed area of the Persian Gulf map was expanded north and east. This includes the airfields at Shiraz and Kerman, higher resolution terrain mesh and textures, new and improved shaders for trees, expanded road and rail network, new agricultural areas, and new towns and cities. While the detailed area of the map is now complete, we do plan to add additional airfields and landmarks within the area over the next few months. Additionally, we are working on new units to populate this map like the SS-1 “SCUD”, Rapier and SA-2/HQ-1/S-75 SAMs, and the HY-1 “Silkworm” anti-ship cruise missile.
  • Cloud ceiling now correctly matches Mission Editor settings.
  • Corrected Search and Engage AI tasks.
  • Many new features and fixes for the Hornet were added like network spawning on the carrier when catapult 1 is occupied, corrected uncommanded STT switching, added radar SIL mode, added single and ripple rocket pod settings in the Mission Editor, night vision goggles added, and the Instrument Carrier Landing System (ICLS) was added.
  • The AJS-37 has also seen many improvements like several crash fixes, adjusted RB-24J and 74 performance, added real-time mirror rendering, completed the manual, added rain drops on canopy effect, and greatly improved the night lighting.
  • NS 430 2D panel support added for all aircraft but A-10C, F/A-18C and Ka-50.

Next week, we will provide the next update to the Open Beta.

 

DCS: Yak-52 Update

Our Yak-52 is very late in development and in final tests. In addition to putting the flight model through its paces with the help of actual Yak-52 pilots, we are also fine tuning the interactive training missions. The Yak-52 will be released next month!

 

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Having direct access to a Yak-52 from “The First Flight” Russian close formation aerobatic display team, we’ve been able to model the aircraft in extreme detail and accuracy. One element of this is the sounds of the aircraft. On multiple occasions we have sent our sound team to a local airfield near Moscow to capture the cockpit and external sounds.

 

During one recording session, we recorded a video of it.

 

 

  • External sounds were captured at various engine RPM settings and from different microphone vantages such as all around the aircraft, fly by, passes at different altitudes, and aspect angles.
  • Inside the cockpit, the focus was also on engine RPM at various settings, but also on switch clicks, the pneumatics (landing gear, flaps, and brakes), canopy opening and closing, etc.

 

The sounds environment will be as if you were there in the cockpit!

 

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet Update

Each two week cycle we are adding more and more new features to the Hornet while addressing bugs as they pop up. Our current focus for the rest of July and next month is on the following:

  • Complete the AIM-7 with addition of FLOOD, Home On Jam (HOJ), and LOFT sub-modes.
  • Integrate AIM-120B/C for STT employment (TWS employment will come later).
  • Integrate AIM-9X Block I. This includes both flight dynamics and new tones. Afterwards, in August or September, we will add the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS).
  • Complete RWS air-to-air radar mode with such features as Non-Cooperative Target Recognition (NCTR), AACQ mode, Latent Track While Scan (LTWS) mode, Pulse Repetition Frequency (PRF) settings, ability to change radar settings with TDC along outside of radar tactical area, radar speed gate setting, COLOR option, and more.
  • Complete radar warning receiver functionality with contact symbols and modifiers, EW HUD, and the OFFSET function.
  • Integrate Paveway II series laser-guided bombs (GBU-10, 12, and 16) with JTAC designation.
  • Further tuning of flight model with touch and go performance, gear drag, half flaps drag, takeoff pitch characteristics, and extreme angle of attack performance.
  • Brightness control for the HSI display.
  • Multiplayer carrier deck spawning issues.
  • Wingtip vortices errors at low airspeed.

There are certainly more items that we will be addressing over the next month. This is just a list of 10 of them.

 

Since our last list of Hornet academic training missions in a newsletter, we have two more:

 

 

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 3 August 2018

 

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DCS: Yak-52 Now Available!

 

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DCS: Yak-52 early access will initially be available as part of the DCS World 2.5 Open Beta.

 

 

 

 

The Yakovlev Yak-52 is a tandem seat, radial engine, trainer aircraft that served as the primary aircraft trainer for the Soviet Union and many other nations. Introduced in 1979, the Yak-52 has been a popular choice among air forces given its rugged construction, ease of handling, tricycle landing gear, and simple maintenance. These same characteristic have made it a popular civilian aerobatics aircraft in its later years.

 

The Yak-52 is powered by a single Vedeneyev M-14P, nine-cylinder radial piston engine with 360 horsepower. We have created a new radial piston engine simulation from the ground up with a highly-realistic engine cooling model. The aircraft is very response given an empty weight of just one ton and large controls surfaces. Capable of pulling over 7 G and pushing up to negative 5 G, it’s no wonder the Yak-52 has been popular with aerobatic teams around the world.

 

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The DCS: Yak-52 provides a realistic pilot training progression from the Yak-52, to the L-39C jet trainer, to modern fighters like the MiG-29 and Su-27.

 

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Key Features:

  • Professional Flight Model that duplicates the flight characteristics of the Yak-52.
  • Detailed and realistic simulation of post-stall behavior that allows edge-of and out-of-envelope maneuvers.
  • Complete systems modeling of the Yak-52 that includes the engine, fuel, electrical and pneumatic systems.
  • Realistic, mouse-interactive cockpit in which almost all controls can be interacted with.
  • Accurate external and cockpit sounds that were recorded from a Yak-52.
  • Interactive training missions included. Learn to start up, taxi, takeoff, and land the Yak-52 like a real pilot.
  • Multiple liveries as both a military trainer and civilian aerobatic aircraft.
  • Cooperative multiplayer. Fly with a friend in the same aircraft.
  • Full virtual reality support for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft Mixed Reality, and others.

 

Yak-52 FAQ

 

DCS World 2.5.2 Open Beta Update 8

In addition to providing support for the DCS: Yak-52, update 8 for the DCS World Open Beta bring several other improvements.

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DCS World Newsletter - 10 August 2018

 

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DCS: Yak-52

Last week we launched our Yak-52 into early access and we are ecstatic about its great reception! This week we moved DCS: Yak-52 to the release version of DCS World. Next week, 15 August, the Yak-52 will be available on Steam. Since the early access release, we’ve seen some great videos:

 

DCS World - Yak 52 - Review by Jabbers

 

DCS 2.5 Persian Gulf - Yak-52 - First Look by Hellreign82

 

Purchase now in DCS e-shop

 

We are now focused on bringing the Yak-52 out of early access with the following improvements already accomplished internally, and coming to you next week in the DCS World Open Beta:

  • Post-stall flight dynamics improved
  • Corrected propeller rotation direction
  • Added wheel chocks
  • Fixed the co-pilot always being displayed in the cockpit
  • Added solo flight configuration (the possibility to fly without the co-pilot, which has effect on flight dynamics)
  • Corrected the 3 bladed prop texture issue
  • AI ejecting through a closed canopy is now fixed
  • The skin texture template has been released
  • Corrected radio presets from the Mission Editor radio control menu

 

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Work continues on the following elements to bring the Yak-52 out of early access:

  • Addition of damage modelling
  • Realistic oil temperature behavior during different flight modes
  • Add unique Yak-52 starter sound
  • Faster engine turn over at start up
  • Corrected rudder input levels while airborne
  • Pitch behavior with lowering of flaps
  • Many other bugs and improvements

 

DCS World Release Version Update

This week we moved the new DCS World Open Beta content to the Release version. In addition to adding the Yak-52,

other important changes include:

  • Improved helicopter landings on the USS Stennis
  • Partially corrected network spawning errors on the USS Stennis, and corrected spawning of 4th client
  • Implemented initial test of new missile guidance logic, with Patriot as the testbed
  • Adjusted Hornet HUD coating
  • Added Hornet radar page TDC control
  • Added initial AIM-120 test for the Hornet
  • Multiple AJS-37 and Hawk T1 fixes and improvements

 

You can find the complete change log on the DCS forum

 

HY-2 “Silkworm” Anti-ship Cruise Missile

As we continue to add more content to the Persian Gulf Map, an import aspect is adding new weapon units to help create engaging and realistic missions and campaigns. An important weapon system of the region is the Chinese-built HY-2 “Silkworm” anti-ship cruise missile. Operated by Iran along it’s coastal regions, the HY-2 is ground-launched and is a significant threat to shipping in the Persian Gulf, and specifically, passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

 

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Along with SA-2 and Rapier SAMs, SCUD short-range ballistic missiles, and other new units, the HY-2 will make the Persian Gulf map even better!

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 17 August 2018

 

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DCS World Open Beta Update

This week we released DCS World Open Beta Update #9. Highlights of this update include:

  • Several more modules have been moved to the keyless protection system. These include the NTTR and Normandy maps, WWII Assets Pack, Spitfire, Su-33, AJS-37 Viggen, and the M-2000C. These modules are now tied to users accounts rather than keys.
  • Many new Hornet additions to include preliminary AIM-9X, AIM-120 active and time-to-go timers, AIM-120 VISUAL mode and AIM-7 LOFT mode, EW page symbols, EW HUD, EW Offset, increased of ICLS needles size, and eliminated deck sliding after landing.
  • Many new AJS-37 Viggen changes like corrected mirror reflections, adjusted normal maps, fixes to the SPA mode, custom cartridge settings, and others.
  • Yak-52 changes include corrected textures for the 3-bladed prop, hide stick option added, tool tip improvements, primer animation corrected, and more.

You can read more about these and many others in the dedicated thread on the DCS forum.

 

SS-1C Scud-B

Earlier we have showed off work-in-progress images of some new units coming to DCS World like the SA-2 and Rapier SAM systems and the HY-2 “Silkworm” anti-ship cruise missile. This week we’d like to show you the first images of the SS-1C Scud-B short-range ballistic missile.

 

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First developed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s, the Scud-B (Russian Theater Ballistic Missile system 9К72 Elbrus with missile 8K14 or R-17) has been fielded by more than 32 countries, has a range of up to 300 km, a 450 meter accuracy, and a 985 kg high-explosive warhead. The Scud-B is a mobile system that is transported and launched from a MAZ-543 Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) (Russian index 9P117).

 

The Scud-B was infamous during the first Gulf War and will play a critical target for missions and campaigns in the Persian Gulf map and others.

 

DCS: Yak-52 Released on Steam

This week we released DCS: Yak-52 for Steam. You can purchase it from our Steam Store page

 

 

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DCS World Helicopter Autumn Sale Pack

 

Starting September 5th, 2018 and lasting until September 30th, 2018, we are offering all four DCS World helicopters for just $69.99! Normally a $199.96 value; this is a 65% saving on each helicopter. DCS World offers some of the most realistic helicopter simulations available on the PC, and nothing compares to the helicopter combat environment that DCS World offers.

 

For new DCS World helicopter players, this is a rare opportunity not to miss. Find here on September 5th, 2018:

 

E-Shop Special Offers

 

DCS: UH-1H Huey

DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight

DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark

DCS: SA342 Gazelle

 

 

DCS World 2.5 Release Version Update 9

 

This week we moved the DCS World Open Beta to the DCS World Release version. Some of the more noteworthy changes include:

 

  • Several more modules have been moved to the keyless protection system. These include the NTTR and Normandy maps, WWII Assets Pack, Spitfire, Su-33, AJS-37 Viggen, and the M-2000C. These modules are now tied to users accounts rather than keys
  • Many new Hornet additions to include preliminary AIM-9X, AIM-120 active and time-to-go timers, AIM-120 VISUAL mode and AIM-7 LOFT mode, EW page symbols, EW HUD, EW Offset, increased of ICLS needles size, and eliminated deck sliding after landing
  • Many new AJS-37 Viggen changes like corrected mirror reflections, adjusted normal maps, fixes to the SPA mode, custom cartridge settings, and others
  • Many new AJS-37 Viggen changes like corrected mirror reflections, adjusted normal maps, fixes to the SPA mode, custom cartridge settings, and others
  • Yak-52 changes include corrected textures for the 3-bladed prop, hide stick option added, to tip improvements, primer animation corrected, and more

 

In our next Open Beta update, we’ll be addressing several items that include the AGM-56E for the AV-8B CTD and AIM-9X persistent search tone.

 

F-15C: Aggressors BFM Campaign on Steam

 

Purchase from: STEAM Store F-15C: Aggressors BFM Campaign

 

The F-15C Aggressors BFM campaign puts you in the cockpit of an F-15C Eagle as a new Aggressor pilot with the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base.

 

Based on real world procedures, you will fly as "Red Air" against "Blue Air" forces. Upon arrival, you will fly a familiarization flight around the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR). Then you will face a series of challenging Basic Fighter Maneuver (BFM) missions against similar and dissimilar aircraft.

 

Your opponents include the F-4E, F-14A, F-15C, F-15E, F-16C, F/A-18C, M-2000C, MiG-29G, CF-188 and MiG-21.

 

Additionally, there are 10 single player practice missions with in-air starts so you can perfect your BFM tactics, techniques and procedures.

 

There are over 1,000 voice-overs and over 45 pages of briefing material including the F-15C Amplified Checklist, RED FLAG Spins, Red Forces In Flight Guide, Maps, Diagrams, Custom Kneeboards and Mission Data cards.

 

DCS World War II Update

 

An important aspect DCS World War II is the addition of additional player-controlled and AI aircraft. Some of these include the P-47D, Mosquito, A-20, C-47, Fw 190 A-8, and Ju-88. All of these are various stages of development, and they will serve a vital role in fleshing out the DCS World II experience in concert with the new damage modelling, new World War II era maps, and dogfight AI. As each of these elements progress to the point we’re ready to introduce in DCS World, we’ll be talking about them much, much more.

 

Today we’d like to show off some of the P-47D skins we are working on, as well as the Mosquito.

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DCS World Open Beta Update

This week we introduced several changes to the Open Beta for DCS World. Highlights include:

 

  • Fixed CTD resulting from AV-8B VTOL landing and AGM-65 use
  • Corrected rain drop effects on canopy and check box added
  • New unit label options added: full, abbreviated, and dot only
  • Yak-52 excessive RPM damage added and start sequence corrected
  • AI engaging with radar-guided missile logic corrected. Crank was also re-introduced
  • Dust and smoke atmosphere effect added to Mission Editor
  • Hornet AIM-7 FLOOD mode improved, AIM-9X search tone corrected, PRF selection added, HSI brightness corrected, over-wing vapor, High Off Boresight (HOBS) expanded to 90 degrees for the AIM-9X, and more EW tones and symbols added
  • Please see the complete change log here.

 

DCS: Mi-8MTV2 and Ka-50: Memory of a Hero Campaign

The Memory of a Hero campaign follows the story of helicopter pilot Sergey Pavlovich Borisov. Being an honored sniper and research helicopter pilot and a hero of the Soviet Union and Russia, this campaign explores his experiences in the Mi-8MTV2 and the Ka-50 Black Shark. The campaign is full of danger and exciting moments as you relive some of his more harrowing experiences!

 

Download from: http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com

 

The campaign consists of more than 16 missions that include:

 

  • Work for a large Siberian transport airline
  • Transport workers and repair crews to oil deposits
  • Take part in the Abkhaz-Georgian war of 1993 while flying the then-secret Ka-50 attack helicopter
  • Participate in intelligence gathering activities over Georgian territory prior to the conflict in South Ossetia. Do so in concert with the help of special FSS equipment and direct support from the Foreign Intelligence Service (FIS)
  • Perform Ka-50 counter-terror operations in the southern Caucasus region and along the Georgian border
  • Take part in rescue operations over the Black Sea in an Mi-8MTV2
  • The action is told through a gripping story narrative with an original soundtrack by The Last Haven.

 

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This campaign requires ownership of DCS: Black Shark 2 and DCS: Mi-8MTV2.

 

 

World War II Assets Update

In addition to the new aircraft we recently discussed, we continue to add new ground units. The next will be the Sturmgeschütz (Stug) III. The Stug III was a German assault gun and the second most produced German armor vehicle of the Second World War. Designed as an infantry support weapon with a 7.5 cm L/48 gun, it was built on the Panzer III chassis, but was also used as a tank destroyer.

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DCS World Newsletter - 7 September 2018

 

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DCS World Helicopter Autumn Sale Pack Now Available!

Now available and lasting until September 30th, 2018, we are offering all four DCS World helicopters for just $69.99! Normally a $199.96 value; this is a 65% saving on each helicopter. DCS World offers some of the most realistic helicopter simulations available on the PC, and nothing compares to the helicopter combat environment that DCS World offers.

 

 

For new DCS World helicopter players, this is a rare opportunity not to miss in the Special Offer section of DCS e-shop.

 

  • DCS: UH-1H Huey
  • DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight
  • DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark
  • DCS: SA342 Gazelle

 

DCS World Update

Last week we released DCS World Open Beta version 2.5.3.2115. Unfortunately, as an open beta, it introduced a crash when using module maps and some VR-related issues. This week we addressed these issues in the Open Beta; however, we will be unable to move this Open Beta version to the Release version this week. Today’s Release version update will correct the AGM-65E crash.

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

DCS: P-51D Mustang Update

The Mustang was our first World War II aircraft and was pivotal in laying the ground work for our later warbirds. Since its initial release though, our graphic technologies have greatly improved, and the Mustang is starting to show its age. As with other DCS World aircraft, we are dramatically improving both the cockpit and external model of the Mustang. Both will use Physical Based Rendering (PBR) and Deferred Lighting (DF) to radically improve the aesthetics of this iconic DCS warbird. This will be a FREE update to Mustang owners!

 

Today we have some work-in-progress images of the updated cockpit.

 

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DCS: NS 430 Navigation and Radio System Available on Steam

Purchase on the DCS Steam page

 

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The NS 430 GPS navigation system, is an optional add-on module for most DCS World aircraft. It provides powerful, yet intuitive, navigation and radio communications options to supplement the navigation and radio systems already integrated into your aircraft. The NS 430 is particularly useful for older aircraft with less sophisticated navigation and communication systems.

 

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 14 September 2018

 

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DCS World Open Beta News

This week we updated the Open Beta of DCS World 2.5 to include a number of fixes and additions. Highlights of this week's Open Beta update include:

  • Addressed an intermittent multiplayer host crash.
  • Fixed a crash related to multi-monitor use.
  • Corrected VR issues related to 4K monitors and cursor scale.
  • Aircraft carrier catapult adjusted for low temperature conditions.
  • Added work-in-progress update to properties of Medium and High PRF radar emission. There is a known issue with Medium PRF with high-aspect targets.
  • Hornet ACM boresight mode extended to 10 nm.
  • Corrected UH-1H glass transparency.
  • Numerous AJS-37 fixes and improvements.
  • Added the Yak-52 to the Logbook.

For a more complete changelog, please see changelog on the DCS forum

 

Regarding the Hornet, it's important to note that we are now focusing on some of the more difficult and time-intensive tasks like making several fundamental changes to the air-to-air radar simulation (will have benefits with other modules), the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), and other systems we've touched on recently. As such, the number of new items for the Hornet will be less than before, but the same amount of attention and manpower is being devoted.

 

Ongoing DCS World Helicopter Autumn Sale Pack

Running now and lasting until September 30th, 2018, we are offering all four DCS World helicopters for just $69.99! Normally a $199.96 value; this is a 65% saving on each helicopter. DCS World offers some of the most realistic helicopter simulations available on the PC, and nothing compares to the helicopter combat environment that DCS World offers.

 

 

Coming with the DCS World Helicopters Pack is a special "four-in-one" mission - Helicopter Operations, which allows you to play all the helicopters on one battlefield. Depending on your helicopter choice, you will be tasked with what your helicopter can do best!

Blue side:

  • SA342 - destroy the advancing tanks (CAS).
  • UH-1H - bring on the sling load the ammunition for Bradley platoon, attack the command post.

Red side:

  • Ka-50 - destroy Bradley platoon (CAS).
  • Mi-8 - attack the checkpoint, take out the cargo on the sling load.

 

Jump into the cockpit and help the guys on the ground!

 

You can purchase from our e-Shop

 

We are also offering the same bundle sale from our DCS World Steam Edition page

 

Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer

Coming to DCS World as an AI-only ship unit, the Arleigh Burke is an American guided missile destroyer that forms the backbone of the US Navy surface fleet. Built around the SPY-1D multi-function Aegis Combat System radar system, the Arleigh Burke is armed to the teeth with surface-to-air, surface-to-surface, and anti-ship weapons and defense systems.

 

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As we grow the naval aviation component of DCS World with the Hornet, Tomcat, and other future carrier-borne aircraft, the Arleigh Burke is a much-needed component to create a modern, realistic naval task force.

 

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 21 September 2018

 

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DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, DCS: Persian Gulf Map, and Su-33 for DCS World Bundle Pack Announcement

Coming October 1st, 2018 and lasting until October 21st, 2018, purchase the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, the Persian Gulf map, and the Su-33 together for just $89.99! This bundle has an almost $150.00 value.

 

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The Persian Gulf map was in large part chosen to act as the setting for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet combat operations. Operate from numerous, detailed airfields in the UAE and Oman or from the deck of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Conduct air-to-air and air-to-ground operations over a huge, detailed portion of southern Iran and many of the Persian Gulf islands. New additions coming to the map in time for the pack include the SA-2 and Rapier surface-to-air missile system, the HY-2 Silkworm anti-ship cruise missile, the Aldar Headquarters building, the Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque, and oil platforms. More map items like new airfields, unique buildings, and weapons will be added after the Pack. The Su-33 adds a great adversary aircraft for the Hornet.

 

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This same Bundle Pack will also be available on Steam!

 

Don't miss out on this great savings, and experience these three great modules together! Read more about the Hornet, Persian Gulf map, and Su-33 here:

 

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and Persian Gulf Map Discounts

If you already have one of the two modules of the Bundle Pack, then we have a deal for you! DCS: F/A-18C Hornet owners can get a $10 discount on the Persian Gulf map, and Persian Gulf map owners can get a $20 USD savings on the Hornet!

 

This offer is from our DCS World e-Shop

These savings last until October 1sth, 2018.

 

DCS World 2.5 Update

This week we updated the DCS World 2.5 Release version from the current Open Beta version.

  • Corrected inaccessible controls when using 4K display.
  • Addressed an intermittent multiplayer host crash.
  • Fixed a crash related to multi-monitor use.
  • Corrected VR issues related to 4K monitors and cursor scale.
  • Aircraft carrier catapult adjusted for low-temperature conditions.
  • Added a work-in-progress update to properties of Medium and High PRF radar emission. There is a known issue with Medium PRF with high-aspect targets.
  • Hornet ACM boresight mode extended to 10 nm.
  • Corrected UH-1H glass transparency.
  • Numerous AJS-37 fixes and improvements.
  • Added the Yak-52 to the Logbook.

Our primary focus of the Hornet is currently a re-coding of the air-to-air radar to make it more effective and realistic. Updating the radar is not a simple task, but we will release into a later Open Beta as soon as possible.

 

Full changelog you can see in the dedicated thread on the DCS forum.

 

Ongoing DCS World Helicopter Autumn Sale Pack

Running now and lasting until September 30th, 2018, we are offering all four DCS World helicopters for just $69.99! Normally a $199.96 value; this is a 65% saving on each helicopter. DCS World offers some of the most realistic helicopter simulations available on the PC, and nothing compares to the helicopter combat environment that DCS World offers.

 

 

You can purchase from our e-Shop

 

We are also offering the same bundle sale from our DCS World Steam Edition page

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 28 September 2018

 

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Hornet, Persian Gulf Map, and Su-33 Free Weekend!

Starting today and lasting until 1 October 2018, play DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, DCS: Persian Gulf Map, and the Su-33 for DCS World for free! The Hornet and Su-33 include all the missions and campaigns as the purchased versions, and they can be played in both single player and multiplayer modes. Enjoy!

 

 

If you do not already own one of these modules, we hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity and try out a new DCS World module and consider a purchase.

 

Download and try out from either our e-Shop or Steam.

 

For install any of those modules please see into Module Manager in the game.

 

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DCS World Open Beta Update

This week we updated the DCS World Open Beta to version 2.5.3.22176. Important additions and fixes to this week's Open Beta include:

  • SA-2 SAM, Rapier SAM, HY-2 Silkworm anti-ship cruise missile and P-19 search radar added.
  • Persian Gulf Map updated with oil platforms, natural gas platforms, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and Aldar Headquarters building. More to come!
  • Includes new Hornet mini-campaign.
  • Hornet air-to-air radar improvements for retaining lock with hard maneuvering, and resolved locking target when at high roll angles. Note: work continues on oddities with b-sweep in some conditions.
  • Mk-82Y (high drag with ballute) added to the Hornet inventory.
  • R-77 / AA-12 air-to-air missile guidance improved.
  • Mk-20 and CBU-99 Mk-118 submunition effectiveness increased.
  • Several AJS-37 Viggen additions.

 

Please see the complete changelog on the DCS forum

 

 

DCS World Helicopter Autumn Sale Pack Final Days

Running just two more days, until September 30th, 2018, we are offering all four DCS World helicopters for just $69.99! Normally a $199.96 value; this is a 65% saving on each helicopter. DCS World offers some of the most realistic helicopter simulations available on the PC, and nothing compares to the helicopter combat environment that DCS World offers.

 

 

You can purchase from our e-Shop

 

We are also offering the same bundle sale from our DCS World Steam Edition page

 

Please see our sale video

 

Aircraft Flight with Folded Wings Explanation

With the release of DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, we’ve observed some confusion and false-assumptions regarding how an aircraft can fly, or even take off, with its wings folded up. The answer: physics.

 

For folded-wing aircraft’s flight characteristics, we conducted calculations for the wings and stabilators in XFLR5 software. The calculations were done using VLM (Vortex Lattice Method) with a non-viscous flow model. The program then determines the characteristics of the linear area of lifting force dependence based on the angle of attack. For horizontal flight, we have the following equation to calculate how the forces are balanced in the vertical plane:

 

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The calculations show us that the folded wing configurations results in a 30% reduction in the coefficient of lift. To compensate for this reduction in horizontal flight lift, we need to either increase the angle of attack by 42% or increase the velocity 19%. Because the folded portion of the aircraft resides behind the center of gravity, a folded wing configuration results in reducing the negative pitching moment, which will also result in a reduced rotation speed at takeoff.

 

Initially, we didn’t take into account the fuselage, stabilators, and flaps lift capabilities, which all add to the total lifting force.

 

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For an aircraft with non-folded wings and mass of 35,000 pounds and 8 degrees of angle of attack, the velocity to create the lifting force would be 186 knots without taking into account the fuselage, stabilators, and flaps. For an aircraft with folded wings and a mass of 35,000 pounds and 8 degrees of angle of attack, the estimated velocity for creating lift is 222 knots (i.e. 186 +19% = 221,34 knots). In our model, the velocity for a mass of 35,000 pounds and an angle of attack of 8 degrees is 205 knots due to the fuselage, stabilators, and flaps.

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 5 October 2018

 

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Hornet, Persian Gulf Map, and Su-33 Bundle Pack Available Now!

Now available until October 21st, 2018, purchase the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, the Persian Gulf map, and the Su-33 together for just $89.99! This bundle has an almost $150.00 value.

 

Download now in the DCS e-shop

 

The Persian Gulf map was in large part chosen to act as the setting for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet combat operations. Operate from numerous, detailed airfields in the UAE and Oman or from the deck of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Conduct air-to-air and air-to-ground operations over a huge, detailed portion of southern Iran and many of the Persian Gulf islands. New additions coming to the map in time for the pack include the SA-2 and Rapier surface-to-air missile system, the HY-2 Silkworm anti-ship cruise missile, the Aldar Headquarters building, the Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque, and oil platforms. More map items like new airfields, unique buildings, and weapons will be added after the Pack. The Su-33 adds a great adversary aircraft for the Hornet.

 

This same Bundle Pack is also be available on Steam

 

We are also offering on Steam a bundle of just the Hornet and Persian Gulf Map for just $79!

 

Don’t miss out on this great savings, and experience these three great modules together! Read more about the Hornet, Persian Gulf map, and Su-33 here:

 

Hornet and Persian Gulf Map Discounts Reinstated!

Last week we offered a special deal in which you could get $20 USD off the Hornet if you already own the Persian Gulf Map, or $10 USD off the Persian Gulf Map if you own the Hornet. We are listening, and due to popular request, we are re-instating this deal until 21 October 2018!

 

For those that already own one of these two modules, we hope you’ll take this opportunity to try the other.

Unfortunately, Steam is unable to offer this same deal.

Have fun!

 

Free Weekend Results

This past weekend we ran our first Free Weekend, and we are ecstatic with the great reception! The Free Weekend was a great way for many of you to experience the great quality and value put into the Hornet, Persian Gulf Map, and Su-33, and we hope you’ll consider making a purchase.

 

Given the success of the Free Weekend, we certainly plan to do more of these. It’s a great opportunity for you to try before you buy.

 

Thanks for taking part!

 

DCS World Update

Due to both an Open Beta and Release version of DCS World being released last week to support the Free Weekend, there is no update for this week. However, on 10 October we will release the updated MiG-29 Fulcrum for Flaming Cliffs 3! This will include a Professional Flight Model (PFM), updated cockpit, and several new cockpit system functions. This will be a FREE update for Flaming Cliffs 3 owners! For those that do not own Flaming Cliffs 3, we will also make it available as a separate purchase.

 

Next week will also see new improvements to the Hornet, such as the air-to-air radar performance.

 

DCS: Fw 190 A-8 Coming to DCS World!

Our next warbird coming to DCS World will be the Focke-Wulf 190 A-8 Würger (Strike) of the German Luftwaffe. Designed by Kurt Tank in the 1930s, the Fw 190 was a single seat German fighter powered by a powerful BMW 801 radial engine. When first deployed, it provide largely superior to its main rival: the Spitfire Mk.V. This in turn led to the development of the Spitfire Mk.IX. We look forward to some great online dogfights between the Fw 190 A-8 and the Spitfire Mk.IX!

 

Capable of both aerial and ground attack missions, the A-8 model entered production in February 1944 and included thicker armor and improved engine design. We see the “Butcher Bird” as a great addition to the stable of DCS World War II aircraft and will be a perfect fit for the Normandy map!

 

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In parallel, work on the P-47D is progressing well on both art and creating the flight model based on virtual wind tunnel data.

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 12 October 2018

 

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DCS: F-14 by Heatblur Simulations Available for Pre-Purchase

 

 

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The DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations is now available for pre-purchase with a $10 discount. Early Access release of a feature-complete F-14B will be this winter.

 

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat was a two-crew, variable geometry, maritime air superiority fighter that served with the US Navy for 32 years and continues to serve with the IRIAF in Iran. The F-14 was the US Navy's frontline fighter from the 1970s until the mid-2000s. Over the course of its long service life it also became the US Navy's premier precision ground-attack platform and lone airborne reconnaissance asset.

 

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Outstanding features of the aircraft are the swing-wing configuration, crew of two, and the powerful AN/AWG-9 Weapons Control System (WCS) and radar. The AWG-9 allows employment of the powerful AIM-54 Phoenix air to air missile while the LANTIRN pod allows the ability to carry out precision ground strikes using laser guided bombs. The F-14 Tomcat was present during many pivotal historic moments such as the two Gulf of Sidra incidents, Operation Desert storm in Iraq, the conflict in Yugoslavia, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was also immortalized in the iconic motion picture, Top Gun, and starred in several other feature films including The Final Countdown, Executive Decision, and others.

 

In addition, the Tomcat was also a vital player in the Iran-Iraq war during the 80s, flying for the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force which had acquired the F-14A from the US prior the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

 

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The Heatblur Simulations F-14A/B Tomcat aims to simulate this iconic aircraft as a high-fidelity module for DCS, being the culmination of several years of research, coding and modelling.

 

Special points of consideration amongst the many features are the external and internal graphic model created using laser scanning and photogrammetry from real Tomcats at various museums, the detailed modelling of the AN/AWG-9 and the ability to fly as a two-crew aircraft in multiplayer.

 

Please read the complete feature list here

 

MiG-29 for DCS World Available Now

This is a free update for Flaming Cliffs 3 customer, or a separate purchase option from DCS e-shop

 

 

This week we bring you the long-awaited update to the MiG-29A, MiG-29S, and MiG-29G! This is the last of the major updates to DCS: Flaming Cliffs 3 (FC3) line of aircraft. As with the other updated FC3 aircraft, the MiG-29 now incorporates a Professional Flight Model (PFM) that will continue to undergo development and improvement during the early access period.

 

Additionally, the MiG-29 cockpit and external model have been greatly improved, and other changes have been made like:

  • Option for casual gamer flight dynamics that prevents departures to stalls, automatic angle of attack limiter, and a G limiter. While the PFM for the MiG-29 is very realistic, some player may prefer a more forgiving aircraft to fly.
  • As part of the PFM, we have tuned the available angular velocity of roll.
  • The braking effect of the braking chute has been increased.
  • The fuel level in internal fuel tank 1 has been increased.

 

The MiG-29 "Fulcrum" is a Russian-designed, twin-engine, supersonic fighter. First operational in the early 1980s, the Fulcrum is a "light weight" fighter, comparable to the American F/A-18 Hornet and F-16. Designed to work in conjunction with the larger Su-27 Flanker, the MiG-29 is armed with an internal 30mm cannon and both infrared- and radar-guided air-to-air missiles. For air-to-ground tasks, the MiG-29 can be armed with a large array of unguided bombs and rockets.

 

In addition to a sophisticated pulse doppler radar, the MiG-29 is also equipped with a passive Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor that allows the Fulcrum to detect and target enemy aircraft just based on their infrared emissions. This allows the MiG-29 to make stealthy attacks with no warning!

 

The Fulcrum is a highly-maneuverable fighter in a dogfight, and when paired with the helmet mounted sight and the AA-11 "Archer" air-to-air missile, it is a very lethal adversary.

The MiG-29 has also been widely exported and has served in many countries that include Germany, Iran, Ukraine, and Poland.

 

 

Key Features of the MiG-29 for DCS World:

  • A professional level flight model provides unmatched flight physics that allow you to truly feel what it's like to fly this amazing aircraft. Designed and tested by a former MiG-29 pilot!
  • A true model of the MiG-29 flight control system that allows you to perform the "cobra" and other "out of the envelope" maneuvers.
  • Highly detailed, six-degrees-of-freedom (6 DOF) cockpit.
  • Accurate MiG-29 Fulcrum model, squadron markings, and weapons.
  • Includes instant action, single missions, and a campaign.
  • Battle the Hornet in head-to-head combat.

Note: The MiG-29 for DCS World is identical to the MiG-29 in Flaming Cliffs 3. Owners of FC3 do not need to purchase.

 

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The main differences in the new PFM against SFM MiG-29

SFM had very basic stability/controllability model, where stick deflection defines required g-load (1 g auto-trim system).

In real life, the MiG-29 is a plane with natural positive stability without any g-load feedback (as Su-27, for example) with additional longitudinal stability augmentation system (LSAS) and dampers.

MiG-29 PFM carefully models real plane longitudinal stability and controllability characteristics of the plane itself as well as LSAS algorithms.

Lateral and directional stability and controllability were tuned as well.

The true effect from leading edge slats was added.

To model the distinctive features of the plane aeroelasticity effect were added for ailerons together with the limited ability of the actuators.

Roll rate is dependent on AoA and dynamic pressure and is very close to the real prototype.

The plane has a very pronounced effect of ground proximity to its longitudinal controllability, which is modelled.

Stick limiter algorithm is fundamentally changed in comparison to SFM to have it like the real thing.

Autopilot modes are made closer to the real.

 

What to do:

  • Fine tuning of lateral and directional stability/controllability.
  • Engine fine tuning to adjust thrust for 70-80% rpm range.
  • High AoA and post-stall effects and behaviour tuning.

 

DCS World 2.5 Open Beta Update

This week’s Open Beta release saw some key changes that include:

  • Introduced the updated MiG-29.
  • Increased range of the new HY-2 Silkworm anti-ship missile to 100 km.
  • Added the reload times of the SA-2 SAM and HY-2.
  • Increased launch rate of the Ticonderoga.
  • Improved AI taxi logic on the carrier deck.
  • Flight model improvement of the drag curve, motor performance, and dynamic launch zone of the AIM-9L/M Sidewinder.
  • Several AJS-37 Viggen and MiG-21bis fixes and improvements.
  • Corrected Hornet TDC moving to stow position after target breaks a lock, aerial refueling Instant Action missions, adjusted TCTS pod drag value, radar B-Sweep no longer moves outside the tactical area, the B-Sweep returns to normal scan after the radar loses lock (B-Sweep hang after an undesignate key break lock will be fixed for later this month).

You can read the complete change log on the DCS forum

 

We are on track to have the JHMCS with AIM-9X, FPAS page, fixed antenna logic, and AGM-65E and AGM-65F for the Hornet by the end of this month. In parallel, the HARM and ATFLIR pod are being developed, but these are complex tasks and will take longer.

 

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and DCS: Persian Gulf Map Bundle Option

In addition to the standard bundle pack of the Hornet, Persian Gulf map, and the Su-33, we are now offering a separate bundle pack of just the Hornet and Persian Gulf map for just $79.99! This is a $129.98 value!

 

For those that already own the Su-33 as part of Flaming Cliffs 3 or the stand-alone Su-33 for DCS World, this bundle pack is for you.

 

Please find the offer on our e-Shop

 

Persian Gulf Blue Flag Event

We are proud to announce our participation in the next official event for Blue Flag: Persian Gulf! We have continued to add to and optimize the DCS: Persian Gulf map, and it’s now ready for its first official Blue Flag event.

 

 

We will be making a free Eagle Dynamics module available to the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of each coalition. We and our friends at the Buddyspike team are working tirelessly to bring you more and more features, improved game play, and an even better multiplayer dynamic simulation.

 

Players are pitted against each other in a battle to control the region with over 50 airfields and FARPs to capture along with carriers to defend and attack - this will be the biggest BlueFlag yet!

 

The official round will be starting October 19th at 18:00 UTC and progress can be followed live on the BuddySpike Gadget available here along with more information about the Online Persistent Dynamic Campaign. The round will run for two weeks with victory handed to the coalition holding the most bases at the end of the round - or if the map is entirely conquered. To register for your coalition - just join the BlueFlag PG server and type Red or Blue in the DCS Chat. See you in the Skies!

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 19 October 2018

 

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DCS World Open Beta 2.5 Hotfix and Release Version

This week we released a second Open Beta update to address issues that some users encountered with the new, default controller profiles. Theses default profiles are now only used for a newly installed module, or the user manually loads them as a profile. Our next controller to add default profiles for will be the VKB Gunfighter Mk.II. Our goal is to have default controller profiles for all popular controllers.

 

You can read the entire Hot Fix list here

 

This week we also moved the current Open Beta to the Release version. You can read the change log here

 

The biggest element of this is the updated Release version is the availability of the new MiG-29 for DCS World

 

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, DCS: Persian Gulf Map, and Su-33 Bundle Pack Last Days

The bundle pack consisting of the Hornet, Persian Gulf Map, and Su-33 ends this Sunday! In addition to the full pack, we are also offering a version of just the Hornet and Persian Gulf map. Find both on our e-Shop

 

You can also find both bundles on our Steam store at:

 

Modeling Update

We recognize that an important aspect to improve in DCS World is more realistic damage modeling in regards to localized effects, visual effects, affect on hit components, and type of weapon impact. Regarding the latter, the new damage model will be based on two types of weapon impact: penetrating impact and proximity impact. This provides us with three primary weapon effects on a unit: penetrating (projectiles), volumetric/pressure wave (high-explosive) and volumetric/shrapnel. This last effect allows weapon casing fragments to be tracked as unique objects entering the unit. This is not modeled in our current damage model system, but it will provide a great improvement to aircraft, and later, ground unit damage.

 

When a projectile or shrapnel penetrates a unit, the strength and functionality of the of the unit component it intersects with is affected. This includes components like spars, flight control surfaces, engine, weapons, fuel, etc. This, in turn, can greatly affect aircraft performance and system functionality.

 

The team has been working hard on this new damage model system, and the primary work is now complete. It is now undergoing internal testing. We will first roll out the new damage model system in our World War II aircraft, then later move to our more modern aircraft and then ground units.

 

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In these images, you can see the internal components of the P-51D and Fw 190 D-9 that are tracked as unique components that can be damaged.

 

About Early Access and Open Beta

For those not familiar with the terms Early Access and Open Beta, we want to use this newsletter to talk about how we implement them in regards to DCS World.

 

DCS World Early Access

 

Over the last few years, the concept of Early Access has taken traction with many companies in this industry. Before our adoption of this option, we were often bombarded with customer requests to test our products, or at least have the opportunity to have an early look. We offer Early Access to such customers, and we greatly appreciate the feedback on how we make the product even better. However, we also recognize that Early Access is not for everyone, and some players prefer their first experience in the game to be with a completed experience. We get that, and this option is not recommended for everyone.

 

The time a product remains in Early Access can vary widely based on the scope of the project, technical hurdles, and how complete the module is when it enters Early Access. Eagle Dynamics and all of our third parties strive to make this period as short as possible. It’s important to note that when a development team starts work on a new project while another project is still in Early Access, it is most often because it’s a separate internal team or elements of the team have completed their tasks on the Early Access project and it’s time for them to move them to move on to a new project rather than sit on their hands.

 

An Early Access module can be played on both the Open Beta and Release versions of DCC World. When we first release a new module or update it, we first release it to our Open Beta version of DCS World for “field-testing” and then we later move it to the Release version once we are sure there are no “blocking” issues.

 

DCS World Open Beta

 

Speaking of Open Beta and Release versions, we currently operate two versions of DCS World, the Open Beta version and the Release version (many fewer versions than before!). Because DCS World is a “living” project that changes daily, it’s possible for a project-wide bug to worm itself in and make the game unplayable for all. To prevent this and add a level of protection, we adopted Open Beta and Release versions.

 

Most every two weeks (sometimes more with hotfixes) we create a new Open Beta version that comprises the changes from the prior two weeks. Although this first goes through both internal and closed-external testing, it is possible for errors to slip through. In this case, the Open Beta is utilized to identify a “blocking” bug that prevents all customers from playing the game (not just customers of a single module). For those that take part in the Open Beta, we greatly appreciate it and thank you for your testing efforts. If a “blocking bug” is present in the Open Beta, we always have the Release version available. This is why the Release version is sometimes called the Stable version.

 

As such, the Open Beta version is for us to “field-test” new changes and check for any DCS-wide “Blocking” crashes, and the Release version is the result of the previous Open Beta that does not suffer any “Blocks.” As with Early Access, Open Beta is an option and may not be for everyone.

 

DCS World on Fighter Pilot Podcast

Our very own Matt “Wags” Wagner sits down with Jell-O on the Fighter Pilot Podcast and talks DCS World.

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Expanding DCS World on Facebook

Have you been looking for more translated DCS World news to your native language? We have recently expanded our DCS World social media presence on Facebook to include pages for Chinese and Polish pages. We welcome you to stop by and follow! We now have Facebook pages for English, German, Chinese, and Polish, with more to come:

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 26 October 2018

 

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DCS World Open Beta Update

This week’s update to the DCS World Open Beta includes such highlights as:

Improvements to the new MiG-29 flight model, engine performance, new pylons, and corrected M1.6 engine stall

  • Corrected FAB-250 pylon position on Su-33.
  • F-4E and C-130 added to Iran.
  • Numerous AJS-37 Viggen improvements.
  • DCS: MiG-21bis and DCS: C-101 improvements.

You can read the complete change log here

 

While new Hornet features and fixes like the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), FPAS page, laser Maverick, and corrected air-to-air radar B-sweep are still on track to be ready next week, we need to adhere to our Open Beta release schedule and have time for proper internal-testing of these complex items. As such, these will be released in the next, scheduled Open Beta release on 7 November 2018.

 

DCS: Spitfire LF Mk.IX – The Big Show Campaign

Download now from DCS e-shop

 

 

Put on Pierre Clostermann’s Irvin jacket, climb into his Spitfire Mk.IX and experience the massive air battles in the skies of Western Europe described in his similarly titled book. This campaign follows Clostermann’s career from April 1943 to July 1944 through 12 missions that recreate his memoirs down to the smallest details such as time, weather, squadrons and even radio transmissions. Find out what it feels like to fly with the Biggin Hill Wing in a huge formation of Spitfires, to follow Commandant Mouchotte into gigantic melees against 30+ Focke-Wulfs, to take part in Rodeos, Circuses, and attacks on V-1 launch sites, or to support the ground troops after the D-day landings. All clear? Switches on!

 

Key Features:

  • 12 historical missions following Pierre Clostermann during his time with 341 and 602 Squadron.
  • Detailed briefings, maps and briefing images, including separate PDF mission files with historical backgrounds
  • Unique kneeboard graphics and checklists for each mission
  • Historically accurate custom skins
  • Hundreds of specially recorded voice-over messages
  • A wide array of missions including fighter sweep, bomber escort, armed reconnaissance and ground attack

This campaign requires ownership of DCS: Spitfire LF Mk.IX and DCS: Normandy 1944 Map.

 

MiG-29 for DCS World on Steam

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The MiG-29 "Fulcrum" is a Russian-designed, twin-engine, supersonic fighter. First operational in the early 1980s, the Fulcrum is a "light weight" fighter, comparable to the American F/A-18 Hornet and F-16. Designed to work in conjunction with the larger Su-27 Flanker, the MiG-29 is armed with an internal 30mm cannon and both infrared and radar guided air-to-air missiles. For air-to-ground tasks, the MiG-29 can be armed with a large array of unguided bombs and rockets.

 

In addition to a sophisticated pulse doppler radar, the MiG-29 is also equipped with a passive Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor that allows the Fulcrum to detect and target enemy aircraft just based on target infrared emissions. This allows the MiG-29 to make stealthy attacks with no warning!

 

The Fulcrum is a highly-maneuverable fighter in a dogfight, and when paired with the helmet mounted sight and the AA-11 "Archer" air-to-air missile, it is a very lethal adversary.

 

The MiG-29 has also been widely exported and has served in many countries that include Germany, Iran, Ukraine, and Poland. For test, training and research purposes some aircraft were bought by the United States and Israel.

Key Features of the MiG-29 for DCS World:

  • A professional level flight model provides unmatched flight physics that allow you to truly feel what it's like to fly this amazing aircraft. Designed and tested by a former MiG-29 pilot!
  • A true model of the MiG-29 flight control system that allows you to perform "out of the envelope" maneuvers
  • Highly detailed, six-degrees-of-freedom (6 DOF) cockpit
  • Accurate MiG-29 Fulcrum model, squadron markings, and weapons
  • Includes instant action, single missions, and a campaign
  • Battle the Hornet in head-to-head combat

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 2 November 2018

 

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DCS World 2.5 Update

This week we moved the Open Beta version of DCS World to the Release version. Highlights include:

  • Improvements to the new MiG-29 flight model, engine performance, new pylons, and corrected M1.6 engine stall
  • Corrected FAB-250 pylon position
  • F-4E and C-130 Iranian skins
  • Numerous AJS-37 Viggen improvements, including landing gear and wheel brake adjustments
  • DCS: MiG-21bis and DCS: C-101 improvements

You can read the complete change log on the dedicated DCS forum thread

 

For next week's Open Beta update, we plan new Hornet features and fixes like the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), FPAS page, laser Maverick, and corrected air-to-air radar B-sweep.

 

DCS World War II Assets Pack Update

The WWII assets pack continues to grow, and the next ground unit will be the M10 "Wolverine" tank destroyer. Based on a modified M4A2 Sherman tank chassis, it includes an open-turret with a 76.2 mm cannon. Produced by the US starting in September 1942, the M10 was the most important US tank destroyer of the war.

 

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Air-to-Air Missile Development Update

A key aspect of modern air warfare is correct modeling of air-to-air missiles. We take this very seriously and have devoted new resources to further improving this. There are four fundamental aspects we are working on:

  • New missile flight dynamics
  • New autopilot roll, pitch, yaw damper and stabilization
  • New autopilot guidance and trajectory calculations
  • Modified seeker logic

 

We are using the AIM-7 as a "test bed" from which we will then move these improvements to other air-to-air missiles once we feel the technology is mature. We are currently testing AIM-7M with:

  • New missile flight model foundation using updated and more detailed aerodynamic data
  • Autopilot navigation system model
  • Missile guidance section and seeker

Here is a video that demonstrates the AIM 7 autopilot in a vertical test

 

 

Missile Flight Dynamics

This video demonstrates a new feature of the missile autopilot and flight model: stability and

control implementation. High altitudes and low air speeds provide low aerodynamic damping moments, and you can see missile motion in detail. Note the control surface deflections. The missile's autopilot dampens oscillations more quickly than with autopilot turned off.

This is just a test thought of the autopilot and aerodynamics of the missile. Naturally, air-to-air missiles are not designed for such low air speeds. In fact, the minimal IAS at intercept for an AIM-7 is about 700 km/h. At this speed, it's capable to reaching 5g's in less than a second.

 

Tasks in this area we're still working on includes the supporting math for thrust vectoring and refactoring/optimization.

 

Missile Autopilot

In regards to control systems and autopilot, we're working on:

  • Mathematical model of torque balance system (AIM-9-like missiles)
  • Inertial navigation system + data link for modern missiles
  • Сorresponding aircraft weapon systems
  • Almost every new missile needs its own autopilot type (based on common model)

 

Missile Seeker

For the guidance systems and seekers, there is a lot of work for the future. Building from the common math model, we will create detailed models for many seeker types.

 

When this effort is complete, we believe we'll have the most detailed air-to-air missile simulation in an entertainment product.

 

A Worthy Cause

will be flying the DCS World Hornet and comparing it to his own experience if we can get more than $7,500 of donations to victims of hurricane Michael.

 

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Let's show what a great community this is and tell them Mover sent you!

Hurricane Michael Relief Funds

 

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 9 November 2018

 

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DCS World Open Beta Update

This week we released a new update to the DCS World Open Beta with highlights that include:

  • Added the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), AGM-65E laser-guided Maverick, Flight Performance Advisory System (FPAS) page, new skins, improved Air Combat Maneuvering (ACM) radar mode performance, and corrected fuel pumps for the Hornet.
  • Restored debriefing screen for Instant Action missions.
  • Improved sound propagation for distant objects.
  • Corrected player radio transmission with simultaneous AI radio messages.
  • Great improvements to the MiG-29 that include pitch stability synchronized with wing slats, improved braking chute model, corrected engine damage over Mach 2.6, and improved longitudinal stability.
  • Numerous improvements to the MiG-21bis, M-2000C, AV-8B NA, and AJS-37 Viggen.

You can read the complete change log in the dedicated thread of DCS forum

 

As an Open Beta there are expected bugs that we will resolve at our very soonest.

 

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In additional to see the changelog of today’s Open Beta update.

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 16 November 2018

 

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Celebrating Three Years Over Nevada!

Three years ago, we released the DCS: NEVADA Test and Training Range map. Since then, it exited Early Access and has received many updates, including a massive one two years ago that included 14 new airfields; new towns and cities; additional landmarks; and expanded, detailed texture area. Just as important, the map has been home to a huge amount of content that includes numerous missions and 10 campaigns. The Nevada map has provided a very interesting blend of desert aerial combat in the form of Red Flag Campaigns, Weapons Training, and Aggressors Training, with “fun” flying through Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam and other interesting locations.

 

We’re happy to present to you this new Nevada map video that celebrates three years of Nevada flying!

 

 

Find the map here.

 

DCS: F-14 by Heatblur Simulations Available for Pre-Order on Steam with 10% Discount

Pre-order from Steam

 

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The Grumman F-14 Tomcat was a two-crew, variable geometry, maritime air superiority fighter that served with the US Navy for 32 years and continues to serve with the IRIAF in Iran. The F-14 was the US Navy's frontline fighter from the 1970s until the mid-2000s. Over the course of its long service life it also became the US Navy’s premier precision ground-attack platform and lone airborne reconnaissance asset.

 

Outstanding features of the aircraft are the swing-wing configuration, crew of two, and the powerful AN/AWG-9 Weapons Control System (WCS) and radar. The AWG-9 allows employment of the powerful AIM-54 Phoenix air to air missile while the LANTIRN pod allows the ability to carry out precision ground strikes using laser guided bombs. The F-14 Tomcat was present during many pivotal historic moments such as the two Gulf of Sidra incidents, Operation Desert storm in Iraq, the conflict in Yugoslavia, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was also immortalized in the iconic motion picture, Top Gun, and starred in several other feature films including The Final Countdown, Executive Decision, and others.

 

DCS World 2.5 Update

Due to some issues we wish to resolve in the Open Beta before moving it to the Release version, there will be no update to the Release version this week. For next week though, on 21 November, we plan to include the following in the new Open Beta:

  • Corrected Hornet radar break-lock, elevation scanning, and ACM modes.
  • Integration of radar lock data onto the JHMCS for the Hornet.
  • Addition of infrared-guided AGM-65 Mavericks for the Hornet.
  • Corrected CLIMB function for the Hornet FPAS page.
  • Corrected remaining AGM-65E errors.
  • Updated Hornet Early Access Guide.
  • Updated Persian Gulf map with additions of Kish Island airfield, Al Bateen airfield, Lavan Island airfield, Bandar-e-Jask airfield, Abu Dhabi International Airport, Sas Al Nakheel airfield, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, and the Yas Viceroy with Formula 1 racetrack.
  • Continued tuning and improvements to the MiG-29 flight and engine model.

 

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 23 November 2018

 

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DCS World Autumn 2018 Sale is Here!

At long last, get great savings on the entire library of DCS World products!

 

 

Lasting until December 2nd, save 50% on most DCS World modules! This applies to aircraft, maps, and campaigns. The only exceptions include:

  • DCS: F/A-18C Hornet at 25% off
  • DCS: Persian Gulf Map at 25% off
  • UH-1H Argo Campaign at 20% off
  • DCS: SA342 Gazelle at 15% off

Note: the sale only applies to released, non pre-order products.

 

Get these deals starting this Wednesday in the DCS E-shop

 

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Of note, this is our first separate sale of the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet outside of a bundle deal.

 

DCS World Open Beta Update

 

This week we updated the DCS World 2.5 Open Beta with some great items like:

  • Inclusion of the second massive, free update to the DCS: Persian Gulf Map that includes eight new airfields and several new landmarks and optimizations. Now is a great time to purchase this map with the 25% off sale!
  • Corrected Hornet radar performance, addition of radar acquisition modes for the JHMCS, added initial version of the infrared-guided AGM-65G Maverick (several items to address), and completed the Flight Performance Advisory Page (FPAS) functions. The Hornet user guide has also been updated.

You can read the complete change log here

 

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 30 November 2018

 

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Autumn 50% Sale. Last few days!

Lasting only three more days to December 2nd, 2018, get up to 50% off on most DCS World products.

 

Get these deals in DCS e-shop

 

DCS Warbirds Update

Earlier this year we showed off a greatly updated cockpit for the DCS: P-51D Mustang that will be released next month. In addition to a beautiful, new cockpit, we’re also updating the external model to include both P-51D-25 and P-51D-30 versions! This includes improvements to both the 3D model and textures.

 

Along with the Mustang, we’ve also completing work on a fantastic new cockpit for the Bf 109 K-4 and a Fw 190 D-9 that takes advantage of both deferred shading and physically based rendering.

 

In parallel, the P-47D, Fw 190 A-8, and Mosquito are all making great progress in both the external model, cockpit, flight model and systems.

 

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A big element also getting a lot of attention has been the new damage model we discussed in an earlier newsletter. We’ve been using the Spitfire as the test bed and the progress has been steady and good. Once we’re happy with the results, we’ll first incorporate the new damage model system into the other warbirds.

 

Next month, we’ll make available a wonderful P-51D Mustang campaign by Reflected Simulations.

 

Virtual Reality Update

We see VR as an amazing tool to enjoy DCS World and the future of PC gaming for many. To make DCS World even better, we’ve been working on some great VR improvements that include:

  • Optimized VR performance.
  • Touch control that allows direct finger interaction with cockpit controls.
  • Touch control to allow the right and left Touch controllers to act as stick and throttle when positioned correctly in the virtual cockpit and holding down the middle-finger button.

These will provide a much more immersive VR experience, particularly for those flying warbirds and other aircraft that do not require HOTAS controls.

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 7 December 2018

 

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DCS World Open Beta Update

This week’s Open Beta update has some great updates to DCS World, the Hornet, and the Viggen. Highlights include:

  • Hornet changes: added work-in-progress AGM-65F infrared-guided Maverick air-to-ground missile; corrected Hornet catapult launch roughness; added “Go to Tanker’ command for AI Hornets; corrected and improved the Hornet radar in RWS and STT modes; and corrected and improved operation of the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS). More great stuff coming in the 19 December update!
  • Corrected potential for static objects not being visible to multiplayer clients.
  • Added removal or cargo in multiplayer based on scripting.
  • Viggen changes: greatly improved air-to-ground radar; corrected TERRNAV not fixing; and added scratches to canopy glass.

You can find the complete changelog here

 

DCS: Combined Arms – Frontlines Georgia Campaign

The Combined Arms Frontlines Georgia campaign is the first Combined Arms single player campaign. In this campaign you will experience many different aspects of Combined Arms combat in DCS World, from commanding many units over several different objectives to sitting in a tank and commanding a platoon from the driver’s seat.

 

Key features:

  • 11 Story driven missions (with supplemental missions if you have a stumble along the way)
  • Command various ground units, from armor to transport
  • Freedom to set up your air units load-outs before the mission starts
  • 35+ unique voice overs

 

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More screenshots

 

With CA Frontlines, we hope you will learn and enjoy playing DCS: Combined Arms in ways you might not have ever thought about before.

 

 

Purchase in the DCS e-shop

 

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet

Last month we added the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), AGM-65E laser-Maverick, the FPAS page, updated Hornet Guide, and improved air-to-air radar performance. For this month we’ll be added the AGM-65F infrared-guided Maverick, GBU-10, 12, and 16 Paveway II laser-guided bombs, 13 new interactive training lessons, air-to-air waypoint (bullseye) and BRA information. We are also working on the AGM-88 HARM and datalink MIDS/MSI with improved IFF, but these may not be available until January 2019, based on testing results.

 

Afterwards, other systems will be developed like LTWS/TWS air-to-air radar modes, GPS- and INS-guided weapons, further JHMCS features, and others.

 

In parallel, we are working on the technology for air-to-ground radar and new FLIR rendering technology. These are very important to the Hornet’s AN/APG-73 radar and ATFLIR pod.

 

Burning Skies Multiplayer Server

For DCS World multiplayer pilots, the Burning Skies server is now testing our new dedicated server technology! This is acting as a test-bed to help us debug the dedicated software with many players participating. The dedicated server will form the backbone of DCS World multiplayer.

 

Burning Skies is a World War II server with options to fly the Mustang, Spitfire, Dora, and Kurfurst. As an official server, will be supporting Burning Skies with prizes to the championship winners.

 

For a fantastic World War II multiplayer experience, stop by and fly a sortie!

 

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DCS World Newsletter - 14 December 2018

 

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DCS World 2.5 Update

This week we updated the release version of DCS World to include many of the new features and fixes from the past two weeks of Open Betas. As always, the goal of the Open Betas is to introduce and test new features and fixes in order to first make sure they do not result in game crashes. Once we are satisfied with the stability of an Open Beta, and that it adds plenty of new content and fixes, we update the Release version.

 

Noteworthy changes to the DCS World 2.5.3 Release update this week include:

  • Restored Instant Action debriefings
  • Adjusted AI attack altitude when using bombs
  • Added multiple liveries for several ship classes
  • New China Pack liveries
  • Added F/A-18C Hornet JHMCS, FPAS page, AGM-65E laser-Maverick, air-to-air radar fixes, updated Hornet User Guide, 13 new interactive training lessons, new instant action missions, corrected night lighting, added “Go to Tanker” radio command, and many more items.
  • Many updates to the MiG-29 to include flight model, animation, flight control system, and other improvements.
  • Huge update to the Persian Gulf map to include many new airfields and landmarks. More additions are still coming!
  • Numerous improvements to the RAZBAM M-2000C and AV-B NA and Heatblur AJS-37 Viggen.

You can find the complete change log here.

 

For the 2.5.4 Open Beta update next week, we plan to add F/A-18C Hornet laser-guided bombs, Bullseye and BRA information, further improvements to the AGM-65F infrared-guided Maverick to include better axis slew control, and more great stuff that you can read about here.

 

Next week will also see the release of the updated P-51D-25-NA and P-51D-30-NA Mustang, the C-101EB with AFM and C-101CC, and new cockpits for the Bf-109 K-4 and Fw 190 D-9. Exciting times!

 

DCS: Bf 109 K-4 Cockpit Update

Coming next week will be a fantastic update to the Bf 109 K-4 cockpit. This update will take advantage of new DCS World 2.5 features like deferred shading and Physical Based Rendering (PBR). We think you’ll agree that the results are quite stunning!

 

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More screenshots

 

As mentioned above, this will be one element of cockpit updates that also include the P-51D and Fw 190 D-9.

 

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DCS World 2018 Winter Sale Video

 

 

2018 has been a wonderful year for DCS with outstanding new aircraft, maps, and campaigns. This year saw the release of DCS World 2.5 with advancements in technology and art. We think that 2019 will be even better with eagerly awaited products and features.

 

In celebration, we are offering 50% off on most DCS World modules from 19 December to 7 January 2019, at 0600 GMT. Find them at:

 

Aircraft: https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/modules/

Maps: https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/terrains/

Campaigns: https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/campaigns/

 

From all of us at Eagle Dynamics, thank you, our users and partners, for your support and for making this all possible.

 

Happy Holidays,

 

The Eagle Dynamics Team

 

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