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04 December 2020



Dear Fighter Pilots, partners and friends,  :pilotfly: 


We hope that you will enjoy our new forum engine and that it will significantly improve communication

quality and access to resources. Thank you in advance for bearing with us whilst we fix any persisting

concerns and bugs.


We are actively working on the GBU-24 laser guided bomb as well as the AGM-84K SLAM-ER land

attack missile. In addition to these new weapons, we are also finalising advanced  modes for the

AGM-88C HARM and AGM-84D Harpoon for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet. 


We would also like to take this opportunity to share our progress on new 3D modern era assets that

will be added to DCS World core.  


Thank you for your passion and support.


Yours sincerely, 


Eagle Dynamics Team









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F/A-18C Hornet

Development Progress




GBU-24 Paveway III

The GBU-24 is a 2,000 lbs-class laser-guided bomb with general purpose and penetrator warheads. It has

advanced guidance over the Paveway II bombs and provides extended N range, maneuverability, and attack 

flexibility. It is designed to defeat high-value, protected targets. The Paveway III is planned for release in December 2020.






The SLAM-ER is the next land-attack cruise missile coming to the Hornet. Unlike the current AGM-84E SLAM, the

SLAM-ER has greater range, a more advanced terminal seeker, a multi-steerpoint navigation system, stealthier

radar cross section, as well as greater accuracy when human-in-the-loop guidance is not used. 


Unlike the GBU-24, the SLAM-ER has much greater range and the ability to alter terminal targeting. We are also

developing the enhanced data link video transmission for these greater distances which we plan to deliver early

next year. 



In addition to the current Self Protect (SP) and Target of Opportunity (TOO) HARM modes, we will be adding the

Pre-Briefed (PB) mode later this month. This attack mode targets a geographic location and attempts to engage

hostiles within range. Because the range is known, the HARM can be lofted and thus giving it greater

range than SP and TOO modes.


AGM-84D Harpoon

We will soon be adding the SEA mode to the Hornet’s radar. This will be an effective tool to acquire and 

engage moving naval targets. The Harpoon can take advantage of known target azimuth and range

to use the Range/Bearing Launch (R/BOL) mode for more accurate attacks.




Tin Shield




We are currently finalising the ST68U mobile three-coordinates radar station (Tin Shield NATO classification). 

This unit was designed to detect and track low-altitude targets in active and passive interference in the presence

of intense reflections from the ground and in adverse weather conditions. It is in service with many CIS countries and

the former Warsaw Pact countries.








This is a seriously updated BTR-80 model. The armoured personnel carrier is equipped with the 30-mm 2A72

cannon and has been realised with the troop compartment. BTR-82A is actively used in Syria during patrols by the

military police.


Thank you again for all your passion and support, 


Kind regards, 


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11 December 2020


Dear Fighter Pilots, partners and friends,  :pilotfly: 


Our DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt will be moving to release state in the coming update. This remarkably rugged and dependable aircraft offers superb gameplay over our World War II battlefields, especially as it was a successful escort fighter and highly-effective ground attack aircraft. 


We would like to share our progress on new air defense artillery units; the ZSU-57-2 and AZP S-60. Check out the In Development Screenshots, they are quite remarkable. 


The Virtual Airshow team will soon be running their now famous online event. VFAT 2020 will be held on the 11th and 12th of December, don’t miss it, as you will see some of the best flying in the world. We can assure you that online formation flying at this level is in many ways harder than the real thing! Watch the trailer.


Thank you all for your passion and support and remember to stay safe.


Yours sincerely, 


Eagle Dynamics Team




P-47D Thunderbolt



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Over the course of the Early Access period, we have been able to fine tune the unique hydraulics, oil, electrical systems, and flight model of the Jug.. We believe that this is our best World War II fighter to date and that it sets a new standard for all our future World War II aircraft.


DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt was used extensively to test and tune our new Damage Model update. It provided a stable platform for general bug-fixing and creating engine damage effects caused by overheating and poor engine management.  


We have simulated almost all aspects of this aircraft to create the most accurate representation possible for PC. Don’t miss the last chance to benefit from the 20% Early Access discount and enjoy one of the most loved and iconic allied fighters of the second world war.




Air Defense

New Artillery Units


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The ZSU-57-2 is a Soviet Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun (SPAAG) with twin S-68 57-mm autocannons that are recoil-operated. It supplements the shorter-range 23-mm gun systems like the ZU-23 and ZSU-23-4. These two 57-mm cannons have a range of 20,000 feet and a far larger blast radius.



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The Soviet 57-mm AZP S-60 is a towed, road-transportable, short to medium range, single-barrel anti-aircraft gun from the 1950s. The S-60 and S-68 cannons both feature blast fragmentation warheads capable of bringing down enemy aircraft with a single round. 




VFAT 2020



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This weekend, tune it to watch the Virtual Festival of Aerobatic Teams. Watch renowned  virtual teams replicate real-life routines and fictional teams showcase their creativity within DCS World. Watch the live event and view the schedule.


Thank you again for all your passion and support,  


Kind regards, 



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18 December 2020


Dear Fighter pilots, partners and friends,  :pilotfly: 


Our Winter Sale 2020 has started and will run until the 11th of January. On Steam, the sale will start on the 22nd of December and end on the 5th of January. We are pleased to announce an additional ‘Free to Play’ period starting on the 22nd of December, giving you access to all aircraft and terrains from our e-Shop and Steam for two weeks.


We have made improvements to the wear and tear of piston engines as well as the damage model by considering various loads and fractures to the main bearings that occur during flight, combat, and abusive engine management.


We are now running Open Beta, which is a really big update. Check out the full changelog; we hope you will be impressed.


As this will be our last newsletter before Christmas, let us take this opportunity to thank you for everything you have done for us this year. Without your trust in our team, none of this would have been possible. We are so grateful. Please check out our 2021 and Beyond video, you may notice a few cool things that we have in the pipe for you.


Merry Christmas to you, your friends, and your families. 


Thank you for your passion and support.


Yours sincerely, 


Eagle Dynamics Team




Free 2 Play

Winter Sale



We are excited to announce that the DCS World Winter Sale 2020 has started, and that it will run until 15:00 GMT on the 11th of January. Most modules have a 50% discount. For DCS World Steam Edition, the sale will start on the 22nd and end on the 5th of January at 10:00 PST.


Modules with a 50% discount:

  • AJS-37 Viggen
  • AV-8B Night Attack
  • C-101 Aviojet
  • M-2000C
  • I-16
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IX
  • BF 109 K-4 Kurfurst
  • Fw 190 D-9 Dora
  • Fw 190 A-8 Anton
  • Yak-52 
  • Christen Eagle II
  • A-10A Warthog 
  • F-5E Tiger II
  • F-15C Eagle
  • F-86F Sabre
  • L-39C & L-39ZA Albatros
  • MiG-15bis 
  • MiG-21bis Fishbed
  • MiG-19 Farmer
  • MiG-29 Fulcrum A & MiG-29S Fulcrum C
  • P-51D Mustang
  • Su-25A Frogfoot
  • Su-27 Flanker B
  • Su-33 Flanker D
  • SA-342 Gazelle
  • UH-1H Huey
  • Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight
  • Ka-50 Black Shark
  • Persian Gulf
  • Nevada Test and Training Range


           Modules with a 30% discount:

  • P-47D Thunderbolt
  • The Channel
  • F/A-18C Hornet
  • F-16C Viper
  • A-10C II Tank Killer
  • Supercarrier



  • F-14A/B Tomcat will have a 25% discount
  • JF-17 Thunder will be only $59.99


Not in the Winter Sale 2020:

  • Syria
  • NS 430 Navigation System for SA-342 Gazelle
  • Mi-8MTV2 Crew Part 1 Campaign
  • F/A-18C Raven One Сampaign


The Free to Play period will run for two weeks (22.12.20 10:00 PST - 05.01.21 10:00 PST), and it will allow you to access all DCS World modules for free with no time limitation within the two week period. Note that an internet connection is required for the Free to Play event and that Free to Play modules will not work in DCS World in OFFLINE mode.


We hope that you will enjoy some well earned free flight time, and who knows, maybe also to fall in love with your next aircraft or terrain.




Warbird Warriors

Development Report



Fighter engines, and in particular radial engines, are susceptible to master bearing overloads that require fine management skills and attention during operation. To prolong the service life, compliance with manifold pressure levels and RPM recommendations and limitations are mandatory. If not respected, you run the risk of serious engine malfunction, and you will probably be looking for a suitable emergency landing site in short order. If the engine is damaged due to poor management, or excess combat abuse, lowering the manifold pressure (or boost) and engine RPM will help keep the oil temperature within limits. With sufficient oil pressure, it should allow you to execute a controlled emergency landing.


The DCS: Fw 190A-8 Anton and DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt now include these new algorithms for calculating and simulating the above, as well as the subsequent damages / failures to the engine. These aircraft represent our latest advancement in modeling, heating, cooling, aging, and damage to power plants and systems. This work will be extended to our older DCS World aircraft, and this will set the standard for all new warbirds coming to DCS World.




Open Beta 2.5.6




At last, and after a long gestation period, we have added multi-crew capabilities to UH-1H, with playable roles for all four crew members, to the next Open Beta. You can now have dedicated roles to fly and fight with two pilots and two gunners and interchange roles in flight. If the UH-1H does not have M-60 and M-134 minigun installed, you can fly as passengers. This offers a new level of gameplay that we plan to roll out to other platforms in the near future.




The Hornet now includes the GBU-24A/B Paveway III laser-guided bomb. Auto IFF/CIT from the AZ/EL A/A page and AZ/EL FlIR Sublevel. Watch DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | Automatic IFF. A redesigned threat search algorithm for HARM for TOO mode has also been added. Read and watch the details DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | GBU-24 Paveway III.




We have fixed the logic of the System Point of Interest (SPI) concept. Multiple other bugs have been fixed and new A/A Training Missions have been added to help you hit the ground running. The manual has also been updated. Watch DCS: F-16C Viper | Targeting Pod and Maverick Tips.


This update to Open Beta 2.5.6 is our largest to date and includes the MBT T-72B3, SPAAG ZSU-57-2, and APC BTR-82A AI vehicles mentioned in recent news. For a more comprehensive list of updates and bug fixes, please check out the full list of changes.


Once again, Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. Thank you for all for your passion and support, 


Kind regards, 


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26 December 2020


Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,  :pilotfly: 


We have released an update to the stable edition of DCS World, all features added to Open Beta 2.5.6 since the 9th of October have now been thoroughly tested and are ready for deployment. 


The ‘Free to Play’ period is in full swing and will run until the 5th of January. This unlimited access to our products includes our top fighter jets such as the F/A-18C Hornet, F-14A/B Tomcat and A-10C II Tank Killer will give you hours of challenging fun during the holidays. 


We would like to elaborate on the new and improved Multi-Crew for DCS: UH-1H Huey. We have prepared some information below which will explain some of the new features.                     


Christmas is here again and it is time to bring on the New Year. We would like to sincerely thank all of you for your help, support and for your business. It is a privilege to count you as our faithful customer. Your help will make us go onwards and upwards in 2021 and beyond. 


Merry Christmas to you, your families and all those who matter most in your lives.


Yours ever, 


Eagle Dynamics Team




DCS World

Stable Update



After a relatively large number of Open Beta updates, we have now released a substantial update to DCS World Stable. As always, the goal with Open Beta is to test new features and ensure they do not result in game crashes. Once we are satisfied with the stability of DCS World, we update the release version. 


This update includes the F-14 Tomcat A variant, new WWII Assets and a massive sound exterior and interior sound overhaul for A-10C II Tank Killer.


  • GBU-24 Paveway III laser-guided bomb for the Hornet
  • Azimuth/Elevation with IFF page for the Hornet
  • AGM-88C HARM HAS and POS/RUK  modes for the Viper
  • Refactoring of the F-16C Sensor Point of Interest (SPI) logic
  • New Air-Air training missions for the Viper 
  • New Engine and Damage Models for World War II aircraft
  • New turbine stall and bearing wear sounds for Thunderbolt 
  • NS430 mount/dismount for Gazelle during mission creation


For more details on all that is new, please read the full changelog.




End of Year

Winter Sale 2020



Our Winter Sale 2020 is on until the 11th of January. On Steam, the sale will end on the 5th of January at 15:00GMT. Most modules have a 50% discount (excluding campaigns). 


Modules with a 30% discount:

  • P-47D Thunderbolt
  • The Channel Map
  • F/A-18C Hornet
  • F-16C Viper
  • A-10C II Tank Killer
  • Supercarrier



  • F-14A/B Tomcat will have a 25% discount
  • JF-17 Thunder will be only $59.99


We hope that this will help when gifting your loved ones and who knows, you might find your next fighter or terrain.  Make sure to check out Youtube tutorials and in-game training missions. 




UH-1H Huey




The new functionality was developed with a user-friendly approach in mind and is the next stage of multi-crew operations in DCS World. 

Permission system

A new permission system to the available seats in the aircraft is implemented through the interface of pop-up windows (widgets). It allows the pilot (the owner of the aircraft specified in the Mission Editor) to control the access of other players to the available seats in the aircraft.


Flight control transfer

The transfer of aircraft flight controls from the first pilot to the second pilot and back has been implemented. At the same time, the owner pilot can control requests from shooters and allow or reject them. The owner pilot of the aircraft, specified in the mission editor, always retains the ability to forcibly return control of the helicopter to himself.


System control transfer

For a helicopter like Huey, when the same instrument of cockpit control is available to both pilots at the same time, it was necessary to develop specific logical solutions in the "multi-crew" functionality which, with a minimum delay, ensures mutual accessibility of the instruments and cockpit controls for the pilot / co-pilot.


The updated mechanics for multi-crew access to the controls, as well as the ability to exchange seats within one helicopter (via free seat), required additions in the mechanism of interaction between the helicopter model and the DCS core. Due to this, the work took way way longer than was anticipated. We faced some major bugs where warnings were not seen by co-pilots, and some issues where the aircraft status was not synchronising correctly for all crew.   

We continue to work on the implementation of the ability to separate the view axis and the machine gun direction for a more comfortable game from the shooter's workplace. Now, if you have Track-IR or VR, the game will assign these devices to view axis while the machine gun axis will remain under mouse control. In addition, the ability to assign a machine gun control to the joystick will be added. This will lead us closer to the completion of this new feature and to it’s roll out to other platforms.


We hope you will have fun with this new addition to DCS: UH-1H Huey.




Free to Play

Two More Weeks



We are excited to be able to offer you this Free to Play event, the complexities of these aircraft can be a challenge to master and we hope this gives you a chance to explore all of what is on offer in DCS World.


On behalf of all of us, we would like to extend our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones. May this festive season bring you peace, happiness, health and all the prosperity for the year ahead. We rise together to face the challenges of today and are hopeful for New Year's brighter days.


Thank you again for your passion and commitment, 


Kind regards,  


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