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Key Features of DCS: AH-64D

At Early Access release:

  • Professional flight dynamics and engine modelling with high precision characteristics of the real aircraft in all ranges of altitude, temperature and speeds for different weights and flight configurations
  • Two 6DOF highly detailed cockpits and external model
  • Fully clickable cockpits with mouse interactive control
  • Multi-crew. A second crew member can be another player or the "George" AI
  • Detailed modeling of the entire electrical, fuel, hydraulic, pneumatic, fire protection, SCAS, hold modes, and radio systems
  • Full modeling of armament and weapons systems with ability to use 30mm chain gun, 2.75” rockets, and AGM-114K Hellfire anti tank guided missiles in Direct, Low, and High modes
  • External fuel tanks
  • IHADSS, MPNVS, and MTADS/TEDAC systems and sensors
  • Linear Motion Compensator (LMC)
  • Tactical Situation Display (TSD) with moving map
  • Defensive systems that include the Common Missile Warning System, chaff and flare dispensers, and radar warning receiver
  • U.S. Army and Other Paint Schemes
  • Night Vision Goggles
  • Search Light
  • Early Access Manual
  • Training Missions

At final release:

  • Fire Control Radar (FCR) and Radar Frequency Interferometer (RFI)
  • Addition of the AGM-114L Radar-Guided Hellfire
  • Improved Data Modem (IDM) datalink to share and assign targets between flight members
  • TADS Multi-Target Tracker (MTT)
  • Laser Warning System
  • Radar Jammer
  • Anti-Ice System
  • Advanced Damage Modeling
  • Additional liveries and livery template
  • Full English (full list of languages is TBD)
  • Campaign by Eagle Dynamics

When will it be available?
The DCS: AH-64D is currently available in early access at a 20% discount:
DCS E-Shop :  DCS: AH-64D (digitalcombatsimulator.com)
Steam: DCS: AH-64D (steampowered.com)

Where can I find information on the latest updates on the DCS: AH-64D?
Follow this thread here for all the latest updates: https://forum.dcs.world/topic/280176-dcs-ah-64d-mini-updates/

Is there a development roadmap for the DCS: AH-64D?
The current roadmap for the module is posted here, and will be periodically updated as development progresses: https://forum.dcs.world/topic/318054-dcs-ah-64d-roadmap/

What version of the AH-64D are we getting?
The specific avionics version that is being modeled is 9.1, which was fielded to US Army AH-64D Block II aircraft in 2005.

What Armament will be available for the DCS: AH-64D?
Once we finalize the armament options, we will create a post in the DCS: AH-64D section. At the moment, the available weapon options include:

  •  AGM-114K and AGM-114L Hellfire anti-armor missiles
  •  2.75-inch Hydra unguided rockets
  •  30mm Area Weapon System

Is the IHADSS/HDU restricted to just the right eye in VR?
No, you can set it to left, right, or both eyes.

Is the DCS: AH-64D multi-crew capable?

Does the DCS: AH-64D have a 'Petrovich' type AI option?
Yes, it has a modified version best suited to the AH-64D, called "George" AI. George can operate as the Copilot/Gunner when you are in the Pilot seat, and can operate as the Pilot when you are in the Copilot/Gunner seat. George AI is available in both singleplayer gameplay as well as multiplayer (if another player isn't occupying the other crewstation of course)

Will we have the option to remove the internal auxiliary fuel tank (IAFS) to load more 30mm ammunition for the gun?
Yes, this option is available in the Mission Editor and in the Refuel/Rearm menu during a mission.

Will the AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radar be removeable?
Yes, this is already an option in the Mission Editor at early access release.

Will the AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radar be modeled?
Yes, but this will come later in the early access period.

Will air-to-air missiles like Stingers be included?
Whilst the AH-64A conducted test firings of the Stinger (and Sidewinder), the Stinger was never fielded to the US Army AH-64 fleet, nor do the avionics support the targeting or employment of the munition. Instead, the Hellfire can be used against slow-moving aerial targets; and the wingtip stations now mount CMWS detectors instead of Stinger missile attachments. 

Will the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) be included?
The APKWS was not fielded to the AH-64 until late 2015. Our AH-64D is a mid-Block II in the 2005-to-2010 time frame. This would fall well outside the version of the AH-64D that we are simulating. As such, it is not in our current planning. 

Is there an Early Access Guide?
Yes, a guide is included with the DCS: AH-64D module, and is periodically updated as new features are released and existing functions are refined.

Will there be instructional videos?
Yes, as the product matures, you will see us release periodic instructional videos, you can see existing videos that have been released here.

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