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21 January 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

We have made tremendous progress on the AH-64D. Release ready items include the external model and internal cockpit models, pilot and gunner high resolution models,  external and internal lighting and sounds, IHADS , MPD pages, PNVS, TADS and sensors, 30mm cannon, Hydra unguided rockets, laser-guided Hellfire missiles, the ASE, CMWS, George AI pilot and phase one of the DM.

Despite suffering from the most recent variant of COVID-19 the team has accomplished a minor miracle and the Early Access is very close to being available for release. However, certain aspects still require extra polish notably; flight control system heading, attitude and altitude hold modes, MultiCrew, cold start, George AI co-pilot gunner, certain crew animations and system damage effects.

We understand that our decision to delay the early access release is frustrating and disappointing. Please accept our apologies. Our commitment is to deliver this exciting new aircraft to you in the nearest future, hopefully in February. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please remember that the 30% discount and extra ED Miles are still available all the way up to Early Access release. 

The DCS Lunar Sale 2022 starts today and lasts until the 7th of February at 15:00 GMT on our E-Store. Click here to check out some of the exciting 50% savings across the majority of our products. 

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

AH-64D

Status

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In order to polish the aforementioned outstanding items, we require more development time into the 1st quarter of the year. We fully appreciate how eager you are to jump into your AH-64D cockpits and we apologise for this added waiting time. We are committed to a quality product at release and kindly assure you it is worth the wait.

Please take a look at the AH-64D Status video

 

AH-64D Pilot

Development Progress

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We have prepared In Development Screenshots of the recent improvements being made to the pilot model, helmet and gestures. Since the last progress update we have reviewed the overall shape based on a real service helmet - it is quite the piece of kit. We are also working on gesture animations for both the Pilot and Co-Pilot Gunner.

The combat uniform of the aircrew is nearing completion and we look forward to presenting you with two camouflage options. The first is a universal early  period camouflage pattern, based on or around the 2005 spec. The pilots' equipment will include a bulletproof vest, an unloading vest, a pouch with a first aid kit, an M4 mag pouch, belts, and a radio. The texture of the helmet is made in such a way that you can draw your individual skins, stickers, attach patches and country flags.

Final work on the liveries are available here. We look forward to your feedback. 

 

DCS World

Lunar Sale 2022

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It is with great pleasure that we announce our DCS World 2022 Lunar Sale as well as our participation in the upcoming Steam Sale. Most modules are available with up to 50% savings. Check out the details

Modules with 30% discount

  • DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer
  • DCS: F-16C Viper
  • DCS: F/A-18C Hornet
  • DCS: JF-17 Thunder
  • DCS: Supercarrier
  • DCS: Channel 
  • DCS: Mi-24P Hind

Campaigns with a 30% discount

  • DCS: A-10C Operation Persian Freedom Campaign
  • DCS: AV-8B Sky Warrior Campaign
  • DCS: F/A-18C Rising Squall Campaign
  • DCS: Ka-50 2 Pandemic Campaign
  • DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Crew Part 1 Campaign

We hope you will take advantage of  this prolonged DCS Lunar Sale period which will last until the 7th of February at 15:00 GMT. 

Thank you again for your passion, patience  and support, 

Yours sincerely,

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28 January 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

Included in this Open Beta 2.7.10 you will find enhancements to the DCS core, the addition of the Viper’s ALQ-184 Long Pod, improvements to the Tomcat’s AIM-54 Phoenix, and much more. Please check out the full changelog.

This week, we are pleased to share improvements to our new Forward Looking InfraRed (FLIR) system that will be used for the AH-64D and other targeting pods and thermal imagers used in aircraft in DCS. We are currently completing the dynamic thermal textures required for the huge number of units and ground objects, and progress is good. Check out the In Development Screenshots here

It is with pleasure that we announce our participation in the Steam 2022 Lunar Sale, and you will find up to 50% savings across our entire product range. Remember, the sale on our Store will end on the 7th of February at 15:00 GMT. 

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

DCS Open Beta

Development Report

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In Open Beta 2.7.10, fixes and additions have been added to both DCS core and modules. A number of AI-related bugs and crashes have been fixed, and the Messages History log is a new feature that enables you to find all previous radio and trigger messages. 

The DCS: F-16C now has Dive Toss (DTOS) bombing mode, and the long version ALQ-184 ECM pod has been added. Please watch the details in Matt Wagner’s Viper tutorial series: DCS: F-16C Viper | DTOS. The F-14A/B Tomcat’s AIM-54 Phoenix now boasts refined and corrected performance based on updated CFD data analysis. 

Improvements have also been made to the DCS: M-2000C Mirage autopilot. Significant fixes and additions to DCS: JF-17 Thunder, DCS: AV-8B NightAttack, DCS: MiG-19P Farmer, and other aircraft have also been made.  A number of additions are also included in our paid campaigns. Read the full changelog.

 

FLIR

Development Progress

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For air, land, and sea units and terrain objects, we are developing special thermal textures with several channels that allow heat signatures to adjust based on the activity of the unit, time of day, ambient air temperature, and more. For example, when the engine is started, the engine compartment and exhaust system begin to heat up. After driving, the undercarriage, transmission, wheels and tracks also heat up. Guns and launchers also cool down smoothly with inactivity.

This will be implemented for modules that use modern FLIR sensors, such as the AH-64D, F-16C, A-10C, and F/A-18C.

 

Lunar Sale

Now on Steam

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The Steam Lunar Sale will run until the 3rd of February at 18:00 GMT. It is with great pleasure that we bring you 50% savings across our entire range apart from the modules and campaign exceptions below which are at 30%. Please remember, our Shop sale will run until the 7th of February at 15:00 GMT.

Modules with 30% discount

  • DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer
  • DCS: F-16C Viper
  • DCS: F/A-18C Hornet
  • DCS: JF-17 Thunder
  • DCS: Supercarrier
  • DCS: Channel 
  • DCS: Mi-24P Hind
  • DCS: F-14A/B Tomcat at 25% discount

Campaigns with a 30% discount

  • DCS: A-10C Operation Persian Freedom Campaign
  • DCS: AV-8B Sky Warrior Campaign
  • DCS: F/A-18C Rising Squall Campaign
  • DCS: F/A-18C Persian Lion Campaign
  • DCS: Ka-50 2 Pandemic Campaign
  • DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Crew Part 1 Campaign

 

This is your chance to land a great deal on a map, aircraft or both! 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 

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04 February 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

This weekend is your last chance to take advantage of the major savings across most of our Store. The Lunar Year sale ends on the 7th of February at 15:00 GMT so do hurry up and enjoy up to 50% savings on most of our products. 

Development progress on DCS: Mi-24P Hind is coming along well. We are currently working on the Kord 12.7mm and rear side-gunner position, the new gunner model, the R-60 short-range IR-homing air-to-air missile and an update to the course-navigation system. 

We are happy to bring you further progress on the development of the AI-only B-1B Lancer. Check out some of the development screenshots.

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

Lunar Sale

Last chance!

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This is your last chance to home in on savings across our entire product range and the massive 50% discount on most of our modules. Exceptions are;

Modules with 30% discount

  • DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer
  • DCS: F-16C Viper
  • DCS: F/A-18C Hornet
  • DCS: JF-17 Thunder
  • DCS: Supercarrier
  • DCS: Channel 
  • DCS: Mi-24P Hind
  • DCS: F-14A/B Tomcat at 25% discount

Campaigns with a 30% discount

  • DCS: A-10C Operation Persian Freedom Campaign
  • DCS: AV-8B Sky Warrior Campaign
  • DCS: F/A-18C Rising Squall Campaign
  • DCS: F/A-18C Persian Lion Campaign
  • DCS: Ka-50 2 Pandemic Campaign
  • DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Crew Part 1 Campaign

Check out the modules

 

Mi-24P Hind

Development Progress

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Because much of our Mi-24P team has been assisting with the AH-64D project, you may have noticed that updates have been slim recently. Nevertheless, we do have good progress in the weapons department. Work on the rear gunner cabin is finished, and we are working on the gunner model itself and AI behaviour. The rear cabin will contain a Kord 12.7 mm heavy machine gun that you may have tried in DCS: Mi-8MTV2. 

Apart from rear gunner position, we are making good progress on integration of the R-60 air-to-air missile. The design of the cockpit panel and functionality aspects of this missile is almost feature complete. We are planning to make this missile available before remodeling IR-missile guidance in DCS.

In the avionics systems department, we have finished work on "Greben" course navigation system code refactoring. We have also worked on the magnetic adjustment capabilities of the KM-2 panel in the front cockpit. 

 

B-1B Lancer

Development Progress

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First envisioned in the 1960s as a platform to combine Mach 2 speeds with the payload of a B-52H Stratofortress, the B-1B has supported U.S. and NATO military forces in Afghanistan and Iraq since the early 1990s. 

For the B-1B Lancer, a 3D model of The Lockheed Martin Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) AN/AAQ-33 was added. We have started animating the B-1B elements. You can see some elements in Development Screenshots.

We are also working on updating many other AI-aircraft models to 2022 DCS standards and look forward to sharing progress with you soon.

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 
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11 February 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

VKB is preparing their new WWII lineup of controllers, which look very promising for DCS. It includes a radically revised KG12 grip and a brand new throttle lever head. The new version of the legendary KG12 grip is not a mere facelift of the grip that brought VKB's Gladiator joysticks to fame, but is a deeply re-imagined model that looks and feels richer with a more versatile set of functions for DCS warbirds.

The new implementation of infrared (IR) thermal imaging in DCS is progressing well. The technology is based on a number of physical principles within the nature of thermal radiation and absorption. Please read the details below. 

As we continue to improve DCS core and update existing 3D models; we are keen to share the progress being made on the S-3B Viking. Please see our Development Screenshots.

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

VKB Sim

WWII Hardware

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A matching throttle lever and grip based on authentic designs of certain WWII German aircraft. It complements the KG12 and offers an unprecedented immersive experience when flying piston warbirds with the tactile ergonomics of that era. The new throttle lever and grip will be mounted on VKB's highly popular THQ throttle quadrants, part of the Gladiator NXT modular flight control system. Available soon.

 

FLIR

Development Progress

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Our new FLIR technology is progressing well. It takes into account how various terrain elements are rendered in the IR spectrum. This includes large masses of water, vegetation, asphalt and concrete that have high thermal retention capacities. These gradually heat up and cool down at different rates depending on the color and material. This leads to bodies of water and forests looking cooler during the day and at night time seeming warmer. 

Houses, buildings, runways and many other man-made structures often look warmer at night as they have absorbed heat during the day and are clearly visible in the IR spectrum. In addition to the dynamic nature of all vehicles and changing heat signatures, which are dependent on their movement, we will continue to tune the terrains, associated map objects and vehicles to bring you these enhancements in time for the DCS: AH-64D Early Access launch. We are confident that the new FLIR technology will be available across all compatible sensors deployed in DCS. 

 

S-3B Viking

Development Progress

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The S-3B Viking is a carrier-based, subsonic, all-weather, long-range, multi-mission aircraft that carries automated weapon systems. It is also capable of extended missions with aerial refueling. The Viking was originally used by the U.S Navy for anti-submarine warfare, but it has also provided electronic warfare and surface surveillance for large battle groups. 

The S-3B variant features upgraded avionics: the AN/APS-137 inverse synthetic aperture radar, Joint Tactical Information Distribution System, and AGM-84 Harpoon launch capabilities. The aircraft has two underwing hardpoints for fuel tanks, cluster bombs, missiles, rockets, and storage pods. It also has four internal bomb bay stations that can be used to carry general-purpose bombs and special stores.

We hope that this progress report was to your satisfaction and we patiently await your feedback. 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 
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18 February 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

We continue working on bug fixing and enhancements for our piston-engined aircraft. Recently, we have resolved a long standing issue that caused engine cut outs after long flights. This issue was most notable on the D-9 Dora and has now been resolved. 

The next step to improving the flight dynamics of DCS: Yak-52 are underway. Please keep a look out for the next Open Beta update to see these improvements and many other bug fixes.

DCS: Supercarrier is making steady progress on the functionality of the Briefing room. The work on the Greenie board is finished and relays the actual information from the LSO station to provide live updates during the mission. Development Screenshots.

We are happy to inform you that DCS: AH-64D has now entered Closed Beta Testing, this means that we are confidently moving closer to Early Access release. The initial feedback from the team is excellent and extremely appreciated, read more. We are also keen to share our progress on the Advanced Infrared Countermeasure Munition (AIRCMM). In addition, if you have not already checked this out, please take a look at Matt Wagner's latest video from the AH-64D tutorial series: DCS: AH-64D | Gun

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

Yak-52

Flight Dynamics

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As a result of the Flight Model enhancements, the aircraft will have more realistic take-off behaviour and better performance in inverted aerobatic manoeuvres. We understand that some of you have been waiting for these improvements a while and we thank you for your patience. Going forward we will address other tasks that need to be completed before moving DCS: Yak-52 out of Early Access. We very much look forward to your feedback in the next Open Beta update. 

 

WWII Engines

Development Progress

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During the last few weeks, we have located and fixed a long standing and very tricky bug when the engine would suddenly stop after a long duration flight. As we can see the bug affected many warbirds but was mostly noticed on Fw 190D-9 Dora. We plan to include this fix in the next update. 

 

Supercarrier

Development Progress

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The work is essentially finished on the Greenie board that is connected to the actual LSO station data, which provides live updates during the mission.

We are currently working on the functionality of crew tablets where you will be able to see mission briefings as well as check and change loadouts. In addition, the briefing officer can control the projected picture that is visible on the main screen and choose what to show on the auxiliary TV screen located above his head.

 

AH-64D Flares

Development Progress

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We are pleased to share our progress on the M206 IR Decoy Flares that provide protection against air-to-air and surface-to-air infrared weapon systems. The Advanced Infrared Countermeasure Munition (AIRCMM) consists of the M211 Flares and supplements the M206 Aircraft Countermeasure Flares. The M211 Flares are specifically designed for low flying, slow moving rotary aircraft. 

To make sure you have not missed out, check Matt Wagner’s latest videos in the AH-64D Tutorial Series and get stuck into DCS: AH-64D | TADS Part II.

For more information on the current Early Access release state, read the DCS: AH-64D Mini Update.

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 
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25 February 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

The situation in Ukraine has shocked us all. Our employees and third parties worldwide are devastated by the news that is unfolding. I have been traveling to Central and Eastern Europe since 1986 and have more friends in this region than anywhere else. 

Our hearts reach out to all our partners and friends, safe in the knowledge that our team here in the Swiss HQ as well as in the UK, US, Germany and Canada are working to ensure stability and continuity. We hope that you, our trusted community, will stand firm and join us in praying for peace in the region for the good of all.

Rest assured, we continue to work as usual and guarantee that the AH-64D will deliver to Early Access in the nearest future. We are also pleased to confirm progress on the new DCS: F/A-18C Hornet pilot. As planned, we will be providing you with new pilot models for most aircraft types and nationalities and look forward to the implementation as soon as possible. 

Some outstanding bugs and improvements for our naval units are also being addressed. We have improved wakes and smoke effects as well as ballast options that in turn change the water line, ship speeds and inertias. Work on collision modeling is also in progress, as well as basic roll characteristics in windy conditions.

In order to provide existing users with rewarding experiences and help new users find their first communities, we have put together a broad list of servers that we believe will help you get the most out of your flight time. Check them out

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 

 

Nick Grey

Founder

Eagle Dynamics

 

 

F/A-18C Hornet

Development Progress

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We are progressing nicely on the new 3D model of the US Navy pilot for the first person view. In the Development Screenshot above, you can see the pilot's legs and boots, the model is rendered based off of accurately dated US uniforms and we genuinely appreciate your feedback at this early stage of development. 

 

AH-64D

Development Progress

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We are overwhelmed with the initial response from the Closed Beta Testing of DCS: AH-64D and it is with great pleasure that we reassure you of its imminent release. Thank you again to all of you from our Community for your trust and support in the pre-order phase and to all of those who have been working extremely long hours to make this dream a reality, you know who you are. 

The initial Damage Model and Radio communications are now complete and we are currently working on Multi-Crew synchronization, improving frame rates and TADS functionality. If you have not already, please head over to Matt Wagner's AH-64D Tutorial Series and catch the latest DCS: AH-64D | Rockets Part II.

 

Naval Units

Development Report

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We are pleased to inform you that the smoke emitted from exhausts and from impact damage is being improved. Roll and sway effects in windy conditions are also work in progress.

Next, we will be working on the collision model of certain ships to improve the impact zone accuracy of anti-radiation missiles such as the AGM-88C HARM. This work is part of broader enhancements to ship Damage Model. 

 

Multiplayer Servers

Community

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Whether you are just getting started or eager to learn new techniques and improve your current skills, we have listed some of the popular DCS communities and we encourage you to explore them all. These servers offer a way to enjoy DCS alongside fellow pilots across all eras and maps. Discord Servers.

If you are a DCS community and would like a chance at being featured, please send us a message on events@eagledynamics.ch.

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 
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11 March 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

DCS: World War II Marianas map is making steady progress. We are confident that you will enjoy our recreation of these strategic islands of the Pacific Theatre of Operations as they were in 1944, shortly before the battles of the Mariana Islands.  

We can also confirm the imminent update of DCS: Syria. Our partners Ugra Media have yet again set a very high standard for their terrain and map objects. This update extends the map to the east and includes eastern Syria and portions of western Iraq. Please see Development Screenshots.

We would also like to reassure you of the fantastic feedback from our Closed Beta Testing team. We are further tuning DCS: AH-64D Multi Crew and crushing bugs, especially in multiplayer. Explore the defensive systems available at launch in Matt Wagner’s latest DCS: AH-64D Defence Systems and DCS: AH-64D | Landing.  This may be your last chance to take advantage of the 30% pre-purchase price on DCS: AH-64D… Thank you!

Community Multiplayer Training servers running PvP & PvE, Modern and Historic events are the way to go. Check out the 4YA Server Discord.

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

WWII Marianas
Development Progress

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Except for the presence of a naval administration on the island, pre-war Guam was basically a land of farmers and fishermen living a simple and peaceful life. The US territory of Guam and the Northern Islands, which are part of the Japanese World War I mandate, will be included in the initial Early Access release.

A number of Japanese settlements and local Chamorros regions, as well as agricultural pastures, predominantly sugar cane fields, are visible in the Development Screenshots. 

The task of creating this map to match the visual quality and accuracy of the modern Marianas map includes new texturing to most of the land masses and creating countless new objects. It is a large task that is making steady progress and we look towards your comments.  

 

Syria
Development Report

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In the coming Open Beta update, the DCS: Syria map size will increase eastward by 250 km to Deir ez-Zor airbase in Syria. A large section of the Euphrates River Valley in the eastern part of the map will be included, as well as parts of western Iraq to include H3, H3 Northwest, H3 Southwest and Ruwayshid airbases. You can also look forward to the Ataturk Dam and Şanlıurfa International Airport in Turkey.

Also be on the lookout for the abandoned dirt airfield east of Sayqal AirBase and Tal Siman military base located to the north of the city of Raqqa. The Kharab Ishk helicopter base, located on the territory of the Lafarge factory, At-Tanf military base on Syrian-Iraqi border, and the oil facilities in Deir ez-Zor area are also included.

The focus on the map update is to better support historic AH-64D missions during the war on ISIS.

This will be a free update to DCS: Syria

 

4YA
Training Servers

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4YA Training Servers are hosting a wide range of PvP & PvE, Modern and Historic multiplayer missions. 4YA includes a community Discord group that is looking for more people to get involved, learn and grow together. Join the 4YA discord for events, missions, training lessons and fun! 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 
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18 March 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

The latest DCS Open Beta is now available, and we are excited to announce DCS: AH-64D as the ultimate addition to your hangar. This iconic aircraft served in decades of operations and lives on forever as a legend. Watch the launch trailer now. 

DCS: AH-64D is one of the most complex projects we have undertaken, and it has pushed our team to new heights. The Early Access features are now complete and we thank you, our faithful community, for your patience and support. We look forward to your feedback and comments with great eagerness. Thank you.

Also included is a massive update to the FLIR technology that will be available for  DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer, DCS: F-16C Viper, DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, and DCS: JF-17 Thunder. We are working to later deploy the improved FLIR technology to all other compatible sensors, third party modules, and DCS: Combined Arms soon.

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

AH-64D Out Now

Early Access

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The legendary AH-64D has flown into Early Access and we are already overwhelmed with the response from the community. Thank you to those of you who have made this dream come true and to all the pre-release sales we received. The trust you have bestowed on us is extraordinary and we recognise and admire all of you who supported us during these 6 months. We hope that you won’t be disappointed. Thank you!

The AH-64D is a revolutionary development in the history of war. The flying tank is designed to withstand massive impacts and inflict serious damage. It can operate during the day or night and even in all weather conditions. Please check out the Launch Trailer.

 

AH-64D Early Access

Development Report

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At Early Access release, the AH-64D includes a rich feature set that will allow almost endless gameplay. This includes near-complete external and cockpit art and animations, including new pilot models. Most of the avionics systems are fully operational such as; the Tactical Situation Display (TSD), the Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System (IHADSS) and numerous Multi-Purpose Display (MPD) pages.

Early Access sensors and weapons include the Targeting Acquisition and Designation Sight (TADS), Pilot Night Vision Sensor (PNVS), night vision goggles, laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, Hydra 2.75” unguided rockets and the M230 Chain Gun. 

Flying the AH-64D is made easy with its advanced flight control system. Online multi-crew is available at Early Access and single pilot or gunner operation is truly special thanks to our advanced ‘George’ AI. In the coming months following Early Access release, the Fire Control Radar (FCR), radar-guided Hellfire missiles, datalink between flight members, and more will be made available.

 

AH-64D Pricing

Early Access

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DCS: AH-64D Pricing Policy

The AH-64D is available in Early Access and will soon be in Free to Play for you to enjoy for 14 days to test fly before you buy. Also, do not forget to take advantage of the Early Access 20% discount on DCS: AH-64D. We are truly looking towards your initial comments.

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

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25 March 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

We are pleased to inform you of the “SimFest” sale that will commence on March 28th and last until April 4th at 15:00 GMT. We will have parallel discounts on our Shop. Over the next week you can save up to 50% on our most popular aircraft, maps, campaigns, and asset packs. Don’t miss out!

The launch of DCS: AH-64D was successful, and we are incredibly thankful to our faithful community for the support and positive feedback. We are now working on a hotfix, and we will continue to resolve bugs and add features to the DCS: AH-64D and DCS: Mi-24P Hind based on your feedback. Thank you.

We are also developing new AI voice responses for both George and Petrovich.

In light of the recent DCS: AH-64D Early Access launch, we encourage you to get online and share your experiences in multiplayer. Check out the Black Shark Den discord server. 

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 

Eagle Dynamics

 

 

SimFest

Flash Sale

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The “SimFest” sale will start on the 28th of March and run until the 4th of April at 15:00 GMT. You will find fantastic savings of up to 50% across our entire module range, and who knows, you may find yourself a new aircraft, map or asset pack. 

Modules with 30% discount

  • DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer
  • DCS: F-16C Viper
  • DCS: F/A-18C Hornet
  • DCS: JF-17 Thunder
  • DCS: Supercarrier
  • DCS: The Channel 
  • DCS: Mi-24P Hind

Campaigns with 30% discount

  • DCS: F/A-18C Persian Lion Campaign
  • DCS: A-10C Iron Flag Part 1 Campaign
  • DCS: AV-8B Sky Warrior Campaign
  • DCS: F-14A Fear the Bones Campaign
  • DCS: F-14A Zone 5 Campaign
  • DCS: F-5E Black Sea Resolve '79 Campaign
  • DCS: F-86F Hunters over the Yalu Campaign
  • DCS: Mig-21bis Battle of Krasnodar Campaign
  • DCS: Fw 190 A-8 Horrido! Campaign
  • DCS: P-47D Wolfpack Campaign
  • DCS: Bf 109 K-4 Jagdflieger Campaign 
  • DCS: P-51D The Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney Campaign
  • DCS: Spitfire IX The Big Show Campaign

 

AI Voice System

Development Progress

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We are working on a voice system for our AI copilots: DCS: Mi-24P Hind - Petrovich and DCS: AH-64D - George. We expect this system to react to certain player commands while also automatically spotting and reporting targets. We also intend to have a variety of different “attitude states” for the virtual AI pilots with corresponding voice lines for the same events. 

Please check out Matt Wagner’s tutorial on DCS: AH-64D | Crew AI.

 

Black Shark Den

Multiplayer Server

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Black Shark Den is a group of DCS helicopter pilots that run a mix of Lift, Reconnaissance, and Attack missions that are cooperative, realistic and engaging. The server runs DCS Open Beta, and it supports three dedicated servers in both the US and EU time zones.

The SMEs on these servers are all former or active pilots of UH-60, AH-64, OH-58D, Huey, Wildcat and Sea King aircraft from the UK, the US Army and US Navy. Crew chiefs and civilian pilots from oil platform operations with the EC145 and other helicopters. It is a wealth of knowledge and fun.

New arrivals begin at the RL3 level and earn their ranks by an evaluation process based on real world military helicopter training. For those that wish to participate in more complex missions that include planning and flight leadership, you may go on to milsim level.

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 
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01 April 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

Happy 1st of April and we are pleased to inform you that a hotfix to the most recent Open Beta patch is now available. In light of the recent DCS: AH-64D launch, we have fixed some urgent issues regarding TADS functionality and Multi Crew synchronisation. We are pleased to bring you a wealth of other updates, please read the full changelog.

Also included in the hotfix are three Brand New Campaigns that will test your skills and leave you craving more. The story lines are guaranteed to be a fun and rewarding experience.

Don’t miss our SimFest 2022 Sale running until the 4th of April at 15:00 GMT. This sale is also on Steam and we encourage you to take advantage of the great savings across the entire range of DCS modules. 

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics 

 

Open Beta

Latest Patch Out Now

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After the eagerly awaited launch of the DCS: AH-64D, we are pleased to provide you with a hotfix that resolves multi crew synchronisation errors and the ability to reset controls to trim-centre. A SCAS status indicator was also added and a substantial number of bugs have been crushed.

This hotfix has also been an opportunity for us to address outstanding bugs across many DCS modules. We kindly remind you that the new FLIR technology is still WIP, particularly for fixed wing aircraft like the A-10C. For details, please read the full changelog.

 

 

Operation Cerberus North

Campaign by Ground Pounders

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Committed to protecting Syrian civilians, the NATO forces under the ‘Joint Syrian Task Force’ have launched Operation Cerberus North to establish a series of no fly zones across Syria.  As the chain of events in this deadly conflict develops, the regional powers are put on a collision course towards all out war. 

DCS: F/A-18C Operation Cerberus North by Ground Pounder Sims

 

MAD

Campaign by Stone Sky

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Mutually Assured Destruction 

This campaign centres on a gripping story about a PMC pilot named Anton Orlovskii that is based near the Strait of Hormuz. Recently, the USA has strengthened its forces in the region and intelligence suggesting Iran possesses nuclear warheads has thrown fuel on the fire. Engage in air-to-air helicopter combat and carry out tasks as the flight leader or wingman. 

DCS: MAD Campaign by Stone Sky

 

Hormuz Freedom

Campaign by SorelRo

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Operation Hormuz Freedom 

Test your skills in this DCS: AV-8B Night Attack story-based campaign that includes a variety of missions. You fly as a member of the VMA-513 “The Flying Nightmares” squadron that is stationed on the LHA-1 Tarawa. You are tasked with enforcing the Freedom of the High Seas Act by allowing naval traffic through the Strait of Hormuz whilst curbing aggression by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

DCS: AV-8B Hormuz Freedom Campaign by SorelRo

 

SimFest

Spring Sale 2022

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It is with great pleasure that we share our participation in the SimFest 2022 Sale on Steam. You can find the same great savings as on our Shop and the most popular modules available with up to 50% discount! This is your chance to make a gift and land something truly special. Hurry! Offer ends on Monday, the 14th of April at 15:00 GMT.  

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 
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08 April 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

We are glad to inform you that the WWII bug fixing process is moving along steadily. We have already closed many outstanding issues and these fixes will be available to you in the next Open Beta.  

If you have not already taken the opportunity to download the DCS: A-10C II Iron Flag Part I Campaign by Baltic Dragon, you should consider it carefully as it is a great way to expand on your DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer enjoyment. Another superb campaign if you own the Huey is the DCS: UH-1H Paradise Lost Campaign by Reflected Simulations. This Marianas based story is gripping and highly detailed. Take a look at the details below.

As many of you are probably aware, Buddyspike has been hosting the popular PvP multiplayer server “Operation: Blue Flag” in DCS since 2015. This server is highly active and offers incredible online action along with online interactive maps, extensive statistics and a pilot logbook. Check it out: Blue Flag 2.5.

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics 

 

DCS WWII 

Development Progress

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We are currently working on visual improvements to the external models and cockpits of the Thunderbolt, Anton and Mosquito. The Mossie is also receiving an updated set of Level of Details (LODs) that will improve performance. 

Bugs that were present in controls, rearm and refuel procedures, radio and intercom have now been crushed. You can expect these fixes in the next Open Beta update. The Freya and Würzburg radars have also received more realistic behavior. Please find the set up procedures video here

The Bedford and the Blitz trucks, which are both free with DCS can now be used in FARP setups. We are also currently fine tuning the new fuze system for WWII bombs and containers. Rest assured that more improvements to our warbirds and units will come in parallel with the continued development of DCS: Mosquito FB VI.

 

UH-1H Paradise Lost

Campaign by Reflected Sims

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Get your Huey out and serve in the 4th Aviation Battalion out of Andersen AFB. Fly resupplies, combat assaults, dustoffs, extractions, artillery spotting, escorts, and many other challenging missions. Put your skills to the test over the Marianas in this wonderful campaign based in 1968.

DCS: UH-1H Paradise Lost Campaign by Reflected Simulations

 

A-10C II Iron Flag Part I

Campaign by Baltic Dragon 

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This campaign will build on the knowledge you have acquired from DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer training missions. It is challenging and will teach you more in-depth tactics, systems usage, and weapon employment. Brrrrt on! 

DCS: A-10C Iron Flag Part I Campaign by Baltic Dragon

 

Blue Flag 2.5

Multiplayer Server

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Blue Flag 2.5 provides a team based PvP experience on the Persian Gulf, Syria, Caucasus and Normandy maps through various WWII, 60s, 80s and modern eras. This server features a live map for each scenario and extensive Statistics and Pilot Logbooks.

We encourage you to check out the BuddySpike Discord community and find support and information on BuddySpike Wiki.

Blue Flag 2.5 offers the first 24/7 persistent multiplayer PvP campaigns ever created in DCS. Focus on teamwork and cooperation to achieve victory through domination and capture of all objectives.

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 
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14 April 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

We are pleased to inform you of further DCS: Mi-24P Hind progress. For the next Open Beta update, we are preparing several bug fixes and system improvements. Please read the details below. 

We are delighted to announce the AH-64D Livery Competition! If your submission is selected, your work will be included as an official livery for the module. You will also receive a free copy of DCS: AH-64D or any other DCS module. 

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics

 

 

Mi-24P Hind

Development Progress

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One of the new features coming in the next Mi-24P update is the KM-2 magnetic declination adjustment system. With it, the Co-Pilot Gunner (CP/G) will have to dial magnetic variation into the KM-2 to get the true heading on the RMI. When the CP/G is Petrovich AI, he will automatically adjust it as soon as the course system "Greben" is switched on or if you start from a “hot” aircraft.

A number of new keybinds have been added for all radios and some conflicts have been resolved. Separate keybindings for the CP/G weapons selector were also added.

We have resolved several more frustrating bugs like the ATGM ‘SCHO’ selector panel between Multi Crew players desync and the rockets side selector bug. We addressed the Heading Autopilot channel bug that prevented the Heading AP channel from switching to idle and back to heading hold mode. We are currently refactoring the pedals trim system and pedals microswitches system.

In the next development report, we will bring you the completed implementation of the R-60 air-to-air missile for DCS: Mi-24P Hind

 

AH-64D

Livery Competition 

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Using the official texture template found here, we are holding an AH-64D livery contest. The top ten submissions will have their work featured as an official AH-64D livery and will receive an Eagle Dynamics module of your choice. 

Here are some of the requirements and details:

  • The livery must be created using this template.
  • The livery must be based on current or historic schemes from any AH-64 variant.
  • The livery must be associated with one of the countries currently present in DCS.

Here are instructions for saving textures with MIP levels using NVIDIA Texture Tools for Adobe Photoshop.

After submitting your file to User Files, please enter the AH-64D Livery Competition forum topic with a screenshot and link to your file.

The contest will run until the 29th of May. All ten winners will receive a free copy of DCS: AH-64D, or any other Eagle Dynamics module, that can be also given as a gift to any DCS account. 

 

F-14B Operation Sandworm

Campaign by Sandman Simulations

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The date is 1998 and tensions in the Persian Gulf are growing rapidly. Human rights violations, brutal military crackdowns on rallies and the executions of political prisoners has led to U.S and EU sanctions against Iran. 

In response, Iran has been conducting regular violations of the airspace of neighboring countries and obstructing international shipping through the Strait. Despite attempts made to resolve the problems diplomatically, the world understands that the situation could get out of control at any moment.

To prevent a direct military conflict, the 9th Aviation Wing of the U.S Navy is being sent to the region. Look out for DCS: F-14B Operation Sandworm Campaign by Sandman Simulations coming soon. 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 
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22 April 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

This week we bring you a preview of the new features coming to DCS: Supercarrier. For improved night time operations, new deck crew gestures such as launch bar and brake release signals, light wands and improved shadows are being finalized. 

Heatblur Simulations will deliver an update to DCS: F-14 Tomcat in the next Open Beta. “Work continues with major improvements and additions. These range from visual features such as the new cockpit pilot models to some of the remaining key features including advanced jamming effects on the radar and associated displays”.
 - Heatblur Simulations

Keep your eyes peeled for DCS: A-10C Operation Agile Spear Campaign by Combat King Simulations. This immersive single player campaign is engaging and fun. It’s a good way to sharpen your Tank Bustin’ skills. Enjoy!

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics

 

Supercarrier

Development Report

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An important and challenging feature of DCS: Supercarrier has been the development of night operations. Over the past year, we have been working on several aspects that will soon be released to Open Beta. These include new deck crew animations that utilize the new skeletal animation system, new animations that are specific to night operations and the inclusion of light wands. This will make deck operations at night much easier and more realistic.

For the aircraft, deck crew and objects on the “roof” at night, we have improved lighting and shadows based on the deck and tower lights. We continue working on this feature to enhance performance and frame rates. Please note that deck shadows will be an option that you will need to switch on in the graphic options.

On final approach, you’ll now need to contend with the “burble” effect. This disturbed air flow coming off the back of the carrier results in a brief partial loss of lift as you close in. This can make things much more of a challenge if you are unprepared. We continue to tweak this effect and you can expect the first iteration shortly. 

 

F-14 Tomcat

Development Report

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Recently, DCS: F-14 Tomcat received an impressive update and overhaul to the autopilot and associated aircraft control systems. This has been a massive undertaking and will have a significant impact on your flying. Our aim is to provide you with the system as it would function “under the hood” in the real aircraft. This will generate the same effects that the real F-14 Autopilot would exhibit in varying flight conditions. 

The Tomcat’s development continues with improvement of various systems and the addition of some final features currently missing from the module. This all means the Tomcat will more accurately reflect the functionality and limitations of the real aircraft. If you missed it, please read more here.

 

Operation Agile Spear

Campaign by Combat King Simulations

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You will be Major “Took” Key, a Flight Lead and Instructor Pilot assigned to the 74th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB. Lead the military response against the invaders. 

We truly hope you enjoyed this update and that you are staying safe. We are still working on these significant improvements which will be available soon.

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

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29 April 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

We continue to push hard on the Viper and some notable changes include the addition of the Destination page and Offset Aimpoints that allow you to adjust and create Steerpoints without having to first select your active Steerpoint. Please take a look at Matt Wagner’s latest DCS: F-16C Viper April update and check out the details below. 

For DCS: Supercarrier and the free aircraft carrier, you can now land hands-free in Mode 1 or manually with assistance in Mode 1A and Mode 2. Please see the F/A-18C Hornet and Supercarrier ACLS instruction here

The latest Open Beta contains a substantial list of crushed bugs in addition to some super features such as synchronization solutions for Multi Crew on DCS: AH-64D. George as pilot AI also went back to flight school and has improved his flying skills. Please read the full changelog.

Thank you for your passion and support.
 

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics

 

F-16C Viper

Development Report

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Additions to DCS: F-16C Viper include the Primary Data Link Track that increases your situational awareness on a selected datalink contact, improvements of Visual Initial and Reference Points, new delay fuze options, the addition of the TIME DED page, updated Cursor Zero options, more accurate Radar and HSD symbols, and corrected Maverick cursor enable functions. Please see the full change log for the complete and impressive list of improvements.

If you have not already done so, please check out the Destination and Offset Aimpoints video and other F-16C Viper April 2022 Updates.

 

F/A-18C Hornet

Development Progress

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Automatic Carrier Landing System for the Hornet

For nighttime and low visibility Case III recoveries in the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, we have added the Automatic Carrier Landing System (ACLS) that incorporates the Link-4 datalink (D/L) that allows two-way communication between the aircraft, the carrier and the aircraft beacon (BCN). When used with Supercarrier, this allows direction to the Marshal Stack and Carrier with realistic radio voice communications. 

Watch Matt Wagner’s instructional video on F/A-18C Hornet and Supercarrier ACLS. Also please view the video of how to use the F/A-18C Hornet and the free CVN-74 John C. Stennis together.

 

AH-64D

Bug Report

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In the latest Open Beta update, DCS: AH-64D contains a number of autopilot features, Multi Crew synchronization solutions, and a welcomed list of fixes. For a full list of improvements, check out the full changelog

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 
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06 May 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

We inform you again that the current DCS 2.7.12.23362 Open Beta includes two new campaigns that offer fun and engaging missions for the F-14 and A-10C. Enjoy!

We are delighted to update you on the status of the pilot models coming to the AH-64D for the cockpit 1st person view. We understand that this is a highly requested and important part of the whole immersion. Check out the Development Screenshots.

Development also continues on the TrueGrit - Heatblur DCS: Eurofighter. One of the most complex and cutting edge elements of this module will be the weapons systems. Please see the details below. 

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 

 

Eagle Dynamics


 

New Campaigns 

Recently Added

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If you have not already taken the opportunity to download the DCS: A-10C  Agile Spear Campaign by Combat King, you are missing out on a great way to expand your DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer enjoyment. Another quality campaign, if you own the Tomcat, is the DCS: F-14B Operation Sandworm by Sandman Sims. This campaign utilizes the Persian Gulf Map and Supercarrier for a story-based DCS: F-14B Tomcat campaign that is gripping and highly detailed. 

 

AH-64D Pilot & CP/G

Development Report

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In the screenshots you can see the Pilot and Co-pilot Gunner models for the first person perspective. We have completed both Multicam and USP camouflages and we are currently working on gesture animations and fitting the modeles into the cockpit. The basic movements for the pilot and operator are complete but there are still more advanced gestures like transfer of control, idles, working with MPD, etc. left to do. Please check out the Development Screenshots.

 

EUROFIGHTER

Development Report

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Considerable development time has been spent on reverse engineering and understanding the performance of the aircraft systems. Stay tuned for details.

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The Heatblur team continues to use CFD as an integral tool to verify and validate flight models and flight control laws. This is a key part of ensuring that the DCS: Eurofighter meets the high bar of realism required for an authentic flying and combat experience.

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

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13 May 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

We are pleased to bring you our Spring 2022 Flash Sale that will run until the 22nd of May at 15:00 GMT. We are also participating in the Steam Flash Sale, which will last until the 16th of May. 

We are progressing well on George and Petrovich AI target identification logic.  This system will be flexible and will allow mission designers to determine AI crew friendly targets versus hostile.

We are also keen to share the next step of integration for the updated S-3B Viking AI-only model. The semi-monocoque design is truly impressive and it will be a fantastic improvement to DCS carrier operations. 

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics

 

 

Spring 2022

Flash Sale

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It is with great pleasure that we bring you this exciting 2022 Spring Flash Sale. Take advantage of great savings across most of our module range. Some of your favorite modules are available with 30% discounts including; DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer, DCS: F-16C Viper, and DCS: F/A-18C Hornet. There is also a hefty 25% discount on DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations. Check the Shop now.

 

Friend or Foe

Development Progress

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The friendly versus hostile unit identification system includes realistic limitations that real operators must contend with before pulling the trigger. This system will be applied to both the George AI for DCS: AH-64D and Petrovich AI for DCS: Mi-24P Hind.

This system will include customizable identification modes that mission creators can use. For the most simple mode, the AI will instantly know if the target is friendly or hostile. In the most sophisticated mode, identification will depend on distance, lighting, angular size, aspect, and the presence of the vehicles in a coalition. The system will also have default settings that are tuned according to the mission's F10 map and label settings.

 

S-3B Viking

Development Progress

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Work continues on the production of the new S-3B Viking AI-only model. Textures are now underway and we have completed the main joints, rivets, technical inscriptions and identification markings. Check out the Development Screenshots

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20 May 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

We are pleased that our 2022 Spring Flash Sale runs until the 22nd of May at 15:00 GMT.  This is your chance to land great savings across most of our range of modules. Take a look!

This week, we bring you the latest development progress on DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark III. We are currently working on the Inertial Navigation System (INS). Read the details of this complex task below. 

The BuddySpike server is hosting their first Eagle Dynamics-sponsored “DCS League” event. Starting on the 30th of May, with no registration required, simply join the server when the competition starts and take to the air! 

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics

 

Flash Sale

Save up to 50%

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This is your last chance to save up to 50% across our entire module range. Visit the Shop now whilst the sale lasts!

Modules with a 30% discount

Modules with a 25% discount

 

Ka-50 Black Shark III

Development Progress

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The Inertial Navigation System (INS) is based on dead reckoning by a double integration of aircraft accelerations that are measured by the accelerometers located on a gyro-stabilized platform. The fundamental property of the INS is the accumulation of coordinate measurement errors over time (platform alignment errors and accelerometer errors are also integrated twice). With the use of INS mathematical models, we have achieved a realistic error accumulation effect, as well as a physical alignment of the gyro-stabilized platform when the helicopter is started.

As a result, the INS-derived location can only be determined with limited accuracy. The error in the calculation of coordinates accumulates at the rate of several kilometers per hour and when starting the INS, it will be necessary that the helicopter remains stationary throughout the alignment procedure. Otherwise, a less accurate alignment will lead to an accelerated accumulation of errors. Three different alignment options will be available: “fast” allows you to take off rapidly but it provides low-accuracy during the flight; “normal” and “precise” provide better accuracy with greater alignment times.

When using INS for long flights, correction/fix taking points will be available. Prominent reference points on the ground with known coordinates make it possible to eliminate accumulated errors in two ways: by flying over the landmark, or by using “Shkval” tracking of the reference point located away from the route. Thus, navigation in Ka-50 will become more realistic with the simulation of INS errors that are present in real life.

 

BuddySpike

Competition 

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We are pleased to announce a new Buddy Spike competitive event that is sponsored by Eagle Dynamics. It will start on the 30th of May and run until the 12th of June 2022. You can compete in mixed PVE/PVP matches and fight to take control of the battlespace. 

Although it is an individual competition, pilots can work together to achieve better results. There are four prize categories for best pilots: Air-Air, Air-Ground, Multirole, and Support Helicopter. 

A prize pool of $5,000 USD with four Ace prizes of $700 USD each is available. Prize money or ED miles is available for the top ten pilots in each discipline. As the competition progresses, you can track your performance using the BuddySpike Gadget. Join the Buddyspike Discord now to start planning your tactics! 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

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27 May 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

It is with pleasure that we give all owners of DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and DCS: F-14 Tomcat some inspiring new liveries now available in the latest Open Beta. We are excited to see what you will use them for! 

As we continue work on the Hornet roadmap, we are adding the AIM-7P air-to-air radar-guided missile. This is a similar missile to the AIM-7M but with an increased blast fragmentation warhead from 39 kg to 40 kg. We are also working on the ADM-141A Tactical Air Launched Decoy (TALD), and we encourage you to stay tuned for the next update. 

The DCS: F-14 Tomcat is now available as part of the Maverick Legacy Bundle. This weekend only, you can land a valuable 35% saving. Please note that this offer ends on the 29th of May at 15:00 GMT.  Another “Be the Maverick” bundle is also available and combines DCS: Supercarrier with DCS: F/A-18C Hornet with 30% savings. 

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics

 

Be a Maverick

A tribute

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It is with great pleasure that we bring you DCS Maverick. Please enjoy and make sure to update to the latest version to receive the new DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and DCS: F-14 Tomcat liveries. We look forward to your feedback. Stay healthy and as always, fly safe. 

 

F/A-18C Hornet

Development Progress

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We are working on the next update for the Hornet and are happy to announce that the AIM-7P and ADM-141 TALD will be released in the next Open Beta update. We are currently finalizing sparks when firing the gun at night, and have crushed many of the multiplayer mission bugs which were apparent when several Supercarriers are in the mission.

AIM-7P

The AIM-7P is similar in most ways to the M versions. It was primarily an upgrade program. The main changes were to the software and improving low-level performance. A follow-on Block II upgrade added a new rear receiver that allowed the missile to receive mid-course corrections from the launching aircraft. Plans initially called for all M versions to be upgraded, but currently P's are being issued as required.

 

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ADM-141A TALD

Used to help suppress Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) systems by distracting them with false targets. TALDs can also trick hostile radars into emitting and allowing them to be attacked by Anti-Radiation missiles. They can also be used to confuse hostile air-to-air radar operators. In the first Gulf War, hundreds were launched by A-7s and F/A-18s on the first night of the war. An additional purpose is to act as a target practice for radar-guided air-to-air missiles. In the above screenshot you can see a Hornet carrying TALDs to act as AIM-7 practice targets.

 

Bundles

Promotion

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Be a Maverick 
DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and DCS: Supercarrier are now available as a bundle option that allow you to save a massive 30% on a combined purchase. Included are three new liveries.  

Maverick Legacy
In collaboration with Heatblur Simulations, we are pleased to bring you a special bundle comprising DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and DCS: F-14 Tomcat with a valuable 35% discount! This offer is only available this weekend so do not miss out. 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 
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03 June 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

We are happy to share our continued efforts to create the best possible FLIR image simulation. We have been working on the MFCD’s backlighting for DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer targeting pod and infrared-guided Maverick air-to-surface missile, whilst improving the default level and gain settings for the Hornet and the Viper FLIR sensors. 

We have completed the R-60M air-to-air missile and the Kord machine gun installation for the DCS: Mi-24P Hind and we are now focusing on the gunner animations. Check out the details below.

Following the large update to the DCS: F-16C Viper’s available G and instantaneous turn performance, we are close to releasing the planned update to the Flight Control System (FLCS). This is another step towards bringing the Viper’s performance closer to available references and CFD modeling.

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics

 

FLIR

Development Progress

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Based on feedback from the community, we have tuned the FLIR image level and gain settings for both the Litening and ATFLIR targeting pods, as well as infrared-guided Maverick air-to-surface missiles. The next main task is to complete infrared textures for all ships and aircraft. This will include FLIR effect improvements to explosions, smoke, and dust.

 

Mi-24P Hind

Development Progress

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A new weapon for the Hind is the R-60M missile that will be available with the next Open Beta update. In order to use it, you will need to tick the "R-60 equipment" box in the helicopter slot in the Mission Editor, it is active by default. This will place additional equipment in the cockpit, which is used to engage and prepare missiles for launch. In reality, this equipment and its wiring is installed within 3 hours. 

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The APU-60-I and APU-60-II missile launchers are placed on the outer weapon rack pylons, and they can accommodate one or two missiles per launcher respectively. After the missile's power is engaged, warm-up will take 1 minute before it can be used. The pylon selector on the same panel will choose the missile launcher, and after the missile launcher is switched on, it will take an additional 10 seconds for the missile's gyros to spin-up. The R-60 missiles use the Peltier effect, which is also called thermoelectric cooling. It transfers heat from one side of the device to the other and does not use any additional consumables to cool the seeker.

The pilot uses the ASP-17V aiming sight's inner circle to aim and obtain a missile tone for launch. If the missile locks a target, its seeker is uncaged automatically and tracks the target within the seeker’s capabilities. If target lock is lost, the seeker is re-caged automatically. It is worth mentioning that the missile was used against ground targets as well and we are planning to add this capability later within DCS overall.

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The Kord heavy machine gun and gunner are also being prepared for DCS: Mi-24P Hind. The new 3D character model and animations are nearing completion, and we are planning to release it in one of the upcoming updates. You will be able to mount the machine gun on the right or left side of the helicopter and it will have the same features as DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight and DCS: UH-1H Huey gunners. 

 

F-16C Viper

Development Progress

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New DCS: F-16C Viper Flight Control System (FLCS) improvements include; increased negative G capabilities, a smooth transition between flight and landing gear down modes, improved roll rate logic, greater rudder authority that allows knife-edge passes, eliminated yaw instability when low and very fast, as well as a reduced “G Bucket” effects when at high G and decelerating through Mach. 

The Viper will have the ability to sustain 9.3 G when the energy state allows and the FLCS gains in landing and aerial refueling modes are also being updated. Additionally, improved stability when firing the gun, and greater negative G will be available when using Manual Pitch Override (MPO). Stay tuned for these updates, coming soon.

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 
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10 June 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

This week we released DCS 2.7.15.25026 to Open Beta with many new enhancements and fixes that can be viewed in the full change log. Most notably, we are pleased to announce that DCS: South Atlantic map is now available. To provide time to adequately test, the South Atlantic Assets Pack will be delivered in an upcoming Open Beta update.  

The South Atlantic map encompasses parts of the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern oceans. Covering southern Argentina and Chile, the map also includes a recreation of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands. Watch the launch trailer.

We are also pleased to provide you with a free updated external model of the CVN-74 John C. Stennis. This is an initial step in improving the free Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.  

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics

 

DCS: South Atlantic

Available now in Open Beta

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The RAZBAM Terrain Development Team is proud to present the South Atlantic map that is a beautiful and majestic combination of Argentina, Chile, and the Falkland/Malvinas Islands. The topography of the region includes the beautifully rugged mountains of Chile, the vast and colorful Patagonian plains of Argentina, and the windswept islands of West and East Falklands/Malvinas. Covering an area of 3.1 million square kilometres, the team’s goal has been to give the DCS community the opportunity to develop missions that reflect the scale and complexity of modern-day operations in this scenic region.

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When developing this map, the team was proactive in listening to the DCS community regarding both scale and requirements of modern-day military operations. This provides the best possible experience and leverages land-class textures drawn from aerial and satellite photography. 

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Development of the South Atlantic map will continue, and the team is now moving their focus from the Falkland/Malvinas Islands to mainland Argentina and Chile. They will flesh out the rural areas of the map to provide a more authentic and lived-in look.  This will include adding additional buildings, infrastructure, and tidying up vector data (like mountains). Our community's input pushed for the inclusion of mainland and the team dedicated to make it even better. 

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Moving forward, additional airfields will be added throughout the map to provide a diversified area of Naval and Fighter operations. The goal is to include all airfields at a high quality level. More villages, settlements, and road infrastructure improvements will be added across the various regions.

The following items will also be further improved during the early access period:

  • Visible tiling around some airfields and at certain view angles.
  • Some angular sea cliffs
  • Forest tiling from some view angles

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The DCS: South Atlantic map has undertaken a new strategy for generating terrain. Whereas all other DCS maps rely heavily on art-created ground textures combined with satellite textures, the South Atlantic map relies mostly on satellite textures. While this results in a more realistic looking map at medium to high altitudes, ground textures may appear less defined at low altitude. The team is committed to further improving the low-altitude terrain textures.

 

CVN-74 Stennis

Free Update

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We have updated the 3D exterior model of the CVN-74 John C. Stennis aircraft carrier, and are pleased to announce that this update is completely free to all of you. We eagerly await your feedback. 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 
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17 June 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

We are delighted to show off the progress on the ZSH-7 helmet that is based on the Soviet aircraft helmet. This is a part of larger efforts to update all helicopter pilot models. Check out the Development Screenshots. 

We are also pleased to inform you about DCS: F-5E Tiger II aerodynamic flow conditions development. Notably, improvements to the payload and aircraft specific models have been made. This is one component of a much larger F-5E update.

Stone Sky is releasing the DCS: MAD JF-17 Campaign that will help you understand the capabilities of DCS: JF-17 Thunder. Reflected Simulations have also been conducting thorough research of national archives and combat reports to bring you DCS: Spitfire LF Mk. IX Beware! Beware! Campaign. Both are coming soon. 

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics

 

Ka-50 Black Shark III

Development Progress

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The characteristic holes and oxygen mask fasteners of the fixed-wing aircraft version have been removed. The helicopter variant of this iconic Soviet-era helmet is equipped with a standard microphone and a mount. In this screenshot above a counterweight is attached to the back of the helmet for use with night vision goggles. The helmet received a protective matte green colour and it will first be available as part of the new Black Shark pilot model.

 

F-5E Tiger II

Development Progress

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We have improved the flight dynamics modelling to account for payload-specific, as well as aircraft-specific aerodynamics. The initial implementation of this new approach includes: improved wingtip missile aerodynamics for DCS: F-5E Tiger II during flat-spin regime, and enhanced modelling effects of payload-to-airframe and interference on supersonic drag for Viper and Hornet. You can expect these updates soon. 

 

New Campaigns

Coming Soon

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DCS: MAD JF-17 Campaign by Stone Sky

This campaign guides the player through a gripping storyline about a PMC pilot named Vitalii Gerasimov. You will take part in a series of campaign missions called MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction.

 

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DCS: Spitfire Beware Beware Campaign by Reflected Simulations

In the winter of 1942, the raging air battle over Europe was fierce. The Focke Wulfs and Messerschmitts flown by the Luftwaffe’s ’Experten’ proved to be more than a worthy foe for the RAF’s new Spitfire Mk.IXs. Total air supremacy of the Allies was still just a distant dream, but then again the Luftwaffe was far from in control of the British skies.

At the heart of this battle stood the Biggin Hill Wing with West Lancashire and Ile de France Squadrons. Soon, you too can join the 611 Squadron at the height of the fight for air supremacy over Europe and be a fighter pilot in the RAF in the most realistic way ever possible.

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

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24 June 2022

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

This week we updated the DCS Open Beta and kicked off our DCS 2022 Summer Sale! This is your chance to save 30% on our most popular modules and up to 50% off everything else! The Summer Sale will run until the 11th of July at 15:00 GMT. We are also participating in the Steam Summer Sale till the 7th of July 17:00 GMT.

We have selected the 10 winners of the AH-64D Livery Competition. These 10 will have their work included with the AH-64D module and their names will be added to the credits. Congratulations to all and many thanks for the huge numbers of entries. Check out the details below. 

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet Raven One: Dominant Fury Campaign by Baltic Dragon is the prequel to the acclaimed Raven One campaign that was created with help from Kevin Miller and Vincent "Jell-O" Aiello. Both are former U.S Navy F/A-18C pilots boasting numerous deployments and over 3,000 Hornet flight hours each. Fabulous stuff!

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 
 

Eagle Dynamics

 

Sun’s Out

Summer Sale 

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The Summer 2022 Sale is here! This is your chance to grab a great deal on your next aircraft, map, campaign, or all! Running until the 11th of July 15:00 GMT, don’t miss the opportunity of benefitting from up to 50% off. We are also participating in the Steam 2022 Summer Sale that will run until the 7th of July 17:00 GMT. 

 

Modules with 30% savings:

Modules with 25% savings:

Campaigns with 30% savings:

Campaigns with 50% savings:

 

AH-64D

Competition Winners

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We would like to extend a special thank you to all the participants in the AH-64D Livery Competition. This contest was a testament to the talent and dedication of our wonderful community. Selecting just 10 winners was tough with so many excellent entries. Our 10 winners are listed below. Congratulations on a job well done! 

Id-jupiter 11th Squadron/Serbu AH-64D - Indonesian Army

Lee1hy 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, USA

Khalid National Guard Forces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Munny Hellenic Air Force (Pegasus Display Team)

Neoshot Indian Air Force

_cuervo_ Qatar Air Force

Swamp_fox South Carolina National Guard, USA

Akiyama_ykari JGSDF 1st Combat Helicopter Unit AH-64D 

Septimus68 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment, British Army Air Corps 'ZJ171'

Tacticalflightresearch UAE Armed Forces AH-64D Olive Drab

 

Dominant Fury

Campaign by Baltic Dragon

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DCS: F/A-18C Raven One: Dominant Fury Campaign takes place three years before the events portrayed, and it is set during a deployment to the Eastern Mediterranean, using the excellent Syria map for DCS. It offers a variety of faithfully recreated armed patrols, alert launches, and power-projection strikes flown from DCS: Supercarrier

This campaign features 15 immersive missions that offer over 24-hours of gameplay and more than 3,400 voiceovers recorded by 89 different voice actors that includes; Jell-O, Kevin Miller, Ward "Mooch" Carroll, RedKite, Growling Sidewinder, Tricker, Spudknocker, Bel Geode, Casmo, Tactical Pascale, and others. It is bound to keep you strapped in and ready for the next launch! 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 
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