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05 January 2024

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, :pilotfly:

All of us at Eagle Dynamics thank you for your incredible support and commitment in 2023 and wish you and your loved ones health, happiness and prosperity in 2024. Happy New Year! 

2023 was an important year for DCS. Many issues such as performance were addressed with the launch of multithreading and DLSS/FSR. Efforts will continue into 2024 with further tuning and enhancements, especially in VR. This week we look toward 2024, safe in the knowledge that there are great things to come. Please check out our 2024 and Beyond video and enjoy!

This coming year will see the continued development and release of many exciting aircraft and maps from Eagle Dynamics. Highlights include the announcement of the MiG-29A Fulcrum, Afghanistan and Iraq maps, and continued work on the CH-47F, Hellcat/USS Enterprise, and the Marianas World War II map. Please see our 2024 module development roadmap below.

The DCS Winter sale was drawing to a close but due to its great success and demand we have extended the sale by one whole week and will now close on the 14th of January 2023 at 15:00 GMT. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy up to 50% off most DCS modules!

Thank you for your passion and support and best wishes for 2024.

Yours sincerely,

Eagle Dynamics

 

2024 & Beyond Video

A Look Ahead
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Whereas the 2023 focus of Eagle Dynamics was primarily on DCS core improvements like multithreading, DLSS/FSR, Voice Chat, and bug fixes, our partners had an exciting year that included new products like the F-15E Strike Eagle, new Mirage F1 versions, the Normandy 2 and Sinai maps, and many fantastic campaigns.  

2024 promises to be an eventful year with many projects in development such as the full fidelity MiG-29A Fulcrum, CH-47F Chinook, F6F Hellcat, and the Afghanistan, Iraq, and Marianas World War II maps. Our 3rd party partners are working diligently on the F-4E Phantom II, A-7E Corsair II, MiG-23 Flogger, C-130 Hercules, F4U Corsair, La-7, OH-58D Kiowa, and the Kola map.

 

2024 & Beyond Roadmap

Our Current Plan
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Let’s take a brief look at the new aircraft under development in 2024, in no particular order. Detailed specifications and features will be listed for each product during each product announcement as we get closer to the release.

New Eagle Dynamics Aircraft

DCS: CH-47F

Much of the 2023 CH-47F work focused on the creation of the external model, cockpit/cargo models as well as systems and FM. The model now accurately reflects a US Army CH-47 from the mid-2000s. Much of the work now involves the finalisation of the flight dynamics and flight control system, along with the many multi-function display pages and sub-pages. As with all DCS aircraft since the Ka-50, the CH-47 will have fully modelled electrical, hydraulic, fuel, and other systems that exist within the simulation as “live” systems to manage voltage, pressure, flow rates, temperatures and all other operational systems. To support advancements in the DCS logistical system, the CH-47F will also be equipped with cargo and sling management capabilities as well as defensive gun positions.

DCS: F6F Hellcat

Also started in 2023, the Hellcat has made great progress. When creating the external model, internal structural modelling was created to provide a very accurate and realistic structure in order to enhance damage modelling. The flight model development is in full swing, and it is being created to match first-hand knowledge of its handling and performance in cooperation with The Fighter Collection.

The Hellcat will not exist in a vacuum though, and Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO) opponent aircraft are already in development, as well PTO specific ground and naval forces.

DCS: MiG-29A Fulcrum

We are excited to announce our first full fidelity 4th generation Russian fighter: the MiG-29A Fulcrum! The Fulcrum has been a massively successful, single-seat fighter that was developed to counter the F-15, F/A-18, and F-16 during the height of the Cold War. Today, it serves numerous armed forces, and will fill an important role in DCS.

Based on publicly available manuals, the DCS Fulcrum will be a 1980s era MiG-29, but it will still be a potent threat to other DCS aircraft with its array of radar- and infrared-guided missiles, its 30mm cannon, and unguided air-to-ground weapons. In the right hands, the MiG-29 can be a tough opponent with its Helmet Mounted Sight paired with high-off boresight R-73 air-to-air missiles.

New Eagle Dynamics Maps

2024 will also be a great year for new maps. Our Terrain Development Kit (TDK) continues to grow in capabilities each year, and these new maps will leverage these features to create the best maps yet.

DCS: Afghanistan

First hinted at a year ago, we are happy to confirm that an Afghanistan map is coming to DCS. A flash point spanning thousands of years, Afghanistan served as the backdrop to two of the largest conflicts in living memory. More focused on Counterinsurgency (COIN) warfare than large force-on-force battles, the Afghanistan map will bring a new mode of warfare to DCS battles and our most popular aircraft like the AH-64D, Mi-24P, A-10C, Su-25, F-16C, F/A-18C, will be great mission choices.  

DCS: Iraq

We are also excited to announce an Iraq map coming to DCS. From Operation Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom to the War on Terror, Iraq has been one of the most significant flash points of the late-20th and early 21st centuries. The Iraq map will initially be centred on Baghdad to best provide War-on-Terror and War on Isis scenarios. Later, the map will be expanded south to provide older scenarios like Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.

DCS: Marianas World War II

To support the DCS: F6F Hellcat and other PTO aircraft and units coming to DCS, we have been adapting the current Marianas for the past year and into 2024. The map is based on painstakingly researched documents, photos, and accounts of the Mariana Islands in the summer of 1944, at the time of the Battle of the Marianas between the United States and Imperial Japan. This will be a free map that leverages our latest TDK for improved performance and realism.

In parallel with these new product efforts, we will be focusing on continued development of existing modules such as, but not limited to, the F-16C, F/A-18C, AH-64D, and Supercarrier.

 

Winter Sale Extended

Extended!
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By popular demand, we have extended the DCS Winter Sale by an additional week. Don't miss out on this final opportunity to take advantage of these great deals before it’s too late. Act now and enjoy up to 50% savings before they are gone on the 14th of January 2024 15:00 GMT.

DCS Winter Sale highlights

Modules with a 50% discount

Fixed Wing Helicopters
Terrains
Tech Packs

Campaigns with a 50% discount

Modules with a 40% discount 

Fixed Wing Helicopter

Modules with a 30% discount 

Fixed Wing Helicopter

Campaigns with a 30% discount

Modules with a 25% discount 

Fixed Wing Pre-order 

Campaigns with a 25% discount

Modules with a 20% discount 

Fixed Wing

Upgrades not on sale

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  • DCS: Normandy 2.0 Upgrade for TC

Fixed wing not on sale

Terrains not on sale

Campaigns not on sale

Check out our Shop for more details. Enjoy!

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,

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19 January 2024

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, :pilotfly: 

This week, we are excited to share with you Grinnelli Designs’ update for the DCS: F-100D Super Sabre. Please read the details below and check out the video here: F-100D Dev Log: The Road to Realism.

In the most recent DCS Open Beta update, you may have noticed some improvements to procedural grass diversity and shading across terrains such as DCS: The Channel and DCS: Syria. We are continuing to enhance the grass distribution across terrain tiles, and grass blades now bend to achieve a more natural look. This technology will be available in our Terrain Development Kit (TDK) offering our official third party maps the opportunity to enhance low level realism for their terrain maps too. 

If you are looking for a server to test your skills, then the Grayflag Death From Above PvE server is excellent! Brought to you by Graywo1f and Grimes, this persistent and busy server boasts the ability to save unit positions during server restarts. Join the Grayflag discord now.

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 

Eagle Dynamics

 

F-100D Super Sabre

Development Report

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“Our dedicated team completed an extensive journey across Texas, Georgia, Ohio, and Indiana, meticulously scanning F-100 aircraft to guarantee the utmost quality and precision. With the infusion of these invaluable resources, our team is channelling creativity and expertise to bring the Super Sabre to life, ensuring every detail captures and preserves the essence of this iconic aircraft.”

– Grinnelli Designs

An exceptional experience took place in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where an immersive week unfolded due to a fuel valve failure with the last flying F-100. This unforeseen event offered a unique opportunity to engage in detailed aircraft maintenance, capturing essential sounds and aerial footage. These experiences, complemented by insights from veterans, will play a crucial role in shaping this highly realistic module.

The project is progressing steadily, focusing on the development of a comprehensive and accurate flight model for the Super Sabre. Through a combination of computational methods, real aerodynamic data, and wind tunnel tests, the team is meticulously refining the model to accurately replicate the intricate dynamics of the actual aircraft. This effort stands as a testament to the team's commitment to delivering a high-quality, authentic experience in the world of DCS. Please make sure you watch the F-100D Dev Log: The Road to Realism.

 

Vegetation 

Development Progress

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In the above screenshot, you can see the results of improved procedural grass distribution across terrain tiles. Compared to other types of vegetation, such as shrubs or trees, grass has a more regular standard geometric structure; however, this benefit is outweighed by the huge quantity of distinct and subtle flora that may be found on even fairly small pieces of terrain.

In order to provide interactivity and stable frame rates on any but the smallest maps, the brute-force method of covering the entire landscape with individual grass blade models was impractical. Therefore, we continue to work on a more efficient approach to grass distribution, and we enhanced grass shading by using ambient occlusion. We also improved vegetation shading with the release of Screen Space Shadows (SSS). Furthermore we are working on new vegetation visual effects from explosions, gun fire, and aircraft. 

 

Grayflag

PvE Server

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Welcome to Grayflag Death From Above, a hardcore persistent multiplayer PvE multiplayer server. We encourage you to team up and liberate territories on one of four servers and conduct strikes on enemy SAMs, factories, bases, runways, and more! Be careful, some members can occasionally fight as REDFOR to keep you on your toes.

This server harbours enemy forces who will attempt to resupply and reinforce their positions and even launch counter offensives as you and your team attempt to push the front line and liberate areas. Your task is to set up ground units to liberate and capture objectives or defend with ground forces. Please note, the position of units will be saved when the server restarts and you will log straight back into this persistent battlefield. This server also features the Combined Arms module. Find out more on Grayflag discord!

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,

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26 January 2024

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, :pilotfly: 

In our ongoing commitment to provide a seamless and unified experience to all of you, we are moving away from the traditional Stable and Open Beta builds. Starting with the upcoming release, DCS will transition to a single, unified version. This move aims to streamline the update process, reduce fragmentation, and ensure that all pilots have access to the latest features and improvements simultaneously. This unified approach will not only simplify the user experience but also allow for more efficient development cycles, fostering a more cohesive and connected community. Your feedback has been invaluable in shaping this decision, and we are excited to embark on this new journey together.

The AviaStorm team has been hard at work crafting the highly anticipated DCS: Tornado module. We are pleased to share a development report to keep you in the loop. The Tornado is undergoing meticulous attention to detail to ensure an immersive and quality module.

We are delighted to spotlight the talented content creator Growling Sidewinder, whose dedication enriches the DCS experience for all of us. To show our appreciation, we're running a special promotion that offers exclusive discounts on selected modules. Check out his videos to learn more on Growling Sidewinder’s YouTube

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 

Eagle Dynamics

 

Unified Release

A new era begins

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For the past several years, we have released DCS in two forms: the Open Beta, which includes the most recent changes to allow broad testing and the Stable version which is based on the most recent Open Beta and has no known crashes, thus the term Stable. In 2024, we will be moving to unified DCS updates.

This change has been a common customer request and will streamline our release process. We believe that it will also help avoid version confusion for both single-player missions and multiplayer servers. Starting with our first update of the year in February, we will also be making the same changes to the DCS Steam Edition. Please stay tuned for more details. 

 

AviaStorm’s Tornado

Development Progress

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Five 3D artists are currently working on the project, which involves significant personnel commitment. This investment will result in a module that meets your expectations.

AviaStorm has had the opportunity to examine many small details of this aircraft for the level of detail that DCS demands. Such details may not initially stand out, or even be noticed by most customers, but they are crucial in the context of creating a masterpiece that is the Tornado. An example includes the emergency RAM air flap and two cooling flaps.

“We are dedicated to achieving the level of quality we and Eagle Dynamics aspire to and what is expected from DCS customers.”

– AviaStorm

 

Growling Sidewinder

Affiliate Program

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We are pleased to extend our warmest congratulations to Growling Sidewinder as he takes on the roles of affiliate and brand ambassador for DCS. His proven determination fuels our fires and we are incredibly thankful to have him on-board. Please check out the GS Discord and keep your eyes on the skies for some exclusive deals, only on Growling Sidewinder’s Youtube!

As always, thank you again for your passion and continued support, 

Yours sincerely,

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02 February 2024

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, :pilotfly: 

Our third party partner Miltech-5 are pleased to share a progress report on their DCS: Bo-105. This module promises to bring you a truly authentic light utility and reconnaissance helicopter experience. Please stay tuned for more details, and take a look at the Development Screenshots below.  

Since the inception of the DCS: South Atlantic map, RAZBAM have strived to innovate within ever-evolving technologies.  From the majestic mountain peaks to the rolling landscape of the Tierra del Fuego, their new custom surface mesh, which lends detail where required, makes the entire landscape feel more alive and better suited to the local topography. 

Digital Controllers is a community dedicated to establishing detailed and international standards for Air Traffic Control and Tactical Control in all their varieties. Through partnerships with various DCS servers such as Flashpoint Levant and Hoggit, they provide layered ATC and Tactical Control to dozens of pilots on a regular basis, while running a comprehensive training course and dedicated mentoring. Join their Discord

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 

Eagle Dynamics

 

Bo-105

Miltech-5

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The above screenshot shows the current state of the Bo-105, which will be available in three versions: the German Bo 105 PAH 1A1/VBH, the Swedish Hkp9A, and the South Korean Bo-105 as AI only. 

Aside from the liveries, all three versions will have different internal devices and are offered as separate versions. The external and internal 3D models of all Bo-105 versions will have a high level of detail that is close to photo realistic. All movable parts of the helicopter have been modelled, from rotor blade articulation to circuit breakers. 

Initial tests have shown the great potential of their new development strategy for internal machine logic. It fits well into the existing DCS API and environment. The program logic changed from event control to situation control. This means that all devices have their own program and are interconnected within a global system. The advantage is that specific control situations do not require special coding. The result is an auto-generated output that is dependent on all the connected devices. An example of this is autorotation. The handling is initiated by the corresponding pilot inputs. The rotor system, as an independent device, reacts like a real Bo-105. Even non programmatically planned situations are handled realistically. This system is termed MEDUSA by Miltech-5. It is a multithreaded system that can handle all devices in different threads.

The external and cockpit models, electric system, engines, fuel supply, and rotor system are in advanced development states. The next steps are focused on flight performance, handling, and fine tuning the Bo-105’s behaviours.

 

South Atlantic

Development Report

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Since the release of the DCS: South Atlantic map, RAZBAM has provided a series of updates including new airfields, improved visual appearance and performance. They have also resolved bugs and this is now a much improved map that will see further enhancements this year. 

A large amount of work has gone into modelling and improving all towns, cities and small hamlets. This includes new building types, Points of Interest (POI), and optimising them for a boost in performance. RAZBAM have also invested time and expense in aerial photography drones to provide improved terrain distribution aesthetics. 

RAZBAM will be focusing on further ground texture and normal map improvements in the coming months. Please make sure you update to the latest version to enjoy all these new updates or consider a purchase of this large, unique, and historic region of the DCS: South Atlantic

 

Digital Controllers

Multiplayer Server

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Digital Controllers aim to unite individual squadrons by inviting them to participate in large inter-squadron events. Collaboration becomes far easier by training squadron air controllers to a global standard. Pilots new to radiotelephony are welcome to participate in the training too!

They provide detailed publications that define training standards and provision of ATC/Tactical Control. This allows squadrons to quickly and easily reference standard specifications. The linked example is a work in progress Air Traffic Control standards guide.

Their mission is to standardise ATC and Tactical Control, resulting in a friendly hub that brings the DCS community closer together. Check out their website and join in on Discord

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely,

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09 February 2024

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, :pilotfly: 

The DCS 2024 Lunar Sale is here with a wealth of spectacular deals. Explore these limited-time discounts on some of our finest modules that kick off an exciting year for DCS. Don't miss out on this chance to expand your hangar!

The OH-58D Kiowa is now undergoing testing by Eagle Dynamics and our external test team; an important milestone in its development journey. The dedicated team at Polychop has been working tirelessly to bring this iconic aircraft to DCS.

We are pleased to share the following promotional message from Pimax Virtual Reality hardware: Go to Pimax.com and use the code DCS2024 at checkout to receive $100 USD off the Pimax Crystal VR headset until March 15th, 2024. Visit the Pimax area of the DCS Forum for VR support and answers to your questions.

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 

Eagle Dynamics

 

Year of the Loong

DCS Lunar Sale 2024

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Welcome to the DCS 2024 Lunar Sale where you can enjoy huge savings on most popular aircraft, terrains, campaigns and other important modules! Please checkout the details below and take this opportunity to explore a new aspect of DCS:

Modules with a 50% off

Fixed wing with a 50% discount

 

Helicopter with a 50% discount

 

Terrains with a 50% discount

 

Other with a 50% discount

 

Campaigns with a 50% discount

 

Modules with a 30% off

Fixed wing with a 30% discount

 

Helicopter with a 30% discount

 

Terrains with a 30% discount

 

Campaigns with a 30% discount

 

Modules with a 25% off

Fixed wing pre-order with 25% discount

 

Campaigns with a 25% discount

 

Modules with a 20% off

Terrains with a 20% discount

 

Campaigns with a 20% discount

 

 

OH-58D Kiowa

Report by Polychop

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The goal of the DCS: OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is to deliver an exciting and authentic virtual rendition of this renowned military reconnaissance and light attack helicopter. The Kiowa Warrior is a versatile aircraft that is well-suited to locating enemy forces that can then be passed to other forces to engage. The OH-58D also packs a punch with an assortment of weapons. It will find a great home flying along the AH-64D and the upcoming CH-47F Chinook in DCS.

While the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior thrives in the reconnaissance role, making full use of its iconic Mast Mounted Sight (MMS). In more recent conflicts, it’s played a pivotal role in both gathering critical intelligence and supporting ground troops with precision fires on enemy positions. 

Armed with an array of weapons that include laser-guided Hellfire missiles, a .50 caliber M3P machine gun, Stinger air-to-air missiles, and a large selection of unguided and guided  rocket types like the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), we’re certain that DCS: OH-58D Kiowa Warrior pilots will find it thrilling to roll in hot on targets. Please check out the Development Screenshots.

 

Pimax Crystal

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Experience Virtual Reality in DCS like never before with the Pimax Crystal VR headset. Delivering an incredibly high 5760 x 2880 pixels with a host of performance-enhancing features like foveated rendering, the Pimax Crystal promises market-leading clarity and convenience for the ‘ultimate’ life-like simulation. The Pimax Crystal is an outstanding choice for DCS providing crisp and clear displays for visually tracking targets whilst providing excellent performance.  

Key Features:

  • Inside-out tracking means there’s no need to buy or manage base stations.
  • Glass aspheric lenses, QLED panels, and local dimming create vivid colors with realistic contrasts.
  • 2880 x 2880 native resolution (per eye, even at 120Hz), delivers incredible clarity.
  • Eye tracking means the Crystal is Quad Views capable, allowing it to perform with exceptional GPU efficiency.

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An Introduction To Quad Views

Eye-tracking within the Crystal enables the use of Quad Views, a form of Dynamic Foveated Rendering that uses the position of the user's gaze to render in full resolution only the area the user is looking at. Areas outside the user gaze are rendered to a lower resolution, which results in DCS VR performance gains of up to +50% FPS. Watch the video above for a demonstration. Learn more about Quad Views for Pimax here.

Available Now:

  • Follow this link and use code DCS2024 during checkout to purchase your Pimax Crystal with a $100 USD discount, available until March 15th.
  • Visit the Pimax area of the DCS forum where Pimax staff are available to answer your questions and support your VR experience.
  • To hear what the DCS VR community has to say about the Pimax Crystal, please follow the video playlist link here

Make the most of the incredible offerings that await you in the DCS Lunar Sale 2024. Polychop’s Kiowa is progressing well, and the Pimax Crystal promotion is your gateway to an even more immersive virtual reality experience.

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely,

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16 February 2024

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, :pilotfly: 

We’ve extended the DCS 2024 Lunar Sale until the 16th of February at 15:00 GMT on Steam and till the 25th of February at 15:00 GMT on our E-Shop. Enjoy! 

The DCS: F/A-18C is undergoing significant improvements to its flight model and flight control system. These improvements center on F/A-18C landing behavior, landing gear articulation, using altitude autopilots modes, engine response times, and the automatic carrier landing system. Please read about all the new features and improvements we have been working on below.

If you are interested in a comprehensive DCS experience, make sure to check out the Digital Coalition Air Force DCAF servers. DCAF Squadron

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 

Eagle Dynamics

 

Lunar Sale

Reminder

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The Lunar Sale has huge savings up for grabs across most of our popular aircraft, terrains, add-ons and campaigns. Please head over to the Shop and check out the exclusive deals. 

Highlights of the DCS Lunar Sale 2024 

Modules with a 50% off

Fixed wing with a 50% discount

 

Helicopter with a 50% discount

 

Terrains with a 50% discount

 

Other with a 50% discount

 

Modules with a 30% off

Fixed wing with a 30% discount

 

Helicopter with a 30% discount

 

Terrains with a 30% discount

 

Modules with a 25% off

Fixed wing pre-order with 25% discount

 

Modules with a 20% off

Terrains with a 20% discount

 

That’s not all! Campaigns are also available with up to 50% off. These include Stone Sky’s MAD series, the Maple Flag Campaigns, Reflected Simulation Campaigns, and many more. Check out the Shop

Due to database maintenance in the European time zone, you may have experienced downtime and errors whilst accessing the website and online multiplayer servers. This issue has now been resolved and we apologies for any inconveniences this may have caused. We hope that extending the Lunar Sale till the 25th of February at 15:00 GMT provides you with enough time to find your next module or campaign, or both! 

 

F/A-18C

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The F/A-18C has been one of our most popular DCS aircraft as it provides a wealth of game play options and is nearly feature-complete. There are though a number of items that we continue to address that will further improve  the realism and attention to detail of this DCS flagship aircraft.

Flight Model

For the past several months, we’ve been improving the flight dynamics of the F/A-18C to represent this aircraft’s unique flight qualities even more accurately. Much of this has been focused on expanding the F/A-18C’s high Angle of Attack (AoA) capabilities by adjusting the stabilizer scheduling. These changes will allow maneuvering up to 50 to 55 AoA, compared to mid-30s earlier. This expanded AoA capability will better allow players to take advantage of the F/A-18Cs outstanding low-speed, high-AoA maneuver capability. Note that this expanded AoA capability can result in a dramatic loss of airspeed, if not careful.

Another important improvement is the handling characteristics in Powered Approach (PA) mode when landing. During landing, you will find achieving and maintaining on-speed AoA easier. This is tied to the flight control system changes.

Nose pitch effects have also been added when the speedbrake is extended and retracted to match the real F/A-18C. Overall aerodynamic damping has also been improved to better match F/A-18C handling characteristics.

Flight Control System

The Flight Control System (FCS) has been completely reworked in all channels, and it provides much improved behavior when switching the control logic system between AUTO flaps mode to HALF\FULL flaps. You will find the transition much smoother with little to no un-commanded pitching moments. This will also make getting on-speed during landings much easier.

Roll characteristics have also been improved to better match the real aircraft with greater stability in the roll and yaw channels. This also applies to improved behavior around the longitudinal axis when taking off.

The yaw channel FCS in PA mode has also been adjusted to improve landing control in a crosswind. In total, the improvements in the FCS will make takeoff and landings much easier.

Landing Gear

The landing gear shock absorbers were adjusted to match documentation and reference videos. The F/A-18C landing gear articulation is a complex and dynamic process that is accurately modeled for carrier recoveries and touch-and-go. This change also provides improved landing control in a crosswind and addresses excessive G loads when landing. Whilst greatly improved, we will continue to tune this mechanic to allow even more accurate nosewheel touch-and-go behavior to allow lower airspeed rotation.

In addition to the landing gear mechanisms, the tires have also been adjusted to provide more authentic friction forces that will be apparent in crosswind takeoff and landings.

Engine

Engine transition thrust time was adjusted to be more accurate between afterburner and MIL thrust modes. The engine transition time is now faster from afterburner to idle. This allows you to reduce airspeed when cutting the engines to idle more quickly.

Autopilot

F/A-18C autopilot operation has been improved by tuning its behavior when initiating an altitude hold mode whilst the aircraft is unbalanced. The updated autopilot also improves holding the set altitude when in a roll and initiating an altitude hold mode. Before, you would often lose or gain hundreds of feet. Last, the autopilot control is much smoother when transitioning through waypoints in coupled mode.

Automatic Carrier Landing System

When activating the Automatic Carrier Landing System (ACLS) in coupled mode, the autopilot will use smoother and improved approach behavior.

Get the DCS: F/A-18C at 30% off now during the 2024 Lunar Sale that has been extended to February 25th, 2024. 

 

Digital Coalition Air Force 

Multiplayer Server

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The Digital Coalition Air Force is a fun and engaging way to enjoy DCS online. The members fly on the EU timezone with DCS: F-15E Strike Eagle, DCS: F-16C Viper, DCS: AV-8B Night Attack V/STOL pilots and controllers. 

This military simulation group alternates between training and operation seasons. Q1 and Q3 are training seasons when new cadets are screened and trained as per squadron standards. Operation campaign seasons are Q2 and Q4. 

You can read more about how the F-15E's squadron training season would work here.

DCAF teaches many bespoke training courses that cadets can access and be assessed on. Make sure to and check out their DCAF Discord.

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely,

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23 February 2024

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, :pilotfly: 

We’re delighted to announce the release of a free texture upgrade to the J-11A, Su-27, Su-33, F-15C and A-10A in the latest update. These Flaming Cliffs 3 aircraft have received significant texture improvements and Physical Based Rendering, PBR. We look forward to your feedback. Please check out the Flaming Cliffs 3 upgrade video

We are thrilled to embrace a unified DCS World, where everyone can enjoy the most cutting-edge content together. Your feedback has been invaluable in guiding this decision, and we look forward to a more cohesive and collaborative community experience.

Get ready for a new Maple Flag challenge with the new F-15C Aggressors Air Combat Maneuvering Campaign! This campaign aims to sharpen your dogfighting skills and put your tactics to the test in a set of pulse pounding missions. 

This Sunday 25th of February, we will be discontinuing the new user 50% discount.  In addition, we will soon be introducing a new ED Miles program for the benefit of all new and existing users. 

Please stay tuned for further announcements. In the meantime, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to you all for being a part of the DCS community. Your energy, feedback, and support drives us onwards and upwards.

Thank you!

Yours sincerely,

Eagle Dynamics

 

Flaming Cliffs 3

Upgrade

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The DCS: Flaming Cliffs aircraft have received a texture refresh upgrade to their cockpit and external model textures. The F-15C, A-10A, Su-27, Su-33, and J-11 have received new cockpits and external textures, and the Su-25 has received new cockpit textures. These upgraded cockpits focus on detail and realism and include Physical Based Rendering (PBR) textures. This free upgrade propels Flaming Cliffs 3 to 2024 texture standards and promises to maintain Flaming Cliffs 3 as an excellent choice for new and veteran DCS pilots.

Our goal is to further improve the new user experience in DCS. The Flaming Cliffs 3 aircraft provide professional-level flight models but with simplified controls that result in a shallower learning curve for new virtual pilots. The F-15C, A-10A, Su-27, Su-33, J-11, MiG-29A, MiG-29S, and Su-25 provide a variety of aircraft that range from air superiority to attack. These come with a wealth of missions and campaigns and are operable on most online servers.

If you are not already flying Flaming Cliffs 3, now is a great time to jump in and enjoy this great value.

 

DCS World

Development Report

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In our ongoing commitment to providing a seamless and streamlined experience for our pilots, we're thrilled to share positive news on the transition to a single-version approach, eliminating the distinction between Stable and Release versions. 

This move is aimed at ensuring all players enjoy the latest features, updates and improvements simultaneously. Please make sure to get familiar with the more harmonious and collaborative DCS World by updating to the latest version now! Notably included in this update is a performance improvement for terrains, an impressive set of new liveries from Polychop for the DCS: SA-342 Gazelle, as well as improvements to the DCS: MB-339 flight and collision model by IndiaFoxtEcho. We have also delivered a large number of bug fixes for DCS: AH-64D, DCS: F-16C Viper and DCS: F/A-18C.  For a list of changes, please check out the full changelog

 

F-15C Aggressors ACM

Campaign by Maple Flag

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The F-15C Aggressors ACM campaign puts you in the cockpit of an F-15C Eagle as a new Aggressor pilot with the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base. Based on real world procedures, you will fly as Red Air against Blue Air Forces.

You will face a series of challenging Air Combat Maneuver (ACM) missions against dissimilar aircraft with a wingman for assistance. Each mission will comprise two 2 vs 2 air to air engagements. Tankers are available if you wish to refuel before the second engagement.

Your opponents include the F-4E, F-14A, F-15C, F-15E, F-16C, F/A-18C, M-2000C, MiG-29G, CF-188, MiG-21, Su-27 and an unknown type. Three campaigns are included in the download package to allow you to fly against Rookie, Ace and Random AI opponents.

Additionally, there is an 11 mission practice campaign against the Rookie and Ace AI with in-air starts so you can perfect your ACM tactics and techniques.

Key features:

  • Over 1800 voice overs
  • 49 pages of briefing material including the RED FLAG Spins, Red Forces In Flight Guide
  • Maps, Diagrams
  • Custom Kneeboards and Mission Data cards

We hope you're as thrilled as we are about these latest developments in the world of DCS. Please remember that the Lunar Sale is in its final hours and ends on the 25th of February at 15:00 GMT. Do not miss out on this fantastic opportunity to land something truly special!

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely,

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01 March 2024

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, :pilotfly: 

In the most recent DCS update, Ugra Media has meticulously fine-tuned the DCS: Syria Map, embodying a commitment to precision and realism. The latest updates promise to immerse you further into this digital battlefield, enhancing both aesthetics and functionality. Please make sure you update to the latest DCS version to enjoy this and all the other additions and enhancements!

We're excited to update you on our progress to improve the weapon settings panel, especially pertaining to fuze settings for modern aircraft. The Mission Editor and Rearming/Refueling Panel weapons panel now caters to more complete setting up of bomb fuzes, laser code settings for Paveway II and III, cluster bomb configurations, airburst heights, and customizable parameters for seekers and control systems. Alongside these functional improvements, we've incorporated the long-awaited 3D nose fuzes based on nose fuze selection. Stay tuned for further information as we strive to deliver the most accurate simulation of such weapons available anywhere.

If you want to learn more about DCS and possibly participate in the multiplayer aspect, but are uncertain about where to begin, we are pleased to introduce you to the Wolf Pack Discord community. They are passionate (21+) DCS and aviation enthusiasts with members spanning every corner of the globe across numerous time zones. Joining Wolf Pack doesn't come with prerequisites such as training or a fixed schedule; you'll gain immediate access to all areas of their Wolfpack Discord.

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely, 

Eagle Dynamics

 

Syria Map

Recent Updates

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In case you missed it, Ugra Media's most recent updates to the DCS: Syria Map delivered optimized scenes and models by reducing the number of bushes, and textures while simplifying damages and car models. Ground textures saw a boost in frame rate performance due to updates to the ground vector data renderer. 

Detailed enhancements cover the territories of southern Israel and Jordan, featuring additions like Amman, King Abdullah II, Prince Hassan, Muwaffaq Salti, and Herzliya airfields. Technical fixes addressed relays and ILS in Ramat David airfield, and errors in objects were also fixed. The adjustments to the sea depth near the shore and a tower frequency change at Wujah Al Hajar airfield improve realism, while Ein Shemer airfield benefits from a runway extension, and added parking lots at Ein Shemer, Megiddo, and Ramat David airfields.

 

Weapons

Development Progress

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We are pleased to share our progress on improving the functionality of the Mission Editor Payload settings window and the in-mission Rearm and Refueling pop-up. These interfaces will allow you much finer control of fuze settings, laser-codes, cluster bomb settings, unique 3D fuze models, and more. These panels will allow you to take “weaponeering” to the next level in DCS.

More specifically, we have focused on implementing bomb features that are relevant for modern munitions that include both general purpose bombs, sub-munitions, and guided munitions. This specifically includes setting the laser code (PRF) for laser-guided munitions like Paveway II and III, target spin rate at bomblet release for CBU-type munitions, airburst heights for munitions with radio-altimeters, and even adjusting seeker and control system parameters for weapons that have this capability.

Based on the nose fuze selection, the 3D models are now adjusted accordingly and even include sub-variants for nose plugs. We are also including bomb casings differences between USAF and US Navy weapons.

 

Wolfpack

MP Server

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Wolf Pack is a thriving community across more than 10 multiplayer servers encompassing every facet of DCS: from WWII PvP/PvE missions to a modern jet competition division. They host a campaign mission every Sunday and a weekly helo mission on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. They fly dedicated WWII missions every Thursday/Saturday night. 

Check out the Wolfpack Discord event tabs for the week's mission schedule, or jump into our Discord voice chat when you fly to team up with other wingmen.

As a dedicated DCS Community, Wolfpack welcomes members from other DCS groups. If you're part of another community or squadron, make sure to connect! Introduce yourself in the Discord "introduce-yourself" section, share your link, and recruit for your group. The aim is to foster collaborations with other DCS communities and squadrons.

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely,

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