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    US Navy Fighters

    Well Gents,

    It looks like we have a pretty good size of Naval assets inbound. HB has not confirmed it, but I think the A-6 is a very strong possibility for a future module, given the fact they said they would like to make it happen. I believe there was something posted when they first released the teaser video of the AI model that said they were building as if they were creating a full module until they got the approval.

    Moving on Magnitude is making progress with the F-8 Crusader which is shaping up nicely. Really looking forward to this one.

    As posted in the newest weekly update, FlyingIron Simulations is crushing the A-7E. I absolutely cant wait to take her up the first time and bring her back on deck. REALLY looking forward to this one.

    Then we have HB releasing the A model F-14 soon. And we cannot leave out Razbams bad ass Harrier (Even though she is technically Marines) the Navy is her dad.

    So this begs the big question. What does the community want to see for the Navy next? I think we can all agree the F-4 is the big girl missing from the picture. But what about others? I love the community A-4 module, but I would really like to see an EFM module of the A-4D done correctly for the Navy. And we cannot leave out the A-1 Skyraider.

    With the Navy getting thoroughly fleshed out in the future, are there more modules you would like to see? I personally think it will be time soon to turn towards more Navy Helos. Possibly the H-46 Sea Knight, Sikorsky H-3, Sikorsky Sea King, Seasprite, Sikorsky H-52, SH-60 Sea Hawk ect...

    What are your thoughts about Navy modules going forward?

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    I think a SH/UH-60 Blackhawk module, with its various Army/Navy/Civvy derivatives would be a really versatile module, I'm sure it's only a matter of time on that one.

    Similarly, the F4 has incredibly broad appeal, given its service with the USAF/USN/USMC, not to mention export versions for the RAF/FAA, Israel, Germany, Greece etc.

    One module I would love to see (but will probably never happen) is the RA-5 Vigilante. A very fast and technologically advanced (and surprisingly agile) big strike aircraft, though admittedly with a very short service life, especially in the strike role as designed.

    That said, I think the USN is pretty well represented in DCS, with the F18 & F14, F8 and A7 and maybe A6 on the cards.
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      #3
      CH53 or F-4N/J

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        #4
        A helo would be very nice, so I'd love to have the sh60. For naval aircraft while any new addition would be nice (f4), I personally would prefer having resources set on developing other aircraft because, as you said, we already have a pretty good size of naval assets. This is just my personal opinion of course.
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          #5
          According to the latest information from wags, it's not possible to get F/A-18F Rhino, so I wanna get HH-60H Seahawk.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Sonoda Umi View Post
            According to the latest information from wags, it's not possible to get F/A-18F Rhino, so I wanna get HH-60H Seahawk.
            Iirc he said that ED has no plans for a Super Hornet but in the future there is may a 3rd party which will make a Rhino

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              #7
              Originally posted by Weasel View Post
              Iirc he said that ED has no plans for a Super Hornet but in the future there is may a 3rd party which will make a Rhino
              Currently, it seems the ONLY hope that fly a High-fidelity F/A-18F developed by VRS for new Microsoft Flight Simulator beyond 2021. The VRS is working on F/A-18F Rhino for P3D in advance - they said it being available in late 2020 but I have no interest in P3D due to its poor graphics.
              Last edited 10-17-2020, 11:35 AM.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Sonoda Umi View Post
                Currently, it seems the ONLY hope that fly a High-fidelity F/A-18F developed by VRS for new Microsoft Flight Simulator beyond 2021. The VRS is working on F/A-18F Rhino for P3D in advance - they said it being available in late 2020 but I have no interest in P3D due to its poor graphics.
                Hopefully VRS will be a 3rd Party developer for DCS as well in near future (one can dream [emoji6]). I have no intention flying the Rhino outside of DCS due to lack of combat capability either in MSFS nor P3D.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Weasel View Post
                  Hopefully VRS will be a 3rd Party developer for DCS as well in near future (one can dream [emoji6]). I have no intention flying the Rhino outside of DCS due to lack of combat capability either in MSFS nor P3D.
                  Certainly... over all software capabilities of new Microsoft Flight Simulator is a big problem.

                  As far as I known, gameplay/experience capabilities are not only troubles, but the bigger capability issue is "add-on" installation/update matter.

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                    #10
                    I'd love the F-4. I mean... it's the F-4. It's been everywhere, done everything, and is still flying today.

                    I do have a soft spot for the Super Hornet, one of the first sims I've flown was the F/A-18 Super Hornet, I think from 2001 or something. Not all that advanced, but a big step up in cockpit realism from the old Novalogic sims. If VRS made one for DCS, I'd probably go for it, but TBH, I'm more interested in older planes.

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                      #11
                      I would not mind seeing the Grumman Panther. It would be a nice addition to our Korean era aircraft. With the Corsair on the way, the F-86, and the MiG-15, we are shaping up for the North Korean conflict. There are also a few Helos to compliment that time period too. The H-19, H-5, H-25, and the Mash H-13.

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                        #12
                        A-4M and F-4S for 1980s scenarios. The A-4M would bridge the gap between the older Cold War tech and the later stuff that found its way into the Harrier II. In fact, the ARBS optical bomb computing system in the Harrier II traces its lineage to the A-4M. Therefore, the A-4M offers a significant option for accurate bombing in scenarios that predate the F/A-18's use of optical pods. While an A-6E might be a little onerous and difficult to correctly implement, the A-4M effectively bridges much of the missing gap.

                        F-4S over the F-4E, because the Echo would be a waste of plane because it can't land on carriers. Who would even want it?

                        But, I've been thinking a simple NATO aircraft with broad appeal would be the F-5A as it served into the 1990s and offers a simple and historical option for most parts of the world. Probably more than even the MiG-21.
                        Last edited 10-18-2020, 02:41 AM.

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                          #13
                          How about a Banshee.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Weasel View Post
                            Hopefully VRS will be a 3rd Party developer for DCS as well in near future (one can dream [emoji6]). I have no intention flying the Rhino outside of DCS due to lack of combat capability either in MSFS nor P3D.
                            Not likely to happen anytime soon.
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                              #15
                              I would like to see other aircraft type on carrier decks that would bring a new type capability and interest in DCS such as the E-2 Hawkeye.

                              I always see comments around of people that are not particularly interested in combat missions but would love to just fly around providing support in something like a Hawkeye.
                              Here is one such quote I saw on youtube.



                              "Would love to see an E-3 Hawkeye join us in DCS. Being a Commercial pilot, that would make my day. All this Hornet stuff is far too stressful. LOL"





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                                #16
                                Another good support aircraft would be the KA-6D which is the A-6 tanker variant when we get the Intruder.

                                Each squadron was equipped with three or four of them and they were often swapped (cross-decked) from carrier to carrier as one returned from deployment and another departed.This was due because there were not enough of them to go around.












                                Check out this movie clip from the Final Countdown where KA-6D refuel some thirsty Tomcats.


                                Last edited 10-18-2020, 07:10 PM.

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                                  #17
                                  Here is a unique one for you gents, the F-4D Skyray. Weird looking plane, but Navy none the less and had a decent operational history with the Navy and Marines.




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                                    #18
                                    Small nitpick, it's F4D, not F-4D. The F-4D is the USAF Phantom.

                                    I'd love to see the A-1. It flew in Korea, as a naval fighter, and in Vietnam, as an attack plane. It was the Sandy aircraft, and it saved the lives of countless aircrews.

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                                      #19
                                      The F-4 Phantom II is an obvious choice- I would like at least three versions of the F-4.
                                      B, D, E. Phantom Mk 2, and if possible the G.
                                      A-1 Skyraider, Fh2 Banchee, FJ Fury, A-6.
                                      F4F, F6F, TBF and SBD
                                      Some AI assets I want to see added first we need the A-3 Skywarior as well as the B-66, A-4 and while it is a bit OT for the tread, some more ships.

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                                        #20
                                        Thanks for the nitpick Dragon. I always do that. That is honestly an insult to the Phantom. LOL

                                        Totally down for the A-1. That and the intruder would be the dream.

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