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    2019 Autumn Sale Continues!


    2019 Autumn Sale Continues!
    Time is running out; have you picked up a new DCS World module? Whether it’s a new aircraft, terrain or campaign, now is a great time to get that module. Most of our modules are available at 50% off, with the following exceptions:
    • DCS: F/A-18 Hornet by ED - 25% off
    • DCS: Persian Gulf Map - 25% off
    • DCS: Christen Eagle II by Magnitude 3 LLC – 25% off
    • DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations – not on sale at this time
    • DCS: F-16C Viper by ED – not on sale at this time




    Whether you are a seasoned DCS World pilot or a newcomer, we want to hear what modules you chose and your experience so far. If you are new to DCS World, come to our forums and say hello; you’ll find lots of help to get you in the air!

    Fear not DCS World for Steam users; we haven't forgotten about you! The same discounts will be available in the upcoming Steam Halloween Sale.

    DCS World Update
    On Monday we released an Open Beta hotfix for the Hornet and Gazelle. You can see the Hotfix changelog here.

    The next update will be an Open Beta for next Wednesday. Once a few more critical items are addressed for the Viper and Hornet, and we are sure the program is stable, we will release an update to the release/stable version of DCS World. Thank you for all the Open Beta feedback and bug reports, and it has helped tremendously.

    Thanks for your dedication and support of DCS World!

    Development Report #2
    We had hoped to share more information about Modern Air Combat (MAC) this week, but the information wasn’t quite ready. Instead, we are happy to show progress on the updated A-10C cockpit. The cockpit is being recreated from the ground up and an all-new 3D mesh, textures, and effects. Our goal is to bring the Warthog up to 2019 standards, and this includes a great VR experience.






    Another item in development is the DCS: Supercarrier module. We recently completed the external model, and we plan to make CVN-71 & CVN-74 versions available at early access launch. The team is now focused on implementing the high-poly Landing Signal Officer (LSO) and Air Boss stations. Here is a list of the planned Early Access features, but this list is subject to change.

    Early Access Features
    1. New Nimitz-class aircraft carrier model:
      • Highly detailed polygon model.
      • High-resolution textures that include realistic weathering and markings
      • Animated arresting wires and blast shields
      • Animated radar antennas
      • Animated aircraft elevators
      • Catapult bubble between catapults 1 and 2
      • Steam from catapults
      • Risers (guard rails) around aircraft elevators when lowered
      • Long-range line-up lights
      • IFLOLS
      • Animated “rabbit lights” along landing area centerline
      • Deck lighting
      • Functional air defence weapon systems:
        • Sea Sparrow
        • CWIS
        • Sea RAM
      • Option for Nimitz-class aircraft carriers of the Roosevelt sub-class:
        • CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt
        • CVN-72 Abraham Lincoln
        • CVN-73 George Washington
    2. Deck parking allowing up to 14 aircraft to be spawned on deck. We will review the possibility of increasing this number to 18 in the coming months.
    3. Carrier radio communications for Case I, Case II, and Case III.
    4. Static deck vehicles (AS32A-31A Flight Deck Tractor, AS32A-32A Hangar Deck Tractor, AS32A-36 Aircraft crash and salvage crane, P-25 Fire Fighting Vehicle) that can be placed by mission designers.
    5. Static deck crew that can be placed by mission designers.
    6. Animated deck crew for bow and waist catapults launches.



    Yours sincerely,
    The Eagle Dynamics Team
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      Ka-50 & Open Beta Update


      Steam Halloween Sale & DCS Autumn Sale Continues
      Dear Steam users, the Steam 2019 Halloween Sale ends today! Just a few more hours remain to get great DCS World Steam Edition savings. Our E-Shop Autumn sale will continue until November 4th, with the following exceptions:

      DCS: F/A-18 Hornet by ED - 25% off
      DCS: Persian Gulf Map - 25% off
      DCS: Christen Eagle II by Magnitude 3 LLC – 25% off
      DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations – not on sale at this time
      DCS: F-16C Viper by ED – not on sale at this time



      Open Beta Update
      This week we released an update for Open Beta. This patch included a number of updates for the Hornet and Viper, as well as several 3rd Party modules. You can view the entire changelog here.

      Some highlights are:
      • Hornet: Many fixes for the AGM-62 Walleye & AWW-13 data pod
      • Viper: INS implemented (WIP)
      • Spitfire: Updated Sounds
      • Fw190 A-8: electric circuitry fixes


      Development Report #3
      The new Ka50 3D cockpit model is already at the texturing stage. Remember, this will be a free enhancement for existing Black Shark owners. In mid 2020 we plan to release a brand new external model along with certain new weapons and avionics systems with even greater cockpit enhancements. The product will also come with new missions, mission functionalities and gameplay. This module will be named Black Shark 3 and will be available at a substantial discount for existing Black Shark 2 owners and at full price for new users. Enjoy the screenshots below.




      Other Development Updates which might be of interest:
      • F/A-18C Hornet: the team is focused on the completion of the AGM-62 Walleye, updating the Harpoon, implementing dynamic launch zones / release points for JDAMs and JSOWs and Pre-Briefed mode for the AGM-88 HARM. The Team are working on completing and improving the current weapons prior to moving on to new systems such as the SLAM and SLAM-ER. TWS and enhanced radar modes will follow.
      • P-47D: A lot of work is being put into the external model that includes the landing gear, landing gear doors, intercooler and oil cooler flaps, landing flaps and creating realistic paint schemes. The cockpit is coming along well with remaining work mostly on the lighting and cockpit-view pilot model. The team are tuning the flight model, power plant and systems.
      • Supercarrier: the model is 95% complete with deck crew animations progressing well. This week we made good progress on the holdback bar animations and general scripting of launch operations. We’ve also made good progress on the LSO platform which offers an exceptional level of detail and functionality. For the early access launch, we plan 14 aircraft spawn locations.
      • Mi-24: UV mapping of the pilot’s cockpit is almost done and then we will spend about a month working on the animations and textures. The flight model is near 80% complete.
      • Integrated Voice Chat: We are now in the final stretch of rolling out the test version. We’ve added a minimize command, volume options, mic options, and bug fixes. Following the initial release, we will implement the creation of rooms.
      • New Effects: We are currently working on missile flame and smoke enhancements as well as new tracer art. This should deliver a new level of realism to exhaust flames based on motor and fuel type.
      • Dynamic Campaign: We now have a basic test version that works within DCS World to evaluate the real-time strategy element of the system. We are using this to debug the system. In parallel, work is now underway on the UI interface and the AI machine learning code. This is complex and is receiving a lot of focus at the moment.
      • Our new ‘secret’ terrain is coming along very well. We hope to be releasing screens shots soon...


      Yours sincerely,
      The Eagle Dynamics Team
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        Open Beta and Development Updates



        Open Beta Update
        Due to a statutory holiday in Russia this week, the team enjoyed a much needed day off to recharge and rest, because of this, we were only able to release a smaller update. You can read about it here. This update fixed some critical crashes throughout the game.
        Some highlights are:
        • F:16C - Fixed crash with rockets firing after selective jettison
        • F/A:18C - Fixed DCS hangs on SA page.
        • AIM-7 - Fixed bug that caused the missile seeker to not see chaffs.


        Development Report #4
        • Hornet & Viper: Our focus is currently on cleaning up the F-16C enough to release it to the “stable” version and there are a number of must have items on the to do list notably Track While Scan (TWS), some flight dynamics tuning and cockpit systems developments. Meanwhile, other team members are at work on the Hornet TWS and weapon systems enhancements. We expect a hard push on the Hornet’s radar and targeting pod by the end of the month.

        • SA-5 (S-200V) new 3D models: The S-200 (NATO: SA-5 Gammon) is a Russian medium to high altitude long-range heavy surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. A highly-proliferated weapon, it is currently in service in at least 12 countries. The later S-200V, S-200M, and S-200VE use the 5V28 missile. The missile measures 10.7 m in length, 0.86 m diameter, and has a range up to 250 km. The 5V28 uses a proximity fused conventional 217 kg HE warhead with semi-active homing guidance.





        • Clouds: A very anticipated improvement coming to DCS is already making progress. Just a few of the improvements we are looking to add to this are (the following is subject to change):
          • Different cloud types, such as:
            • Cumulus
            • Сumulonimbus
            • Сirrus
            • And variations.
          • Localized precipitation
          • Multiple cloud layers
          • Multi-player synchronization
          • Lower Performance overhead with minimal to no “pop-in”



        Yours sincerely,
        The Eagle Dynamics Team
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          New Supercarrier Info and Stable Update



          Master Server Infrastructure Maintenance
          We will have infrastructure maintenance works to be performed on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 04:00 to 06:00 UTC. All users will not be able to connect to the DCS Master server and all account sessions will be reset. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this short downtime.

          Stable Release updated
          After a relatively large number of Open Beta updates, we have released a substantial update to the Stable version of DCS World. Among the many highlights of the new Stable version, users will now be able to enjoy the Early Access version of the DCS: F-16C Viper. Other highlights include:
          • AGM-62 Walleye II and AWW-13 Data Link Pod for the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet
          • Many updates and fixes to 3rd Party modules such as the C-101 and M-2000C


          You can read the entire changelog here.

          Our next Open Beta is set for 20 November 2019 and is planned to include:

          F-16C Viper features
          1. Track While Scan (TWS) radar mode
          2. AUTO steerpoint sequence mode
          3. Corrected flight director (sherm) behavior
          4. Functional CMDS (countermeasures) DED page
          5. New stores drag implementation
          6. Initial data link (Link 16 / MIDS)
          7. External lights
          8. Centerline fuel tank
          9. Corrected lock maintenance when switching master mode
          10. Corrected radar lock-only RWR indication
          11. Corrected INS steerpoint change
          12. Corrected HMCS enable/disable HOTAS command


          F/A-18C Hornet features
          1. Aft Pod Antenna Option

          Following the 20 November 2019 Open Beta, we will heavily focus on the Hornet to include such items as Track While Scan (TWS) and AACQ radar modes, updates to the targeting pod, and updates to existing weapons systems and countermeasures.


          Development Report #5
          Supercarrier - "Population" of our new aircraft carrier is not limited to the flight deck but also the sailors and pre-flight crew of the island. Following the early access release, it will later it will be possible to occupy the Air Boss and Landing Signal Officer (LSO) locations in both 2D and VR. All of this will be available in the new DCS: Supercarrier module. In the meantime, please enjoy these work-in-progress images.





          Spitfire Sound Updates - We have greatly improved all the Spitfire LF Mk.IX engine and propeller sounds. New sounds were recorded from an actual Spitfire Mk.IX and added to the game. Our sound engine factors in altitude, airspeed, engine RPM, manifold pressure, and many other elements. You can hear the dramatic difference from within the cockpit and outside the aircraft. The update is available in the current Open Beta and will be available in today’s Stable version!

          Enjoy this video highlighting the updated sounds.



          DCS: M-2000C by RAZBAM Updates - Working closely with the French Air Force, RAZBAM brings you an all-new Mirage 2000C cockpit! This cockpit features all-new textures, radio panel, ECM, NVGs, and much more.



          The cockpit mesh has been extensively overhauled with new edge loops for better edging and a doubling of the polygons to improve both the on screen and VR experience.



          Using their relationship with the French Air Force 2/5 Squadron, RAZAM has created an M-2000C cockpit that is as close as you can get to the real thing. Using this opportunity, RAZBAM has fixed various inaccuracies by using our latest workflow and tools.



          New Features:
          • New cockpit model
          • New cockpit textures
          • New cockpit lighting
          • New radio panel
          • New ECM panel
          • New Seat Harness
          • New INS Screen
          • Added NVG’s with Mount
          • Added under glare shield lighting assembly
          • Added flashlight

          Cockpit Update Video


          The Virtual Festival of Aerobatic Teams 2019


          The Virtual Festival of Aerobatic Teams or VFAT is a virtual, international airshow like RIAT or MAKS. The pilots simulate the displays of real aerobatic teams like the Patrouille Suisse, Thunderbirds, Blue Angels, Russian Knights and Blue Impulse; however, many teams also create their own spectacular displays. VFAT is currently the only virtual airshow where such a large group of teams gather to create an event of this size. Spectators can watch the event live using internet streaming technology. VFAT takes place once a year and offers the opportunity for virtual aerobatic teams and solo pilots to present their hard work for the enjoyment of the general public! Watch live Dec. 7th & 8th on https://www.twitch.tv/virtualairshows.

          VFAT Video
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            Thanksgiving Sale



            Thanksgiving Sale 2019 Starts today!

            Get great savings on that module you have been waiting for! The Thanksgiving sale starts today, November 22nd, and runs until December 8th. Save up to 50% on most DCS World products, the only exceptions being:
            • DCS: F/A-18 Hornet by ED - 25% off
            • Persian Gulf Map by ED - 25% off
            • DCS: F/A-18 Hornet + Persian Gulf Map bundle -35% off
            • DCS: Christen Eagle II by Magnitude 3 LLC – 25% off
            • DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations – not on sale at this time
            • DCS: F-16C Viper by ED – not on sale at this time




            Note: the sale only applies to released, non-pre-order products.

            Open Beta Delay
            We planned and announced the release of our next Open Beta on the 20th of November 2019. However, due to substantial technical issues faced in the development of certain F-16C Viper features we were compelled to move the Open Beta release to the 27th of November 2019. As a small bonus for your patience we have prepared a Thanksgiving gift – our new VoIP in-game feature:

            DCS Voice Chat gives our players the possibility to talk within DCS multiplayer sessions without the need to use other applications. It's based on WebRTC technology and brings high-quality audio communication to the game right out of the box.

            For the initial release, DCS Voice Chat contains one common room and separate rooms for each coalition with free movement between common and chosen coalition rooms. Soon after the initial release, we'll add support of user-created rooms with the possibility to create a personal audio chat for you and your friends. Also, you can choose to use an open mic or Push-to-talk function.

            We have huge plans for further development of the feature including automatically created rooms for multi-crew, radio support with real radio visibility depending on the power of actual radio units and terrain, frequency-based coms etc.



            F/A-18C Aggressors BFM Campaign Released to Steam
            The F/A-18C Aggressors BFM Campaign is now available from Steam



            The FA-18C Aggressors BFM campaign puts you in the cockpit of an FA-18C Hornet as a new Aggressor pilot with the VFC-12 the "Fighting Omars" on loan to the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base. Based on real-world procedures, you will fly as Red Air against Blue Air forces. Upon arrival you will fly a familiarization flight around the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) and then face a series of challenging Basic Fighter Maneuver (BFM) missions against similar and dissimilar aircraft.


            • Your opponents include the F-4E, F-5E, F-14A, F-15C, F-15E, F-16C, F/A-18C, M-2000C, MiG-29G, CF-188, MiG-21 and Su-27.
            • 12 single player practice missions with in-air starts to help you perfect your BFM tactics, techniques, and procedures.
            • Over 1000 voice-overs and over 45 pages of briefing material that includes RED FLAG Spins, Red Forces In Flight Guide, Maps, Diagrams, Custom Knee-boards, and Mission Data cards.


            DCS World Tutorial & Training Range
            DCS World can be a bit daunting to new players, so this week we introduced a new forum section for those just getting started in DCS World, those still learning, and those that enjoy helping others. You can find it here:

            https://forums.eagle.ru/forumdisplay.php?f=663

            If you are a new user, this section is for you! We will be building a repository of the best DCS World tutorials and guides. You can also meet players that want to help you and squadrons looking for new members that want you to have fun and learn.

            If you are a video tutorial or guide creator for DCS World, this section is also for you. Here you can share all your great content and get feedback from your audience.

            Do you enjoy helping new DCS World pilots? A rewarding aspect of this hobby is working together to spread knowledge and give a helping hand to new pilots.

            The goal of this new section is to help flatten the DCS World learning curve, and we look forward to your participation and feedback on how we can further improve it.

            Development Report #6
            • Working with our partners at Deka Ironwork, we plan to release the DCS: JF-17 Thunder on December 4th, 2019. It will be available from both the DCS World e-Shop and Steam. Stay tuned for more details!
            • The team has been cranking away on the F-16C Viper, but we needed a few more days to complete the announced features for the next Open Beta. Eagerly awaited features of the next F-16C update will be the Track While Scan (TWS) radar mode, initial data link, external lights, centerline fuel tank, and more. Following this Open Beta, our modern-day fixed-wing jet dev team will focus on the Hornet’s targeting pod, TWS and other radar modes, updates to weapons like the JDAM and JSOW, and more.
            • Supercarrier work continues to revolve around the deck crew animations, improved lighting and visual effects as well as the LSO station. We are on track to release the Early Access of this module in the very near future.
            • Both the A-10C and Ka-50 new cockpits are progressing well with a lot of work invested into realistic textures and effects. We will use these products to take cockpit night lighting to the next level.
            • The Mi-24 cockpits are progressing well and we should be able to show you the first renders in the very near future.
            • The P-47 is looking beautiful inside and out and our flight model engineers have been very busy tuning the flight dynamics to match the real aircraft based on excellent references and first-hand pilot experience.
            • The visual effects of the new WWII damage model are now getting most of the focus because the internal damage effects and the physics are nearly complete. It’s just as important for the damage to look correct as the impact on systems and aircraft performance.
            • The basics of the dynamic campaign simulation engine are working in the map view and we’ve been using this to test the RTS element of the system. To support this, we’ve been adding new icons to the map for items like factories, warehouses, logistic units, and more. Work is also underway on providing visual indications of ground force movements and emplacements in the map view.


            Thank you all for your passion and support.

            Sincerely,
            The Eagle Dynamics Team
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                Thanksgiving Sale Continues



                Thanksgiving Sale 2019 Continues!
                Great savings continue on the DCS World E-shop, and now you can find most of the same deals on Steam as well. Get them while there are here, savings of up to 50% on most of the DCS World library with the following exceptions:
                • DCS: F/A-18 Hornet by ED – 25% off
                • Persian Gulf Map by ED – 25% off
                • DCS: F/A-18 Hornet + Persian Gulf Map bundle – 35% off E-shop only
                • DCS: Christen Eagle II by Magnitude 3 LLC – 25% off
                • DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations – not on sale at this time
                • DCS: F-16C Viper by ED – not on sale at this time
                • DCS: UH-1H Huey - WORLDS APART Spring 2025 – 50% off E-shop Only
                • DCS: F/A-18C: Aggressors BFM Campaign – 50% off E-shop Only




                Note: the sale only applies to released, non-pre-order products.

                DCS: UH-1H Huey - WORLDS APART Spring 2025 on Steam!



                Download now from the Steam.



                This is a story-driven campaign that places you in the role of a German Bell UH-1H Helicopter Pilot serving in the “WOLF PACK” squadron, a unit of the German Light Aircraft Group (Heeresflieger).

                You are part of a four-person crew that consists of your Commanding Officer Peter Berger, two Gunners Hans and Tom, and you, Frank, as the right seat co-pilot. Fly missions with your squadron leader, WOLF ONE, and other helicopter and fixed-wing units. Missions include other air, ground, and naval forces from different countries. You will conduct day and night unarmed transport, armed patrol in various weather conditions.
                • 12 challenging missions
                • More than 1400 voice-overs
                • Voice actors with an American, German, and Russian accents
                • And more than 170 pages detailed documentation
                • Mission-specific information that is integrated into the kneeboard pages


                Open Beta Update
                With this week’s Open Beta update, we saw some big changes to the Viper, you can see some of these change highlights in videos by Matt ‘Wags’ Wagner here:

                Another big addition was the initial implementation of integrated voice chat for DCS World. For this first release, it includes very basic functionality: 3 fixed rooms (COMMON, BLUE, RED), Microphone control (Use always, Mute, Push to talk) and sound device assignment. BLUE and RED rooms created when any user occupied a slot. We want to check VC server mass loading and to collect your responses and wishes for this stage. You can report your issues and wishes here.

                Other highlights include:
                • Over G damage added to both the Viper & Hornet
                • Aft Antenna for AWW-13 data link pod (shown here)


                Development Report #7
                DCS Voice Chat Roadmap -
                • Q4 2019
                  • Bug fixing of the initial release
                  • Illumination of the PTT button while transmitting
                • Iteration 1 - Q1 2020
                  • User-created rooms
                  • Auto-created rooms for multi-crew
                  • Auto-created rooms for key frequencies set in the Mission Editor
                • Iteration 2
                  • Show the name of the user who is talking at the moment
                  • Possibility to tune volume of own mic
                  • Possibility to put on/off the voice of any user
                  • Possibility to tune the volume of any user
                  • Mic self-test
                  • Software boost of the audio signal
                • Iteration 3
                  • Frequency-based coms
                  • Encrypted radio
                  • Possibility to work with few radios simultaneously
                • Iteration 4
                  • Radio effects on voice transmission
                  • Real radio visibility depending on the power of actual radio units and terrain
                • Iteration 5
                  • Comm jamming effect with additional zones for EW


                Thank you all for your passion and support.

                Sincerely,
                The Eagle Dynamics Team
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                  DCS: JF-17 Thunder by Deka Ironworks Released



                  DCS: JF-17 Thunder by Deka released!
                  The DCS: JF-17 Thunder by Deka Ironworks is now available for download:
                  DCS World e-Shop
                  DCS Steam



                  JF-17 is a single-seat, single-engine, multirole light fighter that jointly developed by AVIC Chengdu and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC). The design phase of JF-17 "Thunder" finished on May 31st, 2002, and the maiden flight was made on August 25th, 2003. The first plane delivered to PAF (Pakistan Air Force) in 2007. Currently, several different blocks of JF-17s are in service in Pakistan and Myanmar air forces. There are also several countries interested in purchasing this fighter jet. On February 27th, 2019, "Thunder" has withstood the test of actual combat and helped PAF win an appreciable victory.

                  "Thunder" is a type of fighter that specifically tailored for PAF. The development plan of her predecessor can even be traced back to 1985. At first, PAF was only looking for a fighter that can replace Shenyang J-6 (Chinese version of Mig-19), but they were not satisfied with Chengdu’s J-7M. After more than 20 years of development, the final product "Thunder" becomes completely different from J-7M.

                  "Thunder" has a bubble canopy of great view, pretty strake-wing layout and advanced avionics. KLJ-7 radar provides excellent air to ground capability. WMD-7 targeting pod can help "Thunder" searching for targets in combat. Although "Thunder" has small size, remember that: she is one of the most advanced fighter jets in the DCS World.

                  Key features of the DCS: JF-17 "Thunder" include:
                  • Nonlinear industry-level high fidelity 6DOF rigid-body flight model with real-life aerodynamic coefficients
                  • Line-by-line recreated real-life full authority longitudinal fly-by-wire system and lateral/directional control augmentation system with various modes and control law reconstruction on malfunction.
                  • Highly detailed aircraft exterior model: skin winkle, faded paint, oil residue and other details; even the position of each rivet is faithfully restored.
                  • A highly-detailed 6DOF cockpit. Three massive MFCDs with advanced HOTAS interface help you master the plane, as well as the battlefield.
                  • Accurately simulated sub-systems: communication and navigation systems, fire control systems, store management system, electro-mechanical management systems, air data system, DTC card, warning system, defense system, hydraulic system, pneumatic system, electrical system, environment conditioning system, oxygen system, external/cockpit light system, power plant control system, zeroizer system, eject seat system, and g-suit etc.
                  • Detailed malfunction/failure simulation: the module has over 200 system malfunctions and more than 100 damage partitions covering near 100 onboard devices; mutual malfunction effects between systems are also simulated.
                  • KLJ-7 radar can track 10 targets and attack 2 targets at the same time. KLJ-7 can also search/track surface (ground and sea) moving targets.
                  • Advanced stand-off attack capability: including LS-6 and GB-6 glide bombs, C-802AK anti-ship missile and CM-802AKG Man-In-the-Loop (MITL) missile.
                  • WMD-7 targeting pod can be used to search/track surface targets, identify air targets and provide guidance for laser-guided weapons.
                  • Advanced electronic warfare system: including chaff/flare dispense systems (OESP), KG-600 self-protect jamming pod that can locate radiation source and missile approach warning system (MAWS) installed on the tail.
                  • On-board datalink supports battlefield situation sharing between JF-17s and between AWACS.
                  • Detailed radio command options for ground crew interactions.
                  • Player-friendly configurations in Special Option.
                  • Air to air refuelling capability (Plan to add later).
                  • Campaigns for JF-17 in the Caucasus theatre (TBD).


                  DCS: JF-17 Thunder Tutorials
                  If you have purchased, or are planning on purchasing the JF-17 and want to learn how to get her in the air, then check out some of these great tutorials. You can find a collection of them in our new Tutorial section here, or check out some of the content creators directly such as the Grim Reapers and Redkite!

                  DCS: Supercarrier Preview Video
                  We are excited to share with you the first, extended look at the Supercarrier module coming to DCS World! Supercarrier includes an incredibly detailed Nimitz-class aircraft carrier with all the details you’d expect like realistic 3D objects, textures, lighting, and animations. This module also introduces new features to DCS World like an animated deck crew, interactive Landing Signal Officer (LSO) station, and CASE I, II, and III carrier landing radio communications.
                  DCS: Supercarrier Preview Video:


                  Stay tuned for more details as we approach its release.

                  Thanksgiving Sale Ends Soon!
                  You still have until December 8th to save up to 50% on most of the DCS World Library. Visit the E-shop now and get that module, terrain or campaign you have been wanting! You can see everything available here with the following exceptions:
                  • DCS: F/A-18 Hornet by ED – 25% off
                  • Persian Gulf Map by ED – 25% off
                  • DCS: F/A-18 Hornet + Persian Gulf Map bundle – 35% off
                  • DCS: Christen Eagle II by Magnitude 3 LLC – 25% off
                  • DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations – not on sale at this time
                  • DCS: F-16C Viper by ED – not on sale at this time
                  • DCS: UH-1H Huey - WORLDS APART Spring 2025 – 50% off
                  • DCS: F/A-18C: Aggressors BFM Campaign – 50% off
                  • DCS: JF-17 Thunder by Deka - not on sale at this time


                  Open Beta Release
                  This week we released a new Open Beta update with the following highlights:
                  • Early Access release of the DCS: JF-17 Thunder by Deka Ironworks
                  • Updated RWR sounds for the DCS: F-16C
                  • Updated P-51D Mustang Sounds (External, Internal, Distance, Startup/Shutdown)
                  • MP. Fix crash when a client is entering a server with JDAM in flight


                  You can read the complete changelog here.



                  Thrustmaster Special 10th anniversary Release
                  There was an exciting announcement from Thrustmaster this week as they released a new HOTAS Magnetic Base and the F-16C Viper™ HOTAS Add-On Grip. Both of these coming to celebrate 10 years of the HOTAS Warthog™ Flight Stick and to celebrate the release of the eagerly-anticipated DCS: F-16C Viper module.

                  HOTAS Magnetic Base



                  Thrustmaster is now giving members of its flight sim community the opportunity to totally customize and build their own dream setup from the ground up, thanks to the launch of a standalone version of its beloved HOTAS Magnetic Base for the very first time ever. The ability to purchase the base on its own gives simmers a level of adaptability that they’ve only been able to dream about until now, allowing them to use any of their favorite Thrustmaster add-on flight sticks (sold separately) with the base — and ushering in a brand-new era of optimized, fully customizable flight experiences for each and every user. The HOTAS Magnetic Base also proudly sports an eye-catching logo paying homage to the HOTAS Warthog™ Flight Stick’s 10th anniversary, sure to appeal both to collectors and old-school simmers looking to give their flight setup a dramatic instant upgrade.

                  HOTAS Magnetic Base key features:
                  • Detachable metal plate for desk or cockpit-style use, with special 10th-anniversary graphic.
                  • The base features H.E.A.R.T Hall Effect AccuRate Technology, with 3D (Hall Effect) magnetic sensors for surgical precision that won’t decrease over time.
                  • Super stable weighted base (weighs more than 4.4 lb / 2 kg without a flight stick grip installed).
                  • The base is compatible with all flight simulation games.
                  • Compatible on PC with the following Thrustmaster flight stick grips: HOTAS Cougar™, HOTAS Warthog™, F-16C Viper™ and F/A-18C Hornet™.


                  F-16C Viper™ HOTAS Add-On Grip



                  The availability of the Thrustmaster F-16C Viper™ HOTAS Add-On Grip, a life-size (1:1 scale) namesake replica of the real F-16C Viper™ flight stick, coincides with the recent early-access launch of the F-16C Viper module in the legendary DCS combat flight simulation game.

                  Inspired by the incredible success of the HOTAS Warthog™ Flight Stick (still the benchmark against which all other joysticks are judged), the grip integrates perfectly — and natively — with the DCS: F-16C Viper module, specially designed to replicate in minute detail the strike fighter aircraft whose outstanding versatility continues to make it a favorite of air forces around the globe. The real-world F-16C Viper™ is a supersonic multirole fighter jet in large-scale production, featuring renowned adaptability to meet the demands of a wide variety of different combat situations.

                  This is certainly an exciting chance for members of Thrustmaster’s community to once again access the very best in terms of flight sim quality and feel currently available, in order to truly get the most out of the breathtaking gaming experience delivered by this new DCS module that simmers everywhere can’t stop raving about.

                  F-16C Viper™ HOTAS Add-On Grip key features:
                  • Life-size (1:1 scale) replica of the real F-16C Viper™ flight stick.
                  • 100% metal design incorporating durable, industrial-grade materials for an authentic feel and maximum product lifespan.
                  • 19 action buttons in total, plus one 8-way “point of view” hat switch.
                  • Native integration in the game DCS via the dedicated DCS: F-16C Viper module (core game free and module sold separately).
                  • Backward-compatible with the two key joystick bases in Thrustmaster’s revered flight simulation ecosystem: HOTAS Warthog™ and HOTAS Cougar™ (sold separately). Easily place the grip on your HOTAS Warthog™ or HOTAS Cougar™ base!


                  Although the product is, of course, compatible with all of the most popular flight simulation games, the F-16C Viper™ HOTAS Add-On Grip above all represents a real extension of the DCS: F-16C Viper module, for which — and this bears repeating — it features native integration!


                  The Development report will move to bi-weekly so we have less of a chance in repeating ourselves. Stay tuned for Development Report #8 next week!


                  Many thanks to all our faithful community.

                  Yours sincerely,

                  The Eagle Dynamics Team
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                    Polychop Announces the OH-58D Kiowa for DCS World


                    DCS: F-16C Viper - Wing Flex Demonstration



                    A new element being added to the DCS: F-16C Viper is wing flex and twisting. This provides a much more dynamic and interesting behavior to the wing as you takeoff, maneuver and pull high-Gs, fly low and fast in turbulence, and even release heavy ordnance. This is the next large element that we are adding to the external model of the Viper. Following this, we are aiming to complete the texture template, improve the afterburner effects and create several more skins.

                    Polychop Announces the OH-58D Kiowa for DCS World
                    Here is a small excerpt from the Polychop Simulations announcement, you can read the full announcement on our forums here.

                    Dear community,
                    It has been a few months since we first publicly announced that we are working on the OH-58D Kiowa for DCS World.
                    For the past two years, we have been working on the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. Back then we were not yet certain what flight simulator software we’d be building the OH-58D for but at some point, we decided (again) on DCS world.
                    During the past 2 years, we have been talking to a lot of individuals including people from Bell Textron, Eagle Dynamics and the US Army Cavalry community.
                    Bell Textron granted us a product-specific license for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior for commercial use, which means we were given permission to recreate the helicopter for game or entertainment purposes. Without this license, a module for the DCS World environment would not be possible.
                    With the license also comes a responsibility. Anything related to the product will be subject to demanding quality control procedures. We recognize this as an opportunity and a benefit for the community, the simulation of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior in DCS World and ourselves as a developing company. The license also grants us access to certain information otherwise not available to the public. Without it, it would simply be impossible to create a lifelike representation of the aircraft.







                    With the manufacturer’s license secured, we got in contact with Eagle Dynamics to discuss with them the plans we had for our next module. This started a long period in which possible contracts were negotiated. Negotiations like these are complex, especially when it involves a third party, in this case, Bell Textron. In the end, all parties have to agree to the terms and conditions.
                    In October 2019, a day before the Cosford Flight Sim Show, we got the green light from Eagle Dynamics to announce the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior as a possible DCS World module. Even though the contract had not been finalized, at that point we were at a stage in negotiations where it was very plausible all parties involved would come to an agreement.
                    Today we can announce that all contracts have been signed and finalized. The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior will be released as a DCS World module. We can’t reveal a release date yet. We’ve set our sights on a release in 2020 though.

                    Overall we are happy that we have the opportunity to bring such an iconic helicopter, a workhorse of its kind, to DCS World and have her live on in our community. We also want to thank Eagle Dynamics, Nick Grey and Matthias Techmanski for all the support and the trust they have in our team, that we will be able to properly produce this magnificent helicopter, which was the first to ever have a glass cockpit worldwide.
                    Now the big question, when will the community hear more news or see new streams or videos about the Kiowa. We are currently planning to have a scheduled stream with a few people available. What, when and who will be discussed and announced in a few days. So stay tuned.
                    For now, the whole team wishes all the best and everybody a Merry Christmas 2019
                    Your Polychop Team

                    Development Report #8
                    Damage Model - As we enter the home stretch on the new Damage Model for WWII Fighters, we are working hard to create and tune new effects for all aspects. We are excited to show you how they are looking so far, and how they will look even more incredible when you finally see it for yourself.






                    Many thanks to all our faithful community.

                    Yours sincerely,

                    The Eagle Dynamics Team
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                      Winter Sale Begins & Christmas Open Beta Update


                      Winter Sale Begins!


                      Get great savings on that module you have been waiting for! The Winter sale started December 19th and runs until January 5th. Save up to 50% on most DCS World products, the only exceptions being:
                      • DCS F/A-18 Hornet by ED - 25% off
                      • DCS Persian Gulf Map by ED - 25% off
                      • DCS: Christen Eagle II by Magnitude 3 LLC – 25% off
                      • DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations – 20% off
                      • DCS: F-16C Viper by ED – not on sale at this time
                      • DCS: JF-17 Thunder by Deka Ironwork Simulations - not on sale at this time
                      • F-86F Hunters over the Yalu Campaign by Reflected Simulations - not on sale at this time


                      Note that this is the first time the DCS: F-14 Tomcat will be on sale! Climb in Maverick.
                      We will also be taking part in the Steam Winter Sale.


                      Christmas Open Beta Update
                      This week saw the release of one of our biggest updates of the year. Many fixes and some very sought after features were introduced. Some of the highlights include:
                      • New Cockpit for the A-10C
                      • Updates to the Normandy Map
                      • A number of fixes to the JF-17
                      • Track While Scan (TWS) radar mode for the Hornet
                      • And much more

                      See the full changelog for this patch, and the hotfixes released this week here.

                      Thrustmaster/Hornet Challenge

                      Thrustmaster, partnered with Eagle Dynamics SA, has created a competition for some of our favourite content creators. The challenge is for each creator to provide a video showing their coolest maneuver using the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and the Thrustmaster Hornet Stick.
                      You can see all the videos here:

                      Jeff Favignano
                      DevilDogGamer
                      Jabbers
                      Growling Sidewinder
                      Spudknocker

                      Between December 20th and the 22nd, vote for your favourite video.
                      Follow Thrustmaster on social media for instructions on how to vote, and have a chance to win some prizes!
                      Thrustmaster Twitter - Thrustmaster Facebook - Eagle Dynamics Facebook

                      F-86F Hunters over the Yalu Campaign Released
                      The new F-86F Campaign by Reflected Simulations is available in the E-Shop now!



                      It's early 1953, and after completing several tours during WWII, you're once again putting your neck on the line by flying dangerous combat missions over North Korea. Command the 67th Fighter Bomber Squadron and attack enemy bridges, factories; strafe supply columns; and support US troops as they fight their fierce battles. Survive heavy flak and fighter attacks, and then transfer to the legendary 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron to carry out large fighter sweeps over MiG Alley and fight massive battles in the stratosphere. Watch out for the honchos, they say Casey Jones is back in business!

                      Key Features:
                      • 12 realistic missions to be flown as the squadron leader of the 67th FBS and the 39th FIS
                      • Sequel of the "Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney" campaign, although not mandatory
                      • A detailed background story, mission contexts, and checklists
                      • Detailed briefings and briefing images that include separate PDF mission descriptions
                      • Unique kneeboard graphics for each mission
                      • Over 300 custom recorded voice-over messages and radio broadcasts
                      • Historically accurate custom skins
                      • A wide array of missions including CAS, Bombing, Fighter Sweep, Escort and Scramble


                      Development Update #9
                      Normandy Map Update - Our friends at Ugra Media have also provided a free update to their Normandy map for DCS World! This is a great home for the DCS warbirds. The update adds many new airfields and famous landmarks, a new tree and forest system, and more detail around existing airfields and urban areas.
                      We will be working closely with Ugra Media to make additional improvements to this work-in-progress.
                      • Textures massive update for fields, cities and towns, villages, airfields
                      • Added four new regions in France that includes:
                        • Cana district
                        • Quarantine estuary
                        • Coasts north of the Utah landing zone
                        • The Mont Saint-Michel area
                      • Included seven new airfields (The total number of airfields has been increased to 3:
                        • Argentan is a single-lane track
                        • Barville is a two-lane dirt track
                        • Essay is a single-lane grass track
                        • Goulet is a single-lane grass track
                        • Hauterive is a single-lane grass track
                        • Vrigny is a single-lane grass track
                        • Conches is a single-lane concrete track
                      • Airfields have a significant increase in detail with many more objects.
                      • Trees and forests have been updated to use SpeedTree, with 20 unique types of trees.
                      • More detailed Atlantic Wall:
                        • Added costal anti-tank hedgehogs, barbed wire, etc.
                        • 8 zones were added that includes artillery batteries.
                      • New, detailed scenery has been added that includes:
                        • Le Mont-Saint-Michel
                        • Jumièges Abbey
                        • Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Rouen
                        • Rouen-Rive-Droite Station
                        • More detail was also added objects in the original map
                      • The vector data was significantly improved over 20,000 sq kms.
                      • Additional bug fixes and performance optimizations.


                      A-10C Warthog Cockpit - In 2011 we released our A-10C for DCS World and it has been one of our most successful and loved modules to date. Over the years, technology and tools have improved, and we are pleased to provide you with a free update to its cockpit. This includes an entirely new 3D mesh, new high-resolution textures, improved lighting, and improved VR.
                      This is an early work-in-progress, and we will further enhance the weathering, textures, and lighting over the coming weeks.

                      DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark Update - In 2020 we will also give you a free update to the Ka-50 Black Shark. Like the free A-10C cockpit, it has been re-built from scratch with a much higher level of detail and accuracy. We hope you enjoy it.

                      Merry Christmas to you and yours, and we thank you for your support and passion,
                      The Eagle Dynamics Team
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                        Winter Sale Continues & WWII Asset Pack Progress Report



                        Winter Sale Continues!


                        Christmas may be over, but the savings continue! The Winter sale will run until January 5th. Save up to 50% on most DCS World products, the only exceptions being:
                        • DCS F/A-18 Hornet by ED - 25% off
                        • DCS Persian Gulf Map by ED - 25% off
                        • F/A-18 Persian Gulf Map bundle - 35% off
                        • DCS: Christen Eagle II by Magnitude 3 LLC – 25% off
                        • DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations – 20% off
                        • DCS: F-16C Viper by ED – not on sale at this time
                        • DCS: JF-17 Thunder by Deka Ironwork Simulations - not on sale at this time
                        • F-86F Hunters over the Yalu Campaign by Reflected Simulations - not on sale at this time

                        Note that this is the first time the DCS: F-14 Tomcat will be on sale!
                        Also, this weekend only, Dec 27th at 10:30 PST to Dec 29th, we are having a DCS: F-14 Tomcat Free Weekend Event in the E-shop and on Steam! Try it out, and then pick it up for 20% off!
                        We are also taking part in the Steam Winter Sale as well.


                        Christmas Stable Update
                        This week saw an update to the Stable branch of DCS, this brings many long-awaited changes, fixes and features to this branch. Some of the highlights are:
                        • Track While Scan (TWS) to the Hornet and Viper
                        • Initial release of DCS Voice Chat
                        • Updated A-10C Cockpit
                        • Update for Normandy Map

                        You can see these and many, many more updates in the changelog here.

                        Development Report #10
                        DCS: WWII Asset Pack - Work continues on this highly anticipated update to the WWII asset pack, one of the final items we are working on is the addition of torpedoes to DCS World. Torpedoes will be available for the Ju-88A-4, U-boat and E-boat. This will give Mission Creators and users the possibility to take part in hunting and/or defending shipping lines in the recently updated Normandy Map. This addition opens up many future possibilities for DCS World. Once this update is ready it will add the following:
                        • A-20 Boston AI aircraft
                        • Ju-88A-4 AI Aircraft
                        • 8.8cm Flak Gun 41
                        • Siemens Flakscheinwerfer 37 projector plus Generator
                        • E-boat Schnellboot type S-100
                        • U-boat type 7
                        • Stug III Tank Destroyer
                        • M10 Tank Destroyer
                        • Mk VIII Centaur IV Tank
                        • Elefant self-propelled artillery
                        • Mk IV Churchill VII Tank
                        • Torpedoes for aircraft and sea vessels





                        The Saga Continues
                        This past week saw the release of a highly anticipated next chapter in a franchise we all enjoy, that’s right! Sting TV released the next chapter in their series, check it out here:
                        DCS WORLD - DANGER IN DUBAI 2020


                        From all of us at Eagle Dynamics, we hope you have a safe and joyous holiday season and thank you for your continued passion and support!

                        Happy New Year!
                        The Eagle Dynamics Team
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                          Introducing a New Free Map to DCS World: The Marianas


                          Winter Sale Ends Soon!


                          Only a few days remain to pick up those modules you have been wanting! The Winter sale will end on January 5th. Save up to 50% on most DCS World products, the only exceptions being:
                          • DCS F/A-18 Hornet by ED - 25% off
                          • DCS Persian Gulf Map by ED - 25% off
                          • F/A-18 Persian Gulf Map bundle - 35% off
                          • DCS: Christen Eagle II by Magnitude 3 LLC – 25% off
                          • DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations – 20% off
                          • DCS: F-16C Viper by ED – not on sale at this time
                          • DCS: JF-17 Thunder by Deka Ironwork Simulations - not on sale at this time
                          • F-86F Hunters over the Yalu Campaign by Reflected Simulations - not on sale at this time


                          Note that this is the first time the DCS: F-14 Tomcat will be on sale!
                          We are also taking part in the Steam Winter Sale as well.

                          Mariana Islands Map Announcement!

                          Since the release of DCS World, the sole free map has been the Caucasus Map. Although a great map and the recipient of a huge update in DCS World 2.5, we are happy to announce a second, free map for DCS World! For this new map, we want to use our latest map technologies and provide a very different combat environment in a new part of the world. The map must have the following features:

                          • A very large ocean area with a few islands. Ideal for carrier operations.
                          • Islands that are situated such that airfields have natural red, blue, and contested locations.
                          • Home to at least one modern-day USAF base.
                          • Feasible for US, Russia, and China operations in the Pacific.
                          • Take advantage of the Chinese Assets Pack.



                          Taken as a whole, there is only one natural choice: the Mariana Islands. It will initially be a 400 x 400 km map with the option to expand further in the future. Home to one of the largest USAF air bases in the region, Andersen AFB on Guam serves as an anchor of US forces in the Pacific region, but it is within reach of both Chinese and Russian Pacific forces to the north. The same island chain also served as the backdrop of the World War II battles of Guam, Saipan, and Rota, as well as the carrier vs. carrier Mariana Islands battle.

                          At release, the following islands will be included and modelled at an extreme level of accuracy using our latest map and graphics technologies:


                          Guam
                          • Andersen AFB.
                          • Weapons storage bunkers northwest of Andersen AFB.
                          • Ordnance Annex in south-central next to Santa Rita.
                          • Antenna array installation on the west coast.
                          • Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport.
                          • Abandoned Northwest Airfield in the northeast corner of the island.
                          • Abandoned Orote Airfield at Crote Pointe.
                          • US Naval station and Guam Port Authority at Apra Habor / Sumay.
                          • Fort Soledad and Fort Juan Muna.
                          • Urban areas of Talofofo, Yona, Tumon, Yigo, Maggilao, Asbeco, Dededo, Inarajan, Santa Rita, Agat, Piti, Asan, Hagatna, Barrigada, Magilao, and Adacao, Agana Heights, Asan-Maina, Chalan-Pago-Ordot, Mongmong-Toto-Maite, and Umatac.
                          • The University of Guam.
                          • Leo Palace Resort.


                          Saipan
                          • Saipan International Airport.
                          • Port of Puerto Rico.
                          • Urban centers of Kagman, San Roque, Tanapag, Garapan, San Vucente, Dandan, Chalan Kiya, Susupe, Chalan Kanoa, Afetna, and Chalan Kiya.
                          • Golf courses at Agingan, Kagman, and along the eastern coast.
                          • Memorial at the east end.


                          Tinian
                          • Tinian International Airport.
                          • The abandoned airfield at the north end of the island.
                          • Urban areas of San Jose / harbor and Marpo Heights.
                          • Antenna array along the central west coast of the island.


                          Rota
                          • Rota International Airport.
                          • Urban areas of Sinapalu, Songsong, and Teneto Village.
                          • Golf course on the northern coast of the island.
                          • Abandoned weapon storage area on the east end of the island.


                          Farallon de Medinilla
                          • Air-to-ground weapons training range


                          Aguijan


                          We are very excited to bring this new, free map to you in 2020 that will offer new gameplay, home to new units, and a new chapter for DCS World.



                          DCS 2020 and Beyond Update - Aircraft Modules
                          From all of us at Eagle Dynamics, we want to wish you a happy new year and every success and happiness for 2020! 2019 was a wonderful year for us with the release of several outstanding aircraft for DCS World. These included the release of the F-16C Viper, Fw 190 A-8 Anton, F-14B Tomcat, JF-17 Thunder, Christen Eagle II, I-16, completion of the C-101, a new A-10C cockpit, and continued development of the F/A-18C, Harrier, M-2000C, and other modules. It was an extremely busy year for us, but we will further accelerate development in 2020.


                          Now is a great time to try one of these new modules while the Winter Sale lasts:
                          https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/modules/


                          What follows is a listing of aircraft projects that we and our valued partners will be working on in 2020. We do not expect all these projects to be released in 2020, but this is where our development focus will be in 2020.

                          DCS: A-10C Warthog 2

                          Following the free A-10C cockpit update, we will be releasing A-10C Warthog 2 in 2020. This will be a dramatic visual and systems upgrade to our A-10C. Once the new features have been finalized, we look forward to sharing them with you.
                          In addition to DCS: A-10C Warthog 2 being available as a new module that will replace DCS: A-10C Warthog, it will also be available to existing A-10C Warthog owners at a significant discount.

                          DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark 3

                          Since the release of the DCS: Black Shark 2 upgrade many years ago, our technology has improved greatly to allow us to create an even better Ka-50 Black Shark! As with the A-10C Warthog 2, this includes both graphical and system upgrades.


                          We will first release a free update to Ka-50 Black Shark 2 that provides a free overhaul of the cockpit graphics. This is not simply updated textures, but rather a completely new cockpit 3D mesh and high-resolution textures. This will also address any remaining cockpit lighting issues.


                          Later in 2020, we will release DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark 3. This upgrade will build on the free cockpit update and add the following features:

                          • Option for weathered cockpit textures.
                          • Completely new external model with a much-improved 3D mesh detail and textures. It will also account for the new systems like the Missile Launch Warning Systems, Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) and the Igla air-to-air missiles.
                          • Ability to carry up to four Igla air-to-air missiles.
                          • Integrated Missile Launch Warning System (MLWS) system with display system.
                          • Integrated Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) system with integrated display system.

                          In total, it will make the Ka-50 much more deadly and survivable on the DCS World battlefield.


                          As with A-10C Warthog 2, Ka-50 Black Shark 3 will replace the current Ka-50 Black Shark 2, but existing owners of Ka-50 Black Shark 2 will get a significant discount for version 3.


                          DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt

                          Our next warbird for DCS World will be the P-47D Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt will be our first allied radial-engine warbird for DCS World, and it will fill in fun and interesting role in operations over western Europe and beyond. Combining both air-to-air and air-to-ground mission capability, it will provide a wealth of mission types, heavy armament, excellent protection, and long-range.


                          The P-47D is far along in development with mostly flight model tuning, adding object details, and creating the mission content. Suit up!


                          We plan to release a new World War II Europe map to coincide with the release of the P-47D.

                          DCS: De Haviland Mosquito FB MK.VI

                          Following the P-47D, our next warbird will be the Mosquito. Noted for its impressive speed and heavy armament, the Mossy will provide a unique element to DCS World in both the attack and reconnaissance roles. Skimming Europe at tree-top height at high speed will be thrilling!

                          DCS: Mi-24P HIND

                          The Mi-24P has been in development for the past year, and it is on track to be released in 2020. The HIND will be the next helicopter for DCS World and will include cooperative multiplayer, next-generation graphics for the external model and cockpit, and a wide range of mission types from anti-armor attack to troop transport.
                          The Mi-24P will be an outstanding partner to the Mi-8MVT2!

                          DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and F-16C Viper

                          While our warbirds and helicopter teams are focused on the P-47D and Mi-24P, our modern-day jets team will be working diligently on the Hornet and Viper, with the goal for both to be feature complete and out of early access by the end of 2020.
                          Important development aspects for both will be the air-to-ground radars, a new Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system, additional radar modes, new weapons, and more.

                          DCS: UH-1H Huey

                          For 2020, our next improvement for the Huey will be the addition of cooperative multiplayer. This is currently in internal testing, and we hope to have it to you soon.

                          Modern Air Combat

                          Over the past year, a massive amount of work has gone into Modern Air Combat in order to make it a AAA title. During this period, we have also expanded the scope and features of the product substantially. This has led to us push back its release date to 2020.

                          Modern Air Combat will not be a DCS World product, but rather a new series for us that focuses more on action, gameplay, and a shallowing learning curve.

                          DCS: OH-58D Kiowa Warrior

                          Developed by Polychop-Simulations, the developer of DCS: SA-342M Gazelle, the OH-58D will add the first American attack-reconnaissance helicopter to DCS World. Using the Mast-Mounted Sight (MMS), the Kiowa can acquire and track targets while in cover, and it has teeth that include Hellfire anti-tank guided missiles and unguided rockets.

                          DCS: F-15E Strike Eagle

                          Building upon their excellent M-2000C, Harrier, and MiG-19, RAZBAM is hard at work on the iconic F-15E Strike Eagle. Given the massive complexity and mission flexibility of this aircraft, it will be a very challenging module that we are sure RAZBAM will exceed expectations.

                          While there are other 3rd party aircraft in development, they are currently not under a development license agreement. Once they are, we look forward to providing you with updates on them.

                          In next week’s newsletter, we’ll talk about the non-aircraft projects and core DCS World improvements that we’ll be working on in 2020.

                          Happy New Years and thank you for the support and kindness,
                          The Eagle Dynamics Team
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                            DCS World 2020 and Beyond – Non-Aircraft Projects



                            DCS World 2020 and Beyond – Non-Aircraft Projects

                            In last week’s newsletter, we reviewed our 2020 and beyond plans for aircraft in DCS World. One aircraft we forgot to mention was the MiG-23 from RAZBAM. This will be a great eastern aircraft addition to the stable of jets to DCS World, and it is being created by the same RAZBAM team that created the MiG-19.


                            For this week’s newsletter, we are excited to discuss the many other DCS World projects that are not aircraft. This includes both new modules and core features to DCS World. Like the aircraft, this is a listing of what we will be working on this year, but unless specifically noted, we cannot promise that all these projects will be completed by the end of 2020. In fact, some of the larger projects may extend past it.

                            DCS: Supercarrier

                            In the latter part of 2019, we released a video showing off some of the early fun parts of this project. We are now nearing the finish line. Much of the remaining work involves adjusting the complex deck crew animations to support the launching of aircraft from all four catapults; ship lights that include the floodlights, the Improved Fresnel Optical Landing System (IFLOLS), and landing area lights; damage modelling; network copy protection; and up to 14 spawn points in multiplayer for client aircraft.

                            Following the early access release, more features will be added that include a briefing room, more ships of the class, player IFLOLS operation, and more.



                            We are pleased to announce that the DCS: Supercarrier module will also include a greatly updated Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier (without deck animation), the Su-33 Flanker D for DCS World (for those of you who don’t already own it), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer!
                            • The Kuznetsov is a Russian-built aircraft carrier that is substantially improved over the existing version in DCS World. It is a completely new model with detailed geometry, textures, lighting, and animations. Players can operate the Su-33 Flanker D from the Kuznetsov, including carrier landings and ski-jump ramp takeoffs. In addition to a formidable suite of surface-to-air defenses, the Kuznetsov is also armed with P-700 Granit anti-ship cruise missiles. The Kuznetsov sister ship, the Varyag, was sold to China and now serves in the Chinese Navy as the Liaoning.
                            • A cornerstone of today’s American Carrier Battle Group (CVBG) is an array of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers. Built around the SPY-1D radar and AEGIS battle management system, the Arleigh Burke-class provides an effective air defense umbrella around the CVBG and is also armed with Harpoon and Tomahawk cruise missiles, close-in gun systems, torpedoes, and a 5-inch deck gun.




                            These new naval elements to DCS World will be at home in the recently announced Mariana Islands map. Although the island portion of the map will be approximately 400x400 km, the overall map size will be 1000x1000 km in order to provide realistic ranges for modern-day naval operations, sensors, and weapon systems.


                            As with the new Nimitz-class aircraft carrier model for Supercarrier, the Kuznetsov and Arleigh Burke will be visible to all in multiplayer, regardless if you own the Supercarrier module.


                            DCS: Supercarrier will be available for pre-order on January 17th with a 30% discount and will deliver as an Open Beta by the end of Q1 2020. Owners of DCS: F/A-18C will receive a discount when purchasing DCS: Supercarrier.

                            Maps
                            The Channel Map

                            In addition to the Mariana Islands map, we are pleased to announce the first dedicated World War II map for DCS World that is created by Eagle Dynamics: The Channel map! This map will represent southeast England, the English Channel, and portions of the low countries and north eastern France. The map is built to support missions and campaigns between the late 1930s and 1945 with a new level of detail and realism not seen before in a DCS World map. Airfields of the map include:
                            • Manston
                            • Detling
                            • Hawkinge
                            • Lympne
                            • Dunkirk Mardyck
                            • Saint-Omer Longuenesse
                            • Merville Calonne
                            • Abbeville Drucat






                            It will also include detailed renditions of the cities, towns, road and rail network, forests, rivers, canals, communication lines, radar stations, of this important region during the Second World War.







                            DCS: The Channel Map will be available for pre-order with a 30% discount in early February 2020.

                            Third Party Maps
                            While we are focused on the Mariana Islands and Channels maps, our third parties will also be quite busy!

                            Falkland Islands Map

                            The RAZBAM map team is making great progress on their Falkland Islands map, while at the same time creating new assets and player-units to suit.

                            Syria Map

                            After completing a great update to their DCS: Normandy 1944 map, Ugra Media will continue their work on the ambitious Syria map. This map spans from Turkey in the north to Israel in the south, with Syria and Lebanon in between. After an initial map review, the Ugra Team will be implementing the feedback to move forward on an early access release.

                            DCS: World War II Assets Pack

                            Work continues on the World War II assets pack, with the addition of several important air, ground, and naval units including:
                            • Ju-88A-4 medium bomber
                            • A-20 Boston medium bomber
                            • C-47 transport
                            • MK.VIII Centaur IV tank
                            • Mk.IV Churchill VII tank
                            • Elefant self-propelled artillery
                            • Stug III tank destroyer
                            • M10 tank destroyer
                            • QF 3.7-inch AA gun
                            • 37 mm Gun M1
                            • M45 Quadmount that can be used on different platforms
                            • 8.8 cm Flak 41 AAA
                            • Flakscheinwerfer 37 and generator support unit
                            • Schnellboot Type S-100 E-Boat
                            • Type VII U-Boat

                            We are also looking at adding some exciting new features to the Asset pack, which include Torpedoes, Paratroopers and functional searchlights.

                            DCS World Core Updates
                            The core DCS World program will continue to grow and improve in 2020 across several key areas. In fact, more than half of Eagle Dynamics staff is devoted to improving the core of DCS World and not for-purchase products.

                            Vulkan API Support

                            In order to improve game performance, particularly in VR and take advantage of today’s hardware, we have been working on the integration of the Vulkan API into DCS World over the past year. This is an important undertaking, but we believe it will be well worth the end-results.

                            DCS World 2.5.6 Lighting Improvements

                            This month we begin the testing of version 2.5.6 of DCS World that will include improvements to the lighting system. This will be most evident at night when viewing the cockpits. In addition to cockpit lighting, overall world lighting will appear more natural and balanced with improved tones.

                            Following this, our goal will be to further enhance world lighting by allowing multiple world-lighting sources. This will provide a much more natural and realistic appearance to the world.

                            Clouds and Weather
                            Another important DCS World enhancement in 2020 will be the delivery of substantially improved weather and clouds. The first step is our new system will render many different types and sizes of clouds in multiple layers. These clouds will impact certain sensors, and be synchronized in network play. We are setting a high bar for ourselves, and it is taking a bit longer than expected. However, we trust that it will be well worth the wait.

                            In parallel, we are also working on significant improvements to the dynamic weather system of DCS World that will also take advantage of this new cloud system as well as pressure fronts.

                            Voice Chat (VC)
                            In late 2019 we released the first test version of our free, integrated voice chat system into DCS World. Since then, we have been analysing your feedback to make further improvements. Thank you for all the great comments! In 2020, we aim to deliver peer-to-peer connectivity and user chat “rooms” generation. The next step thereafter will be to support radio modulation and frequencies as well as varied mic and audio characteristics of helmets and radios from different eras. Our final goal will be to include communications jamming and secure voice capability. This will continue to be a free and fully integrated feature of DCS World.

                            Damage Modeling

                            Another new feature of DCS World 2.5.6 will be the initial release of the improved damage system for the WWII fighters in DCS. As we have discussed in prior newsletters, this system includes a complex and realistic accounting of damage to aircraft systems, round trajectory and penetration, deflection, and localized damage. We have also added substantially enhanced visual damage effects that include missing structural components, fuel and hydraulic leaks. The new damage model will provide a much more engrossing and realistic experience.

                            Once we and our clients are happy with the warbirds damage model system, we will implement this new damage modelling to the more modern aircraft, ground units, and naval units.

                            Aircraft Artificial Intelligence (AI)
                            In 2019 we made initial improvements to the dogfight AI that delivers more realistic and human behaviour, this also includes implementation of modern control theory Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA) and Incremental Nonlinear Dynamic Inversion (INDI) to all our AI aircraft in DCS in 2020. The new approach will extend flight envelopes and improve AI control quality and control response in mass and moment of inertia changes. In 2020 we will continue this effort, but also devote resources to improve other AI areas to include:
                            • Beyond Visual Range (BVR) offensive and defensive behaviour
                            • Formation keeping and correct use of external lights
                            • Air-to-Ground attack maneuvers
                            • Very-low level flight and terrain following
                            • Defensive threat responses (SAM and AAA)


                            Airfield Air Traffic Control (ATC)
                            Another AI task that we will kick off in 2020 is a new implementation of ATC radio communications for airfields. This will be a more realistic and complete ATC system to account for ground, tower, departure, and approach controllers, as well as account for variables that include VRF/IFR and overhead/straight in.

                            We will be working with subject matter experts to ensure that this new ATC system is a valuable addition to DCS World immersion and enjoyment.

                            Air-to-Ground Radar and Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR)
                            Critical to complete the F/A-18C and F-16C, will be the inclusion of completed air-to-ground (AG) radar and Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) sensor systems. Last year, the JF-17 Thunder used our AG radar application programming interface (API) to great success. We will continue to improve the AG radar API and use it for both the Hornet and Viper. We will continue to enhance this area of expertise and work to improve radar shadowing, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) support, and varied resolution based on the type and era of radar.

                            The updated FLIR API will be used to improve the targeting pod’s infrared (black hot/white hot) cameras. This is a rather large undertaking because it not only involves programming tasks to account for thermal dynamics of world and unit objects but also creating thermal maps for all objects in DCS World and how they behave under different conditions.

                            Missile Dynamics

                            Last year we used the AIM-7 as a testbed to implement several air-to-air missile performance and guidance improvements. Early this year we will be doing the same for the AIM-120. The AIM-120 performance in 2020 will be closer to claimed specifications given adjustments to G-induced drag in the trans-sonic region, and we improved the efficiency of the lofting profile.

                            New AI Units

                            In 2020 we will continue to update older DCS World units. We are currently developing the SA-5 surface-to-air missile and the SS-1 SCUD surface-to-surface missile (we still need to develop the Short-Range Ballistic Missile flight model), the S-3B Viking, and cows of course! There are other units we hope to revisit to like the B-52H, C-17A, Tu-95, and others.

                            Dynamic Campaign
                            Work on the dynamic campaign has been underway for over a year, and the progress has been steady on this very complex task. We understand that this is one of the most awaited features in DCS World and we are giving it the attention it deserves.

                            Much of the work is focused on the dynamic campaign creation tool layers as part of the Mission Editor, developing machine learning mechanics, and creating an AI neural network for the RTS element of the system. The machine learning and neural network tasks are particularly challenging, but we believe they should provide a unique dynamic campaign experience.

                            We expect to start testing this feature in the latter part of 2020.

                            Thank you for the support and kindness,
                            The Eagle Dynamics Team
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                              DCS: Superсarrier now available for Pre-Order


                              DCS: Superсarrier now available for Pre-Order

                              We are pleased to announce that DCS: Supercarrier is available for pre-order with great savings! Pre-order DCS: Supercarrier and save 30% off the $49.99 retail value. Owners of DCS: F/A-18C Hornet will receive an additional 20% off, for a total savings of 50%. This is on top of ED Miles you may apply.



                              The pre-order and savings are only available from the DCS World e-Shop



                              DCS: Supercarrier includes:
                              • Highly detailed and animated Nimitz-class aircraft carrier that includes the USS Theodore Roosevelt, USS Abraham Lincoln, and the USS George Washington. While in early access, additional ships of the sub-class will be added.
                              • Fully modelled sensors and weapon systems.
                              • Interactive carrier radio communications that includes CASE I, CASE
                              • II, and CASE III flight operations that range from daylight/good weather
                              • landings to night-time/foul weather operations.
                              • Animated deck crew to launch aircraft from all four catapults.
                              • Occupy the Landing Signal Officer (LSO) station with integrated landing camera. This also has the option to play in VR.
                              • Numerous deck starting locations for aircraft in multiplayer.
                              • New static objects for the Supercarrier that includes static deck crew and support equipment.






                              The DCS: Supercarrier module also includes the Russian Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, and the Su-33 Flanker D fighter.

                              The Lunar New Year Sale
                              Starting today, you can save up to 50% on most DCS World modules until January 27th. We will also be taking part in Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale; check Steam for the Lunar Sale start date and duration.

                              The DCS World e-Shop will also feature the Naval Warfare bundle for just $64.99 that includes DCS: F/A-18C and DCS: Supercarrier (Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier, Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the Su-33).

                              Head over to our E-shop to save on most of our library of aircraft, terrain and campaigns:



                              Open Beta Update
                              This week saw our first update since the holiday break, and the team jumped right back into action. Here are some of the highlights:
                              • WIP version of the AI short-range missile Scud-B launcher
                              • Many DCS: F-16C fixes that include INS adjustments
                              • Numerous fixes for the DCS: F/A-18C and other ED modules
                              • 3rd Party fixes for DCS: JF-17, DCS: AJS-37, and campaign fixes


                              You can read the entire changelog here.

                              As always, thank you all for your continued support!
                              The ED Team
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                                DCS World Lunar Sale Continues



                                The Lunar New Year Sale Continues
                                This is your last chance to save up to 50% on most DCS World modules. The Lunar Sale ends on January 27th. We are also taking part in Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale; visit the Steam store now!



                                The DCS World e-Shop will also feature the Naval Warfare bundle for just $64.99 that includes DCS: F/A-18C and DCS: Supercarrier (Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier, Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the Su-33).

                                Head over to our E-shop to save on most of our library of aircraft, terrain and campaigns:



                                Win the Channel Map!
                                For those of you that enjoy painting skins for your favourite aircraft, this contest is for you! Using the official template found here, we are holding a paint the Anton contest. We will choose the top 10 (or so) best submissions. If your submission is chosen, you will have your name added to the DCS: Fw 190 A-8 Anton credits, and your work will be included with the Fw 190 A-8. You will also receive one free copy of the upcoming DCS: Channel Map (no substitutions).

                                Here are some of the requirements and details:
                                • The skin must be created using this template.
                                • The skin can be historically accurate or fictional. However, the skin must be associated with one of the countries currently present in DCS World.
                                • Please do not use nazi swastika.


                                Here are instructions for saving textures with MIP levels using NVIDIA Texture Tools for Adobe Photoshop.
                                Please upload completed skins to the dedicated topic in the forum.

                                The contest will run until February 16th, 2020.

                                Best of luck to all contestants!


                                Development Report #11
                                • 2.5.6 Open Beta - This month we have been working to complete DCS version 2.5.6. Some extra time was needed to ensure a smooth transition from 2.5.5 both by our team and our 3rd Parties. You can expect to see the first 2.5.6 Open Beta in early February. We look forward to sharing it with you in the near future.
                                • P-47D-30 Progress - We are nearly ready to unleash the ‘Jug’ on DCS World! We are finalizing the 3D model and cockpit; making improvements to the fuselage, cowling, and air intakes; and working on externals stores like fuel tanks and bombs.



                                • Ju-88 AI - Some of you eagle-eyed fans may have spotted the Ju-88 in the recent Lunar Sale video. Here are some more lovely images as we work on the finishing touches before release.



                                • Fi-103 V1 Flying Bomb - We are excited to announce the V1 will be coming to the DCS: WWII Asset Pack! This is an iconic weapon, and it is a great addition for use with the upcoming DCS: Channel Map. It should be available as a static object when the DCS: Channel Map releases, and later as an operational unit.



                                • Searchlights - Work continues on the addition of searchlights for the DCS: WWII Asset pack. Below you can see the effort going into these lights and associated effects.





                                Thanks as always for your continued support!
                                The ED Team
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                                  Development Report #12


                                  Paint the Anton continues!
                                  The Paint the Anton competition continues; please make sure to submit your entries before February 16th.

                                  We will choose the top 10 (or so) best submissions. If your submission is chosen, you will have your name added to the DCS: Fw 190 A-8 Anton credits, and your work will be included with the Fw 190 A-8. You will also receive one free copy of the upcoming DCS: Channel Map (no substitutions).



                                  Here are some of the requirements and details:
                                  The skin must be created using this template.
                                  The skin can be historically accurate or fictional. However, the skin must be associated with one of the countries currently present in DCS World.
                                  Please do not use nazi swastika.

                                  Here are instructions for saving textures with MIP levels using NVIDIA Texture Tools for Adobe Photoshop. Please upload completed skins to the dedicated topic in the forum.

                                  The contest will run until February 16th, 2020.

                                  Best of luck to all contestants!

                                  DCS: Supercarrier Pre-Order continues!



                                  It’s not too late to take advantage of the DCS: Supercarrier pre-order with savings between 30 and 50 percent:
                                  • Save 30% while in pre-order
                                  • Save an additional 20% if you purchased DCS: F/A-18C Hornet

                                  The module is also available as part of a bundle that includes DCS: F/A-18C Hornet. We are working with Valve to also make this module available as a pre-order on Steam, and provide the ability to transfer your DCS: F/A-18C Hornet from Steam to the standalone in order to take advantage of the discount.

                                  The DCS: Supercarrier pre-Order will be available until the Early Access release, which is planned for the end of the 2020 first quarter.

                                  Development Report #12
                                  P-47D-30 - Polishing of this module continues with work being done on the animations, textures, flight model, and combiner glass sight. A series of interactive training missions are also being created. We are pleased to share some new images of the Jug taken over the Channel Map. She is getting close!





                                  The Channel Map - Work continues on this map with the detailing or more areas, adding landmarks, adjusting aircraft AI taxi and landing behavior, and tuning some of the colors. We have been listening to your feedback, and we will be adding a couple ALG’s in England that based USAAF units. We have also been busy researching the placement of the Chain Home radar stations.





                                  Hornet Update - Here is a list of the tasks the Hornet team is currently working on for the next Open Beta release. Please note though that not all of these items may make the new Open Beta (a lot will depend on internal testing results):
                                  • The radar directed gun sight has been updated to make it much more stable and accurate. It feels like a new weapon! We plan to create a video on this soon.
                                  • AIM-9X and JHMCS tones have been corrected.
                                  • A lot of work is being put on the targeting pod pointing modes. This includes slave to CCIP and AUTO points and the slave to the velocity vector. This should greatly improve targeting with the pod.
                                  • Missile Rmax between the HUD and DDI have been adjusted.
                                  • We are adding the ability to mount the targeting pod on the station 4 cheek station. In order to do this correctly, we must first recreate the 3D model of the pod because the current model does not support this (cooling intake is on the wrong side of the pod).
                                  • Corrected the B-sweep line.
                                  • Added fly-out symbols for TWS mode.
                                  • Corrected menu freeze that could potentially happen with GPS weapons.
                                  • There will be more items and they will all be included in the changelog.


                                  Once this release is complete, we’ll talk about the next series of additions and changes.

                                  Viper Update - Here is a list of the tasks the Viper team is currently working on. Although the following are being worked on, we cannot promise that all will be ready for the next Open Beta:
                                  • The radar directed gun sight is working great internally based on EEGS Level 5 sighting. It is very stable and practically a sniper weapon. We are also working on updating the Dogfight HUD.
                                  • The afterburner effect has been greatly improved. Quite a blow torch now!
                                  • Fuel flows have been tuned to be more accurate based on the available data.
                                  • Turn performance further adjusted regarding over Mach 1 below 8,000 ft MSL.
                                  • Wind is better accounted for in the flight model and displayed airspeeds.
                                  • Several updates to the INS and alignment system.
                                  • Corrected PPLI display in network play.
                                  • Updates to the AIM-120 that include launch delay and HUD cue centering in the TD box.
                                  • Added ILS declutter function.
                                  • Adjusted the command steering cue localizer to be less sensitive.
                                  • Corrected AA TCN error.
                                  • Added further functions to the Link 16 system.
                                  • Added cursor switch depress to switch between AIM-9 BORE and SLAVE modes.


                                  There are many more, and these will be listed in the changelog for the next Open Beta. Once we have the new dogfight HUD working, we will create a new video that explains it, and displays the accuracy and ease of use of EEGS Level 5.

                                  After the next update is completed, we’ll discuss the next set of new features and changes planned for the Viper.

                                  2.5.6 Progress - There has been a lot of buzz about the move to DCS World version 2.5.6, and while many new features and fixes are in the pipeline, not everything will be available when the update first launches. We will give you more of an idea of what to expect as we draw closer. Our goal is still to have the first Open Beta version of 2.5.6 available in early February.

                                  DCS: Bo-105 by RAZBAM & Miltech-5



                                  The following message is from RAZBAM:

                                  We are pleased to announce Razbam and Miltech-5 are teaming together to bring the awesome BO-105 to DCS. Miltech has created one of the best Helicopters in the world, the Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm Bo-105. Being a lightweight multipurpose helicopter used not only as a combat aircraft but also as an aerobatic one, she will certainly bring joy to many fans who have been following Miltech’s stunning work.

                                  So how will this work? Miltech has created a great piece of art with the bulk of the model and textures almost at a complete stage, work still continues to improve the textures to make this one of the best modules in DCS. Razbam will work on the coding and flight model to make her come alive.

                                  We are pleased to help Miltech with the Bo-105 and can't wait to see her come to life.


                                  As Always, thanks for all your support!
                                  The ED Team
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                                    2020 & Beyond | Watch the trailer

                                    2020 and Beyond Trailer
                                    Aircraft, terrains and carrier operations




                                    Everyone at Eagle Dynamics is working hard to make the start of this decade one to remember. While 2019 was a monumental year for DCS. We have more exciting things in store for 2020. This includes new aircraft such as the P-47 Thunderbolt, Mosquito, Mi-24P Hind, as well as the continued development of the F/A-18C Hornet and F-16C Viper including air-to-ground radar, Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) sensors and enhanced missile dynamics and behaviour. We will also see detailed aircraft carrier operations with DCS: Supercarrier, and new maps like the free Marianas Islands map and The Channel map. We will also be releasing updates to the A-10C Warthog and Ka-50 Black Shark (including a free cockpit update coming very soon).

                                    Most of the Eagle Dynamics team will be focused on DCS World core to improve performance, lighting, and weather. We will also launch our new damage modelling engine which initially will be for the WWII aircraft. The team is also working hard to improve airfield air traffic control, more life-like AI, new AI units, and a dynamic campaign system.

                                    Our 3rd party partners will also be hard at work in 2020 with the F-15E Strike Eagle, MiG-23 Flogger, OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, Syria and Falkland Islands maps, and more.

                                    Later this year, we are looking forward to announcing an eagerly awaited aircraft for DCS World. This will be a highly detailed and complex aircraft representing a huge milestone


                                    Flying Legends 2020
                                    The 2020 Flying Legends Airshow, IWM Duxford.



                                    WWII enthusiast, we welcome you to join us for a truly incredible and unforgettable experience. Members of the Eagle Dynamics team would love to meet you.

                                    Flying Legends tickets are only available in advance and must be purchased before arrival at the aerodrome. Tickets are now on sale for the Flying Legends Airshow, IWM Duxford on the 11 - 12th July 2020. Under 16's go free.

                                    ‘Book tickets’ here.

                                    Ka-50 free cockpit update
                                    Development report #13

                                    Over the last few weeks, we have been hard at work preparing the next big update to DCS World: version 2.5.6. This update will bring a number of highly anticipated things one of which we can share with you now;
                                    • The DCS: Black Shark 2, Ka-50 free cockpit update. This is a completely rebuilt Ka-50 cockpit with new, high-resolution geometry and textures. It will also take advantage of new lighting and materials.






                                    We look forward to taking this journey with you.

                                    Yours sincerely,
                                    The Eagle Dynamics Team

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                                      DCS World 2.5.6 Is Here!


                                      Environment Improvements
                                      Development Report #14



                                      Today we introduce the initial release of 2.5.6 to Open Beta. This update will be quite large as it updates most of the terrains, this is also why it has taking some extra time to get it out to everyone. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding. The release will include, but is not limited to;

                                      Improved Water
                                      The transparency of the water has been improved; the depth of the water now feels more accurate and water becomes more blurred the deeper you go. The upcoming torpedos for WWII Asset Pack will be easier to track underwater. The shorelines also benefit greatly from this improvement, in particular the cliffs of Dover in the new theatre DCS: The Channel.

                                      Improved Environment Lighting
                                      We have worked hard to increase the range and visibility of lights to enhance the night flying experience. We know that it is far from perfect and will continue to improve the look and feel at night.

                                      View the changelog here.

                                      The Naval Warfare Pack
                                      Hurry, before it’s too late



                                      The DCS Naval Warfare pack has everything you need for serious action at sea. Ending this weekend, this is your chance to save on some of our most sought after modules.

                                      Includes:
                                      • DCS: F/A-18C Hornet
                                      • SU-33 Flanker D for DCS World
                                      • DCS: Supercarrier


                                      Get it here!
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                                      VIRPIL Controls ALPHA Grip
                                      New grips available now


                                      The VIRPIL Controls Constellation ALPHA
                                      VIRPIL Controls is proud to show off our latest addition to our Constellation series lineup; the much anticipated ALPHA Grip!



                                      Building on the Constellation lineup that was introduced with our popular DELTA grip, the VIRPIL Controls team has carefully listened to the comments, criticisms and suggestions which have led us to develop something incredibly exciting! The Constellation ALPHA Grip ushers in a new era of complete and total control equipped with an extensive feature set making it suitable for any kind of virtual pilot!
                                      • 1 x Dual-stage Trigger
                                      • 1 x Dual-Position Flip Trigger (tactile switch trigger + button input for “UP” position)
                                      • Combination Trigger Stages - flip trigger and dual-stage trigger and be pressed simultaneously as a combined trigger for additional trigger stages
                                      • 1 x Analogue Stick (+ Push)
                                      • 3 x 4-way Hats (+ Push)
                                      • 1 x 2-way Hat (+ Push)
                                      • 3 x Momentary buttons
                                      • 1 x Paddle lever (VPC Contactless Sensor)
                                      • 1 x Scroll Encoder (+ Dual Push)
                                      • Lockable Twist Axis (VPC Contactless Sensor)
                                      • Adjustable hand rest
                                      • All-metal trigger, flip trigger and paddle lever
                                      • Translucent hood with programmable RGB lighting
                                      • Available in left and right-hand variants


                                      Check out the Constellation ALPHA Grip on the VIRPIL Controls Worldwide Webstore!
                                      VPC ALPHA-R Grip - VPC ALPHA-L Grip

                                      ALPHA Grip pre-orders are expected to start dispatching later in February after pre-orders are fulfilled stock will be available to purchase from the VIRPIL Controls official webstore.

                                      See you in the skies!
                                      VIRPIL Controls Team


                                      We make sure you receive the most accurate and up-to-date news regarding our work in progress. As always.

                                      Yours sincerely
                                      The Eagle Dynamics Team

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                                        Whirlybird Week


                                        Ka-50 cockpit released
                                        2.5.6 Open Beta Update



                                        The updated cockpit is available in the current DCS World Open Beta. This new cockpit has been rebuilt from scratch and consists of a new, high-resolution 3D mesh and textures that take advantage of advanced rendering and lighting technologies.

                                        Check Changelog

                                        Over the past decade, we’ve been working hard on our fixed-wing aircraft. Thousands of features take thousands of man-hours. However, with our core principles in mind, we feel an important duty to take care of our older modules built on previous versions. That’s why to celebrate the improvements we’re offering you the chance to complete your helo hangar with a limited time offer on all our helicopters.

                                        Helicopter bundles
                                        Three different offers available




                                        Starting Friday, 21 February, value-packed bundle deals are available for all DCS World helicopters. Lasting until 9 March, get up to 65% savings on the most authentic military helicopters ever created for the PC. Get the bundles at:
                                        • All DCS helicopters: $69.99
                                        • DCS: Black Shark 2 + DCS: Combined Arms: $49.99
                                        • DCS: Black Shark 2 + DCS: Mi-8MTV2: $54.99


                                        These same bundles are also available on Steam.

                                        DCS: Fw 190 A-8 Contest Winners
                                        Skinning Contest Winners

                                        With serious review and consideration, we are proud to announce the 10 winners will have their work uploaded to our servers and the skins will be accessible to everyone. The prize is a free DCS: The Channel map. Congratulations to all the winners.

                                        The winners in no particular order:

                                        Reflected
                                        Golani79
                                        JG13~Wulf
                                        DaveyWaveyBoo
                                        CHSubZero
                                        MJDixon
                                        Latart
                                        C-TE-B
                                        Mibburo
                                        LazarusLong



                                        Enjoy the update of Ka-50 and have a great experience with new skins for Fw 190 A-8
                                        Sincerely,
                                        The Eagle Dynamics Team

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                                          FlyingIron Simulations
                                          Introduces the Corsair II



                                          A-7E Corsair II
                                          A Supercarrier compatible module

                                          We welcome FlyingIron Simulations aboard and are excited to announce that the A-7E Corsair II by FlyingIron Simulations is coming to DCS World. FlyingIron is an experienced and very talented Australian developer that has an impressive pedigree of quality flight simulations.

                                          The A-7E will add a new carrier-aviation fighter to DCS world that includes impressive ground-attack capabilities, advanced sensors and weapons, and will take advantage of DCS: Supercarrier features.



                                          Helicopter bundles
                                          Three different offers available



                                          Value-packed bundle deals are available for all DCS World helicopters. Lasting until 9 March, get up to 65% savings on the most authentic military helicopters ever created for the PC


                                          The same bundles are available on Steam.

                                          Quality Assurance Update
                                          Development Report

                                          Dear Community,

                                          We read you, we hear you, we listen to you and we are working for you! Thank you for being with us and for your help to improve DCS World.

                                          We delivered DCS World 2.5.6 Open Beta on February, 14.
                                          Every version increase of 2.5.X is a cumulative update of the core environment. The feedback that we received from our community, especially with regards to multiplayer, is helping us to improve the delivery process.

                                          The release of an unstable Open Beta to our clients has taught us an important lesson, and we are committed to improving the QA before an Open Beta delivery.

                                          Our updated process includes:
                                          • Longer internal QA testing and debugging.
                                          • Earlier external Beta Tester access to Release Candidates. How to become a Beta Tester. English & Russian links.
                                          • A new closed Eagle Dynamics dedicated multiplayer testing server. The invitations will be announced soon.
                                          • DCS Open Beta delivery.
                                          • Hotfix process (if required).
                                          • DCS Stable delivery.


                                          We will try to keep a schedule of 2-week iterations once the DCS World 2.5.6 Stable is released.

                                          I have started posting development milestones on Reddit in the Hoggit community which you can read here. These will also be posted to our official forums.

                                          I will continue to inform you about the progress of each project on our official ED forum.

                                          Kate Perederko
                                          Chief Operating Officer Eagle Dynamics



                                          We make sure you receive the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding our work in progress, as always.

                                          Yours sincerely,
                                          The Eagle Dynamics Team

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