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  1. 22 October 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends Welcome to our Halloween Sale that starts today and will run until the 3rd of November at 15:00 GMT. Take this opportunity to acquire something special. Most of our modules are offered with up to 50% discount and our advanced products with a 30% saving. Check out the video and see the details below. Our new Open Beta 2.7.7 update brings you a substantial number of fixes, and now included with the free download of DCS World is the Forrestal Class CV-59 aircraft carrier. This very historical carrier offers a superb level of detail and brings new mission scenarios for the DCS: F-14A/B Tomcat currently available with 15% discount in the Halloween Sale. Our Viper has received the CBU-103 WCMD as a payload option. Additionally, the air-to- ground radar now includes Sea and Ground Mapping modes. Please read the full changelog and watch the latest DCS: F-16C Viper | Air-to-Ground Radar tutorial. The work on DCS: Mi-24P Hind anti-tank guided AT-9 Spiral-2 missile is complete. This missile expands Hind's arsenal and requires no additional changes to the helicopter’s internal weapon system, just like their real life counterpart. The Mariana Islands now include waves that break on the shorelines and a more realistic seabed. Nine new islands and an airfield have also been added. Check out the In Development Screenshots, they are stunning. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team F-14A/B Tomcat CV-59 Forrestal Class Supercarrier Forrestal was a highly successful United States aircraft carrier that saw action over four decades, including extensive operations in Vietnam. This detailed recreation of the CV-59 USS Forrestal represents some of the capabilities from DCS: Supercarrier including and not limited to; defence systems, night lighting, and catapult/arrestor systems. Please have a look at the beautiful DCS Forrestal Launch Day video. The updated LANTIRN targeting pod and bombing system is now available from the control menu and allows JESTER AI full control over procedures. Please read the full changelog for details. F-16C Viper Development Progress Open Beta 2.7.7 has brought the CBU-103 Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD) to the Viper. The bullseye and HMCS DED pages as well as Ground Map (GM) and SEA air-to-ground radar modes are also now available. Read the full list of additions and fixes in the changelog. DCS: F-16C Viper | Air-to-Ground Radar. Mi-24P Hind Development Progress DCS: Mi-24P Hind has introduced three variations of the Ataka AT-9 Spiral-2 Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM), these are; 9M120 – Tandem HEAT warhead that is about 10% less powerful than the Vikhr ATGM. 9M120F – High Explosive warhead for use against soft targets and light armor. 9M220O – For use against helo targets and equipped with a proximity fuse. We are also improving the flying capabilities of the Petrovich AI. Currently, these changes are undergoing testing, and we plan to include them in the next patch. Changes will cover better turn coordination, nap of the earth flying, smoothing of certain flight transitions, vertical take off/landing, and ATGM hover attack maneuvers. The ATGM guidance unit in the Pilot-Operator’s cockpit is undergoing an update, and gyroscopic damping is being tuned based on input from SMEs. The Damage model is also being further improved based on your detailed reports. Thank you for being active! Marianas Development Progress DCS: Marianas has received a large update that includes new islands to the north of Saipan. These largely uninhabited, volcanic atolls include: Anatahan Sarigan Guguan Alamagan Pagan Agrihan Asuncion Maug Islands (North, East and West Islands) Farallon de Pajaros The update also includes breaking waves against shorelines, an improved seabed elevation map, a pair of new unique buildings, and a non-paved airfield on the Pagan island. This is in addition to numerous terrain and road network fixes. Check out the In Development Screenshots. Sale Halloween The DCS World Halloween Sale will run from today and until the 3rd of November at 15:00 GMT on our Shop. We will also be participating in the Steam Halloween sale. Take advantage of this offer and receive 50% off most of our module lineup. Exceptions include: Modules with a 30% discount DCS: F-16C Viper DCS: F/A-18C Hornet DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt DCS: Channel DCS: Supercarrier DCS: Syria DCS: Mi-24P Hind DCS: JF-17 Thunder Modules with a 15% discount DCS: F-14A/B Tomcat Campaigns with 30% discount F-14A Zone 5 Campaign Mi-8MTV2 Crew Part 1 Campaign F/A-18C Operation Pontus Campaign M-2000C Red Flag Campaign The Enemy Within 3.0 Campaign DCS: AV-8B Sky Warrior Campaign by Eagle86 Campaigns with 20% discount Ka-50 2 Pandemic Campaign Campaigns not on sale P-47D Wolfpack Campaign F-16C Red Flag 21-1 Campaign F/A-18C Rising Squall Campaign MiG-21bis Battle of Krasnodar Campaign F/A-18C Rise of the Persian Lion Campaign by Badger 633 MiG-21bis Constant Peg Campaign Check out the Shop and land yourself a deal on your next fighter, map, or both! Thank you for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  2. 15 October 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, In a recent DCS: Supercarrier update the functionality of the upcoming Air Boss station and Briefing Room was described. Both features will provide interactivity that requires changes to the ViewCore subsystems. In order to smoothly transition between the Air Boss station, Briefing Room, and LSO station, we have created a special Camera Route Editor and an advanced view system that allows custom bookmarks to be created on the carrier deck and other locations. This adds camera movement route options to help create spectacular scenes for video creators. It is with great pleasure that we share our advancements on MultiCore. We are making good progress, and we have prepared a short roadmap for your consideration. Upon completion, performance and VR support will be improved. In the upcoming Open Beta 2.7.7 update, the AIM-120 AMRAAM missile will receive an INS unit with datalink support, a revised seeker model, and updated guidance laws. Please read the details below. The new DCS: MiG-21bis Battle of Krasnodar and Constant Peg campaigns by our third parties will be available in the next Open Beta update. If you want to know more about making official campaigns, please contact us. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team Supercarrier Development Progress Over the past six month we have been working on a human motion model with intelligent behavior for infantry and deck crews. We have started with the deck crew, and we will scale it to infantry units. Both logics will receive two new behaviours: Obstacle Avoidance and Dynamic Reroute according to the situation. Re-routing behaviour is based on a path search algorithm with any-angle path planning. Obstacle Avoidance is based on the Optimal Reciprocal Collision Avoidance (ORCA) method used for holonomic robots with several restrictions on linear and angular speeds, linear acceleration, and discreteness of animation. The first phase of the development is complete and cases must now be considered for when aircraft are passing by, directing aircraft to and from a parking position, avoiding moving aircraft, different states of service and interruptions, etc. MultiCore Development Report Our CPU multi-threading support started in 2019 when we decided to implement several new approaches in EDGE 2.7. This was required to increase performance as rendering demands have changed due to virtual reality, more detailed maps, greater object detail, etc. We devised a solution to render a frame in a multithreaded manner with automatic workload synchronisation. By the end of 2020, we were confident that we are at least half way there with a fully ready Render Graph and the required applied programming. At the end of Q3 2021 we accomplished: Graphic backend EDM models Human models Atmosphere Water and sea Terrain engine Special effects, particles system Night lights for terrains Scenes Cockpits Mirrors Indication GUI Post-effects Cascade shadows What remains to be done includes: Flat shadows Dynamic lights Radars Propellers and similar effects Clouds VR support In parallel to this massive work and upcoming modules, we continue to implement support of the Vulkan API. We have completed most of the work for a first delivery and made changes to our internal applied graphics API that can “shield out” the Vulkan code whilst in early testing. This render code supports both DirectX and the Vulkan API as different DCS World branches. AIM-120 AMRAAM Development Report Air-to-Air Missile Improvements The AIM-120 AMRAAM has received a separate INS (Inertial Navigation System) unit with datalink support. The INS will steer the missile to the predicted target intercept point using targeting data received from the weapon control system at launch. This will dramatically increase missile effectiveness against non-maneuvering targets when the missile has no guidance prior to its seeker taking over the intercept. The aircraft weapon control system will also send INS messages via data link that updates target position and velocity to account for target maneuvers. The missile seeker model has been completely revised. The radar dish now uses a realistic gyro stabilised gimbal that is controlled by the INS before target lock. An active missile seeker, like in the AIM-120, will have its detection and tracking lock range based on physical calculations of noise and target signal ratio (which in turn depends on target RCS or ECM power and range). Target search and tracking is based on doppler velocity filtering (introduced realistic velocity gate), and the radar will search for target near the target reference velocity provided by the INS. The guidance law was also updated. Missile seekers have received Kalman filters that estimate target motion parameters. The new guidance law accounts for target normal to LOS accelerations, possible target G-load growth rate, compensated missile x-axis acceleration, and missile control system latency. AH-64D Development Progress We would like to share progress on the Pilot and Co-Pilot/Gunner helmet that will be integrated with new, detailed pilot models. We plan for this to be available at the Early Access launch. Please check out the In Development Screenshots to see the following details: Integrated Helmet And Display Sight System (IHADSS) Integrated Helmet Unit (IHU) Helmet Display Unit (HDU) Communications components Armorwerx ANVIS Helmet Mount Aviation Night Vision Goggle–M949 ITT ANVIS 69 Low Profile Battery Pack NVG Counterweight Bag Lip Light, Boom Microphone, Type ML-8 Extra Bag for Battery pack with velcro MiG-21bis Fishbed Single Player campaigns Get some exciting DCS: MiG-21bis action with two new campaigns by our third party campaign creators. These campaigns provide engaging storylines that will test your skills. DCS: MiG-21bis Battle of Krasnodar Campaign by SorelRo Battle of Krasnodar is a story-based campaign that will test your air-to-air and air-to-ground skills in a variety of missions where you confront US forces in the emerging conflict. DCS: MiG-21bis Constant Peg Campaign by Bunyap Designed in partnership with Steve Davies, author of Red Eagles: America's Secret Migs, host of the 10 Percent True: Tales from the Cockpit podcast, and the authority on Constant Peg operations. He brought with him access to the real Red Eagles pilots, whose technical guidance was used to ensure this is the most realistic experience possible. Thank you again for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  3. 8 октября 2021 года Дорогие друзья, Сегодня мы открываем предварительный заказ на наш новый модуль – DCS: AH-64D. Надеемся, что вы по достоинству оцените достоверность и внимание к деталям, с которыми создаётся этот, самый реалистичный, симулятор AH-64D. Подробности смотрите по ссылке. AH-64D от компании Eagle Dynamics будет оснащён широким перечнем сенсоров и вооружения и как в реальности даст возможность полетать на нём вдвоём. Мы работаем над созданием продвинутого ИИ второго члена экипажа и интерфейсом взаимодействия с игроком. Все это будет представлено в раннем доступе уже в этом году. DCS: AH-64D даст ощущение реального полёта на боевом вертолёте особенно с использованием устройств виртуальной реальности. Мы с нетерпением ждём того момента, когда сможем предоставить его вам. Спасибо за Ваш энтузиазм и поддержку. Искренне Ваши, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS: AH-64D Предзаказ Вертолёт AH-64D составляет костяк армейской авиации США на протяжении крайних десятилетий и является хорошим примером доминирования на современном поле боя. Созданный на базе AH-64A, вариант «D» представляет собой двухмоторный вертолет выполненный по классической схеме с рулевым винтом и тандемным расположением членов экипажа, в котором пилот находится на заднем кресле, а второй пилот-стрелок (CP/G) - на переднем. Вооружённый 30-мм пушкой, ракетами Хеллфайр (Hellfire) и 2,75-дюймовыми НАР на крыльевых точках подвески, AH-64D доказал свою эффективность против широкого спектра угроз при проведении операций в Ираке и Афганистане. Позже, в процессе разработки, наш AH-64D будет оснащён РЛС управления огнём (FCR), которая позволит обнаруживать, опознавать, сопровождать и поражать наземные и воздушные цели используя ракеты Hellfire с радиолокационным наведением. Ключевые особенности модуля DCS: AH-64D На этапе раннего доступа: Профессиональная лётная модель (PFM) с моделированием газодинамических процессов двигателя во всем диапазоне температур, высот и скоростей полёта для различных вариантов загрузки и конфигураций. Две детально воспроизведенные кабины с шестью степенями свободы. Точная и подробная внешняя модель. Полностью интерактивные органы управления в обеих кабинах. Режим мультиэкипажа. Пилот-помощник ИИ по имени Джордж. Подробное моделирование электрической, топливной, гидравлической и пневматической систем; системы пожаротушения, радиосвязи и автопилота с функцией висения. Полное моделирования системы вооружения, включая 30-мм пушку, НАР и УР AGM-114K Hellfire c разными режимами пуска. Внешние топливные баки. Системы IHADSS, MPNVS, и MTADS/TEDAC и сенсоры. Компенсатор продольно-поперечных перемещений - LMC (Linear Motion Compensator). Тактический дисплей TSD с подвижной картой. Системы обеспечения живучести включая CMWS, RWR и отстреливаемые ловушки. Ливреи для принятых в Армии США окрасок. Очки ночного видения. Поисковая фара. Руководство раннего доступа. Обучающие миссии и материалы. Будущие доработки к моменту релиза: РЛС управления огнём (FCR) и радио-интерферометр (RFI). УР AGM-114L с радиолокационным наведением. Система телекодовой связи (даталинк) для обмена информацией с другими летательными аппаратами. Система одновременного отслеживания нескольких целей TADS Multi-Target Tracker. Система предупреждения о лазерном облучении LWS. Станция радиоэлектронных помех. Противообледенительная система. Продвинутая модель повреждений. Расширенный комплект ливрей и шаблон для пользователей. Законченное руководство на английском (с дальнейшим переводом на другие языки). Игровая кампания от ED. Предзаказ TADS Система целеуказания TADS (Targeting and Designation System) это комбинированная оптическая система, смонтированная в носовой части фюзеляжа. Она состоит из стабилизированных электронно-оптических сенсоров и лазерного дальномера-целеуказателя. Линия визирования может быть привязана к направлению взгляда любого из пилотов через нашлемное устройство IHADSS, либо находиться под непосредственным контролем через тактический дисплей TEDAC. Возможности ночного ИК видения (FLIR) обеспечивают качественное изображение в любое время суток и будут смоделированы на базе нашей новой системы формирования тепловых изображений объектов в ИК диапазоне. AGM-114K Hellfire На раннем этапе наш вертолет оснащён ракетой AGM-114K с полуактивным лазерным надением, которая будет основным видом управляемого ракетного вооружения. Ракета наводится на отражение лазерного луча от цели и оснащена тандемной кумулятивной боевой частью HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) что позволяет эффективно поражать бронированные и небронированные объекты на поле боя. Видео: DCS: AH-64D Hellfire Sneak Peak. Мы благодарны вам за помощь и поддержку, Искренне с Вами,
  4. 8 October 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, Today we unveil DCS: AH-64D for pre-order. Watch the video. We hope you will be impressed as our team has been working diligently to bring you the most realistic AH-64D simulation. Check out the feature list. Developed internally by Eagle Dynamics, DCS: AH-64D offers a superb multi-crew experience combined with an impressive set of sensors and weapons. Significant improvements to our helicopter AI algorithms and an enhanced command interface to communicate with your AI co-pilot will be available from Early Access later this year. DCS: AH-64D will provide customers with exceptional helicopter operations immersion, particularly true when played in VR. We are truly excited and look towards bringing you this incredible weapon system in the nearest future. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS: AH-64D Pre-Order Our AH-64D has served as the backbone of the U.S. Army attack helicopter force for decades, and it is a dominant force on today’s battlefield. Based on the AH-64A, the “Delta” is a tandem-crewed helicopter with the pilot in the back seat and the co-pilot/gunner (CP/G) in the front. Armed with a 30mm chain gun under the nose, and Hellfire missiles and 2.75” rockets on the stub wings, the AH-64D proved its mettle in Iraq and Afghanistan against a wide array of threats. Later in development, our AH-64D will also be equipped with the Fire Control Radar (FCR) that will enable it to detect, classify, track, and engage both air and surface targets with radar-guided Hellfire missiles. Early Access features of DCS: AH-64D Professional flight dynamics and engine modelling with high precision characteristics of the real aircraft in all ranges of altitude, temperature and speeds for different weights and flight configurations Two 6DOF highly detailed cockpits and external model Fully clickable cockpits with mouse interactive control Multi-crew. A second crew member can be another player or "George" AI Detailed modeling of the entire electrical, fuel, hydraulic, pneumatic, fire protection, SCAS, hold modes, and radio systems Full modeling of armament and weapons systems with ability to use 30mm chain gun, 2.75” rockets, and AGM-114K Hellfire anti tank guided missiles in Direct, Low, and High modes External fuel tanks IHADSS, MPNVS, and MTADS/TEDAC systems and sensors Linear Motion Compensator (LMC) Tactical Situation Display (TSD) with moving map Defensive systems that include the Common Missile Warning System, chaff and flare dispensers and radar warning receiver U.S. Army and Other Paint Schemes Night Vision Goggles Search Light Early Access Manual Training Missions At final release: Fire Control Radar (FCR) and Radio Interferometer (RFI) Addition of the AGM-114L Radar-Guided Hellfire Additional rocket types like Flechette and MPSM Data Link System to share and assign targets between flight members TADS Multi-Target Tracker (MTT) Laser Warning System Radar Jammer Anti-Ice System Advanced Damage Modeling Additional liveries and livery template Full English Manual (full list of languages is TBD) Campaign by Eagle Dynamics Available for a limited time at only $55.99 Pre-order TADS The Targeting and Designation System (TADS) is the combined sensor and targeting unit fitted to the front of the helicopter. TADS contain stabilised electro-optical sensors and a laser rangefinder / target designator. The TADS can be slewed using co-pilot/gunners TADS Electronic Display and Control (TEDAC) or slaved to the helmet line of sight of either crew member. The FLIR camera of the TADS is a powerful sensor for both day and night operations and will incorporate our new FLIR technology. AGM-114K Hellfire The AGM-114K Hellfire Missile is a Semi-Active Laser (SAL) guided missile, and it will be the principle precision strike weapon for our AH-64D at early access release. The Hellfire is guided by laser energy reflected off targets and it has a tandem shaped-charge high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead for both armored and unarmored targets. Both systems above are currently In Development with an expected delivery of Q4. Watch DCS: AH-64D Hellfire Sneak Peak. Thank you again for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  5. 01 October 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and friends, We are pleased to announce that DCS World Stable is running on version Enjoy all the latest features and improvements, as well as DCS: The Channel which is now in Release State. Please take a look at some of the new landmarks here: In Development Screenshots. DCS: AH-64D is progressing well with the 2.75” Hydra/M261 rocket system in the final stage of completion. 19 high explosive, smoke or illumination rockets can be loaded into each M261 pod, and up to four pods can be mounted on the stub wings. Additional rocket types such as MPSM and flechettes are planned for at a later date. Check out DCS: AH-64D | Rockets Sneak Peek. In the most recent Viper update, adjustments have been made to the angle of attack and G loading aspect of the flight model. DCS: F-16C Viper sustained rates now more closely match referenced data across all airspeeds, altitudes, drag indexes etc. Please read the details below. We look forward to your detailed feedback. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS World Stable The DCS: The Channel map is now finally in Release State. Over a dozen unique landmarks and detailed objects including; cathedrals, churches, prisons and graveyards have been added in addition to a substantial number of texture enhancements and LOD optimisations. Check out some of these new hand drawn assets here. We look forward to your feedback. AH-64D Development report DCS: AH-64D will carry up to four 19-tube rocket launchers for the Hydra 2.75” (70 mm) fin-stabilised unguided air-to-ground rockets. Multiple rocket types can be loaded into a single pod. These will be pre-configured at Early Access and manual zone selection that allows fine tuning of your loadout will be available later. Rockets can be deployed independently using IHADSS from either crew stations or cooperatively; with the Co-Pilot/Gunner providing range and bearing information to the pilot via the TADs. Check out the DCS: AH-64D | Rockets Sneak Peek. F-16C Viper Development report An aircraft’s sustained turn rate is the rate at which the aircraft can turn while sustaining a constant airspeed. This is an important aspect of the “rate fight” in close air combat. We have prepared a white paper document that compares DCS: F-16C Viper to real-world Viper sustained turn rates DCS: F-16C Viper Sustained Turn Rates. Below 20,000 feet, the acceleration and Instantaneous Turns Rates (ITR) are accurate, however we continue further refinements above 20,000 feet. We also continue to research high G-onset that will improve nose authority, essential for the final phase of close air combat, especially in guns mode. Thank you again for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  6. 24 September 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, In the most recent Open Beta we have added the Radar Warning Receiver symbology to DCS: F-16C Viper’s Helmet Mounted Cueing System (HMCS). Enjoy. Also now available is the Xian H-6J, an AI Naval bomber created by our third party partners Deka IronWork Simulations. This impressive aircraft comes with new KD-20 and KD-63 cruise missiles. A new feature that enables mission selection in Single Player campaigns is also now available. Progress on DCS: AH-64D is well underway and we are currently working on the M230 Chain Gun. Special attention has been made to the hydraulic actuators that rotate and provide elevation when aiming. The gun’s spring loaded mechanism is also being modelled, enabling it to be locked to a fixed firing position. The gun can be slaved to an IHADSS line of sight or to the Target Acquisition Designation System (TADS). Additionally, check out the video showcase of the M230 30mm Chain Gun and this sneak peek. DCS: WWII Asset Pack will be receiving yet another free of charge update. The first unit to become available will be the Sd.Kfz. 124 Wespe; a German self-propelled artillery gun. Stay tuned for further information on additions to this fabulous European WWII asset pack. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team Xian H-6J Deka Ironworks Simulations The H-6J is a naval version of the H-6K long-range strategic bomber. It has a reinforced structure made of composite materials and enlarged engine inlets for Russian Saturn D-30KP-2 turbofan engines. A glass cockpit with large multi-function displays and a reworked nose section contain a powerful radar. The H-6J is one of the first high polygon model AI bombers in DCS World. Six underwing hardpoints can carry new KD-63 and KD-20 cruise missiles as well as YJ-12 supersonic anti-ship missiles. Another three hardpoints are used for ECM and datalink pods. Conventional and guided bombs can be carried under the wings or in the bomb bay. AH-64D Development progress The M230 Area Weapon System (AWS) is a 30 mm single-barrel chain-driven autocannon. We have finished the 3D modelling and texturing of this lethal chain gun as well as the 2 hp electric motor that drives linkless ammunition at a rate of 550 rounds per minute into the firing chamber. AWS ammunition will include both M789 High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) and M788 training rounds. Note that these rounds do not have tracers. Please check out the In Development Screenshots and this DCS: AH-64D | M230 Chain Gun Showcase. For a taste of the AH-64D’s powerful Tactical Situation Display (TSD), we present this sneak peek. DCS: AH-64D | TSD Sneak Peek. WWII Asset Pack Development progress The Sd.Kfz. 124 Wespe (German for “Wasp”) is based on the chassis of the formidable Panzer II and features a 105mm artillery gun with light armour plating capable of absorbing small arms fire. The Wespe was appreciated by axis forces for its mobility and firepower, able to keep up with the fast moving panzer formations. A fantastic addition to the DCS: WWII Asset Pack, the Wespe gives axis forces a powerful long range punch. Download the pack now to ensure you have access to the new units as soon as they are available. Thank you again for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  7. 17 September 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, We are excited to announce the release of DCS: Mosquito FB VI into Early Access. Our team has been working tirelessly to bring you this highly realistic simulation not only from the point of view of the visuals, performance and sound, but especially from the point of view of FM and systems modelling as well the new advanced damage system. We are confident that this will set a new standard for our WWII aircraft and we are keen to receive your feedback. DCS World Open Beta is now running version 2.7.6. This update includes multiple Viper improvements, in particular the long awaited addition of the Dual Target Track (DTT) mode. The Hornet, DCS: AV-8B Night Attack and DCS: JF-17 Thunder have also received some love and you can read the full changelog here. This week’s Open Beta also includes many new DCS: The Channel features such as the winter landscape and many unique landmarks and objects. Take a look at some of the screenshots. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS: Mosquito FB VI Early Access DCS: Mosquito FB VI is now available for Open Beta. We are proud of the Early Access release-state of the Mossie, and we are confident it will provide endless hours of enjoyment. We will now begin the second phase of development to add enhancement features as well as addressing the known bugs list. We would like to thank our whole dev team as well as the Closed Beta Team for their vigorous work, testing and dedication. Phase 2 features we are working on: Operator's AI for multi-crew Tire and shock absorber dynamics Operable drift recorder device Engine failures Fire-extinguishers Rockets armament More liveries Open Beta 2.7.6 Development Report DCS World Open Beta 2.7.6 is now live and includes improvements to DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and DCS: F-16C Viper. Helicopters have also received new additions and bug fixes, especially DCS: Mi-24P Hind and DCS: SA-342 Gazelle. The Mission Editor has received new elements, notably the inclusion of pylon restrictions for single player missions and multiplayer servers. This will allow mission creators to limit weapon options per pylon. We kindly remind you that this feature is Work In Progress, and that it will be developed further based on your feedback. Please read the full changelog for more details. The Channel Feature Complete Open Beta In this week’s Open Beta update to DCS: The Channel, you will find many new unique objects and visual improvements along roads and canals. The addition of the winter season has been added, and we hope it results in even more immersive missions and campaigns. Over 15 new unique landmarks have also been added such as new churches, cathedrals, graveyards, prisons, and bridges. Trains will also now travel over the entirety of the map. We kindly remind you that DCS: The Channel will soon be released to Stable version, and the Early Access discount will no longer be available. This weekend is your last chance to save 20% on this fabulous map DCS: The Channel. Thank you again for your passion and support. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Yours sincerely,
  8. 09 September 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, DCS: F-16C Viper will receive the long awaited Dual Target Track (DTT) radar mode in the next Open Beta update. To get familiarised with this, please check out the DCS: F-16C Viper | Dual Target Track. With DCS: The Channel currently being prepared for final release, we would like to share some of the on-going progress being made to this highly detailed map. The addition of a snow-covered winter season and various new unique assets including; piers, forts, cathedrals, churches and graveyards have been added. We are keen to share our development progress of the IHADSS system for DCS: AH-64D with you. The Integrated Helmet and Display Sighting System allows either the pilot or co-pilot/gunner to slave the 30mm chain gun to their line-of-sight. This allows the gun to track head movements and aim where they look. Please check out the details below. In the next Open Beta update, look out for the new S-200 (SA-5) Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) system that was first fielded in the 1960s. Still operated by a number of countries today, it is primarily used to defend large areas from medium- to high-altitude bomber attacks. We have modelled the Syrian Army SA-5 system, which uses the STU-68U search radar, giving it a maximum range of 150km. We plan to develop another long-range SA-5 search radar soon. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team The Channel Release candidate As DCS: The Channel approaches final release this week. We are very pleased with the progress, and we look forward to your valued comments. Please find below a list of all new unique assets that will be included; All St. Birchington Belfry Of Dunkirk & St. Eloi Church Church of St Laurence Ramsgate Church of St Mary and Eanswythe Citadelle d’Arras Dover Town Hall Fort d’Ambaleteuse Graveyard near Amien Prison Hastings pier Mairie de Dunkerque St Augustine's Abbey Ramsgate Church St Leonard Church St Mary Church St Mary the Virgin Ashford Cathedral St Omer We have adjusted the minimum and maximum temperature values for the seasons Winter, Autumn, Spring, Summer. Many improvements have also been made to trees, settlements, roads, bridge LOD models and airfields. Destruction models have also been added. A number of significant fixes have also been made and bugs along construction and building routes, as well as unnatural ground forms along river embankments have also been fixed. AH-64D Development Progress The Integrated Helmet and Display Sighting System (IHADSS) includes a monocle that provides imagery to the right eye. Based on extensive research, we have done our best to closely match the ergonomics and accurately recreate this view from the pilot and Co-pilot/Gunner positions. In addition to slaving the 30mm chain gun, the IHADSS also provides both pilots important flight, navigation, weapon, fire-control and sensor information. The Modernised Pilot Night Vision System (MPNVS) is a infrared camera on the front of the aircraft that is also slaved to the helmet’s line of sight. This allows the pilot to see in the dark within the confines of the IHADSS and gimbal limits of the MPNVS. DCS: AH-64D | IHADSS Sneak Peek S-200 New unit The design of the Soviet S-200 (NATO SA-5 Gammon) began in the 1950s to counter the growing threat of western high altitude bombers and spy planes. An SA-5 battalion usually consists of six single rail launchers, a ‘Square Pair’ tracking and guidance radar, as well as either the P-14 Tall King, or in more recent times; the STU-68 “Tin Shield'' search radar. The massive 5V28 missile is over 10 meters long, and each weighs 7 tons at launch. Aided by four jettisonable boosters, the 5V28 can engage targets at long ranges. Detonation of the 215 kg warhead can be triggered by proximity fuse or command signal. Given the missile's size and the distances that it can operate over, the SA-5 is most effective in the defence role against large, less maneuverable bombers, tankers, and AWACS aircraft. However, it can still present a significant threat to unwary, small fighter-sized targets. The SA-5 that we have modelled is based on the Syrian Army system that uses the ST-68U search radar, providing a maximum engagement range of 150km. Thank you again for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  9. 03 September 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, We are hosting a 25% off flash sale for the iconic DCS: F-14A/B Tomcat. Take advantage of this great discount until Monday, the 6th of September at 15:00GMT. Tomcat Weekend Sale! It is with great pleasure that we share with you our progress on the DCS: AH-64D. The cockpits are nearly complete with only the pilots, geometry tuning, adding the parking brake, and a few clean up items to complete. Compared to earlier images, you may notice the addition of the M-4 Carbine, completed textures, further weathering, additional geometry, and more. Check out the In Development Screenshots below. For your viewing pleasure, we have also included a teaser video that shows off the external model and cockpit. Enjoy. DCS: AH-64D Teaser. The final phase of DCS: Mosquito FB VI development is progressing well, this includes Damage Modelling integration. Given the Mosquito’s wooden structure; special attention is being made to the effects of different projectile types and the resulting aircraft handling changes. A more precise round impact visual system is being tested and we hope to be able to initially present this new technology for the Mossie at Early Access. This month, Operation Blue Flag 2.5 will be hosting events throughout September. Several rounds based on different eras and maps will allow you to join a coalition and work as a team to advance. Operation: Blue Flag - Official Tour (Sep 2021) - Tournaments & Events - ED Forums. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS: AH-64D Development Progress This week, we have prepared some In Development Screenshots of the Pilot and Co-Pilot/Gunner cockpits of this beast. We hope these work-in-progress images will provide you with a glimpse of what is to come and start your cockpit familiarisation. We await your feedback. DCS: Mosquito FB VI Development Progress We are excited to inform you that DCS: Mosquito FB VI will support the new WWII damage model at Early Access launch. Using documentation of weapon and projectile types, we are modeling the visual impacts on the airframe and the subsequent effects to the Flight Model. Get a jump start on learning the mosquito with DCS Mosquito FB VI | Start Up. Operation Blue Flag 2.5 Competitive event Operation BLUE FLAG are 24/7 persistent, multiplayer team vs. team missions that focus on teamwork to achieve victory through domination and capture of objectives. This event will run throughout September and across multiple eras including; WWII, Cold War and Modern. We hope that you will find some live multiplayer action in this fantastic event. Thank you again for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  10. 27 August 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, We are preparing to release the completed version of DCS: The Channel. To celebrate, we are offering 30% off this map to those that have pre-ordered DCS: Mosquito FB VI. This limited-time deal will be available until the 9th of September 15:00 GMT. DCS: AH-64D progress is accelerating rapidly on all fronts. This week, we’re excited to show off some close-up images of the external model. Please check them out below; we await your valued feedback and look forward to bringing you this fearsome attack helicopter. SATAC 2021 is back and the sign-up deadline is the 1st of October. We look forward to seeing you and your Squadrons compete. Please check out the details. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS: The Channel 30% discount With DCS: The Channel getting closer to its final state, we have created a special 30% discount for those that have pre-ordered DCS: Mosquito FB VI. We can’t think of a better pairing of two DCS World modules. Simply log into your DCS World account and pre-order the Mossie to automatically receive this limited time discount. Please note that this deal is only available until the 9th of September 15:00 GMT. This offer will also be available on Steam. DCS: AH-64D Development Progress We are nearing completion of the DCS: AH-64D external model, and we’d like to share our progress. Visible on the wingtip is one of the Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) sensors that can passively detect surface-to-air and air-to-air missile launches using in-band ultraviolet detectors. It can then manually or automatically engage the Chaff and Flare dispenser as part of the Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) suite. We are also working on the external stores and pylons that can articulate to provide launcher elevation. When landing, the pylons automatically translate to ground stow mode, so that they are parallel with the level terrain. Several skins will be provided for the U.S. Army and several other countries. During the Early Access period, functionality of the Fire Control Radar (FCR) that sits on top of the main rotor will be made available. Check out the In Development Screenshots. SATAC 2021 Event SATAC 2021 aims to bring back mission immersion to the competitive squadron on squadron A2A arena. The use of variable weather (incl. wind, wake, turbulence, cloud layers, etc.), realistic human GCI support via LotATC, and a well balanced DACT format with all modern aircraft and weapons (SARH, ARH, IR) pitted to the test by the best virtual pilots! If this sounds interesting to you, check out our forum post for details here: SATAC 2021 - Tournaments & Events - ED Forums. Thank you again for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  11. 20 August 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, We are pleased to announce that Stable has been updated to Those using this version can benefit from the latest features DCS World has to offer. Please check out the changelog. Please note that Stable has no known crash issues, but it may contain bugs and we look forward to receiving any feedback you would care to share with us. Thank you. Progress on DCS: AH-64D development is going well. We have prepared a brief history of this powerful attack helicopter. This week and in the following newsletters, we will provide some of the interesting details on the various development aspects of this important project. The MiG-21bis Battle of Krasnodar campaign will be available soon.This Soviet era story-based campaign by third party campaign maker SorelRo will test your air-to-ground and air-to-air combat skills. Please do get in touch with us if you would like to learn more about creating and selling DCS World campaigns. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS World Stable The DCS World Stable 2.7.5 version contains many new features, enhancements and combines the last several Open Beta versions. The F-16C Viper now includes the AGM-154A JSOW and CBU-105 WCMD; both are fearsome ground attack weapons with precision strike capabilities. The Mi-24P Hind has a number of improvements, including a reworked pilot-operator aiming sight, new key binding options, and more. DCS: F/A-18C Hornet has also received numerous improvements and the addition of a new alignment procedure for the JHMCS. We are currently working on improvements to the FM. Further updates include the addition of the NASAMS Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) system, updates to Normandy, Syria, and Marianas and a number of fixes and improvements to the DCS core. Our third party partners have also been busy with numerous improvements and fixes to their modules. Check out the DCS World Stable Changelog. DCS: AH-64D History A revolutionary attack helicopter and battlefield game-changer, the AH-64 grew out of the U.S. Army’s 1972 ‘Advanced Attack Helicopter program.’ This identified the need for an attack helicopter that could outperform the AH-1 Cobra in terms of firepower, battlefield effectiveness, survivability, and range. The primary mission would be to counter a massed Soviet tank invasion in Europe if the Cold War turned hot. With the need for better close air support capability evident from combat experience in the Vietnam War, the Army specified that the AAH was to be armed with a 30mm cannon and 16 TOW anti-tank missiles compared with either a 7.62mm minigun, 20mm cannon and just 8 ATGM on the AH-1, and be able to survive 23mm AAA hits. The Army selected the Hughes YAH-64A for its better damage-resistance and stability. The missile armament specification was changed to include 16 AGM-114 laser-guided Hellfire missiles. The first prototype was flown on 30 September 1975. The AH-64A entered U.S. Army service in April 1986. In August 1990, development of the AH-64D was approved and it entered service in March 1997. The AN/APG-78 Longbow radar and sensor suite can detect and track up to 256 targets simultaneously out to a range of 50 km and engage up to 16 using “fire and forget” missiles. The system’s raised position above the rotor hub allows the gunship to do this while remaining in cover behind buildings, trees and masking terrain. If there are more targets than a single AH-64 D can handle, the Longbow’s systems allow it to stream targeting information to friendly air and ground units. The AH-64D has extensive combat experience from 1991 in the Liberation of Kuwait to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Gulf, Syria and Libya. More than 2,400 AH-64s have been built and it remains in frontline service with many nations around the world. DCS: MiG-21bis Campaign by SorelRo You are tasked to defend the region of Krasnodar from an invasion of UN troops and fight for the Independence of Soviet Union provinces. The UN response is moderate however, the Soviet forces in the region are facing supply problems due to the rapid destabilization. Resources are limited, and forces lack support. As a frontline MiG-21bis squadron, move between bases as the conflict evolves. This MiG-21bis Battle of Krasnodar campaign features 25 story-driven missions, over 400 voiceovers, and a 1970’s units set. A large variety of CAP, CAS, Intercept, Escort, and Anti-ship missions are included. Detailed briefings, kneeboard files, and documentation are available for each mission. This campaign will soon become available on our Store and Steam. Thank you again for your passion and support. Yours sincerely,
  12. 13 August 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Pilots and Friends, DCS: Mosquito FB VI is now available for pre-order from our Store and Steam with a 30% discount. The “Wooden Wonder’' is multi-crew compatible and represents a grand addition to our WWII lineup. The model has been built from original drawings kindly made available by the Smithsonian Institute Washington DC and De Havilland support Ltd Duxford to whom we are very grateful. We look forward to seeing this iconic aircraft in the air very soon. Open Beta 2.7.5 has brought the addition of the CBU-105 WCMD for the Viper. Radar improvements include the new Range While Search mode symbology, more accurate detection and tracking ranges and fine corrections to AIM-120. An auto-backup function for the Mission Editor and a substantial number of other improvements have been delivered to DCS: JF-17 Thunder, DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and DCS: F-14A/B Tomcat. Read the full changelog. DCS World versions of 1.2.x and 1.5.x and all products that had key-protection are no longer supported and fully deleted from our servers. Technical assistance and software updates from DCS Updater are no longer available for these deprecated versions. We strongly recommend that you make a backup and move to DCS World 2.7 to avoid a situation where you need services or support that is no longer available. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS: Mosquito FB VI Pre-order available Originally conceived as an unarmed, fast-bomber, the Mosquito’s mission profile broadened substantially during the war. We have focussed on the most widely used variant which offered outstanding versatility to carry out virtually any offensive task. Considered by many as the most extraordinary aircraft of the war, this genius design truly is a Wonder in every respect. Watch the Trailer DCS: Mosquito development is going smoothly. We are adding the finishing touches to the external model and implementing the WWII Damage Model. We have updated the list of Mossie Early Access features and will be making additions in autumn. Early Access features: Highly detailed and accurate external 3D model 6 Degree of Freedom, fully clickable cockpit with latest visual effects Flight dynamics based on official reports, our own CFD research, and pilot feedback Detailed fuel system and optional external tanks Authentic electrical system Complete hydraulic and pneumatic system Propeller feathering T1154 (transmitter) & R1155 (receiver) radio units An internal structure-based damage model Most famous historical skins Early Access armament: 4 British Browning .303 machine guns 4 Hispano Mk.II 20mm cannons 250lbs and 500lbs bombs in the bomb bay and under each wing Available for limited time only at $41.99 Pre-order › Thank you again for your passion and support,
  13. 06 August 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, We would like to extend a special thank you to those who participated in the DCS: F-16C Viper Roadmap features poll. The ten thousand plus responses we received are a great help for prioritising the next stages of development. Please check out the details below. The Pilot-Operator ATGM sight picture for DCS: Mi-24P Hind is receiving some needed attention and the new auxiliary camera will provide better frame rates and enhanced image quality. VR improvements are also included and are planned for the next Open Beta update. A special note from our third party partners; TrueGrit Virtual Technologies and Heatblur Simulations. “Heatblur Simulations will develop and publish DCS: Eurofighter, with TrueGrit providing subject matter expertise, licenses and technical resources.” Together, the two teams will bring you an exceptional and realistic experience of this fabulous fighter. DCS: MiG-21bis Constant Peg Campaign is based on operations carried out by the USAF's 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron, the 'Red Eagles'. Fly 10 missions set in 1988 and replicate the unit's typical operations from Tonopah Test Range Airfield, Nevada. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS: F-16C Viper Roadmap DCS: F-16C Viper roadmap is now planned until the end of this year. Please note these are our current plans as of August 2021 and are subject to change. Some features require a lot of effort and time, like HTS/HAD and AG radar, while the others are not as complex and can be completed sooner. We’ll start with the highest ranked and feasible features, and continue to bring you more and more DCS: F-16C Viper functionality. Please read the DCS: F-16C Viper RoadMap on our forum. DCS: F-16C Viper desired systems and payloads. DCS: Mi-24P Hind Development Progress The majority of the Hind’s development team are currently having a well deserved vacation; however, we will still deliver a number of improvements in the upcoming patch. Most noticeably, a fully remodeled Pilot-Operator ATGM sight picture. The improved sight will use a new auxiliary camera instead of the MFD indicator functionality. All textures for the sight were also redrawn in higher resolution, providing better frame rates and visual quality. VR implementation of the ATGM sight was a high priority too, and it will now occupy the whole view port with some free movement to reduce motion sickness. Dampening has been added to remove small twitches of VR motion sensors affecting the sight picture. We are currently testing more options for switches, which previously were only toggles as well as fixes for those commands that were not mappable to controllers. DCS: Eurofighter Development Progress Our third party partners; Heatblur Simulations and Truegrit Virtual Technologies have joined forces to complete the development of DCS: Eurofighter. Check out the In Development Screenshots as we look towards a full report on their progress soon. DCS: MiG-21bis Constant Peg campaign by Bunyap This campaign was designed in partnership with Steve Davies, author of Red Eagles: America's Secret Migs, host of the 10 Percent True: Tales from the Cockpit podcast and the authority on Constant Peg operations. He brought with him access to the real Red Eagles pilots, whose technical guidance was used to ensure the most realistic experience possible. DCS: MiG-21bis Constant Peg Campaign is ready and will be released soon. Thank you again for all your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  14. 30 July 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, DCS: F-16C Viper development has accelerated, and an improved damage model is a critical part of it. We have prepared a preview of the new external damage model visual effects, please check them out below. Progress on DCS: Mosquito FB Mk.VI is on the final stage in the assembly line. We are improving the external model, and then we will add the final markings and weathering effects. Check out the In Development screenshots below. This week, strap into your Jug and join the USAAF 56th Fighter Group as part of the DCS: P-47D Wolfpack Campaign by Reflected Simulations. Thank you for your passion and support, Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS: F-16C Viper Development Progress We are improving the external damage model of DCS: F-16C Viper. The new damage model provides better ballistics tracking and more detailed effects to sloped sheet metal. In the interim, you may have noticed a more realistic representation of wing damage. Check out the In Development Screenshots DCS: Mosquito FB Mk. VI Development Report We are improving the external model using newly acquired blueprints. Improved 3D modelling techniques have allowed us to include finer details. As a result, the smallest rivets, welds and fabric seams are visible. At Early Access stage DCS: Mosquito FB Mk.VI will have different skins available, including those used in the famous Operation Jericho. The remainder of the work will be focused on finalising the bulged bomb-bay fairing and hydraulic bomb doors, the wing pylons and external fuel tanks. This will allow DCS: Mosquito FB Mk.VI to carry two 500 lb bombs internally (with fins cropped to fit) plus another two under the wings. DCS: P-47D Wolfpack Campaign by Reflected Simulations ’Zemke’s Wolfpack’, the 56th Fighter Group, was one of the most famous fighting units of the USAAF during World War II. Flying the P-47 Thunderbolt throughout their time stationed in England, the group had more ace pilots and destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any other group. A large archive of detailed pilot combat reports is available online, and Reflected Simulations has endeavoured to recreate these historical events in DCS World as they happened. This campaign is now available on our Eshop and on Steam. Thank you again for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  15. 23 July 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, We are currently preparing DCS: The Channel for final release. Along with a broad set of enhancements and optimisations, you will soon find the addition of the Amiens Prison that includes a comprehensive structural damage model. Multiple cosmetic fixes and improved scenery around unique objects are also included in the next update. DCS: F-16C Viper is undergoing a bug-fixing phase as we prepare to add the next set of weapons, sensor improvements, and new avionics functions. We have added the AGM-154A JSOW, and you can find more details on it here DCS: F-16C Viper | JSOW. We are also improving DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and look forward to sharing more details on the flight model improvements soon. To avoid confusion and help you better understand the radar and its limitations, we have prepared a tutorial on DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | AA Radar Use. We have also created a tutorial on JHMCS alignment for the best HMD accuracy DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | HMD Alignment. A number of new ground units have also been included in the latest Open Beta update, and as always, we look forward to your constructive feedback. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS: The Channel Preparing to Release We are completing work on all existing airfields and resolving aircraft collisions with static ground objects. AI taxiing logic is also being improved. Multiple cosmetic bugs have been resolved, and new unique objects and support facilities have been added to provide a more realistic appearance. Improvements also cover the road/rail network, the Citadelle d’Arras, and more. The area around the city of Amiens has been reworked to include much more detailed buildings, trees, and bushes. DCS: F-16C Viper Development Report Based on our roadmap, we are pleased to announce that the Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD), or “Wick-Mid”, will be coming to DCS: F-16C Viper later this summer. The WCMD is cluster munition that will correct for wind effects and errors during a ballistic fall and turns a "dumb" cluster munition into an accurate "smart" weapon. With the addition of this weapon, you will be able to independently assign multiple WCMDs to targets in a single pass (using multiple steerpoints as targets). WCMD versions include the CBU-103 with 202 BLU-97B submunitions and the CBU-105 with 10 BLU-108 Sensor Fuzed Weapon (SFW) submunitions. In this video, we’ll look at the AGM-154A Joint Standoff Off Weapon, or JSOW, for the Viper. The JSOW is an unpowered glide bomb that weighs approximately 1,000lbs. It has a range of up to 70 miles depending on launch altitude and airspeed. It is a fire-and-forget weapon that uses INS and GPS to reach its designated Sensor Point of Interest (SPI) target. Check out DCS: F-16C Viper | JSOW. DCS: F/A-18C Hornet Development Progress Perhaps one of the most complex and confusing aspects of operating the Hornet is correct use of the air-to-air radar. We hope this video will provide you a better understanding and more successful use of this radar. DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | AA Radar Use. JHMCS Alignment Procedure When performing a cold start, the JHMCS will now require alignment. This must be completed to avoid alignment issues with the symbology. If you are performing an auto start, the alignment will be completed for you. As the new process is mandatory on cold start, we have added a new tutorial outlining the JHMCS alignment procedure, check out DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | HMD Alignment. NASAMS New Ground Unit NASAMS (National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) NASAMS is a Norwegian-developed, medium-range SAM system that was introduced in the mid 1990s. Utilising the proven AIM-120 AMRAAM missile, and combined with a MPQ-64 Sentinel 3D radar, it presents a formidable threat to aircraft and helicopters at low- and medium-altitudes. A typical battery consists of 3 launchers, each with 6 missiles, a radar unit, and an FDC fire control unit. NASAMS is in service with a number of countries, including the USA. It is notably used to protect high value targets such as the White House in Washington DC. This ground unit is now available in the latest Open Beta update. Thank you for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  16. 16 July 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, DCS: Normandy is receiving enhancements to airfields, buildings, forests and fields. Frame-rate improvements and the Level of Detail (LOD) for objects has also been optimised. We are planning for these updates to be included in the next Open Beta. Progress on DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark 3 is exciting with fine detail 3D design work on the Klimov TV3-117VMA turboshaft engines, gearbox and rotor system nearing completion. Check out the In Development screenshots, we hope you will be impressed. The Rise of the Persian Lion is a new campaign by our third party content maker Badger633 and is being released as part of the next Open Beta. More and more third party campaign makers are joining DCS. If you are interested to know more about the opportunities and wish to become a campaign maker, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. This Saturday, 17th of July, tune in for a feast of flying fun with The Virtual Air Tattoo Airshow by The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises. Six hours of FREE action will stream live on social media. Virtual flying aces are going to perform exhilarating aerobatic displays, with precision accuracy. Take a look at the all new Virtual Air Tattoo. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS: Normandy Development Progress DCS: Normandy by Ugra Media is receiving updated colour and splatmap textures for fields and buildings. Airfield textures have also been improved and multiple bugs at Evreux, Funtington, Maupertus, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer and St. Pierre du Mont airfields have been fixed. Taxiway issues at Azeville, Barville, Evreux and Lantheuil have also been resolved. Performance improvements when flying low over dense forest areas are noticeable. Individual tree types including; Amur Oak, Black Ash, Pine, Riverbirch and Sugar Maple are now more distinguishable and lifelike. DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark 3 Development Progress We are pleased to present the progress to the engines, transmission and rotor head. As you can imagine, the propulsion system will be visible when the fuselage is damaged during combat or when under maintenance. The twin 2,400 hp Klimov TV3-117VMA turboshaft engines are mounted high on the fuselage above the wings. Note how the semicircular air intakes and exhausts are turned outward and the level of detail the modellers have put into these components. Everything is being recreated using exact drawings to a real-world scale. Rise of the Persian Lion F/A-18C Hornet Campaign As another sunrise breaks over the shimmering Iranian desert, things in the Gulf are about to change. Fuelled by international sanctions, Iran’s new and aggressive leader has sworn to take control of the Straits of Hormuz. In response, an international force has been deployed to the region with the USS Abraham Lincoln at its heart. This Campaign follows on from Ford’s exploits aboard USS John C Stennis in the Serpent’s Head 2 Campaign. This campaign will become available in the next Open Beta 2.7.4 update and can be available for download on our eshop and on Steam. Thank you again for your passion and support, Your sincerely,
  17. 9 July 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, We hope that you are all enjoying our new, free DCS: Marianas and are exploring the islands. Optimisation for both 2D and VR is ongoing, and we hope to have some performance enhancements soon. Thank you all for your constructive feedback and bug reports. Please note that the scheduled maintenance of our primary server, website, Module Manager, and Multiplayer services is planned for the 13th of July at 04:00 UTC for a six hour period. We apologise for any inconvenience. DCS: Mosquito FB Mk.VI is progressing well. The cockpit is near final; we are adding details to instrumentation colour, reflections, and colour balance. Work on the radio transmitter T1154.B and receiver R1155 devices, as well as radio communications for VoiceChat, is also approaching completion. The external model is almost finished, and texturing is near completion. To keep you informed on the development process, we have taken the opportunity to prepare some In Development screenshots for you. The Summer Sale is in its last days; don’t miss out on these great savings! Most modules and campaigns are up to 50% off. Act now, this offer ends Monday at 15:00 GMT. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team Guns Out Summer Sale This weekend is your last chance to save up to 50% on most DCS World modules and campaigns. The Summer Sale offer will end on Monday the 12th of July at 15:00 GMT. As mentioned, scheduled maintenance of our primary server, the DCS website, Module Manager, and Multiplayer (master server) services will occur on Tuesday the 13th of July at 04:00 UTC and will last for six hours. The server's IP address will change, we recommend updating your DNS cache (run "ipconfig /flushdns" in Windows). Mosquito FB Mk. VI Development Progress We have improved gauge visibility by refining the center and side panel colour gamma values. The same pre-calculated ray tracing technology used in DCS: Mi-24P Hind has also been added. Glass, plastic covers, luminescent dials, and exposed wiring provide a more realistic look and feel. We are also working on final improvements to the external model, and we will be sharing progress with you soon. We are excited to see the finish approaching, and look forward to seeing this iconic fighter bomber in DCS World. P-47D Thunderbolt Promotion DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt is now running on EDGE 2.7. This means that you will notice more detailed and enhanced textures throughout the cockpit and external model. With its Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engines and heavy armament, the Jug can more than hold its own with the more recent and lighter P-51D Mustang, whilst withstanding more combat damage. Fully loaded, this extraordinary fighter is capable of carrying almost half the payload of a B-17 Flying Fortress. In the ground attack role, it can carry 1.3 tonnes of external ordinance, with a maximum take-off weight of nearly 8 tonnes. Don’t forget to take advantage of the 30% special on DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt, which also ends next week. Thank you again for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  18. 02 July 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, This week we announced Open Beta 2.7.3 with powerful, new, under-the-hood features that enhance our unprecedented flying experience. DCS: Marianas provides an immersive, more natural environment that introduces our latest graphical technologies to render crisper details at low level flight. The beautiful islands of Rota, Tinian, Guam and Saipan are amazing to explore, and they are packed with unique, high quality assets throughout. You should not be surprised to learn that this map requires higher performing PCs to get the most detail. After the launch of DCS: Mi-24P Hind, our dedicated Hind team has been working to eliminate recurring crashes, as well as stabilising the first iteration of the Petrovich AI. Various bugs have been fixed, and we encourage you to read the full changelog. The Hind’s external damage model is now on par with DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight, and work has begun to improve tail rotor damage. The ammo counters for cannon and gun pods are now fully functional, and the Petrovich AI is able to determine ATGM launch distances. Next, we will be working on Petrovich’s ability to scan the environment and report targets and threats. Please note that for a limited time, up to 50% discount is available on all of our products, including campaigns. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS: Marianas Early Access Available We are committed to building the world’s best maps, and DCS: Marianas takes us even further down this road with brand new ways to navigate and explore. You will experience enhanced detail in cities and neighborhoods, commercial districts, airfields, ports, elevation, new buildings, new road colours and signs, custom-designed landmarks, and a new night-time mode with varied street lighting throughout. For many of you DCS: Caucasus has become indispensable, and this year we’ve created more ways to enhance the DCS combat experience. Being a free map, DCS: Marianas brings our online community together with no purchase requirements. The Marianas brings an all new environment to play in with new missions. DCS: Marianas is running on our latest EDGE 2.7 graphics engine. To fly this map you will need to download the latest Open Beta and head over to the Module Manager. We are looking forward, as ever, to your feedback. Please check out The Marianas Release Trailer. Mi-24P Hind Development Progress Petrovich will now be responsible for countermeasures and will automatically select new ones when required. We are now working on giving “him” an interface for the ASO-2V panel. We have also added a delay in response from the Petrovich interface. This delay emulates the time between commands being given and heard over the crew intercom. Work on the Petrovich voice overs also continues apace. Petrovich will now inform you when reaching your desired course, altitude, or speed, and “he” will confirm RoE orders for ATGM launches. Although Petrovich has errors in determining distance to target, for now “he” will dynamically range +/- 300 meters. In later updates we will improve the error modeling by taking into account all the factors that play a role in building this error. In the latest patch, we've added the implementation of the ammo counter panel. KMGU-2 fixes have been made and we have resolved engine control desync issues. Looking ahead, our priorities are on Petrovich AI upgrades (including flying skills), further resolving de-sync issues in multiplayer, enhancing ATGM sight picture in VR and 2D, and improving overall key binding logic. We are also actively working on known issues and new-found bugs. Thank you for your reporting. Summer Sale Promotions DCS: JF: 17 Thunder is a superb, modern swing-role fighter that is a match for the F-15, F-16C and F/A-18C. It is powered by a Klimov RD-93 turbofan engine, giving it a top speed of up to Mach 1.6 at altitude. The aircraft has an operational range of up to 1,200 kilometers without refueling. The JF-17 can be armed with a wide variety of smart and dumb weapons, including air-to-air, air-to-surface, and anti-ship missiles on seven hardpoints. The DCS World Summer Sale is your chance to take advantage of up to 50% savings on most of our modules and campaigns. Benefit from our new Free to Play program to sequentially try out multiple modules before making a decision on your next fighter, helicopter, or map! E-Shop Thank you again for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  19. 26 June 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, Our Summer Sale is in full swing and we are thrilled to announce that the Steam sale is also live and will run until the 8th of July. Enjoy up to 50% discount on most of our modules and campaigns. Check them out. Leatherneck Simulations have been working hard on their next aircraft, the DCS: F4U-D Corsair. Their current efforts are focused mostly on finalising the cockpit. Take a look at their development screenshots below. Our partners at Heatblur Simulations have made notable progress to DCS: F-14A/B Tomcat. The latest Open Beta includes improved aircraft arresting physics and new carrier burble effects, bringing this fabulous aircraft one step closer to its final version. We are pleased to announce that DCS: C-101 Aviojet by Aegres has moved to final release state. This module is feature complete and we encourage you to check out what Aegres Media has in store for you next. In Development Screenshots. Thank you for your passion and support, Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS: F4U-D Corsair Development Report The F4U-1 is one of the few aircraft without sidewalls and a floor. Because of this, many of the Corsair’s vital components are exposed. Using manufacture drawings and original aircraft as references, the vast majority of panels, cables, pipes, and switches have been recreated to a high degree of detail. Each area has been checked in VR to ensure that nothing a pilot would see is missing. Updates and texture adjustments to the cockpit model are in final development. Systems development is also largely completed. Hydraulics, electrics, and basic weapon systems are operational, and Leatherneck Simulations will continue to tune them as tests proceed. The AN/ARC-5 Radio and navigation equipment tests were completed earlier this spring. The decision to add the AN/ARC-1 radio set is still pending. Smaller items such as the oxygen equipment and the emergency landing gear extension system are also work in progress. The full inventory of British and U.S. weaponry will be presented closer to release. A number of stunning new features will make the DCS: F4U-1D Corsair truly unique. Read more of their development report in the Leatherneck Simulations 2021 Summer Update. DCS: F-14A/B Tomcat Development Report A new mass dynamics engine brings a whole new level of realism to the F-14A/B. Unless it is landed correctly, the F-14’s arrestor hook will now skip over the deck to mimic realistic hook-bolter events. Under extreme conditions the hook can also fail and detach from the fuselage. Such realistic features truly encourage you to improve your skills and achieve by-the-book recovery procedures. The aerodynamic effects of aircraft carrier burble on close-approach have also been implemented. The ICEMAN pilot AI has also been improved. The AI can now navigate to specific waypoints and enter a holding pattern. Other significant improvements include: JESTER reporting Night catapult signalisation Autopilot logic overhaul Multi-crew synchronisation The Heatblur team is now focused on developing the next update of the exciting Tomcat and Viggen features, ultimately bringing both of these aircraft out of Early Access. F-14A Fear the Bones Campaign by Reflected Sims It is April 1989, and the cruiser USS Valley Forge has been involved in an incident in the Black Sea, off the coast of the Soviet Union. The USS Theodore Roosevelt is being sent to support the rescue operation with VF-84 on board. Jaws, Jester, Ghost, Pyro, Caveman, Grip, Elvis and Glory, all hot shot F-14A Tomcat fighter jocks of the ’Jolly Rogers’ squadron are itching to see some action. They might just get more than they bargained for. Join them in fighting MiGs, intercepting Bear bombers, defending the fleet, escorting Alpha strikes, and much more in this story-driven campaign. Kick the tires, light the fires, and make them Fear the Bones! DCS: C-101 Aviojet Final Version Released Aerges has announced that the DCS: C-101 Aviojet has reached its final version state in the latest Open Beta update. After finishing multicrew and implementing the Combined Controls Mode, the module is now complete. Product support, especially when it comes to bug fixing, will continue. The Aerges Team are now gearing up to accelerate work on their exciting upcoming new module: DCS: Mirage F1. We hope that these project updates will inspire you to give them a try, and we look forward to sharing more on their development soon. Thank you again for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  20. 18 June 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, This week the DCS: Mi-24P Hind was released to Early Access. If you have not already watched the Hind’s tutorial series, check it out here. A list of known issues is available here, and we are working to resolve these in the nearest future. Ugra Media are proud to announce the final release of their DCS: Syria map. In the update, the island of Cyprus and a large section of southern Turkey have been added. It is worth noting that DCS: Syria is included in our 2021 Summer Sale and is now available with a 30% discount (Normal Price is $59.99). We will continue resolving bugs and deliver fixes as part of the Open Beta updates. The Summer Sale has now started, check out the video. This is your chance to grab a great deal on your next aircraft or map, or both! Until the 12th of July 15:00 UTC, get up to 50% off our most popular modules, and 30% off DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, A-10C II Tank Killer and DCS: Supercarrier. Check out the eShop for more details. Summer Sale. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS: Mi-24P Hind Early Access After more than 50,000 man hours of dedicated work, the Mi-24P Hind team is pleased to introduce this iconic attack helicopter into Early Access. We hope that this superb product meets your expectations and, as always, we look forward to your feedback! DCS: Mi-24P Hind Pricing Policy The Hind is now available in Early Access and is also in Free to Play for you to enjoy for 14 days to ‘test fly before you buy’ and don’t forget to take advantage of the Early Access 20% discount on DCS: Mi-24P Hind. DCS: Syria Final Version Released Ugra Media have moved DCS: Syria to its final release state. Included in this final release are the addition of Cyprus and a large portion of southern Turkey. Major cities such as Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol, Paphos, Ayia Napa, Famagusta, Kyrenia have been modeled in high detail. Get in a Combined Arms vehicle and take a drive or explore in the Hind! Cyprus includes nine new highly detailed airfields; Akrotiri, Ercan, Gecitkale, Pinarbashi, Kingsfield, Lakatamia, Larnaca, Nicosia, Paphos. Enjoy the precise details, we look forward to your thoughts. DCS: Syria Guns Out Summer Sale The DCS World Summer Sale has started and will run until the 12th of July 15:00 UTC on our eShop. We will also be participating in the Steam Summer Sale. Take advantage of this offer and receive 50% off most of our modules. Most of our campaigns will also be included. Modules with a 30% discount DCS: F-16C Viper DCS: F/A-18C Hornet DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt DCS: Channel Map DCS: Supercarrier DCS: Syria Modules with a 20% discount DCS: JF-17 Thunder Modules with a 15% discount DCS: F-14A/B Tomcat Campaigns with 50% discount Spitfire IX The Big Show Campaign P-51D The Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney Campaign Bf 109 K-4 Jagdflieger Campaign F-86F Hunters over the Yalu Campaign Fw 190 A-8 Horrido! Campaign Memory of a Hero Campaign UH-1H Argo Campaign The Museum Relic Campaign P51-D High Stakes Campaign Mi-8MTV2 Oilfield Campaign The Border Campaign UH-1H Worlds Apart - Spring 2025 Campaign F/A-18C Hornet - The Serpent's Head 2 Campaign Campaigns with 30% discount F-14A Zone 5 Campaign Mi-8MTV2 Crew Part 1 Campaign F/A-18C Operation Pontus Campaign M-2000C Red Flag Campaign F-15C The Georgian War Сampaign The Enemy Within 3.0 Campaign F/A-18C Hornet Raven One Campaign F-5E Black Sea Resolve 79 Campaign Campaigns with 20% discount Ka-50 2 Pandemic Campaign Campaigns not on sale P-47D Wolfpack Campaign F-14 Tomcat Fear the Bones! Campaign F-16C Red Flag 21-1 Campaign AV-8B Sky Warrior Campaign Rising Squall Campaign Taking more than 40 man-years of intense research, technology development, art creation, and ground-breaking coding, the Hornet brings the first, true, multi-role fighter to the skies of DCS World with equally impressive air-to-surface and air-to-air capabilities. DCS: F/A-18C Hornet DCS: Supercarrier Early Access period work continues. We are working on the following additional features, and we look forward to sharing more information soon. Air Boss station Briefing room Landing Signal Officer (LSO) station with PLAT camera & VR support DCS: Combined Arms integration "Burble" effect Wave off and bolter return to pattern radio messages Functional barricade net 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. DCS: Supercarrier The Viper is armed for air-to-air combat with Sidewinders, AMRAAMs, and an internal 20mm 6-barrel Gatling gun. It can also be loaded with a wide range of air-to-ground weapons that include general purpose bombs, rockets, canister munition, Mavericks, laser- and GPS-guided bombs, and more. The F-16 provides swing-role action in DCS World! DCS: F-16C Viper With the improved ability to command ground forces, a vast number of land, air and sea units, and feature-rich cooperative and head-to-head multiplayer; we are proud to say this is probably the most detailed and realistic combat simulation ever created for the PC. Head over to our eShop and grab a deal and grab a great 50% off Summer Sale deal. Thank you again for your passion and support, Your sincerely,
  21. 11 June 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, It is with great pleasure that we announce 2.7 has moved to DCS World Stable. We would like to thank you for your continued support and detailed bug reports. Today, we are also introducing a new Free to Play program that lets you evaluate all of our modules (aircraft and maps) for 14 days. You can play each module sequentially for 14 days or any number of them at a time. Once you have ‘consumed’ the 14 days, you will be given another 14 day free trial period for all modules six months later. Enjoy the offer and please tell your friends! Check out the video here. DCS: F-16C Viper has been receiving some important attention. Recently, the GBU-31 and GBU-38 JDAM bombs have been added, and they are currently in internal testing. We are working at full power to iron out existing Air-to-Air Radar and Navigation System bugs, and these fixes should be released soon to an Open Beta. In April, we conducted preliminary CFD research of R-27 missiles family aerodynamics. The focus of this research was zero-lift drag correction and missile ballistic refinement. Please read our R-27 Missile Family Report. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team Free Trials 14 Day Access Fly the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet for two weeks and then DCS: F-16C Viper for another two. You can download new terrains at the same time, whatever you fancy. Each module will give you 14 days to evaluate and enjoy them without any limitations or obligations. If you’ve tried a module and aren’t 100% certain about purchasing, you can re-evaluate six months later. Campaigns are excluded. And for all newcomers to DCS, you can benefit from a 50% joining discount on your first purchase, whether you buy one module or the whole library! Spread the news. We truly hope our new free to play system will give you the flexibility you need to enjoy each module and make informed purchase decisions. Thank you! We apologize that this offer cannot also be made available on Steam. Check out Free Trials F-16C Viper Development Roadmap In the next Open Beta, you will receive the GBU-31 and GBU-38 JDAM for the Viper! We are now working on fixing outstanding bugs related to the Air-to-Air Radar and Navigation Systems. Enhancements are also being made to the Flight Model in regards to available G and angle of attack modeling. Once we have addressed the critical issues, we will focus our Viper efforts on completing important Air-to-Air Radar functions: DTT SAM mode, bullseye, intercept steering cue, ACM Slew, and more. The Helmet Mounted Cueing System (HMCS) with the HARM Targeting System (HTS), Link 16, Air-to-Ground Mode, and IFF will also be integrated. The AGM-154 JSOW and the ALQ-131 and ALQ-184 electronic countermeasure pods are also next in line to be added. Supercarrier Deck Crew Development Report DCS: Supercarrier has received a number of notable updates to the deck crew that includes improved meshes and geometry tweaks: Plane director “Shooter” model has been edited to include skinning and geometry corrections. Improved mesh and skinning for the hands and gloves. A completely new and anatomically correct skeleton for the hands. The sailor head model has been replaced with a much more realistic one. The airboss model has been improved with improved hands and removed beer belly. Missing Level Of Details (LOD) have been added for all models. All seated and standing poses have been corrected and improved. Fixed excessive bending animation of the legs while walking. Fixed sliding legs. Fixed the intersection of arms and legs. Several new idle animations have been added for a more natural look. Mesh and skinning have been adjusted at the elbow area to reduce the effect of no mass. All the models have been converted to a new version of the skeleton that will provide more natural movements. R-27 Missile Development Report In April of this year, we conducted preliminary Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) research of the R-27 family of missile aerodynamics. The objective was the correction of zero-lift drag and missile ballistics refinement. As a result of this research, the zero-lift drag coefficient was reduced for all R-27 missile types. Please read our R-27 Missile Family Report. Thank you for your trust, passion and support. You make our dreams come true.
  22. 04 June 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, We are currently preparing the pre-order access for later this summer. Our work is focused on preparing the AH-64D Block II for Early Access release, based on a detailed design specification. These efforts are spread across all areas of module development, including art, systems, flight dynamics, AI, and more. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS: AH-64D Development Report The external model and cockpit are extraordinarily complex and time consuming. An enormous amount of research and work have gone into making these as detailed and accurate as possible. Special attention has been given to the pilot crew models and animations. Much of the avionics work focuses on the navigation system and TSD pages. This is in parallel with the IHADSS / PNVS / TADS, the Area Weapons System / Rocket Management Subsystem, Longbow Hellfire Modular Missile System with the AGM-114K. The Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) is also in development. This incorporated the Radar Signal Detecting Set and the Common Missile Warning System (CMWS). These will be available at launch and greatly increase mission survivability. The flight model is progressing nicely, and we are now developing the flight augmentation systems that include SCAS and HOLD modes. Modeling of the T700 GE 701C EDECU engine and related systems is underway. Thank you again for your passion and support, Your sincerely,
  23. 28 May 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, Saipan, the third island included in DCS: Mariana Islands, is currently undergoing closed beta testing. We will initially release a modern version of this free map - please see the screenshots below. DCS: Mi-24P Hind is progressing steadily, and the HSI tool and Petrovich are being actively tuned. The SPO-10 RWR and ASP-17 sight are being finalised as we move closer to the Early Access launch. The Introduction and Simple Quick Start videos for DCS: Mi-24P Hind tutorial series are now available. We encourage you to check them out, and get ready to hit the ground running. A further six ground units are now available in Open Beta: the T-155 Firtina; VAB Mephisto, PT-79 light tank, Leopard 2A4 main battle tank, ATZ-5 Ural Fuel Bowser, and AA-7 Firefighting Truck. These all take advantage of EDGE 2.7 graphic enhancements and offer revised reflections and lighting. In Development Screenshots. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team Saipan Introduction Saipan Saipan is the current capital of the United States Commonwealth islands and it was part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. The island continues to be of strategic importance and is heavily supported by the United States military. Saipan International Airport In June, 1944, the Seabees of the 3rd Battalion 20th Marines repaired and expanded the airfield to become the Naval Advance Base Saipan, and it supported the first P-47s of the 19th Fighter Squadron. It covers an area of 734 acres and boasts two paved runways. The main runway currently measures 8,700 x 200 ft, and the second is 7001 x 100 ft. This airfield was the primary launch site for B-29 Superfortress missions that led to the massive destruction of Japanese industrial targets. Port of Puerto Rico on Saipan The Port encompasses 2,600 linear feet of berthing space and a 22-acre container yard. It has water and underground fuel lines protected by concrete vaults as well as a sewage removal system. Dockside lights run the length of the quay for night time operations. The channel, turning basin, and berthing areas have been widened and deepened to a uniform -40 feet in order to comfortably welcome medium- to deep-draft vessels. Two fuel storage facilities are also present at Saipan seaport to manage re-fuelling. Future improvements are the paving of the access road leading to the main port, upgrading of the security communication system, and water rescue equipment. Finally, improved navigational aids and repositioned harbor buoys mark the safest route into port with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard. Urban areas of the West coast The western side of the island is lined with sandy beaches and an offshore coral reef that creates a large lagoon. Saipan's flora is predominantly limestone forest. All shoreline and cliff textures, as well as the seabed and beaches, are being hand drawn for optimum accuracy. The buildings, houses, and large number of ground assets are all new additions to DCS World. Lao Lao bay Golf and Resort Since the 1970s, tourists from the United States and Japan have been traveling to the island to enjoy the natural beauty and other attractions. The tourist resorts have been recreated in detail, and they comprise special ground textures for the golf course. The eastern shore is composed primarily of rugged, rocky cliffs and a narrow underwater bank leading to the Marpi Reef, which lies 28 miles to the north. Farallon de Medinilla Situated about 45 nautical miles north of Saipan is the Farallon de Medinilla island. For years, the U.S.Navy has used it for military weapon testing and bombing exercises. Farallon de Medinilla has a length of 1.7 miles, a width of 490 ft in the south, expanding to 1,740 ft in the north, with an area of 0.326 square miles. At its narrowest, the island is only 66 ft wide. The shore is dotted with cliffs containing caves, and its table top surface has some shrubbery and savanna grass. The island also has three X-shaped figures and one Y-shaped figure that are built out of metal shipping containers. These arrangements have been left by the U.S. Navy for bomb targeting practice. Mi-24P Hind Development Progress Introduction In a previous update to DCS: Mi-24P Hind, we shared a preview of the Petrovich AI interface. The first video in the DCS: Mi-24P Hind series of tutorials is now available. We encourage you to take a look at DCS: Mi-24P HIND | Introduction for an overview of this beast. Quick Start Once you have learnt the basics, it is time to learn a simplified start up. Check out the DCS: Mi-24P Hind Quick Start guide to help you hit the ground running. Petrovich We have finished work on the hover flight mode for the Petrovich command and lateral and vertical movements using this system. The latency in command reception by Petrovich is in progress, and it will mimic the real life crew lag when communicating and processing information. In the next update, we will share details on Petrovich flight modes and how to use it in combat. SPO-10 RWR The SPO-10 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) now recognizes radar emitters, and it provides visual and audible feedback. Currently, we are tuning this system, and we aim for it to be available at Early Access launch. ASP-17 Sight The ASP-17 weapons aiming sight is operational. It will be possible to manually adjust it and use its Continuously Computed Impact Point (CCIP) function. This is a highly accurate system when used over level terrain, and it is similar to the Su-25A’s weapons sight. Ground Units New Models T-155 Firtina This is a Turkish-produced, self propelled howitzer that is based on the ROK K9 Thunder. It entered Turkish service in 2004. Armed with a 155mm L/52 gun, the T-155 is capable of attacking targets up to 40km away, and it is able to quickly move firing position using its 66km/h maximum speed / 480km range. The T-155 has been involved in various Turkish operations along its border with Iraq and Syria, and it remains in active service with the Turkish Army today. VAB Mephisto A development of the successful French VAB APC, it was first produced by Renault in 1979 with over 5000 delivered. A retractable turret containing four ready to launch HOT-2 missiles with 8 reloads gives the VAB a lethal anti-tank capability out to 4000m. The VAB is fully amphibious, and its propulsors can be seen on the rear sides of the hull. This, along with its rugged and proven 4x4 drivetrain, gives the VAB fantastic off road capabilities. The VAB Mephisto has seen service with many countries, and in 2018, the Lebanese Army took delivery of 10 Mephisto’s from France. PT-76 First produced in 1951, the PT-76 is a Soviet light tank that became the primary reconnaissance tank of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries with over 12,000 produced. Armed with a 76.2mm rifled main gun, with an effective range of 1,500m, the PT-76 is heavily armed for a vehicle of its size. With a primary reconnaissance role, amphibious capability was essential; and, its water-jet propulsion was innovative for the time it was designed. The PT-76 has seen service in a variety of theatres, including the Vietnam war, the Six-Day War, the Angolan Civil War, and the Balkans Wars. The PT-76 is notable for being the first combat victim of the BGM-71 TOW missile, fired by an experimental UH-1B near the Vietnamese city of Kontum in 1972. Leopard 2A4 and 2A4TRS Produced between 1985 and 1992, the Leopard 2A4 is the most widespread version of the Leopard 2 line. Earlier German Leopard 2s were upgraded to 2A4 standard. The 2A4 was the first major upgrade to the Leopard 2 line, bringing an all new digital fire control system that was able to employ more varied ammunition types, an automated fire and explosion suppression system, and an improved turret with titanium/tungsten armour. The Leopard 2A4 was the last variant to have flat, frontal armour on the turret; subsequent variants would have wedge-shaped, spaced, frontal armour. Turkey is a major operator of the Leopard 2 line, and it has upgraded many of them to the Leopard 2 A4TRS standard. This incorporates additional armour, upgraded optics, and a new fire control system. Turkey’s Leopard 2’s have seen significant combat along the border with Syria, with the older Leopard 2A4’s flat, frontal armour turrets proving vulnerable to Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) fire. ATZ-5 Ural Fuel Bowser Based on the proven 5T 6x6 Ural-375 chassis, the ATZ-5 fuel bowser was produced in large numbers, and it is an integral part of any mechanised formation. AA-7 Firefighting Truck Again based on the Ural-375 chassis, the AA-7 is an airfield firefighting vehicle equipped with a variety of equipment for extinguishing fires and performing search and rescue operations at airfields. All of these models are now available in DCS World Open Beta. Thank you for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  24. 21 May 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, We are pleased to announce an update to Open Beta, which includes the AGM-84H SLAM-ER for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet. We also fixed A/A and A/G radar bugs as well as issues with the Litening pod, ATFLIR and Coupled Auto-pilot mode. Please read the full changelog. The Clouds jitter effects in VR are being worked on and will be fixed soon, we are not there yet but we feel confident in early tests that good progress has been made. Work on the fog is very promising and this is the next step in enhancing our dynamic weather engine. Check out the screenshots below. Six new 3D models are now in Open Beta. For those of you who may be interested in learning more about our detailed modelling process, we have prepared this white paper document on 3D Unit Modelling. Combined Arms players can take on roles such as artillery commanders, tank commanders, pilots and JTACS with the ability to switch seats during the battle. It is worth noting that the Leopard 2 A4, Leopard 2A4TRS, VAB Mephisto and the BM-21 Grad will soon become available to control in DCS: Combined Arms. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team The Clouds Fog We will be constantly improving our dynamic weather system and would like to share our current progress on the integration of fog. The simulation of atmospheric flows is a very complex task and we are confident with our steady progress. We look forward to sharing more information with you soon. 3D Models New Units in 2.7.1 EDGE 2.7 offers better lighting and reflection technology for all objects and surfaces. This is particularly appreciated in our aircraft and ground objects. We encourage you to take a look at our In Development Screenshots. For those of you interested in learning more about our modelling process, we have prepared a document, which outlines the stages of 3D Unit Modelling. La Combattante II A fast attack craft that was originally designed for the German Navy, and later in their lives passed to the Hellenic Navy. Armed with 4 Harpoon missiles, a 76mm main gun, and a 40mm bofors gun, the La Combattante II packs a powerful punch. Variants of this class were supplied to Iran between 1977 and 1981, and were involved in clashes during Operation Praying Mantis in 1988, which saw the Iraninan La Combattante II class ship Joshan sunk by Standard missiles fired from the Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate USS Simpson. Seawise Giant Formerly Happy Giant, Jahre Viking and Knock Nevis, Seawise Giant was one of the largest self powered ships ever made. At 1504ft long, with a loaded displacement of 646,642 long tons when fully laden, the Seawise Giant was capable of holding 4.1 million barrels of oil. With a draft 81ft she was unable to transit the English Channel, Suez or Panama Canal. On the 14th of May 1988, whilst carrying a cargo of Iranian crude oil she was attacked by the Iraqi Air Force and sunk using parachute bombs. After the Iran-Iraq war ended, she was repaired and continued to serve a number of owners until she was sold for scrap in 2010. Leopard 2A5 First produced in 1979, the Leopard 2 saw various upgrades before entering service as the Leopard 2A5 in 1995. Powered by a 1479hp diesel engine, and capable of 68km/h over rough terrain, the Leopard 2 is a formidable main battle tank. The Leopard 2A5 can be differentiated from earlier versions by the wedge shaped applique armour on the front of the turret for additional protection. Armament consists of a Rheinmetall 120mm smooth bore L/44 main gun and 2 machine guns. Leopard 2A6M In March 2001 the Leopard 2A6 entered service with the German Army. The 2A6M is a variant of this, with upgraded mine projection for the hull. It can visually be distinguished from the Leo 2A5 by its longer L/55 120mm smoothbore main gun. Leopard 2’s have seen service with many countries, including Germany, Turkey, Greece and The Netherlands In 2007 Canada deployed 20 Leopard 2A6M to Afghanistan, taking advantage of the upgraded mine protection. The Leopard 2 line continues to be upgraded and developed today. Chieftain Mk3 Developed from the Centurion, the Chieftain was the primary main battle tank of the United Kingdom from the 1960’s to the 1980’s, when it was replaced by the Challenger 1. The Heavily sloped frontal armour on the turret increased the effective armour thickness from 120mm to 388mm. The main gun was a 120mm L11A5 rifled gun, with the then unique feature of having the gun round separate from the charge, which was encased in a combustible fabric bag - this removed the need to store or eject spent shell casings. The Chieftain saw considerable action in the Iran - Iraq war, with 894 of all variants being delivered to Iran prior to the revolution. Unfortunately, it proved somewhat unreliable and prone to failure during battle, and by the end of the war only 200 remained in service. BM-21 Grad Developed in the 1960’s, the BM-21 Grad is a Russian multiple launch rocket system that saw it’s combat debut in March 1969 during the Sino-Soviet border conflict. The English translation of Grad is Hail, and containing 40 122mm rockets that are able to all be fired in as little as 20 seconds, it certainly lives up to its name. The Grad is currently in service with many nations around the world, including Syria, Iran, Iraq and of course Russia. Also included in the latest Open Beta, is the PT-76 Soviet light tank, the VAB Mephisto ATGM, the Leopard 2 A4 and 2A4TRS, the T-155 Firtina, the AA-7 Airfield fire truck, the ATZ-5 Ural based fuel truck and the 5I57A airfield generator. Combined Arms Promotion To better support both single player and multiplayer gameplay, we are pleased to inform you that the new models of the Leopard 2 A4, Leopard 2A4TRS, VAB Mephisto and BM-21 Grad are now available in Open Beta. These models will be integrated into DCS: Combined Arms as player controllable units. Download now to ensure you will be the first to access these new models as soon as they become available. We are confident that the ongoing work to perfect The Clouds visuals and the new 3D models will help immerse you in the battlefield. Thank you again for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
  25. 14 May 2021 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, We have returned to work following our May Day and Victory in Europe (VE) Day holidays. We are back at full power on all fronts, and bug fixing is in full swing in the run up to delivering a Stable DCS World 2.7. We are also expanding our dedicated avionics division, tasked with accelerating our capabilities and speed of avionics development. A huge update for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet is in the works that should be released later in May. This will include new features such as the AGM-84H SLAM-ER, RAID Single Target Track (STT) Mode and 1Look RAID Mode, new smaller flares, Offset Aim Points (OAP), and updated HOTAS functions. We have fixed Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground radar issues as well. The ATFLIR and Litening Targeting Pod bugs have also been fixed, as well as a bug in Couple Autopilot mode. We are pleased to report that DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark 3 is progressing well, and the exterior model is close to final and ready for texturing. We are currently working on improvements to the gun model and Igla implementation, as well as the advanced onboard defense system that includes the ability to display missile threats on the ABRIS. We are thrilled to announce a new range of helicopter hardware from Virpil Controls. Check them out below as they prepare to release the long awaited Collective Controller lineup. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team Mariana Islands Open Beta release coming soon It is with great excitement to inform you that DCS: Mariana Islands is getting close to an Open Beta release. Ka-50 Black Shark 3 Development Report We would like to share our progress on DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark 3. As you can see the 2A42 30mm cannon model is undergoing a substantial update and when completed will boast a new algorithm, soundscape, and enhanced animations. We look forward to sharing more information with you soon. Two new pylons for Air-To-Air missiles that have been added to the wingtips. This brings the total number of hardpoints to six. The ABRIS We are currently finalising development of the Abris Missile Warning System, and as seen in the above image in which two missiles are detected. The closer threat is considered the dangerous one, and it is marked with a flashing circle. Virpil Controls New hardware coming “Helicopter pilots both new and old can rejoice as the VPC Rotor TCS Base, VPC Rotor TCS Plus Base and VPC SharKa-50 Grip are now waiting to get into VPCockpits around the world and start a new era of helicopter sim piloting. Happy Flying!” - VIRPIL Controls Team VPC Rotor TCS and Rotor TCS Plus Collective Base At the core of the collective controller lineup is the VPC Rotor TCS and Rotor TCS Plus collective bases. These bases feature a metal cam-based mechanism with adjustable clutch. Included are 3 swappable cams to limit the travel of the collective, and a clutch system which can be adjusted on the fly to suit any pilot! The VPC Rotor TCS Plus adds an additional twist throttle axis which features an idle detent stop, engine idle bypass button and idle restrictor switch. VPC SharKa-50 Collective Grip The first collective grip in the lineup is the VPC SharKa-50. This grip is inspired by the collective controls found on the venerable Ka-50 “Black Shark” helicopter. With this, the aim is to mimic the feeling of a real collective grip in your hands! Featuring a metal handle with rubberised grip, you can immediately feel this means business! The grip is equipped with a wide range of inputs to satisfy any helicopter pilot: 2 x 8-way Hats (+ Push) 1 x 2-way Switch (+ Push) 3 x 3-way Toggles (ON-OFF-ON) 3 x Push Buttons VPC Collective Chair Mount Adapter Collective controls pose an interesting challenge as due to their unique nature it can prove difficult to conveniently mount them in a number of setups. The design team has worked to create an accessible controller setup for anyone wishing to jump into the exciting world of helicopter piloting. With the Collective Chair Mount Adapter, you can mount the VPC Rotor TCS Bases to a range of standard office chair setups. Keep your eyes on the VIRPIL Controls official channels for full details on release and pre-ordering information later this week. https://forum.virpil.com/index.php?/forum/17-news-announcements/ Thank you again for your passion and support, Yours sincerely,
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