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  1. 26 December 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, We have released an update to the stable edition of DCS World, all features added to Open Beta 2.5.6 since the 9th of October have now been thoroughly tested and are ready for deployment. The ‘Free to Play’ period is in full swing and will run until the 5th of January. This unlimited access to our products includes our top fighter jets such as the F/A-18C Hornet, F-14A/B Tomcat and A-10C II Tank Killer will give you hours of challenging fun during the holidays. We would like to elaborate on the new and improved Multi-Crew for DCS: UH-1H Huey. We have prepared some information below which will explain some of the new features. Christmas is here again and it is time to bring on the New Year. We would like to sincerely thank all of you for your help, support and for your business. It is a privilege to count you as our faithful customer. Your help will make us go onwards and upwards in 2021 and beyond. Merry Christmas to you, your families and all those who matter most in your lives. Yours ever, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS World Stable Update After a relatively large number of Open Beta updates, we have now released a substantial update to DCS World Stable. As always, the goal with Open Beta is to test new features and ensure they do not result in game crashes. Once we are satisfied with the stability of DCS World, we update the release version. This update includes the F-14 Tomcat A variant, new WWII Assets and a massive sound exterior and interior sound overhaul for A-10C II Tank Killer. GBU-24 Paveway III laser-guided bomb for the Hornet Azimuth/Elevation with IFF page for the Hornet AGM-88C HARM HAS and POS/RUK modes for the Viper Refactoring of the F-16C Sensor Point of Interest (SPI) logic New Air-Air training missions for the Viper New Engine and Damage Models for World War II aircraft New turbine stall and bearing wear sounds for Thunderbolt NS430 mount/dismount for Gazelle during mission creation For more details on all that is new, please read the full changelog. End of Year Winter Sale 2020 Our Winter Sale 2020 is on until the 11th of January. On Steam, the sale will end on the 5th of January at 15:00GMT. Most modules have a 50% discount (excluding campaigns). Modules with a 30% discount: P-47D Thunderbolt The Channel Map F/A-18C Hornet F-16C Viper A-10C II Tank Killer Supercarrier Exceptions: F-14A/B Tomcat will have a 25% discount JF-17 Thunder will be only $59.99 We hope that this will help when gifting your loved ones and who knows, you might find your next fighter or terrain. Make sure to check out Youtube tutorials and in-game training missions. UH-1H Huey Multi-Crew The new functionality was developed with a user-friendly approach in mind and is the next stage of multi-crew operations in DCS World. Permission system A new permission system to the available seats in the aircraft is implemented through the interface of pop-up windows (widgets). It allows the pilot (the owner of the aircraft specified in the Mission Editor) to control the access of other players to the available seats in the aircraft. Flight control transfer The transfer of aircraft flight controls from the first pilot to the second pilot and back has been implemented. At the same time, the owner pilot can control requests from shooters and allow or reject them. The owner pilot of the aircraft, specified in the mission editor, always retains the ability to forcibly return control of the helicopter to himself. System control transfer For a helicopter like Huey, when the same instrument of cockpit control is available to both pilots at the same time, it was necessary to develop specific logical solutions in the "multi-crew" functionality which, with a minimum delay, ensures mutual accessibility of the instruments and cockpit controls for the pilot / co-pilot. The updated mechanics for multi-crew access to the controls, as well as the ability to exchange seats within one helicopter (via free seat), required additions in the mechanism of interaction between the helicopter model and the DCS core. Due to this, the work took way way longer than was anticipated. We faced some major bugs where warnings were not seen by co-pilots, and some issues where the aircraft status was not synchronising correctly for all crew. We continue to work on the implementation of the ability to separate the view axis and the machine gun direction for a more comfortable game from the shooter's workplace. Now, if you have Track-IR or VR, the game will assign these devices to view axis while the machine gun axis will remain under mouse control. In addition, the ability to assign a machine gun control to the joystick will be added. This will lead us closer to the completion of this new feature and to it’s roll out to other platforms. We hope you will have fun with this new addition to DCS: UH-1H Huey. Free to Play Two More Weeks We are excited to be able to offer you this Free to Play event, the complexities of these aircraft can be a challenge to master and we hope this gives you a chance to explore all of what is on offer in DCS World. On behalf of all of us, we would like to extend our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones. May this festive season bring you peace, happiness, health and all the prosperity for the year ahead. We rise together to face the challenges of today and are hopeful for New Year's brighter days. Thank you again for your passion and commitment, Kind regards,
  2. 18 December 2020 Dear Fighter pilots, partners and friends, Our Winter Sale 2020 has started and will run until the 11th of January. On Steam, the sale will start on the 22nd of December and end on the 5th of January. We are pleased to announce an additional ‘Free to Play’ period starting on the 22nd of December, giving you access to all aircraft and terrains from our e-Shop and Steam for two weeks. We have made improvements to the wear and tear of piston engines as well as the damage model by considering various loads and fractures to the main bearings that occur during flight, combat, and abusive engine management. We are now running Open Beta, which is a really big update. Check out the full changelog; we hope you will be impressed. As this will be our last newsletter before Christmas, let us take this opportunity to thank you for everything you have done for us this year. Without your trust in our team, none of this would have been possible. We are so grateful. Please check out our 2021 and Beyond video, you may notice a few cool things that we have in the pipe for you. Merry Christmas to you, your friends, and your families. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team Free 2 Play Winter Sale We are excited to announce that the DCS World Winter Sale 2020 has started, and that it will run until 15:00 GMT on the 11th of January. Most modules have a 50% discount. For DCS World Steam Edition, the sale will start on the 22nd and end on the 5th of January at 10:00 PST. Modules with a 50% discount: AJS-37 Viggen AV-8B Night Attack C-101 Aviojet M-2000C I-16 Spitfire LF Mk.IX BF 109 K-4 Kurfurst Fw 190 D-9 Dora Fw 190 A-8 Anton Yak-52 Christen Eagle II A-10A Warthog F-5E Tiger II F-15C Eagle F-86F Sabre L-39C & L-39ZA Albatros MiG-15bis MiG-21bis Fishbed MiG-19 Farmer MiG-29 Fulcrum A & MiG-29S Fulcrum C P-51D Mustang Su-25A Frogfoot Su-27 Flanker B Su-33 Flanker D SA-342 Gazelle UH-1H Huey Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight Ka-50 Black Shark Persian Gulf Nevada Test and Training Range Modules with a 30% discount: P-47D Thunderbolt The Channel F/A-18C Hornet F-16C Viper A-10C II Tank Killer Supercarrier Exceptions: F-14A/B Tomcat will have a 25% discount JF-17 Thunder will be only $59.99 Not in the Winter Sale 2020: Syria NS 430 Navigation System for SA-342 Gazelle Mi-8MTV2 Crew Part 1 Campaign F/A-18C Raven One Сampaign The Free to Play period will run for two weeks (22.12.20 10:00 PST - 05.01.21 10:00 PST), and it will allow you to access all DCS World modules for free with no time limitation within the two week period. Note that an internet connection is required for the Free to Play event and that Free to Play modules will not work in DCS World in OFFLINE mode. We hope that you will enjoy some well earned free flight time, and who knows, maybe also to fall in love with your next aircraft or terrain. Warbird Warriors Development Report Fighter engines, and in particular radial engines, are susceptible to master bearing overloads that require fine management skills and attention during operation. To prolong the service life, compliance with manifold pressure levels and RPM recommendations and limitations are mandatory. If not respected, you run the risk of serious engine malfunction, and you will probably be looking for a suitable emergency landing site in short order. If the engine is damaged due to poor management, or excess combat abuse, lowering the manifold pressure (or boost) and engine RPM will help keep the oil temperature within limits. With sufficient oil pressure, it should allow you to execute a controlled emergency landing. The DCS: Fw 190A-8 Anton and DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt now include these new algorithms for calculating and simulating the above, as well as the subsequent damages / failures to the engine. These aircraft represent our latest advancement in modeling, heating, cooling, aging, and damage to power plants and systems. This work will be extended to our older DCS World aircraft, and this will set the standard for all new warbirds coming to DCS World. Open Beta 2.5.6 Multicrew At last, and after a long gestation period, we have added multi-crew capabilities to UH-1H, with playable roles for all four crew members, to the next Open Beta. You can now have dedicated roles to fly and fight with two pilots and two gunners and interchange roles in flight. If the UH-1H does not have M-60 and M-134 minigun installed, you can fly as passengers. This offers a new level of gameplay that we plan to roll out to other platforms in the near future. The Hornet now includes the GBU-24A/B Paveway III laser-guided bomb. Auto IFF/CIT from the AZ/EL A/A page and AZ/EL FlIR Sublevel. Watch DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | Automatic IFF. A redesigned threat search algorithm for HARM for TOO mode has also been added. Read and watch the details DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | GBU-24 Paveway III. We have fixed the logic of the System Point of Interest (SPI) concept. Multiple other bugs have been fixed and new A/A Training Missions have been added to help you hit the ground running. The manual has also been updated. Watch DCS: F-16C Viper | Targeting Pod and Maverick Tips. This update to Open Beta 2.5.6 is our largest to date and includes the MBT T-72B3, SPAAG ZSU-57-2, and APC BTR-82A AI vehicles mentioned in recent news. For a more comprehensive list of updates and bug fixes, please check out the full list of changes. Once again, Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. Thank you for all for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  3. 11 December 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, partners and friends, Our DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt will be moving to release state in the coming update. This remarkably rugged and dependable aircraft offers superb gameplay over our World War II battlefields, especially as it was a successful escort fighter and highly-effective ground attack aircraft. We would like to share our progress on new air defense artillery units; the ZSU-57-2 and AZP S-60. Check out the In Development Screenshots, they are quite remarkable. The Virtual Airshow team will soon be running their now famous online event. VFAT 2020 will be held on the 11th and 12th of December, don’t miss it, as you will see some of the best flying in the world. We can assure you that online formation flying at this level is in many ways harder than the real thing! Watch the trailer. Thank you all for your passion and support and remember to stay safe. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team P-47D Thunderbolt Release https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/modules/thunderbolt/ Over the course of the Early Access period, we have been able to fine tune the unique hydraulics, oil, electrical systems, and flight model of the Jug.. We believe that this is our best World War II fighter to date and that it sets a new standard for all our future World War II aircraft. DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt was used extensively to test and tune our new Damage Model update. It provided a stable platform for general bug-fixing and creating engine damage effects caused by overheating and poor engine management. We have simulated almost all aspects of this aircraft to create the most accurate representation possible for PC. Don’t miss the last chance to benefit from the 20% Early Access discount and enjoy one of the most loved and iconic allied fighters of the second world war. Air Defense New Artillery Units https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/downloads/screenshots/ The ZSU-57-2 is a Soviet Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun (SPAAG) with twin S-68 57-mm autocannons that are recoil-operated. It supplements the shorter-range 23-mm gun systems like the ZU-23 and ZSU-23-4. These two 57-mm cannons have a range of 20,000 feet and a far larger blast radius. https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/downloads/screenshots/ The Soviet 57-mm AZP S-60 is a towed, road-transportable, short to medium range, single-barrel anti-aircraft gun from the 1950s. The S-60 and S-68 cannons both feature blast fragmentation warheads capable of bringing down enemy aircraft with a single round. VFAT 2020 Airshow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A67eManGfFs This weekend, tune it to watch the Virtual Festival of Aerobatic Teams. Watch renowned virtual teams replicate real-life routines and fictional teams showcase their creativity within DCS World. Watch the live event and view the schedule. Thank you again for all your passion and support, Kind regards,
  4. 04 December 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, partners and friends, We hope that you will enjoy our new forum engine and that it will significantly improve communication quality and access to resources. Thank you in advance for bearing with us whilst we fix any persisting concerns and bugs. We are actively working on the GBU-24 laser guided bomb as well as the AGM-84K SLAM-ER land attack missile. In addition to these new weapons, we are also finalising advanced modes for the AGM-88C HARM and AGM-84D Harpoon for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet. We would also like to take this opportunity to share our progress on new 3D modern era assets that will be added to DCS World core. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team Forum New Forum posts and search indexing have at last been rebuilt, however it is possible that some content still does not display as intended and we apologise for this inconvenience. Please note, [YOUTUBE] [/YOUTUBE] links will not work in the new engine. F/A-18C Hornet Development Progress GBU-24 Paveway III The GBU-24 is a 2,000 lbs-class laser-guided bomb with general purpose and penetrator warheads. It has advanced guidance over the Paveway II bombs and provides extended N range, maneuverability, and attack flexibility. It is designed to defeat high-value, protected targets. The Paveway III is planned for release in December 2020. AGM-84K The SLAM-ER is the next land-attack cruise missile coming to the Hornet. Unlike the current AGM-84E SLAM, the SLAM-ER has greater range, a more advanced terminal seeker, a multi-steerpoint navigation system, stealthier radar cross section, as well as greater accuracy when human-in-the-loop guidance is not used. Unlike the GBU-24, the SLAM-ER has much greater range and the ability to alter terminal targeting. We are also developing the enhanced data link video transmission for these greater distances which we plan to deliver early next year. AGM-88C HARM In addition to the current Self Protect (SP) and Target of Opportunity (TOO) HARM modes, we will be adding the Pre-Briefed (PB) mode later this month. This attack mode targets a geographic location and attempts to engage hostiles within range. Because the range is known, the HARM can be lofted and thus giving it greater range than SP and TOO modes. AGM-84D Harpoon We will soon be adding the SEA mode to the Hornet’s radar. This will be an effective tool to acquire and engage moving naval targets. The Harpoon can take advantage of known target azimuth and range to use the Range/Bearing Launch (R/BOL) mode for more accurate attacks. Tin Shield Progress We are currently finalising the ST68U mobile three-coordinates radar station (Tin Shield NATO classification). This unit was designed to detect and track low-altitude targets in active and passive interference in the presence of intense reflections from the ground and in adverse weather conditions. It is in service with many CIS countries and the former Warsaw Pact countries. BTR-82 Progress This is a seriously updated BTR-80 model. The armoured personnel carrier is equipped with the 30-mm 2A72 cannon and has been realised with the troop compartment. BTR-82A is actively used in Syria during patrols by the military police. Thank you again for all your passion and support, Kind regards,
  5. 27 November 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, partners and friends,:pilotfly: Migration to a new and improved forum engine is due, all forum services will be offline for 24 hours on Monday, November 30th. We apologise for any inconvenience but we are confident that the change is for the best. Thank you for your understanding. This week we would like to share development progress on DCS: Syria by our third party developers Ugra Media. Check out the In Development Screenshots, they look wonderful. Recently, new missions for DCS: Fw 190 A-8 Anton and DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora have been added to the Persian Gulf map. These fictional missions provide a great way to practice WWII aircraft bombing. As you are aware, all terrains are currently on sale during the DCS World Autumn Sale 2020, ending on the 7th of December at 15:00 GMT. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team Forum Upgrade As you may be aware, in the last month we updated our forum software. The update caused some unforeseen disruptions and we apologise for any inconveniences. On Monday, we will make a major improvement by migrating to a new IPS-based forum engine. This is being done to iron out bugs in the current forum and to accommodate user traffic whilst taking advantage of mobile viewing without the need for additional software. Please note that if you are not able to login, you will have to request a password reset. If you can login, no further action is required. BBCode is a legacy markup language that was originally designed to allow users to submit rich content prior to the advancement of WYSIWYG editors. BBCode will not be supported in the new forum. All posts with deprecated BBCode will be converted over the next 3 days and after that, all BBCode support will be switched off forever. [YOUTUBE.] [/YOUTUBE] markup is not supported by IPS, this BBCode content can not be converted automatically and will not show. DCS: Syria Development Progress Ugra Media is currently increasing DCS: Syria to a massive 800x600 km map size. The addition of 18 airfields is also in progress. The final version of DCS: Syria will have a total of 51 airfields including the United States Air Force base at Incirlik, the Russian Air Force base at Latakia, and the Royal Airforce bases on the island of Cyprus. Fw 190 Lone Wolf Raid RAF Luqa (Fictional) As a Lone Wolf Anton, you are to carry out a bombing raid on RAF Luqa airfield. Your primary target is an aircraft pan, housing Spitfires being readied to defend the island. You are armed with a bomb and air-to-ground ammunition belts to destroy the aircraft on the pan. Be prepared for potential interception. Good Luck! Four new Instant Action missions are now available for the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 on DCS: Persian Gulf. These missions provide a great environment and use our latest mission editor features. Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  6. 20 November 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, partners and friends, The ultimate and classic embodiment of anything Tomcat; the F-14A, with the Pratt & Whitney TF-30 engines and distinct 70s/80s-era charm has finally been released to DCS World Open Beta 2.5.6. Check out the official trailer. . To celebrate the launch, Heatblur Simulations are running the DCS livery challenge. We encourage you to take part in this competition, read the details. We are pleased to announce that our special DCS World Autumn Sale 2020 has started and will run until 15:00GMT on the 7th of December. Watch the video. Significant improvements to DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt have also been made, details can be found below. A DCS BFM charity tournament will take place on the 21st of November. The charity honors U.S. military veterans and active duty members. Register here. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team F-14A (late) Release “The F-14A was the first 4th generation fighter aircraft and needs little to no introduction. It was introduced to a widespread audience early on and has been admired ever since. It’s remarkable capabilities both in A/A and A/G made sure it remained in service longer than its successors and it is still in active service with the IRIAF today. It’s fame is unparalleled and presents sheer excitement and tough challenges to its pilots. As we continue on our journey of building the most well known and certainly the most iconic variant of the Tomcat around, we continually re-evaluate what our goals are with the -A and what we want to achieve. Based on this process, we’ve ended up by expanding our original scope, and will be shipping the following F-14A variants in the coming months: F-14A-95-GR: Early F-14A for IRIAF. These jets will have certain limitations and modifications, such as the lack of TCS and fuel pylons. F-14A-135-GR (Early): This will be an earlier representation of the F-14A, equipped with the ALR-45 RWR and will also come with a number of minor variations such as early gun vents, alternate de-fog systems, and other minor differences between late and early ALR-45 equipped F-14A’s. F-14A-135-GR (Late): This version represents a later, ALR-67 equipped F-14A.November 18th saw the release of ALR-67 equipped F-14A-135-GR (Late). While this represents a closer analogue to the current F-14B, it also allowed us to roll out the F-14A in a controlled, stepwise process. The ALR-45 equipped F-14A will not be far behind, which will not only introduce more significant changes in cockpit avionics, but also implement the full overhaul of RWR and EM spectrum emissions upgrades planned for both the ALR-67 and ALR-45. Wednesday’s patch also included the introduction of yaw strings and a complete sound overhaul among many other items. Check out this short sample video of the new sound. For more info please see the full changelog here. We hope you thoroughly enjoy the challenge of flying and taming the iconic F-14A!” Sincerely, - The Heatblur Team Heatblur Simulations Livery Challenge In association with the DCS: Livery Art Group. Winners in each category will have their submission included in the official release for the corresponding DCS module (conditions apply, see below). Each submission should be presented with no less than 7 screenshots; front, back, left side, right side, top and bottom of aircraft in full daylight and full view of the screenshot, preferably in 1080, 2k or 4k quality. These can be taken in ModelViewer or insim. Competition Details here. P-47D Thunderbolt Autumn Sale 2020 We are pleased to announce our annual DCS World Autumn Sale. Our EShop sale has started and runs until the 7th of December with most products seeing up to 50% discount. Modules with a 30% discount P-47D Thunderbolt The Channel F/A-18C Hornet F-16C Viper Exceptions The F-14A/B Tomcat will have a 15% discount The JF-17 Thunder will be only $64.99 Modules that do not participate in the Autumn Sale A-10C II Tank Killer Supercarrier Syria Mi-8MTV2 Crew Part 1 Campaign F/A-18C Raven One Сampaign DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt will soon be released to Stable, meaning this is your chance to take advantage of the Early Access discount and the Autumn Sale for a combined 30% off the Jug. The dive recovery flaps used for faster pull outs during dive bombing and when in compressibility have been added to the Flight Model. The water injection system has now been implemented to maximise the power output of the R-2800-59W engine. Forced water injection causes the turbocharger pressure to increase and actuates a derichement valve in the carburettor. When water is injected the fuel-air ratio decreases, this provides fuel economy without risk of detonation. Our on-going work on the new Damage Model has led us to tune the durability of certain structural elements. This has improved G overload limits when the aircraft is damaged. Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  7. 13 November 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, partners and friends,:pilotfly: As you are aware, last week we updated DCS World Open Beta 2.5.6. This week we released a patch to cover some of the more pressing issues. Please read the full changelog This week we would like to present a MiG-29A/S Fulcrum CFD Case Study and the workbehind our flight modelling of this iconic aircraft. To give you more insight and a better understanding of the development processes, we would like to share our work in progress on the DCS: Mosquito FB Mk.VI. As always, thank you for all your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team MiG-29 CFD Study How it’s Done We finished some highly detailed research to further examine the MiG-29 behaviour in various stages of flight. We use this research to improve the accuracy of our flight model. Our goal today is to share the depth and capabilities of this approach. The research tasks were the following: Evaluate the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) results by comparing obtained coefficients with available data from documents. Find the stability margin in different landing configurations and the amount of deflection required to trim the airplane at landing AoA out of ground effect (OGE). Find the stability margin during flaring in ground effect (0.5 m from the main wheels to the surface) and trimmed stabilator deflection at landing AoA. Investigate “Stabilator deflection ON LANDING” in “Practical aerodynamics of MiG-29”. Read the MiG-29 CFD Study. DCS: Mosquito FB Mk.VI Development Progress The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito was a lightweight, fast, maneuverable and highly versatile aircraft. It’s long life first began over Oslo, Norway raiding the Gestapo headquarters with pinpoint accuracy, this opened new avenues for precision weapons development. The Mosquitos’ sleek design and high powered engines gave it the ability to fight in many roles such as fighter -bomber, night-fighter, tactical bomber, high-altitude night bomber, pathfinder, intruder, maritime striker, and photo-reconnaissance aircraft. It went on to be used in a wide range of different operations, mainly targeting industrial sites in occupied Netherlands, Norway, France and Germany. The Mosquito ended the war with the lowest losses of any of the aircraft types in RAF Bomber Command service. DCS: Mosquito FB Mk.VI will be the first flyable twin-engined piston aircraft in DCS World. We are currently working on the fuel systems by carefully creating and linking nine fuel tanks that contribute to the exceptional range and endurance of this aircraft. We are also working on the electrical system, which comprises a 24 volt DC generator on the starboard side and an alternator on the port engine that also supplies AC power to the radios. The electrical generator also powers the fire extinguisher. In parallel with these systems, we are currently working on the cockpit instruments and controls and invite you to check out the In Development Screenshots. Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  8. 06 November 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, partners and friends, The recent Open Beta update prioritised changes to DCS: AV-8B Night Attack and DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and notable other improvements to the A-10C II Tank Killer and F-16C Viper. Read the full changelog . We are pleased to announce that the New Damage Model is now available for public, multiplayer testing; we trust that this long awaited feature has been worth it. We hope that it will meet your expectations, and we look forward to your feedback. We have updated DCS: WWII Asset Pack with a number of new units, and multiple assets from this pack are now available as part of DCS World for free. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team DCS World Open Beta 2.5.6 Major updates have been made to DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, watch the . Additionally, each item will be instructed in greater detail in an upcoming edition of the Hornet manual and new training missions. Several sound improvements such as ambience sound in the cockpit; startup sounds; new thrust noise and distant sounds have also been made. DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer also features new interior and exterior GAU-8/A sound effects, as well as updated HOTAS command profiles. The video demonstrates some of the most important changes. A complete list of changes can be found in the full changelog. Damage Model Development Report We are happy to announce the start of open beta tests of our new Damage Model for WWII aircraft on Eagle Dynamics multiplayer servers. We will start today with fighters and then make the new bomber damage model available on November 18th. To participate in these multiplayer tests, please join any of the servers mentioned in the list here: https://forums.eagle.ru/forum/englis...ers-are-active The new damage model is based on accurate damage and destruction modelling of aircraft components in relation to the location of internal elements in each aircraft - oil, air, hydraulic and cooling systems, engine and propellor installation, throttle and CSU controls, flight controls including trim connectors, and airframe main strength longerons, spars, and stringers. The new damage model system precisely calculates hits to these internal aircraft systems as the projectile passes through the aircraft. This allows us to accurately simulate the actual damage to the aircraft and the flight model. For example: damage to the wing skin leads to a decrease in lift; damage to the spar leads to strength reduction, and potentially wing snap at specific loads. New visual effects have also been added to help interpret aircraft damage. A white, reddish vapour trail indicates that the hydraulic system is damaged, and the size of the trail indicates the size of the leak. A fine, brownish haze indicates that the oil system is damaged, and that the engine will probably soon suffer oil starvation, engine overheating, and potentially fail. A bright white trail of steam indicates that the radiator, or part of the cooling system, is damaged. The instantaneous evaporation of water during the explosion of a water jacket will envelop the plane in a large cloud of steam for several seconds. A fine white vapour trail is the typical sign of a fuel leak. Combustion can also help to identify the damage source. A burning fuel leak gives off dense white/grey smoke, and depending on the size and type of leak, it can eventually result in a fire. When the engine/airframe is engulfed in flame, the smoke often turns black as it mixes with oil that burns with a much deeper and darker hue. Structures made of aluminum, wood or fabric-covered surfaces can also combust based on the corresponding type of projectile. Such smaller fires are not immediately visible, but you can identify the smoldering of elements by the thin streams of dense smoke trailing behind the aircraft. Additional information can be gained from visual damage. Despite the fact that current computers can’t dynamically bend construction and tear fuselage and wings, our Visualization System is a good indicator of the level of aircraft damage. The system works as follows: - We have 4 levels of ‘damage textures’ for each aircraft: from 0 - no damage to 3 - max damage. - First bullet hits result in the 1st level with small damage visible. This allows players to see some damage from the first hits. - With further damage, the 2nd and 3rd level textures will appear. Experienced pilots can check all the damage levels within the Model Viewer for a better understanding of what to expect from the holes in the airframe. Please note that the damage system doesn't register any damage for the first 30 seconds from mission start. New Assets WWII Assets Pack In order to broaden the appeal of the included missions for our WWII aircraft, we have included several WWII air and ground units as a free part of DCS World. The list of free WWII Assets Pack units include: Aircraft A-20G AAA Flak 18 Bofors 40mm Tanks Panzer IV Sherman APC Sd.Kfz.251 M2A1 Truck Blitz 3.6-6700A Bedford MWD In addition to the free WWII Assets, we continue to add more units to the WWII Assets Pack at no extra cost: M1 37mm AAA M45 quad-mount AAA QF 3.7-inch AAA Daimler Armoured Car M4 High-Speed Tractor Light Tank Mk VII Tetrarch FuMG 401 Freya radar Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  9. 30 October 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, This week we are pleased to share some new features for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet coming in next Open Beta. We are finalising work on the data link information that displays friendly, unknown and hostile air contacts to the Helmet Mounted Display. Once completed, we will also add the Air-to-Ground mode. We would like to share the current development progress of DCS: Mariana Islands. The civilian building assets have been finalised and we are currently working on finalising airfields and military installations, including storage bunkers, radars and hangars. We kindly remind you this is your last chance to get DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer Upgrade for only $9.99. Check out the new updates in the . Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team F/A-18C Hornet New Features The new GRID function will allow you to edit and create waypoints using coordinates, this is particularly useful when working with a JTAC. The new Azimuth / Elevation (AZ/EL) air-to-air radar page will display contacts and their relative elevation. Later, we will add the automatic-IFF and FLIR elements to this page. We are also working on the ground effect for the Hornet and have corrected lofting for the HARM. A bug when using IR-maverick for the first time has also been resolved as well as many more improvements. Guam Development Progress Real geographic data is used to create the initial topography layer and road networks. The placement of civilian housing assets and vegetation is now also complete. We encourage you to check out the In Development Screenshots. Antonio B. Won Pat airport in Guam is now in its final stages. We are also working on the Andersen Air Force base. We look forward to sharing more information in the new year. A-10C II Tank Killer Upgrade After recent improvements to the exterior sound effects, the cockpit has also been tuned. The updates will become available as part of our next Open Beta Update on the 4th of November. F/A-18C Hornet In addition to the improvements on the A-10C flight model, our team has also been working on DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and DCS: F-16C Viper. F-16C Viper We understand that the targeting pod and pre-planned mode of the Maverick is not working as desired. This is not a malfunction of either the targeting pod or Maverick, but rather the Sensor Point of Interest (SPI) logic in the Viper. This is a high priority for the team to address, but it will not be ready for the November Open Beta update. However, the next update will include a significant improvement to ground handling, non-PRE mode Maverick improvements, refinements to the HARM, and more. Both of these modules have a massive 30% Halloween Sale 2020 discount. We hope this will give you a chance to kick start your learning of these complex weapon systems. Thank you again for your passion and support. Kind regards, Eagle Dynamics Team
  10. 23 October 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: We are pleased to announce that our special DCS World Halloween Sale is starting today and will run until the 8th of November. For our friends who fly on Steam, a shorter but nevertheless substantial sale will take place from the 29th of October until the 2nd of November. In the upcoming DCS World Open Beta update, we plan to deliver the possibility of selecting desired impact conditions for the GBU-54 bomb via the DSMS page for DCS: A-10C II and via the JDAM MSN page in DCS: F/A-18C. A whole raft of additional features and bug fixes will also be delivered. Stay tuned. After the initial release of the AGM-65 Maverick for the DCS: F-16C Viper, multiple bugss were identified during the beta-testing period. The next Open Beta will resolve most of the more pressing issues. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team Halloween 2020 Sale We are pleased to announce our spooky Halloween Sale. Our EShop sale starts today at 08:00 PST and will run until the 8th of November with most of our products seeing up to 50% discount. On Steam, the Halloween Sale will start on the 29th of October at 10:00 PST and end on the 2nd of November. Modules with a 30% discount P-47D Thunderbolt The Channel F/A-18C Hornet F-16C Viper Exceptions The F-14A/B Tomcat will have a 15% discount The JF-17 Thunder will be only $64.99 Modules that do not participate in the Halloween Sale A-10C II Tank Killer Supercarrier Syria Mi-8MTV2 Crew Part 1 Campaign F/A-18C Raven One Сampaign We hope this will give you an opportunity to grab some hot deals and add some serious fighters to your hangar. GBU-38 Development Report The key feature for this updated JDAM is the new autopilot. This weapon now incorporates enhanced trajectory laws and provides the capability of programming for an impact with a specific terminal heading and vertical angle. These options are designed to improve weapon effectiveness depending on the type of target. The graph below demonstrates this effect. Effect of desired terminal vertical angle on GBU-38 bomb path Due to aerodynamic restrictions precise impact points are not always possible, in this case, JDAM uses an algorithm to check the impact heading and vertical angle. If the check indicates a noticeable miss, the algorithm will seek for conditions that will allow for an on target hit. In addition, to reduce the probability of a near miss and to improve ballistics penetration, the autopilot will command a zero angle of attack during the last seconds of flight. Viper AGM-65 Updates We encountered a target lock issue with objects in close proximity to the desired enemy. Symbology errors on the WPN page will be fixed in the next update. The seeker depression angle markers are currently being adjusted as well as the Sensor of Interest (SOI). In the next Open Beta update, the addition of the BSGT option and uncage ability will be added. The LOS handoff indication on HUD can also be expected. The possibility to engage target lock with two missiles prior to launching the first will also become available. It will be possible to ripple fire two locked-on missiles with RP 2 option. We are also working on the TMS-right re-command handoff. Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  11. A-10C Flight Improvements 16 October 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, Some of you will already have seen the news regarding DCS: A-7E Corsair II currently under development by our third party friends, FlyingIron Simulations. For those of you who didn’t catch it, below is some exciting information on the progress being made. You will notice that the external 3D model shows promising accuracy and realism. We have recently fine tuned the A-10C flight model characteristics and we have taken this opportunity of presenting Dima Yo-yo’s A-10C Flight Improvements report for your consideration. Also please check out the sound enhancements made to the GAU-8/A Gatling gun, it’s quite something. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, The Eagle Dynamics Team A-7E Corsair II Progress With the core of the fuel system in place, the team’s next focus will be on integrating cockpit switch functionalities, gauges and displays. Work has also begun on the electrical system, which powers avionics and sensors. This is highly detailed work and one of the developers top priorities. Read the full Flying Iron Sims Development Report. A-10C Flight Model The instantaneous turn rate was tested and improved. It was noticed during this test that maintaining near-stall AoA was a bit tricky due to buffeting. We have tuned our buffeting model to match the reference charts and then, the tests were conducted again in the same conditions. Load factor fluctuations are now gone, resulting in the ability to maintain near-stall AoA. Report on A-10C Flight Improvements. A-10C GAU-8/A Sound FX The GAU-8/A “Avenger” 30mm hydraulically driven autocannon has received an improved set of sound effects to take advantage of better doppler shifting, sound delay between round impacts, round flight and cannon fire effects. The seven barrel gatling-style gun is capable of delivering 4,200 rounds per minute, striking fear into any surrounding enemies. Brrrrrtttt on! Check out the new sound A-10 GAU-8/A Updated Gun Sounds. Flaming Cliffs 2 Soundtrack We would like to share the Flaming Cliffs 2 soundtrack, which was produced in-house by Darth Dmitry Baikov, our lead developer specialising in network, content distribution and the sound engine. This track is now available, check it out. https://band.link/LockOnFC2 Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  12. Damage Model 09 October 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, We are currently working on improving AI logic and in particular Air to Air combat behaviour. This results in a revised set of combat rules and more human-like outcomes while in offensive and defensive maneuvers. The new World War II airframe Damage Model will now take into account more detailed principles such as: load-bearing elements, their material, control systems, electrical systems, geometric dimensions and explosive characteristics of various ammunition types. Raven One is a new DCS World Campaign developed with help from former U.S Navy pilots, both with over 3,000 career flight hours and numerous overseas deployments. Download it now on Steam and our Eshop. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team Air Combat New Features Our improved AI will encompass variable decision making protocols dependent on a continuously calculated environment in order to enhance fight/disengage/run behaviour. The AI will make emergency landing decisions on land or water (ditch), it can also react in case of sudden attacks even if the attacker is not visible. If there is light damage, it will attempt to evade the ‘unseen attack’ and search for the attacker. When damage is more serious, it will evade and RTB where and when possible. Potentially the damage can be too high and the only solution is bailing out. Damage Model Development Progress Closed beta testing is now in final stages as we plan to release for public testing at the end of this month. The new damage model will also be integrated into WWII AI bombers. Each aircraft has unique hydraulics, pneumatic and electrical systems and materials. As a result, the predicted damage depends on the type of munition, munition velocity dependent on distance and location of impact. The internal effects such as engine/radiator damage, coolant or oil tempe- rature variation, loss of pressure, loss of control or other effects will generate the corresponding internal and/or external visual effects. We have deployed this technology to all our World War II fighters, and we trust that the long wait will be worth it and we hope that it will be to your demanding expectations. Check our latest In Development screenshots. Raven One By Baltic Dragon This campaign has been developed by our third party partner Baltic Dragon in close cooperation with two experienced former Hornet pilots: Vincent Aiello, host of the Fighter Pilot Podcast, and Kevin Miller, author of the Raven One trilogy. Throughout 15 missions and 2200 custom voiceovers; get into the boots of James ‘Flip’ Wilson of the VFA-64 Ravens squadron and fly memorable sorties that closely resemble real life procedures and operations. Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  13. A-10C II Tank Killer 2 October 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, We are pleased to announce that DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer is now airborne. After substantial internal testing, we are confident the flight model and weapons will surpass your expectations. The HMCS consists of several sub-systems, in this video, we’ll focus on the Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) and the Profile Editor: We would like to share our development progress on DCS: Supercarrier. In Open Beta 2.5.6 we added CVN-75 Harry S. Truman. We are currently finalising the key commands to activate cut lights and wave off lights from the LSO station. We are also working on new pilot flight suits and more fluid animations. A new 12 mission historical campaign based in 1944 is now available for DCS: Fw 190 A-8 Anton. This campaign includes historically accurate liveries, detailed briefings and mission specific kneeboard cards and checklists. Complete missions such as patrol, intercept, bomber escort and ground attack. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team A-10C II Tank Killer Released to Open Beta DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer adds new weapons such as; the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS), AGM-65L laser-Maverick, and GBU-54 laser-guided JDAM. A completely remodelled cockpit with options for factory-fresh and weathered textures. The “Scorpion” Helmet-Mounted Integrated Targeting (HMIT) system used to train the 355th Wing cadets and the updated external model now set the bar for our future releases. We have updated the preset key commands for HOTAS hardware to make new users feel more comfortable learning this in-depth system. The fully interactive Forward Air Controller (FAC) will also help you find and engage enemy targets, cooperative target engagement has been taken to a new level. With the improved ability to command ground forces, the vast number of land, air and sea units as well as feature-rich cooperative missions and head-to-head multiplayer; We are proud to say this is the most realistic model ever done for PC simulation. Pricing Policy DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer is available now for $79.99. If you own DCS: A-10C Warthog, you can upgrade to DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer for only $9.99 until the 31st of October 2020. After that, the upgrade will cost $19.99. The upgrade option and module are both available on Steam and Eshop now. A new addition to the renowned A-10C is the Helmet Mounted Cueing System (HMCS). It provides excellent situational awareness and the ability to cue weapons and sensors by just looking at the target and setting a designation. Please note that this is not the same helmet implementation as for the Viper and Hornet systems; it is in many ways far superior. Watch the last video in the DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer Preview Series: Learn and fly whilst using the updated Tank Killer Manual. Supercarrier Development Progress We are currently working on the animation engine capabilities. We have added additional animations to vary operations phases on-board DCS: Supercarrier. A new skeleton that better matches human anatomy is in progress, this will improve realistic deck crew movement. We are also working on improving the catapult launch animation for the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet pilot. The hand models have been corrected whilst we continue to develop Nomex® flight gloves. We are also using highly detailed 3D scanning technology to better model the pilot for point-of-view experience. When complete, the CWU-27 / p Flight Suit and the CSU-13 / p Anti-G Suit will be available. Fw 190 A-8 Horrido! Campaign by Reflected Simulations August, 1944. You arrive in Merville-Calonne to take on leadership of 7./JG26 flying Focke Wulf 190A-8s. Most of the pilots are mere teenagers with only a few flying hours, and your job is to turn them into an efficient fighting unit under the ever-increasing pressures of the war. The Allies have gained complete air superiority over the continent, and their ground forces are advancing rapidly through France. Experience the thrill of attacking large bomber formations head-on and the terror of taking off amid the bullets of low flying Mustangs. Download DCS: Fw 190 A-8 Horrido! Campaign by Reflected Simulations now. Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards, Eagle Dynamics Team
  14. Weapon Systems 25 September 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: We are pleased to announce that the MB-339A is coming to DCS World. This exciting project comes to us from a group of flight simulation and aerobatics enthusiasts who saw DCS as the ideal platform to pursue their virtual flights. The MB-339 is an excellent fighter-trainer, which incidentally is being used by the Italian Air Force cadets. As DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer prepares for takeoff, we are happy to share our develop- ment progress on the AGM-65L Laser Maverick, GBU-54 Laser JDAM and APKWS laser- guided rocket. We are confident that this major upgrade will be an exciting addition to this iconic and effective weapons system. Check out the and how to use The Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association is running their Thunder Over Kutaisi 2020 Livestream Airshow on the 26th of September at 20:00GMT. Thank you for your passion and support, Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team IndiaFoxtEcho New third-party developer and module Following the successful community mod and motivated by customer feedback, the software house 3rd party developer IndiaFoxtEcho has submitted their MB-339A for initial evaluation. We are pleased to announce that they have been granted a DCS World license agreement to bring their project to DCS World as an official product. The official DCS: MB-339A will include improved cockpit geometry, new textures, and multiple systems such as; Electric system with battery charge / discharge Bus-bar and circuit breakers Fuel system with fuel dump and fuel unbalance Complete oxygen system including interior cabin pressure Navigation system with GPS / TACAN / ILS and Flight Director Main and emergency hydraulic system with relative hydraulic consumptions Smoke system (for aerobatics) Weapon systems The module will also receive a damage model, detailed flight manual, and many missions. A-10C II Tank Killer Development Update DCS: A-10 II Tank Killer is currently undergoing a lengthy closed testing period to ensure accuracy, stability, and a smooth launch. We continue to improve the Helmet Mounted Cueing System (HMCS) indicators, add more skins and mission content, and tune flight model changes. We encourage you to get familiar with the new weapon systems to hit the ground running. This update is being developed in parallel with the A-10C VR Training Software for the United States Air Force 355th Wing. AGM-65L Laser-Maverick Development Progress In this video we introduce the primary features of this substantial update and instruct on the use of the AGM-65L laser-guided Maverick. The Laser-Maverick provides excellent range and ease-of-use to lock onto a target by using the targeting pod. GBU-54 LJDAM Development Progress The GBU-54 is a 500-pound bomb with options for INS/GPS and laser-homing guidance. It can be loaded on all 1760 smart racks. While INS/GPS allows launch-and-leave and the ability to engage through cloud and smoke cover, the laser-guidance provides increased accuracy and can engage moving targets. It’s up to you to determine the best guidance based on the engagement. Watch AGR-20A APKWS Development Progress The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) is a cost-effective method of engaging unarmored and lightly armored targets based on pinpoint laser-guidance. Both M-151 high- explosive and M-282 penetration warhead versions are available with seven rockets per each LAU-131 rocket pod. With a range of approximately 5 miles, the APKWS offers accurate firepower. Get a grip on how to use the APKWS with Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  15. 18 September 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: In association with Mover Media LLC, DCS World Events, and Folds of Honor, we present the annual Fight for Honor 2020 Dogfight Tournament. This is a wonderful way to give back by flying in DCS. Register for a chance to win some serious prizes and the opportunity to be recognised by your peers as the Top Dogs in air-to-air combat in the World. We would like to share our most recent development progress on DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt. We have now added the D-30 Early and D-40 variants and continue to make significant improvements, most notably to the damage model. We would like to make you aware of recent updates to DCS: F-16C Viper. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team Folds of Honor Fight for Honor 2020 Pick any aircraft and dogfight 1 v 1 (guns only) against other players across the world in this charity event to support the fallen and their families. DCS pilots will fight for prizes from Eagle Dynamics, Foxx Mount desk mounts, Blackhog, and Tacview. Registration is open until the 25th of September. 1st place - Fight with Falco, Tacview advanced license, Foxx Mount Desk Mounts (stick and throttle), Blackhog B-Explorer Stand-Alone, and a DCS module of your choice. 2nd place - Tacview advanced license, Foxx Mount Desk Mount (stick and throttle), and a DCS module of your choice. 3rd place - Tacview advanced license and a DCS module of your choice. Check out the Rules of Engagement and Registration Process P-47D Thunderbolt Development Report We will be introducing two expansions to DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt. The P-47D-30 (Early) modification will become available; equipped with a Mark 8 gunsight, an earlier version of the control stick and throttle lever, as well as modified bomb dropping mechanics. From the exterior, the model is easily distinguishable due to the absence of the fin strake in the upper fuselage. Our second modification is the P-47D-40 with rocket capabilities. These rockets are the familiar HVARs and the M8 rockets, both used extensively by the Allies in large numbers during World War II. The aircraft bombing loadouts have also been expanded. Coming soon: integration of water methanol injection, improved engine damage modelling, and compressibility recovery using underwing dive flaps. F-16C Viper Updates Most notably, we are working on the HARM and Maverick missile systems and look forward to sharing more information with the next 2.5.6 Open Beta update. Watch Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  16. A-10C Flight Model 11 September 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, In support of the UK-based charity MIND, please join us for the 24-hour Live Stream Event, which will take place at 1900Z today. Find out more on Tactical DCS Discord. We are working hard to release DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer. Particular attention is being made to the buffet and stall flight dynamics, the implementation of the Helmet Mounted Cueing System (HMCS), creation of mission content, updating the flight manual and finalising the instruction videos. We look forward to sharing more information closer to launch. In addition to the ongoing bug fixing, we have been focussing on DCS: F/A-18C Hornet. In July we released DCS: Syria in cooperation with Ugra Media. This outstanding map offers great geographic variety, high attention to detail and extensive gameplay. To celebrate its success we have created a second Syria map video for your pleasure, . We thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, The Eagle Dynamics Team Mind Stream Charity Event We will be hosting a 24-hour DCS livestream on the Tactical Pascale’s Youtube Channel to raise money for Mind, a UK-based mental health charity who work directly with those suffering. A team of committed virtual pilots from our community will be flying in DCS World for a full 24 hours, only pausing to host livestream events like Giveaways, Competitions, and live community challenges. There will be live training sessions, and we'll be playing the latest homemade “Arabian Nights” campaign mission that includes a 3-hour operation with real-player ATC, GCI, mission commanders, and 30 virtual pilots. A-10C II Tank Killer Development Progress As we prepare for the release of DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer by the end of this month, we are carefully checking the Flight Model’s buffet and stall implementation, instantaneous turn rate, sustained turn rate, and maximum speed at different altitudes. These checks enable measured parameters to match the flight manual charts with a precision to within 3%. We found that buffeting affects the airframe at a lower AoA than is stated in the manual, this affected aircraft handling during deliberate stalling. We are working on this issue, which will result in a significant improvement to overall aircraft behavior in this phase of flight. In parallel, many of the new systems are now functional including laser-Maverick, APKWS, and the GBU-54 LJDAM. Work continues on the Helmet Mounted Cueing System (HMCS) and associated HOTAS commands and updating the cockpit and external art. F/A-18C Hornet Updates This week we fixed an issue with A/G radar heading figures overlapping when switching from Map to EXP1-2-3. Other strange behavior when switching between A/G radar EXP modes and A/A radar has now been resolved. When Unlimited weapons mode is activated, the salvo / ripple replenishment levels now display correctly. Threat circles on SA page now show even if the threat Icon is not visible. The SAM threat rings draw order on the SA page has been fixed. Swapping HSI/SA on left and right MDI now functions correctly. A fuel transfer issue from external tanks has now been fixed. Radio volume issues and the COMM AM/FM change on the UFC have been fixed. The ‘Throttle - HOTAS Warthog’ and ‘VPC WarBRD + MT50’ now have updated presets. Thank you again for your passion and support, With kind regards,
  17. A-10C II Warthog Preparation 04th September 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, We are on track to release DCS: A-10C II Warthog and are currently working with operational pilots to ensure small adjustments are made to the Flight Model where required. See below for more information on the status of work in progress. In late 2014, DCS: MiG-21bis was the first third-party module released and remains one of the most beloved fighters in DCS World. We would like to share some of the great progress made to this wonderful module, especially in regards to DCS: Syria. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team A-10C II Preparation We are doing our best to meet your highest expectations and intensive internal and external beta-testing is underway. Currently we are working on improvements to new weaponry (APKWS, laser-guided Mavericks and bombs). We are also working hard on all current bugs with scheduled fixes coming in further updates. MiG-21bis Development Report Most importantly a long awaited update to the cockpit mesh was finalised, which substantially improved the precision of cockpit geometry. This will be particularly appreciated by VR users. Visual improvements were followed by a new Flight Model as well as Avionics and Weapon System enhancements such as the recalibration of all the instruments. Significant ground clutter causes performance degradation when the RP-22SMA radar is used in low level flight, this has yet to be resolved. Small corrections to the lift coefficient at lower Mach numbers were made. Structural damage caused by exceeding G-load limits is now dynamically calculated depending on aircraft weight. The addition of navigation data for DCS: Syria has been added, as well as a number of new missions. An overhaul of almost all air-to-air missiles is also in progress. We are experimenting with a more realistic rendering technology for the ASP gunsight and RP-22SMA radar. Magnitude 3 has expanded the Leatherneck Simulation team who are now working on DCS: MIG-21bis, and two other projects... Mi-8MTV2 Crew - Part One A new crew campaign from Stone Sky is available for DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight. Set in the extremes of Northern Russia, this campaign will test your skills at all stages of flight. Experience the immersive atmosphere of the arctic on Bolshevik Island in the Caucasus where the Mi-8 helicopter is still a demanded transportation mode. Your base is situated at the Solnechnaya Polar Station refinery complex, within the territory Severnaya Zemlya. Complete day and night time exercises still in use by the Russian Army aviation. Destroy ground targets in combat training flights and lead combat missions, which require perfect management to enable a safe return to base. Voiced radio messages in English and Russian give an insight into the civil aviation work carried out in Arctic Russia. Your adventure awaits! This campaign requires knowledge of navigation equipment, avionics and helicopter control. Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  18. Open Beta Update 28 August 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, Following last week’s substantial update to DCS World Open Beta 2.5.6, we released a follow up patch. We are now running DCS World Open Beta We are aware that there are a few issues, notably to the F/A-18C Hornet radar. We look forward to your valuable feedback and thank you in advance for your help. In order to raise awareness of mental health issues, a 24-hour charity stream will be live with ex-RAF fighter controller instructor Tactical Pascale . Tactical DCS - We need your help will stream on the 11th of September, tune in. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team Open Beta 2.5.6 Patch This week we delivered a patch for DCS World Open Beta Please read the full changelog. DCS World Development Report Improvements to DCS World core have been made and a shader compilation error that occurred when using high resolution displays has been fixed. New Single missions for DCS: Syria are now available for the A-10C Warthog, Mi-8 Magnificent Eight and Su-27 Flanker. Combined Joint Task Forces Red and Combined Joint Task Forces Blue were added to the Mission Editor (ME) as countries. As well as United Nations Peacekeepers. F-14A/B Tomcat Updates Considerable updates to DCS: F-14A/B Tomcat; New fire and smoke animations for engine fires and compressor stalls (WIP) Fixes have been made to Cage the Bear Campaign - thank you Kaba! Several fixes to Quickstart missions Fixed ARC-159 mode keybindings (guard,manual,preset,inc,dec) Jester will set AN/ARC-182 to AM now when starting cold Fixed AOA Indexer Brightness step up/down keybindings We look forward to your feedback regarding these recent updates, Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  19. Open Beta Update 21 August 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, This week we are excited to share an update to DCS World Open Beta 2.5.6. This update focuses on core stability improvements and introduces DCS: Syria into Early Access. We would like to share the development progress of DCS: Mi-24P. A gentle reminder that DCS: Syria is now available in Early Access with a 20% discount. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team Open Beta DCS World Significant updates to DCS world. Please read the full OB changelog Mi-24P Hind Development Report Overall The cockpit model: Aft Crew Station and Front Crew Station - 100% completed. Animated cockpit objects: Aft Crew Station - 100%, Front Crew Station - WIP (40%). The external 3D model - 100% Animation of external model objects - 70%. The flight model is complete now and will undergo fine tuning. Power plant - 100%. Helicopter Systems Completed Electrical Power Supply System - 100%; Fuel System - 80%; Hydraulic System -100% Oil Systems - 80% Anti-Ice System - WIP Fire Detection & Extinguishing Systems - 70%; Brake system - 100%, Air Conditioning System - WIP Lighting System - WIP Flight control system (including SAU-V24) - 80% (WIP - SAU setting) Completed radio communication equipment - 100%; Helicopter radio navigation equipment -> 80% (WIP - the map indicator is being revised). Instruments and avionics -> 80% (WIP - connection of operator's cockpit objects). Armament and Weapon control Sight ASP-17V and Analog-Digital Computing Device (AСVU), AUTO and Manual modes - completed Pilot weapon control panel (PUVL) - completed Built-in cannon and mounts (30 mm, GSh-2-30) - completed (with all fire modes) Universal gun or grenade launcher container systems (GUV-1) - completed Bombing munitions and racks - completed Guided weapons (9K113 Guided Missile System with 9M114 or 9M120 missiles) - WIP PKI operator's sight - WIP Rockets UB-32 rocket launchers with S-5 rockets - completed B8V20A rocket launchers with S-8 rockets - completed B-13L rocket launchers with S-13 rockets - completed APU-68UM3 rocket launcher with S-24B rocket - completed The RWR SPO-10 is under development The crew AI (pilot /co-pilot) is currently WIP F/A-18C Hornet Updates We have been working on significant enhancements that include: Adjusted turn rate needle AIM-120 Quantity on HUD Incorrect with Mixed Types Onboard Autostart macros fixed with INS STD HDG Alignment INS alignment takes WPT0 if GPS unavailable, STOR HDG Alignment added, IFA (wip) Inertial NAV status fixed AINS, "P/INS" advisory IFA GPS display hides while AINS mode Toggle HUD Time Off with Landing Gear Down AGM-62 uncage issue We look forward to your feedback regarding these recent improvements. Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  20. The F-16C Viper Roadmap 14 August 2020 Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, You may be aware of the difficulties that the Belarus people are facing at the moment. In the wake of the recent unrest, our local subsidiary and the team’s capability to operate in a normal manner has also suffered, we hope temporarily. Please enjoy the news below. Following your feedback and careful consideration we are working on the F-16C Viper development roadmap. We continue our push to fix engine and module bugs in addition to core performance improvement measures. The Viper targeting pod has received many enhancements including cursor zero, improved HOTAS commands and air-to-air mode. Check out the DCS: Viper and Hornet TGP Update. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team F-16C Viper Features Roadmap New features for DCS: F-16C Viper include but are not limited to; Complete the Litening targeting pod AGM-65D/G/H/K/L Maverick Flight model and FLCS tuning HARM Targeting System (HTS) AGM-88C HARM POS and HAS modes Complete Air-to-Air Radar: DTT SAM mode, bullseye, intercept steering cue, ACM Slew, Velocity Search with Range, Landing and takeoff handling tuning Integration of the JHMCS with the HARM Targeting System (HTS), Link 16, AG Mode, and AIFF Sniper XR Targeting Pod Belarus In support We wish our team, their families and all the Belarus people fair winds, health, safety and peace. Hornet & Viper TGP Updates In the upcoming Open Beta (OB) release, we can expect the following enhancements; F-16C Viper TGP updates Coordinates North arrow Meter stick Cursor Zero (CZ) Targeting pod and laser ranging Automatic Gain Control (AGC) Snowplow (SP) mode Grayscale Steering Indicator Steerpoint Distance / Time to Release / Time to Impact Indicator Laser Code Indicator Updated HOTAS commands Corrected steerpoint slew F-16C Viper updates The flag patch on the pilot now appears correctly in the mirrors. The tank material has been edited The external model has been improved, again. F/A-18C Hornet TGP updates Coordinates North arrow Meter stick F/A-18C Hornet updates The engine has received a sound update (WIP) Major external sounds update Sound phaser bug-fix INS switch initialized in IFA at hot start if GPS available The laser CODE on the SMS main page with guns selected created a conflict AIM-120 bug is fixed, but a similar issue still exists where AIM-120 midcourse updates stop if the L&S is stepped to a different trackfile (not the DT2). Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  21. Dynamic Campaign Engine 7 August 2020 Dear Fighter Pilot, Partners and Friends, This week we are excited to share our progress on DCS World Dynamic Campaign Engine. This is quite a big step for us and despite the slow progress, we are optimistic that it will be a great enhancement to DCS. We cannot give you a firm initial OB release date yet as things are still quite raw, but we will keep you updated regularly as the next milestones come to pass. Our third-party partners TrueGrit Virtual Technologies are working hard on the DCS: Eurofighter Typhoon. Please check out some of the cool stuff they are up to below. We would like to thank our internal and external Beta-Testers Teams for the relentless testing and reporting in the lead up to the upcoming OB in mid August. We are optimistic about the rate of bug squashing and trust that performance will also improve in the coming releases. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, Eagle Dynamics Team Dynamic Campaign Engine For DCS World The DCS World Dynamic Campaign Engine combines a Real-Time Strategy (RTS) engine with military forces and economics layers (production, logistics, use and transfer of resources) that pitch two opposing sides aided by advanced strategic and tactical AI. We have now completed the core RTS logic and have connected it to DCS World. We are currently finalising the basics of the in-game economic models. We will be working on the combat tasking logic and certain win-win situations in the near future. The last stage will be the Client - Server architecture needed to support large campaigns with on-going online sessions. We are certain that you will have many detailed questions and look forward to revealing more information on this module as and when we are in position to demonstrate some of the features live. Eurofighter Typhoon Development Report ‘We at TrueGrit Virtual Technologies would like to take this chance to give you some latest updates concerning the Eurofighter Typhoon Development. It is with great pride that we can officially announce a collaboration with Diehl Defence GmbH. Diehl Defence GmbH is located in Überlingen, Germany and is the manufacturer of the soph- -isticated IRIS-T missile. They are offering us full support in bringing the most realistic version of the IRIS-T to DCS World – as always within the limits of what can be released to a public platform like DCS. It will be available to you with the initial launch of the German Eurofighter Typhoon Version and will be your main heat seeking missile. With this collaboration we have come one step closer to bringing you the most realistic experience of the Eurofighter Typhoon possible. We are working at full throttle on all areas of the project and are making good progress. The progress picture by the almighty Fragger shows the latest version of the cockpit. We would like to thank you for your unwavering support and enthusiasm, as it is a constant reminder of what we are working towards and motivates us to give our best. You can be sure that every post, comment and feedback reaches us and is very appreciated. ‘ - True Grit Virtual Technologies P-47 Thunderbolt Upgrades The P-47 proved to be a formidable fighter-bomber due to its armament, heavy bomb load and ability to absorb enemy fire. The P-47's durability was due in part to its exceptionally dependable P&W R2800 radial piston engine, which unlike comparable liquid-cooled engines, had a high tolerance for damage. P-47 pilots frequently carried two 500 lb (227 kg) bombs, using a favoured skip bombing tactic, skipping bombs into railroad tunnels to destroy hidden enemy trains. We are currently working on the bomb arming controls and detonation set-up adjustments. We are also working on the D-30 early and D-40 variants. Both versions include new modifi- -cations and improved damage modelling. These updates will be available in the up-coming DCS World Open Beta (OB) updates. Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  22. The All New A-10C II Warthog 31 July 2020 Dear Fighter Pilot, Partners and Friends, This week we leaked the features set and announced DCS: A-10C II Warthog. We would like to take this opportunity to discuss some of the features that will be available. These include the Laser-Maverick, Scorpion Helmet Mounted Cueing System, AGR-20 APKWS, GBU-54 JDAM, and more. We continue to improve the Mission Editor (ME) and enhance the Historical Mode filter. If you want to use equipment from a given era, simply click the clock icon. This will show aircraft and equipment that were in service within the selected country and year. This mode can be turned on and off during mission creation if you need to select objects outside of the chosen year. We hope this will help facilitate the creation of mission scenarios. Our bug fixing exercise continues at full strength and we trust that the next OB release will be of interest. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, The Eagle Dynamics Team A-10C II Warthog New Features With the release of DCS: A-10C II Warthog, an important update will be the changes to the HOTAS. This was requested by our professional clients and now represents the true USAF configuration in particular when considering the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog™ throttle and stick. Here is an overview of the new feature set that will be available upon release: Updated External Model Improved 3D mesh and textures Removal of TISL pod Updated Cockpit Weathered (dirty bird) textures option Addition of the ARC-210 radio head Removal of the TISL control panel Addition of the Scorpion HMCS control head AGM-65E2/L Laser-Guided Maverick DSMS Status and Inventory Pages HUD and Weapon Video Symbology READY, ACTIVATE, SCAN, TRACK, and SLAVE Modes Updated Maverick HOTAS Commands PRF Code Input (DSMS) Missiles and Guided-Bombs AGR-20 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) Laser-Guided Rockets GBU-54 Laser-JDAM ARC-210 VHF/UHF Satellite Radio Radio Start Menu Pages Manual Frequency Selection Preset Channel Selection Guard Channels Selection Setting Preset Channels 1–25 Setting Preset Channels 26–30 Scorpion Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (HMCS) Control Head HMCS Display HMCS HOTAS Commands HMCS Setting STAT Page Targeting Pod projection window Data Link PPLI, Mini-SPI, EPLRS, and Designated Target Symbols Waypoints/Steerpoint Symbols SPI and Hookship Symbols TDC and TGP Symbols Hands on Throttle and Stick (HOTAS) Updated HOTAS Commands A-10C II Development Report We have now completed the flight dynamics research needed for the new weapons and we are close to completing the cockpit weathered textures. We are also completing work on the Helmet Mounted Cueing System (HMCS) and the integration of the Targeting Pod projection window over landmasses and buildings. GBU-54 Laser-Guided JDAM A low-cost guidance kit that combines combat-proven JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) GPS/INS-based (Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System) navigation with a laser seeker achieving outstanding accuracy. Unlike the GBU-31 and GBU-38, the GBU-54 can engage moving targets. AGR-20 APKWS The 2.75 diameter, 35-pound, laser-guided rocket is known as the fixed-wing Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II. The rocket has proven effective in combat operations over Afghanistan. We look forward to your feedback on these new weapon systems. Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  23. F-16C Viper Future Features 24 July 2020 Dear Fighter Pilot, Partners and Friends, We would like to take this opportunity to discuss DCS: F-16C Viper features in order to provide an achievable and transparent plan for 2020 and beyond. With this in mind, we invite you to contribute to the DCS: F-16 Viper Future Features Survey. We are delighted to share the current development progress on DCS: F-16C Viper and your feedback is greatly appreciated. This week we released an update to DCS World Open Beta (OB). We would like to kindly remind you that the releases of DCS World OB and Stable versions have been slowed down in order to continue working on substantial bug-fixing and account for longer testing periods. Please read the most recent OB changelog. Thank you for your passion. Yours sincerely, The Eagle Dynamics Team F-16C Viper Future Features As with DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, we are creating a development roadmap for DCS: F-16C Viper. This is an important step in prioritising your wishes and we encourage you to take part in the DCS: F-16C Viper Features Ranking Survey. F-16C Viper Development Report The F-16C Viper Development Team is working on new features and tuning existing ones. These include but are not limited to: AGM-65D/G Maverick E-O Visual (VIS) E-O (BORE) EO submode selectors have been added to the SMS pages. Maverick weapon selection functionality has been added. The power and warm-up timer functions have been added. Litening Targeting Pod The video feed has been adjusted. Video image brightness has been adjusted. The design specification has been completed and includes cursor zero, new HOTAS commands, new TGP symbology, control page, air-to-air mode, and much more. Remaining HOTAS commands for track modes and cursor slew. Cursor zero in progress. AGM-88C HARM We are currently working on the SMS, WPN and DED pages, as well as the HARM as a Sensor (HAS) mode. Liveries In cooperation with several talented community members, highly accurate liveries for the Israeli, Turkish and United States air forces are being finalised. We hope this will be appreciated for all of you who are interested in developing and flying missions in DCS: Syria Flight Dynamics Several subject matter experts are involved in further improvements to the flight model and flight control system. This will provide substantial accuracy enhancements and we look forward to your feedback. Additionally, a white paper has been prepared that describes some of the basics of our Flight Module (FM) programming, in particular with regards to the way we use the sources available to achieve a high level of accuracy in our simulation. F/A-18C Hornet The Serpent's Head 2 A 10 mission campaign for the F/A-18C Hornet by our third-party developers Badger 633 is now available to download on Steam. It comprises the next chapter of six previous The Serpent’s Head missions released earlier that are freely available in DCS user files. F-86F Sabre Hunters Over the Yalu The Hunters over the Yalu Campaign for the F-86F Sabre by Reflected Simulations is also now available to download on Steam. Command the 67th Fighter Bomber Squadron and attack enemy-held bridges, bomb factories, and strafe supply columns. Support US troops as they fight fiercely on the ground. Survive heavy flak and fighter attacks, and then transfer to the legendary 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron to carry out large fighter-sweeps in MiG Alley over the Yalu river. Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  24. DCS: Syria Pre-order 17 July 2020 Dear Fighter Pilot, Partners and Friends, In cooperation with Ugra Media we are pleased to announce that DCS: Syria is now available for pre-order. This outstanding terrain can be pre-purchased and ensures you will be first on the tarmac, and at a discounted price of 30% off. This week we released a substantial new update to DCS World Open Beta which focused mainly on bug fixes, stability and less on feature enhancements. Check out the changelog for an exha- ustive list of bugs and fixes. Next month we will release a more feature rich update especially in regards to DCS: F-16C Viper. We would like to bring your attention to the 104th Red Flag Rumble taking place on the 18th of July at 19:00 GMT. BLUEFOR F-5E Tiger II & AJS-37 Viggen vs REDFOR MiG-21 Fishbed & MiG-19 Farmer, read the details. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, The Eagle Dynamics Team DCS: Syria A DCS World Terrain This 600x500 km map covers much of the eastern Mediterranean, and includes most of Syria, Israel, and Lebanon. Areas of Turkey and Jordan are also included. Major cities like Damascus, Tripoli (Lebanon), Latakia, Tartus, Homs, Aleppo, Hamah, Palmyra, Haifa, Acre, Beirut, and Incirlik/Adana are created in detail with hundreds of unique landmarks. The geography is varied with a temperate western coastline, mountains and an arid desert landscape to the east of the landform. With such a wide range of historic locations, airfields and targets, mission options are almost endless; all set in the most stunning and scenic environment ever made. Pre-order now and benefit from the pre-order 30% discount on DCS: Syria. If you haven’t already, take a helicopter tour of the major city of Damascus, watch the Open Beta 2.5.6 Development Report We continue to focus on improvements and reliability. Our most recent Open Beta (OB) release covers a wide range of fixes to some of our most popular modules. We would like to thank our internal and beta-tester friends for their fantastic support. Please read the full Open Beta changelog NS430 Navigation System for C-101 Aviojet Our third-party partners Aerges have released two new versions of the NS-430 Navigation System. The module is now compatible with the C-101EB and the C-101CC. There are several bundle options available to ensure you get the most out of this advanced system. Check out the NS-430 Navigation System bundle F/A-18C Hornet Open Beta Updates The bug-fixing process for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet continues but we have also been enhancing certain cockpit features that include: Added framebuffer validity check Added helper function to build indices for a convex poly The indicators are still work in progress, whilst we add support for curved display surfaces Updated Multi-Purpose Display Indicator (MDI) • MDI hot fix for backlighting • MDI screen glossiness has been edited • Adjustments to the MDI screen textures and brightness • Additional meshes were added to the MDI screens • MDI screen mapping has been edited • MDI screen self-illumination has also been tuned Watch an Thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
  25. Open Beta Preparation 10th July 2020 Dear Fighter Pilot, Partners and Friends, Since our commitment to bug-fixing in DCS World 2.5, we continue to work with bug reports as we prepare for the next Open Beta (OB) release. The slowing down of OB versions allows us to improve stability and diminish some of the frustrations that many of you have felt, especially in multiplayer. This week we are excited to share further progress on DCS: Syria. Our third-party partners Ugra Media have been working hard on realising Damascus airport in its entirety. More info- rmation on the development process can be found on our forum. We hope that the DCS World Summer Sale 2020 has helped expand your knowledge of our modules. The sale will come to an end on this Monday 13th at midnight GMT. On Saturday the 11th of July, the 104th Phoenix VFBS will be live streaming the 11th round of the Helicopter Wars tournament. Read more. Thank you for your passion and support. Yours sincerely, The Eagle Dynamics Team Open Beta Preparation Our bug-fixing process enables us to better prepare for the next DCS World 2.5.6 Open Beta release. This week we have been working on small graphic glitches whilst continuing to improve the overall load time and frame rate when running high graphic settings. We are also working on multiplayer server glitches seen in large missions, these issues were reported by our closed Beta- Testing Teams. We have started the final test and debug iteration to ensure we deliver a reliable OB. We would like to thank all our internal and beta tester friends for the efforts needed to find, engage and destroy the bugs. DCS: Syria A DCS World Terrain DCS: Syria is a unique theater of war that includes missions and campaigns of military confrontation in the Middle East from the 60s to the present day. This project allows users to apply nearly the entire arsenal of DCS World aircraft, helicopters and ground equipment. It also includes the possibility to re- enact some of the largest military conflicts of our time. - The Six-Day War of 1967 - The Arab-Israeli conflict of 1973 - The Lebanese War of 1982 - The War on International Terrorism in the 21st Century The reasons for these conflicts were ideological and economic contradictions not only of the countries of the Middle East, but also of the USA and USSR superpowers. DCS: Syria is a symbol of real modern war. The Syria theatre will contain military confrontation sites such as Homs Province and Aleppo Citadel, Golan Heights and the Bekaa Valley. Ground-based anti-aircraft missile systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and air-to-air missiles were used here for the first time on a large scale. About 900 airplanes and helicopters were destroyed during these conflicts. Read more on our forum. In the next publication, we will talk about Beirut International Airport, the Israeli military airfield Ramat David and the largest US Air Force base in the Middle East – Incirlik. Flaming Cliffs 3 Summer Sale 2020 Welcoming new users into DCS World who have little or no experience flying modern aircraft is very important to us. We hope that the current sale can help bring you closer to your friends and loved ones by sharing the experience of Flaming Cliffs 3. It provides an easy learning curve for new players and focuses on a broad range of fighters rather than a single detailed aircraft. Get the F-15C, A-10A, Su-27, Su-33, MiG-29A, MiG-29S and Su-25 all in one single download. Take advantage of the Summer Sale and download Flaming Cliffs 3 for only $24.99. We thank you again for your passion and support, Kind regards,
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