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  1. My vote for a Su-25T replacement or addition would be the F-5. It's a full fidelity jet, with radar, but at the same time not a contestant for F/A-18, F-16 etc. And it's a jet. But certainly not the best at anything, so there is something that's left to be desired in all directions. At the same time it's an aircraft which is a lot of fun to fly. And it gives a full experience of DCS systems modelling. And it's owned by ED. But at $59.99 list price, I think the vast majority just goes for either F/A-18 or F-16 as their first aircraft, as they are just a bit more expensive
  2. I fully realise that this up to ED to decide but: At present we have the following aircraft for free when downloading DCS: - TF-51D - Su-25T I would argue that those are not the best aircraft to lure in people who want to try out DCS to see if it is for them. Personally I think the TF-51D is fine, it's a good example of how a warbird can be modelled in DCS. But the Su-25T does not represent what DCS is capable of at all, and I think it can be disappointment for new players who happen to be not interested in warbirds. My suggestion would be to take one of ED's full fi
  3. Except that (early / export models of the) Su-27 and MiG-29 are already flown by countries that are allied to any major power and even by private citizens. So the US, China and various European countries have had the chance to take both apart and completely reverse engineer them. All in all, I don't think that argument works anymore.
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    R-73 missile?

    This is a really good point. As it is, there are still a lot of countries where the MiG-21bis is their supposed "front line fighter". If the addition of the R-73 is relatively easy as Cuba's example seems to show, then it would make sense that other countries could/would also integrate the R-73 when it becomes necessary. I believe that one of the strengths of the MiG-21 in DCS is, that it is usable for many scenario's, including Cold War but also assymetric combat, in different time periods, from the late 1960's to "modern day" 2020, with appropriate weapons and opponents. I h
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    R-73 missile?

    Of course it's still not equal but it does increase the MiG's chances. https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-mig-21-vs-f-16-r-73-missile-which-iaf-pilot-abhinandan-varthaman-used-to-bring-down-pakistani-jet-2725652 Please see above article regarding Indian Bison vs. Pakistani F-16C. Also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG-21_operators Still a lot of aircraft have and fly the MiG-21. You say COIN aircraft, maybe, but if a Syrian MiG-21 did encounter a Turkish F-16 do you think it won't try to defend itself? Maybe it'd even get lucky...
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    R-73 missile?

    The "problem" with the Magic I would be that I think it is not a major improvement over the R-60. The R-73 on the other hand would make the MiG-21 more competitive vs modern fighters. Maybe I'm just ignorant, but I don't really see how the pylon integration matters so much. I think that the integration in the targetting system is more important, especially considering the wide angle gimbal of the R-73 compared to the narrow angle gunsight of the MiG-21. P.S., just found below on Wikipedia which illustrates my point:
  7. Especially this one makes it rather pointless. The only thing bonus points could be useful, is to save, save and save some more, and then finally buy all campaigns at once. But it's quite unlikely...
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    DCS WWI

    Honestly, I have thought about becoming a third party myself to develop a WW1 or pre-WW1 aircraft. But I lack almost everything that is needed to do it, most of all the time...
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    DCS WWI

    I agree, but the basic physics are similar. Piston engines (a piston moving in a cylinder) are something that can be modelled in DCS. An engine where the pistons are not moving in line (in the Z-axis) but radially around the X-axis of the aircraft is also modelled already. I *think* this means that on a physics level, there is nothing against modelling rotary engines as well. That's what I pointed out before as well. But I do think it may be worth it, because, as it is, DCS is the only simulator capable of capturing the flying experience, as well as accurately modelling the syst
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    DCS WWI

    You are partially right. ;) DCS has radial engines modelled. Many iconic WW1 aircraft used rotary engines which is indeed different. But also several WW1 aircraft used radial engines (Anzani, Salmson).Anyway, the physics modelling required to simulated radial and rotary engines is similar enough to expect that it should not be that difficult in DCS. As long as you consider DCS a sandbox in which you can create missions to your liking I don't see any problem at all. The problem partially starts with multiplayer, but if DCS would have two matched rival aircraft (e.g. Fokk
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    DCS WWI

    As far as I know, "the other sim" (let alone older sims) is based on parameters and not on actual physics modelling like DCS. I think DCS is the only simulation platform that could theoretically do justice to WWI and other early aircraft. Maybe some things what I mentioned are more important and/or easier to model than others. I think wing warping is a very important aspect that was already introduced to DCS (but I'm not sure how DCS handles it from a computational fluid dynamics perspective). The physics of rotary engines is another very important aspect that is already modelled in
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    DCS WWI

    That's why I'd advocate not trying to simulate WWI but instead just modelling a few aircraft which can be used in e.g. Normandy map in a sandbox manner.
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    DCS WWI

    That's something I wonder about. You need to simulate wood flexing, wing warping, airframe overstressing, fabric ripping, guns jamming, leaking coolant fluid hitting the pilot, etc. I *think* these are all things that aren't in DCS at the moment. I don't know how hard it would be to implement it because I'm not familiar enough with DCS physics modelling.
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