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    A-29 Super Tucano

    Thank you Luiz Renault, for the update and all the efforts for this mod project!!
  2. Hmm. Well I guess the minute you switch from enemies with Toyotas and MANPADS, over to real SAM systems like BUK and TOR (among other capable systems), suddenly radar stealth becomes a major factor? Or the S-300 and 400 with the tower radar for low flying cruise... Kinda makes me wonder how common or uncommon the S-300 is, around the world, and in what kind of relevant quantities/coverage? That's probably Pentagon/Moscow HQ type info though, unless there's some great open source int ?
  3. Ok, I must be remembering something wrongly... maybe it's the side the tail rotor is on, Mi-8 on one side, Mi-24 on the other? Something to do with high speed vibrations discovered in the early dev of the '24, speeds you don't see in the '8 ?
  4. To add to what Harlikwin said, ED doesn't seem to want to have anymore nukes in DCS. And it seems like many in the community don't want them either. Sure, some will always want mushrooms... and for that they'll have the Mig-21 to enjoy! Who knows, maybe in the future nukes will be reconsidered, but for now it's the Mig and nothing but the Mig!
  5. I think the general consensus from the first weeks of release, is that while not "perfect", it was a pretty good initial release... people weren't screaming or moaning, but rather having fun, learning the new heli, figuring out what tactics worked and what would get you shot down in seconds! In my books, that's a success when people are trying to figure tactics and having fun in the first week of release!
  6. Eh... I think that's true to a degree, but a dev still needs to have lots of relevant documentation that they have permission to actually use (not just a random PDF download), license agreement and other items too. But yea, with enough public interest, I think it's generally an acheivable goal for a single seater that's 50 years old!
  7. I'm reminded of a pilot from those days over a collapsing Yugoslavia describing a typical air to air engagement. He suggested the fight wasn't between friendly/enemy... but rather the radio fight to get permission to get the intercept order, and then to get permission to fire ze missiles! "This is UZI 11, we have a lock on the bogey" "This is Baguette 33, we have ze lock and closer!" "I say old chaps, this is Britannia 65, we have a visual ID, it's a Boeing 747 cargo!" "Ok knock off the engagement, Britannia, please escort them to land at Zagreb Intl" ... or something like that! To me the takeaway was that long range air to air missiles were not always very useful if the situation required positive Vis ID for every engagement... maybe a great "heater" was of better use, like the newer Pythons, Archers and 9X (though I think the X was still in development at that time, not yet fielded). I seem to think that this was also an issue during Vietnam days too, where sometimes a Sparrow shot was not taken, due to target uncertainty needing a VisID. Similarly, I've heard that some F-15 Eagles and Phantom drivers featured a powerful rifle scope, so that the intercept pilots could do a VisID from earlier/further away, giving an edge/advantage a few seconds earlier. Nowdays we have IRST, we have radars that compare the return signal against a library of enemy/friendly radar return shapes/signatures. We also slave targeting pods to give an image of flying targets from further than the bare eye can see... not sure exactly if there are limitations to that, but I know it's sometimes done. I have to imagine though that in today's world of JDAM's, not to mention other standoff wpns, the ability to precisely place iron on runways and taxiways, HAS shelters and fuel farms... an airfield attack done by a well equiped air force must be downright crippling these days. Maybe not so much if they have really nice SAM systems like say TOR or something, but even then... some will surely get through, at least I'd think some would. Years ago there were fold-out wing glide kits for the JDAM to extend high altitude standoff range... were those ever actually bought or put into service?! Or did that get dropped? I think they doubled or trippled range, but maybe they found they weren't needed or something?
  8. I hear what you are saying, but I'm not so certain that the Longbow just yanked all it's newer systems from the Comanche, allowing for an easy port-over. But it's understandable. Thing is, we don't have any idea of what the MFD pages or HUD symbology would look like, as I don't believe it was ever that deep into development of it's systems integration... might not have even been begun at that point, maybe just using Cobra/Apache display systems to fly the aircraft. The Hellfire tests, well, I'm not sure how much we can assume from those tests. They might have used lasing from a 3rd party, rather than onboard laser/optics that could have been still a "test-stand only" item. It might have only been a "captive carry" test to see how the weight shift is when flying, to open and close the weapons bays, test aerodynamic effects... I'm not super clear on EXACTLY what state the development was, at the end when it got cancelled, but it seems to me there was many years of remaining costly development to go. So maybe "not possible" is poor wording on my part, maybe Heatblur or others could come up with sufficient documentation and resources to create a high fidelity Comanche. If that's possible, I'd imagine it would sell quite decent! Maybe not as much as the ED LongbowD, but probably enough to make the effort worthwhile. But I do think that would be highly dependent on the quality and volume of documentation.
  9. Yea, and I'd be happy to see such a popular mod! Maybe after all the new helis come out, and raise the interest of combat helos in general, we could see mod community think about taking on the Comanche! Then we could make silly scenarios to remind me of all the Novalogic Comanche games!
  10. I think the programming of both the Hip and Hind was done by an ED employee who had actually flown the Mi-8 Hip in real life... and I know they are very committed to getting everything correct. I seem to recall that the real Hip and Hind do share the same engines and rotors, but that there are in fact small differences, one being that the rotor does spin opposite from the two models. Also, one of them has shorter rotor blades (Hind?) to allow for higher top speeds? As for 1), sorry I'm not an expert so others will have to chime in!
  11. But ED are wanting to take the community to very high fidellity modules. That's not possible for RAH-66 Comanche... because it never came even close to a real world system. It was barely more than a flying airframe. No weapons systems, no fire controls, no datalinks, no advanced systems integration. There are no MFD pages to model, because it never got closer than 7 years from a production/service introduction variant.
  12. Hmm... yes. So basically the globe, in low detail. And you have "high detail maps" that you purchase, that get precisely placed. The benefit is very long range flights, though don't look too closely! It also give them time to maybe eventually purchase/partner with a full detail global map, say 5 or 10 years from now, perhaps from a Bing competitor. Maybe Giggles or Yandecks or another new upstart?
  13. It might take a similar form to that of MSFS020... that is, as you fly to a new area, the terrain streams in onto your machine. Not as much hard drive space needed, but you'd need a darn good 'net connection. It's probably a wee bit early to try and guess ED's sales strategy for such a product, it might be before they have even concluded a plan. The future of ED and DCS, might need a global terrain system, not short term but for the long term. This way, all terrains from conflicts past present and future get represented. Fictional conflicts too. The global map would help to make heavy long range bombers fully worthwhile, whether it's old Flying Fortresses or B-21 Raiders, Hustlers or Aardvarks and Backfires. It would also make it easier for campaign creators and mod makers to put new content into region-appropriate locations, instead of trying to make a map "resemble" a totally different place on the other side of the world! A global map would also make advanced dynamic campaigns require more effort using cargo supplies brought to the front. Imagine Hercules flights being an integral part of a campaign plan. Or a possible future C-17 and Antonov maybe. A global map would make a LOT more sense for a future possible expansion of the complexity of true Naval operations, that might in future include a full sonar system, complete with ocean salinity and density layers, ASROC launchers, Sea Hawks, Los Angeles class subs, magnetic anomaly detection and simulation. As well as an even more detailed ocean weather simulation, with the vast of the sea. Also, think of alll the bandwidth and time saved by no longer having map discussions on the ED boards! (joke!)
  14. What's going on with the wavy leading edge!?
  15. Bringing up Dunning Kruger, that sounds like an insult...
  16. Well so is WW2, but that occupies a very VERY large portion of flight sims, war games, combat sims and such. Indeed there are companies that are supported ENTIRELY by "dwelling on the past" as you might say! ... and yet nowdays there is a small but growing market for WW1 flight simulations and FPS games, which is even further in the past! Maybe the 70's and 80's Cold War is mundane to you, but I don't agree: it wasn't that long ago, and while it didn't go "red hot", it was very real, potentially devastating for all parties, and eventually got so scary that it was easier and nicer to just make friends with your "enemies" and lay down some weapons and try to have a better life. That said... I'm not totally convinced what area of the world would be the nicest for a DCS "Cold War map". No large bodies of water, not much mountains. Cuba: What about the island of Cuba?!?! Ok, not the entire island as it's 1000km long... but what about the southern tip of Florida and the north western end of Cuba, sort of covering Miami to Havanah ? Sure, for historical it would only do to have F-8 Crusaders doing photo-recon, and maybe a couple of Mitchells for Bay of Pigs... but it has potential and could be quite "fun gameplay". Turkey: Ok, so Turkey was strategic in part because of Soviet Navy access to the Mediteranean, it enabled U-2 and Blackbird missions to overfly the USSR, I believe they had SAC nuke bombers there too for quick strike on Soviets. But for DCS it could be cool because it could mesh with the Caucasus map to the north, and the Syria map to the south, once that might become possible! It also would mean interesting terrain that's not almost all flat, rather there's a lot of mountains and large hills in Turkey. Now... the whole nation is rather large for a DCS map of today... but in time this could become practical. Austria Czech Hungarian and Poland map: Not the entirety of all those countries, but a map that stretches from Munich to Budapest, from Prague to Innsbruck. Flatlands, lots of mountains and natural obstacles. Israel Jordan Egypt map: I've proposed this before, basically starts at the bottom of the Syria map, and goes down from Haifa to Eliat, and from Alexandria to Amman. During the cold war, this was a very hot zone of conflict in the Middle Eastern wars. But it also saw direct Cold War events, such as the Soviet deployments by air transport to Egypt, and some close calls in the Mediteranean. Sure, it's not "pure cold war Soviets vs 'Muricans" but it is of that era and the Cold War planes certainly were in those battles. It also could be used convincingly for more current scenarios, and could even see some old warbirds action representing the early days of the state of Israel when they put Bf-109's into Israel's fledgling air forces. A sort of "do all eras" map. Of course I would also love to see Vietnam, the Korean peninsula, and the Nordic region overflowing with Eurofighters, but those have been discussed many times in other threads, and all three have significant technical issues to overcome.
  17. So when I was a little kid, my dad was teaching Canadian soldier's sons and daughters, in Germany, we came from Vancouver to Germany and lived there for three years. The busses, I rode to school on base from my town. Ok fast forward to 1995, those same busses that I rode as a kid, and then in "stretcher ambulance mode" to and from the party in 1991, took me from a peacekeeping base in the civil war formerly known as Yugoslavia near Zadar on the Adriatic coast, to Zagreb where we secured weapons and changed into civies, and then got to the beautiful city of Budapest in Hungary, where we enjoyed a few days of R&R before going back to stray shots, goats, landmines, night vision, reading pocketbooks and 2 month old newspapers... So one day I was at an observation point that had a clear view of Zadar airfield, on the Croatian coast. I was stunned to see what I thought was a stricken Colt AN-2 comming for an emergency landing... I mean it was spooky silent. Nah, it was fine, it was just very silent when doing a power-off landing! I had seen one or two Mig-21's way way off in the distance, at least I thought they were 21's, but really bummed I never saw them fly. Probably just as well though, as NATO jets would have Slamrammed them out of the sky in minutes, probably. On a couple of occasions we heard airstrikes from a long ways off... truly incredible how such MASSIVE sound carries for dozens of miles. Weeks before we returned to Canada I started to hear a small engine now and then, and one day I saw a UAV fly out of the Zadar airfield! I've no idea of what type it was, or who made it or what the Croatians bought or borrowed, but from 2km away through optics, it kinda resembled an RQ-2 Pionneer UAV. A few months later I discovered what it was up to: intel gathering to prepare for Croatia's "Operation Storm" where they assaulted and seized lands from the Serbian forces. There was many times I wondered why the runway at Zadar didn't get bombed out of action. I never actually saw defenses, but I'd guess they probably had a couple ZU-23-2 and not much else. But such efforts would get hammered by NATO jets. Also, the airport did seem to have a tiny civilian traffic even in the civil war there, and I think everyone was very aware of how the optics of any action might be viewed by the rest of the world... so that maybe tempered some behaviors now and then. Nowdays the whole region is transformed into a nice place to visit or live, the airport in great shape. As interesting as my service was, I'm glad that they eventually got past their war to build a new nation.
  18. No doubt!! I remember we had to scramble many times during those months for this or for that... sure, it seems "easy" in hindsight, but when it was all going on, success didn't seem like a guarantee, and I know many of us were waiting for things to "go pear shaped" as Englishmen like to say! Thank you for your whole post, it helps to paint a picture that's more complete. One afternoon during that time in early 1991, the Sgt called me over, and informed me that we'd be heading to Ramstein AFB early in the morning. The Pentagon brains were suddenly very concerned about nitty gritty details about problems that could occur between the airbase and the hospital. Why? Because they were planning to send 2500 casualties PER DAY (24hr), from Saudia Arabia to the US Military hospital in Germany... and when they discovered all their ambulances and motorpool support had been already sent to the Gulf... they made some (anxious?) calls to the Canadian military to see if we could support their casualty plan on the German side, which we did in the largest effort we could muster (all hands on deck). I was a part of that effort. So after a very long all-day drive, we got there, and some USArmy lady gave us some quarters for rest, we were then asked if we were going to the party? PARTY?!?! The ground war had just kicked off that morning... I was expecting an endless few months of working 22 hours per day, seeing some horribly mangled military people clinging to life... and they are having a PARTY?!?! I figured, ok, may as well, won't be having any fun tomorrow or "forever". I fully expected to be awoken at 03:30, mildly hung over, and have to start the drudgery and after effects of modern war... instead I woke up to bright sunlight... and silence. Could hear a pin drop. WTF?! Where'd everyone go? Wasn't there a war to mop up after or something? So I got dressed and started wandering the halls of the large barracks buildings. Two floors later at the other end of the building, I finally found some young ladies from the US Army in a common area TV room. Ok that's weird, so I asked them what was going on, and one of them said "we won the war! It's over!". For a second I thought she was still drunk from the night before... and just then I saw on the TV showing Kuwait, some specops commandos were fast-roping from a Sikorsky Sea King onto an embassy roof... "wait... is she right?! Is the war actually over??!?! How the... WHAT?!?!?" It wasn't actually completely over, but she and many others who had watched the ground war unfold, could all clearly see the outcome it was concluding to. I'd missed it, having made preps and then deploying to Rammstein for the "worst case scenario". The party was for celebrating the victory that came a day or two later. So very extremely surreal. The weirdest part was riding one of the Canadian Army busses to and from the party... made by Mercedes to German Army specs, it had been rapidly converted into a mass casualty carrier/ambulance, so we rode on beds or stretchers... Like I said, sureal!!
  19. A cool thing about retail "gaming" simulations, is that we can do those risky missions all on the deck, for historical and for "funsies", without the ACTUAL cost of reality!
  20. As outsiders trying to look through a crack in the window, we don't really know the real dev status until a team member actually tells us/shows us, and even then they have to usually be vague to not "overpromise under deliver" be it on features or arrival time. I also think that dev teams are now realising that "building buzz" a year or more before release, has a lot of negatives and very little in the way of positive benefits. Maybe it's possible Raz isn't that far off of an EA, but is staying quiet for now for "reasons".
  21. I agree completely. And with a tiny team of 3 people, getting to a high quality for a release in a very demanding market (meaning DCS aviators) probably takes quite a bit of time.
  22. The Phantom has the dash, that is missing: F-4 Phantom I don't know why they changed the naming convention, or when exactly that happened. In the very VERY beginining the Phantom was not called an F-4 or a Phantom, but once they started actually fielding them on the frontline, the Navy got serious about naming it, and it's been Phantom F-4's ever since! Not that it really matters! It's just an awesome jet that was the king of the hill until the Eagles Vipers Fulcrums and Flankers came along. Even long after it was no longer "king of the hill", it's still darn good and has lasted a very long service life, unlike some jets that couldn't manage a single decade of service.
  23. Damn that looks good! Few man-made objects as beautiful as a nicely painted Starfighter...
  24. Yea, it really was cool!! Those giant shark tails all side by side... I don't remember exact, but I think they were roughly 300ft between them (100m), side by side, 4 wide. The second wave was the same, at about 100-200ft agl, again side by side. Both waves were silent, until well past then BOOM!! and a roar as they disappeared from sight... I should say, I don't "know" that evaluation/testing was the reason, I'm just taking a guess based on experience and "what I would do if I were in charge of RAF" at that time. What I mean is, though I was on base for some time, while I did know the air defence unit was right beside the main gate, I've no idea if they were "deployed" for the "airbase attack" exercise or not... it might have only been RAF and two people in the base airfield tower and ATC to ensure low alt deconfliction. I didn't see the air defense unit deployed, but I'm guessing they could have done so in 30minutes prior to the "strike", done the ex, raised the outriggers and disconnected hardlines and been back in the shed in just 1 hour! Or they could have been out there for 10 hours... And I would have seen none of it, as I was stuck at the gate for 12 hours... But I'm guessing the RAF really did want more from it than just flying low. Memory is very hazy, but I think it might have been just days after the two airmen were being shown beat up, POW's of the Iraqi military. Might have even been the video of them in that state, "confessing", all beat up, that caused the re-think of tactics... the reality of being shot down alive and captured could have had more psychological effect on decision making than the shootdown itself. Maybe it was just a "well if we aren't to do low level attack anymore, let's do one last exercise for the memories!", but it was so cool! Hmm... now I wonder if there were pics or video of that exercise... long before Gopros and smartphones... even cell phones were very rare in 1991, but maybe a camcorder? It was in early 1991 at Canadian Forces Base Lahr, southwestern Germany.
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