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DCS: F/A-18C Hornet FAQ
Updated on 18 May 2018

Q: When will the Hornet be released?
A: 30 May 2018

Q: What weapons and sensors will be included?
A: Please consult the detailed list here: https://forums.eagle.ru/showpost.php...4&postcount=13

Q: Will carrier operations be included?
A: Basic carrier operations will be available at Early Access launch, but they will first be reliant on the carrier operations based on what we have currently for the Su-33. During the Early Access period, more detailed and realistic carrier operations of Case I, II, and III will become available.

Q: What squadrons will be available?
A: At least initially, our focus is on US Navy Hornets. This applies to skins, sensors, and weapons.

Q: Will the Hornet be released with DCS World 2.5?
A: DCS World 2.5 will be available prior to the release of the Hornet.

Q: Prior to release, what’s the best way to get a head start learning this aircraft?
A: In addition to the videos we are providing, we suggest a careful read of the F/A-18 NATOPS. https://publicintelligence.net/u-s-n...light-manuals/

Q: Can I become a Hornet beta tester?
A: Please see our post here: https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=50779

Q: Will the Hornet come with a new, highly-detailed Nimitz-class aircraft carrier with new features and functionality never seen before in DCS World?
A: These will be two separate modules, but we plan to provide a bundle deal at a later point that will includes both. We currently plan a less-detailed version that will be a free part of DCS World.

Note: There is nothing else we can really say about the new carriers at this time.

Q: Will the Hornet release with a manual?
A: The Hornet will release with a Hornet Early Access Guide that will instruct you on how to fly and employ the aircraft. Once it is ready, we plan to release it early. As new features and functions are added during the Early Access phase, the guide will be updated to reflect this.
Upon release of the final product, the full manual will be released.

Q: Will the Hornet be able to share datalink information with the A-10C?
A: Once we implement Link-16, this is something we will certainly explore using the A-10C gateway datalink capability. The A-10C uses SADL, not Link-16.

Q: Will the Hornet be able to communicate with the JTAC?
A: Yes, but this will come after the initial Early Access release.

Q: Will a cockpit-view pilot be provided?
A: Yes, but probably not for the initial Early Access release.

Q: Will nuclear weapons be available for the Hornet?
A: No

Q: Will there be an option for a Hornet with no pylons?
A: Yes, but probably not for Early Access release. That will come later.

Q: Will the Hornet also be available on Steam?
A: Certainly, and with a discount for the first week because the Hornet will not be available for pre-purchase on Steam. It will release on Steam once we have a build we feel offers a quality experience.

Q: How much will DCS: F/A-18C Hornet cost?
A: $59.99 US during Pre-Purchase and $79.99 was released into Early Access.

Q: What graphics settings and hardware are used for the Hornet non-trailer videos?
A: Maximum graphics settings except mirrors off, road traffic to low, and depth of field off. Hardware is: i7 6700K, 32 GB RAM, GTX 1080ti, Windows 10, 1TB SSD, TM Warthog stick with extension / TWCS Throttle, and Track IR 5 with default settings.

Q: What are the required system specifications?
A: Minimum system requirements: OS 64-bit Windows 7/8/10; DirectX11; CPU: Core i3 at 2.8GHz; RAM: 8 GB; Free hard disk space: 60 GB; Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 / ATI R9 280X DirectX11); requires internet activation.
Recommended system requirements: OS 64-bit Windows 7/8/10; DirectX11; CPU: Core i5+ at 3+ GHz; RAM: 16GB; Hard disk space: 60 GB on Solid State Drive (SSD); Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 / ATI R9 Fury DirectX11 or better; Joystick; requires internet activation.

Q: Will interactive training missions be included?
A: Yes, the following free lessons are planned:

1- Cold Start
2- Airfield Taxi and Takeoff
3- Carrier Takeoff
4- Navigation
5- VFR Airfield Landing
6- IFR Airfield Landing
7- Case I and II Carrier Landing
8- Aerial Refueling
9- AG Gun and Rockets
10- Unguided Bombs
11- Air-to-Air Radar Overview
12- Air-to-Air Gun
13- AIM-9
14- AIM-7
15- Defensive Systems

Q: What skins are planned?
A: For the Early Access release, we plan the following, but it is uncertain if the secondary skins will be ready by then.


US Navy
VFA-34 "Blue Blasters"
VFA-37 "Ragin' Bulls"
VFA-83 "Rampagers"
VFA-87 "Golden Warriors"
VFA-131 "Wildcats"
VFA-113 "Stingers"
Blue Angels

US Marine Corps
VMFA-232 "Red Devils"
VMFA-323 "Death Rattlers"
VMFA-251 "Thunderbolts"

Fighter Squadron 11
Fighter Squadron 21

9th Squadron
25th Squadron

Fliegerstaffel 11, Air Wing 13
Fliegerstaffel 17, Air Wing 11

There are other countries that fly the Hornet, but they are the upgraded F/A-18A models.


425 Squadron
409 Squadron

No. 75 Squadron
No. 77 Squadron

Escuadron 151
Escuadron 121

Test Squadron
VX-23 or VX-9
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