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Old 06-15-2019, 02:53 PM   #161
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Hey everyone,

First, we’d like to apologize about the confusion regarding MSI inclusion for this last Open Beta update. We had a mild case of left hand not talking to right hand given the time zone differences, language, and needed internal checks. These have since been rectified.

The team is working over the weekend to get MSI into a potential hot fix early next week. The silver lining is that it gave us time to complete MSI with correct symbology for only-ownship detection (just brick) vs. donor contact (HAFU)… please see attached.

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Old 06-16-2019, 02:53 PM   #162
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DCS: F/A-18C Hornet - Case III Radio Communications First Look (WIP)



This is a first-look, work-in-progress video at the Case III radio communications that will be part of the DCS: Nimitz-class Aircraft carrier module. There are a few items we are still improving and adjusting, but this provides an understanding of the level of detail planned for these communications.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:48 PM   #163
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While not a huge or a rather sexy item, the team has implemented the declutter options for the SA page. It's based on the following declutter levels from pushbutton 7 that in turn displays the following options:

OFF. All symbols are displayed
REJ1. The following items are hidden: compass rose, lubber line, and SAM rings.
REJ2: The following items are hidden: REJ1 items and Waypoint/OAP/TGT data, and TACAN data.
MREJ1: Hide air defense symbols (SAM and AAA) and rings.
MREJ2: Hide surface unit symbols (coming later).

This is planned for one of the next Open Beta updates.

PLID is the next planned SA feature. This will allow you to manually set the contact to friend, hostile, or unknown.

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Old 06-24-2019, 04:00 PM   #164
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In an upcoming Open Beta we will add (Pilot ID) PLID to the Situational Awareness (SA) page.

When pushbutton 2 (PLID) is pressed on the top-level SA page and a track is under the TDC, selecting PLID displays the Pilot ID sub-level that allows you to assign the trackfile HAFU. With no target under the TDC, the PLID option is removed and may not be selected.

This can be useful when you have a donor designating a contact as hostile, but you have not used ownship senors to confirm. You can use PLID to set the HAFU as hostile.

Next SA page tasks are Expand and Step.

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Old 06-29-2019, 08:43 PM   #165
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DCS: F/A-18C Hornet - SA Page, Pilot Identification (PLID)



In an upcoming Open Beta we will be adding the Pilot Identification (PLID) function to the Situational Awareness (SA) page. PLID allows you to manually set the top half of a HAFU (your identification) for a non-PPLI contact on the SA page. The top half of the HAFU can be manually set to friendly, hostile, or unknown. This video talks about how to use this why you would.

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Old 06-30-2019, 05:26 PM   #166
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DCS: F/A-18C Hornet - High and Low Angle Strafe



This is a short video on the basics of low- and high-angle staffing in the Hornet. A low angle strafe is generally done at a 15-degrees nose down angle, while a high angle strafe is generally 30-degrees. The higher the angle, the greater the concentration of fire on the aim point. You could go greater than 30-degrees, but controlled flight into terrain (CFT) becomes more likely. When done properly, a quick burst of less than 50 round should be enough to destroy unarmored targets.

Here is a great real-world example: https://youtu.be/R1DkSn2zlec?t=966

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Old 07-01-2019, 07:02 PM   #167
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Hey everyone, I want to give you a little Hornet update on the targeting pod and other items coming to the F/A-18C. After talking with the team today, the Litening targeting pod will need a bit more time in the oven before we can release it. Given how integral this feature will be for the product, we want to further flesh it out before releasing into an open beta. We do apologize for this delay. Please note that all dates and time projections are best estimates at the time and can change. I mention this a bit here: https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=244404

In parallel though, other tasks are steaming ahead like new features for the SA page including STEP, EXP, TXDSG, and other elements to complete this system. We are also making great progress on the Harpoon and it went into internal testing today. As noted, before, initial implementation of the air-to-ground radar rendering technology is now being used to create the Real Beam (RB) mode for the radar. Once RB mode is done, we can then use that as the foundation for other modes like SEA, EXP, GMTI, etc. On the GPS-weapon front, work continues on dynamic launch zones for JDAM and JSOW, Track While Scan (TWS) radar mode is underway, and other items and bug fixes.

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Old 07-09-2019, 04:28 PM   #168
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In addition to PLID, the STEP function is also coming soon to the Hornet SA page. By successive presses of the STEP option at pushbutton 14, you can cycle through the contacts on the SA page. When a contact is selected using STEP, a rectangle is drawn around it, along with its Mach and altitude to either side. Being selected, its data is also displayed in the bottom, right corner of the SA page.

Following STEP, we will add the EXP (expand) option that will allow you to zoom and center the SA page on a contact. This will be useful when several contacts are close together.

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Old 07-24-2019, 04:29 PM   #169
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Hey everyone,

Probably the the most anticipated new feature of the Hornet is the targeting pod. As mentioned earlier, we will start with the Litening pod due to it being used by the USMC and similar to what we already created for the A-10C (hardly a cut-and-paste though). Attached is an image of it in action.

It is important to understand that this is neither an ATFLIR or Litening pod ala A-10C. It is a Litening pod that uses standardized Hornet Mission Computer (MC) data export.

Most of the core AG functions are in the game and working, with the big ones still being worked on being the setting a Target Point via the TGP (critical for AUTO and TOO mode attacks) and, AREA vs POINT tracking . After the initial release, we will continue to flesh out the pod to include AA mode, control pages, and additional functions/symbols.

Our engineer assigned to the pod is working very, very hard on this and we are pushing to release it as soon as possible.

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Old 07-31-2019, 12:27 PM   #170
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DCS: F/A-18C Hornet - Litening Targeting Pod Intro and GPS Weapon Use



This is a first look at the Litening pod for the Hornet! It’s still early days, and this is very much work-in-progress. As an introduction video, this is provided to help you understand some of the basics and how to use it to set TOO targets for INS/GPS-guided weapons. In videos coming soon, I will delve into using the pod with laser-guided bombs, laser Mavericks, Laser Spot Search (LSS) mode, and setting target points for AUTO unguided bomb attacks.

Other elements will be coming to the pod like HUD symbology, INR and snow plow modes, additional reticles, AA mode, and more.
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