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Old 06-02-2020, 03:16 PM   #1
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Dear Hornet Pilots,

Thank you for your participation in our F/A-18C Hornet Roadmap features poll. 3000 responses were received and thank you for your valuable feedback and participation. The chart below illustrates your priorities. In summary:
  1. Flight model update
  2. AG radar and all its features
  3. Datalink symbols, EW symbols, and AG mode for JHMCS
  4. ATFLIR
  5. Aircraft Setup Card in Options, Mission Card for 60 waypoints and MUMI page
  6. ASPJ ECM jammer
  7. Azimuth / Elevation air-to-air radar mode with AUTO IFF modes
  8. LOFT modes, ARM, JPF, and other JDAM and JSOW remaining functions
  9. Mark points
  10. SLAM-ER air-to-surface missile



We have reconsidered our plans in accordance with your priorities, and adjusted our planning based on this and our capabilities and available development time.

The final list of features that are planned to be delivered in 2020 for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet:
  • Completion of the Litening Targeting Pod [available in OB]
  • Dynamic launch zones and AUTO LOFT mode for JDAM [available in OB]
  • AG radar: Real Beam Ground Map (MAP) [available in OB]
  • SLAM air-to-surface missile [available in OB]
  • Update flight model for ground effect, takeoff pitch effects, auto-pilot based on FPM, touch and go handling, and other remaining flight model issues
  • AG radar. EXP modes (1-2-3), GMT and GMTT modes, and SEA search mode[WIP]
  • Datalink symbols, EW symbols, and AG mode for JHMCS
  • AG radar. AGR (air to ground ranging) mode
  • AG radar interleaved mode (SEA and GMT)
  • ATFLIR
  • ASPJ ECM jammer
  • Azimuth / Elevation air-to-air radar mode with AUTO IFF modes
  • LOFT modes, ARM, JPF, and other JDAM and JSOW remaining functions
  • Mark points
  • SLAM-ER air-to-surface missile
  • INS / GPS full simulation and alignment (carrier and ground)
  • Harpoon, SEA radar directed mode (FTT)
  • S/A and AUTO countermeasure modes
  • Flight member TGT ground target SA page symbol missing
  • HARM Pre-Briefed mode
  • Correct possible flare number loaded
  • GBU-24 Paveway III LGB
  • Adjust countermeasure programs when on ground
  • GBU-32 JDAM
  • IN LAR cue is missing
  • UFC BU page
  • Select AA and AG on ground
  • Fuel BIT (FLBIT) Page
  • AIM-7P
  • BDU-45 Training Bomb

The list is long, and the schedule is tight, but we make this our goal.

Coming later 2021 we plan to add:
  • New and updated HOTAS functions
  • Radar SPOT mode
  • Jamming targets not displayed on radar, should be in dugout
  • RWS RAID air-to-air radar sub-mode missing
  • The missing function of WIDE radar auto acquisition mode, cannot slew it
  • ACLS mode
  • Coupled autopilot modes
  • Offset waypoints
  • TALD decoy
  • Mk-77 firebomb
  • GEN-X decoy
  • Gun sparks at night

We have one encompassing feature that requires cooperation between the F/A-18C and F-16C Team, the DCS Core Team, and 3rd Party Developers: create a shared planning environment and agree on a single strategy to support mission planning for many aircraft types. This includes an Aircraft Setup Card in Options and a Mission Planning Card for waypoints with properties (Sequences, Target Points, Pre-Planned Targets, Pre-Briefed Targets, Initial Points, Bullseyes, etc.) and MUMI and similar pages. This is a complex task that we have been designing, and we will be working with all participants to create the best Aircraft Setup and Mission Planner possible.

Sincerely,
The Eagle Dynamics Team

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Old 06-02-2020, 03:32 PM   #2
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Thank you ED!
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Old 06-02-2020, 03:35 PM   #3
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Thank you for the update. Keep up the good work!

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Old 06-02-2020, 03:36 PM   #4
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Thank you.



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The final list of features that are planned to be delivered in 2020 for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet:
Do you plan to release these features in this order?
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Old 06-02-2020, 03:37 PM   #5
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Old 06-02-2020, 03:44 PM   #6
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so glad you did the survey - was great to be able to vote! i was surprised to see my personal wishes mostly align with everyone else's


please keep on doing this for all development!!
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Old 06-02-2020, 03:44 PM   #7
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Are we still getting AG radar and Slam tomorrow ?
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Old 06-02-2020, 03:44 PM   #8
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Thank you for the update. I don't understand, however, how a basic navigational feature like offset waypoints won't be included at release. Complete nav functionality is what I would expect from a finished module
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Old 06-02-2020, 03:46 PM   #9
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Thank you for the update. I don't understand, however, how a basic navigational feature like offset waypoints won't be included at release. Complete nav functionality is what I would expect from a finished module
Agreed, gutted that HOTAS function isnt considered essential for a 'complete' module. It's also mighty interesting to see various bug fixes are to be considered features.
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Old 06-02-2020, 03:49 PM   #10
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Nice, I'm happy the AG radar and the jhmcs symbology is high up on the list.
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