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DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | SEA Radar Mode

 

Although we have had the general MAP Air-to-Ground radar mode available for some time, we will soon introduce the SEA A-G mode. This mode allows the radar to detect and track ships out to 80 nm. This is particularly useful for engaging ships with AGM-84D Harpoon anti-ship missiles with specific range and bearing targeting. SEA mode can also be interleaved to display MAP ground returns. When a target has been designated in SEA mode, the targeting pod can also be slaved to the target.

 

 
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DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | Defensive Systems Update

In an upcoming update for the Hornet, we are pleased to introduce several updates. These include the addition of Semi/Automatic (S/A) and AUTO expendable countermeasure programs, the Airborne Self-Protection Jammer (ASPJ), and jammer effects on the radar.

 

 

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DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | Transmit Designate (TXDSG)

 

In an upcoming for the Hornet, we’ll be adding the Transmit Designate (TXDSG) option on the Situational Awareness (SA) display. When enabled, it allows you to see the ground designation points and Launch and Steering (L&S) targets for flight members and friendly aircraft on the same Link-16 network.

 

 

Available on our e-Shop at: https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/modules/hornet/ 

DCS World Steam Edition: https://store.steampowered.com/app/411950/DCS_FA18C_Hornet/

 

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In the next update for the Hornet, we will introduce two new AGM-88C HARM modes: Pre-Briefed (PB) and the Pull Back sub-mode for the Self Protect (SP) mode.

The Pre-Briefed mode allows you attack ground-based radars at long range based on a coordinate and target-radar type using either.

 

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In our next big update for the Hornet, we will be introducing the ATFLIR targeting pod.

The ATFLIR is the targeting of choice for US Navy Hornets, and like the current Litening targeting pod, it offers both air-to-ground and air-to-air operations.

While not better or worse than the Litening targeting pod, it is different regarding reticles, field of view and zoom options, action and non-action slewing, and more.

 

Relevant commands in Controls / F/A-18C Sim / HOTAS category:

 

Gun Trigger: Space Bar

RAID/FLIR FOV Select Button: i

Radar Elevation Up: =

Radar Elevation Down: -

Sensor Control Switch Left: RALT and ,

Sensor Control Switch Right: RALT and /

Throttle Designator Controller: Enter

Undesignate/Nose Wheel Steer Switch: s

 

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DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | Coupled Autopilot Mode

 

Coming in our next big update for the Hornet, the Coupled Autopilot mode allows the aircraft to automatically fly to a set location.

This can be a waypoint, TACAN station, or target (TGT) location when in AUTO delivery mode.

When paired with the AUTO waypoint function, it also allows hands-off navigation when flying through a series of waypoints.

When in Coupled Mode, the course line to the set location may also be adjusted.

 

 

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DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | New Radar Modes

 

In the next big update for the Hornet, we will add two, new radar modes: Wide Auto-Acquisition (WACQ) and SPOT.

 

The WACQ mode has both a fixed 6-bar, 30-degrees (60-degrees total) of azimuth at 10 nm range and an uncaged mode that allows the TDC to slew the space-stabilized scan center. SPOT mode enables you to designate a location within the tactical area of the air-to-air radar display and depress and hold the TDC to initiate a 22-degree search centered on the TDC location.

 

Key Commands from Controls / F/A-18C Sim / HOTAS:

 

Sensor Control Switch – Fwd: Right Alt + ;

Sensor Control Switch – Left: Right Alt + ,

Throttle Designator Control (TDC)) – Depress: Enter Undesignate/Nose Wheel Steer Switch: Right Alt + Space

 

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DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | AGM-84H SLAM-ER

 

Building upon lessons learned from the AGM-84E SLAM, the AGM-84H SLAM-ER adds greater range, a more effective Man-in-the-Loop (MITL) guidance system, and the ability to create intermediate steerpoints to reach the target.

The missile is armed with an 800 lbs. warhead. The SLAM-ER is a long-rage, precision strike weapon that has a range of 155 nm. The system can be launched at a known coordinate using GPS/INS guidance in fire-and-forget mode, or guide to a coordinate and allow the pilot to manually steer the missile with in infrared seeker to a target of opportunity. MITL also allows attacking a moving target.

 

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DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | Offset Aim Points

 

In addition to navigation waypoints (WYPT), any waypoint can also be set as an Off Set Point (OAP) with an assigned Offset (O/S) location. This is a point created in relation to the waypoint in range, bearing, and elevation. The Off Set (O/S) can then be selected as an alternate target point from the OAP reference.

 

 

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DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | AA Radar Use

Perhaps one of the most complex and confusing aspects of operating the Hornet is correct use of the air-to-air radar. The APG-73 is a mechanically scanned, pulse Doppler radar that is not a magic sensor that detects anything in front of it. Rather, there are several factors that determine what it can detect.

 

Many of these same principles will also apply to the F-16 radar.

 

RANGE
It probably goes without saying, but the range setting simply sets the scale of the radar format, it does not affect the actual range at which the radar can detect a contact. If you wish to display a target at 40 nm for instance, you will need to have the scale of the radar set to at least 40 nm.

 

 

AZIMUTH
Because the radar searches in front of your aircraft in a cone pattern, with you at the pointy end, contacts left or right of the cone will not be detected. To detect such contacts, you can either increase the azimuth setting of the radar, and thereby increasing your scan volume, or slewing the radar azimuth to the selected location of the contact.

 

If you increase the azimuth though, recognize that contact updates will be slower. Combined with a low target aging setting, the contact will disappear.

 

BAR
The bar setting controls the total vertical scan volume of the radar, and this can be 1, 2, 4 and 6 bars in a repeating raster scan. A 1 bar setting provides the fastest contact updates, but the smallest vertical scan volume, whereas a 6 bar setting results in the lowest contact updates but the largest vertical scan volume. Just like the azimuth setting, a large volume can result a dropped contacts when combined with a low target aging selection.

 

TARGET AGING
If a contact is not detected in the set target ageing time, it will be removed from the radar format. So, if you searching a large volume based on azimuth and bar, contacts can easily disappear from the display because they have aged out.

 

You may find that 16 or 32 works best for you when searching a large volume.

 

 

ELEVATON
Just as with the azimuth setting, the contact will also have to be vertically within the acquisition cone volume of the radar. If a contact is above or below the cone, it would not be detected. To solve this, you can either increase the bar setting to increase vertical scan area or tilt the radar up or down with the elevation control.

 

PRF
The radar can operate in three pulse repetition frequency, or PRF, modes.

In High mode, the radar is putting out the most energy and is best at detecting closing, high aspect contacts at long range. However, High is greatly limited at detecting low closure contacts that are flying away or perpendicular to you.

Medium mode has less detection range against high closure contacts flying toward you, compared to the High, but it is superior at detecting contacts at low closure rates with lower aspect.


Interleaved alternates High and Medium PRF in each bar of the raster scan and is thus a compromise between the two.

Given this, optimal detection range is based on expected contact aspect / closure rate and then matching that with the best PRF. So, for a likely contact flying at you, select High, for a contact beaming you are away, select Medium, and if you have no idea, go for Interleaved.

NOTCHING
When a contact is below you and flying near-perpendicular to your flight path, there is no Doppler shift difference between the contact and the ground, and the contact can be lost. This is termed the look down Doppler notch.

For optimal detection range and maintaining a track, a look up scenario is your best bet. However, this needs to be balanced with the advantages that a medium to high altitude missile shot affords.

RADAR CROSS SECTION
The Radar Cross Section, or RCS, is the radar return value of the aircraft. These can vary based on shaping, materials, intake shape, and more. For aircraft with no RCS-specific reductions, it often comes down to the general size of the aircraft.

Given this, in general, large aircraft like bombers, tankers, and AWACS, will have a much larger RCS value than a small fighter like an F-16 or MiG-29.

The higher the RCS value of the contact, the further out you’ll be able to detect it.

Datalink
To make things a bit more complicated, let’s also throw datalink into the mix.

When in Latent Track While Scan or Track While Scan modes, the position of friendly, unknown, and hostile contact symbols can also appear on your radar format.

An AWACS datalink contact is indicated as a small diamond that you cannot not lock on to because your radar does not see it.

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When performing a cold and dark start up of the Hornet, you will want to perform a JHMCS alignment for best HMD accuracy. This is not though needed for a Hot Start or Air Start.

I hope this video will be useful in understanding the BIT TEST, coarse alignment, and fine alignment process.

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In earlier videos, we looked at the range while search and track while scan radar modes of the Hornet, but today I want to discuss the three RAID submode. These are handy to break out contacts within a radar resolution cell and alert of you contacts around your L&S or STT target. 

 

We will talk about Scan RAID, RAID SAM, and 1 Look RAID modes.


 

SCAN RAID

 

Scan RAID mode is your RAID mode used when in the Track While Scan, or TWS, radar acquisition mode. 

 

This mode focuses the TWS scan volume into a smaller three-bar, 10 nm by 22-degree area that provides a faster update rate. In addition to providing faster contact updates, may also breakout targets within a resolution cell. 

 

Once a contact has been designated as the L&S, pressing the RAID/HARM Sequence/FLIR FoV switch on the left throttle activates Scan RAID mode. The B-Sweep line is locked to the L&S azimuth and SCAN RAID appears at the bottom of the attack radar display. 

 

The scan centers on the L&S and it cannot be adjusted. 

 

Trackfiles and raw hits continue to be displayed but cannot be designated.

To exit Scan Raid mode, press the RAID switch again, press reset, the L&S is less than 5 nm, the L&S is undesignated, or the L&S moves to the dugout.

 

RAID SAM

 

If instead of TWS you have a Single Target Track, or STT, lock and you press the RAID switch, the attack radar will enter RAID situational awareness mode, or RAID SAM. When commanded, a RAID cue is displayed at the bottom of the attack radar display.

 

When in RAID SAM, the radar interleaves between scanning and the STT tracking functions.  This is displayed as a 2-bar, 20-degree scan and it is centered on the STT target. Unlike Scan RAID, it is only a 5 x 5 nm search area around the target and only raw hits are displayed with their altitude in thousand of feet to the right. The update rate of these hits is lower than the STT and it repeats every 3.5 seconds.

 

To exit, press the RAID switch again or undesignated. 

 

One-Look RAID

 

When 1LookRAID is selected, boxed from the air-to-air radar data sublevel, the radar will automatically perform scans around the STT target. Targets immediately around the STT are displayed as raw hits (bricks). Unlike other RAID modes, the scale of the attack radar does not change; it simply displays raw hits around the STT. These hits cannot be designated.

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Dear all,

 

Per the change log today, we continue to work on the Hornet, although the bulk of our modern day, fixed-wing aircraft dev resources are now on the Viper. The biggest tasks for the Hornet are ACLS and Approach mode ATC. Once these are further along, I look forward to providing an instruction video.

 

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In this DCS: F/A-18C Hornet video, we’ll look at the auto throttle control in approach mode. In addition to the Auto Throttle Control (ATC) Cruise mode, in which the aircraft maintains the set airspeed, the ATC Approach Mode will maintain the set angle of attack when the aircraft is configured for landing.

This allows landing approaches with your hand off the throttle and instead controlling AoA with just the stick pitch of the aircraft; the flight control system will automatically adjust the throttles to maintain the set AoA.

Most often used in Case III recoveries, this is a particularly useful features when combined with the upcoming Automatic Carrier Landing System (ACLS) for fully automated landings. For this demonstration, we’ll pick up a Case III just prior to 10 miles and use the ATC in approach mode to recover.

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As has mentioned a few times over the past few months, most of the team that were assigned to the Hornet have moved their focus onto the Viper. However, we’ve still have staff on the Hornet with the focus on completing the Automatic Carrier Landing System (ACLS) and correcting bugs. Please see our change logs for the long lists of corrected Hornet items.

Following early access exit, development will certainly not cease. When development resources allow, we all plan some additional changes and improvements regarding:

  • MSI tuning and some functions
  • Radar tuning
  • Flight model and FCS tuning
  • ATFLIR tuning including offset logic
  • HARM tuning
  • Flight Director Mode
  • Static MUMI Page
  • GBU-24 auto-pilot
  • TALD

We also hope to add the Mk-77, Multiple Fuze Types, IAM Terminal Settings, Loft Mode IAMs, and GEN-X, but these rely on tasks outside of the Hornet.

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