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I've been dabbling with subs and testing them in the editor, so just thought I'd post my findings for people's popcorn-munching enjoyment, please correct or comment on anything if you like as i've barely scratched the surface so far..


1- There are currently these three subs in DCS 2.5.6 Combined Arms-













SSK 641B









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And these are their corresponding Encyclopaedia entries-



The SSK 877 is this 'Kilo'






The SSK 641B is this 'Som (Tango)'






The Type 093 Attack sub is this '093 SSN'






Below: This fourth sub (Improved Kilo) in the Encyclo is not in the unit selection list so the devs must have dropped it from the game-


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It's showtime on the high seas..

My SSK 877 attack sub is on an interception course against those 3 unarmed transport ships..








Below: Getting inside the sub, there are a couple of screens like this which might be the periscope or gunsight or something, I haven't worked it out yet, I was mouse-clicking and key-pressing like crazy to make torpedoes or missiles launch, but nothing happened..

(the harsh grey sky is for dramatic effect)..







Below:Next test.

I selected a Type 093 attack sub and went to external view and played from there to see if the sub would launch something on it's own initiative...








Below: And it did! There were six plopping whooshy sounds and 6 YU-6 torpedoes sped on their merry way.

(For the record the YU-6's travel at 53 knots and have a range of about 8 miles)-






You've had your six!

But every torp missed, sailing astern like this!

(You can just make out a couple of their bubble trails)-




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I can confirm that giving them a target their own firing solutions never hit the target, just as you've shown. I never knew you can actually take direct control of a submarine, at least the Type 093, so I tried it myself. After a couple of tries I was lucky and guessed the correct firing solution, but the torpedo went straight through the ship, no boom. If that is related to not being able to set torpedo depth (it always seems to be 16-17ft), or if it's a bug, idk.​


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I think it's because there is no collision model below the waterline. They are old models.

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More tests-


The 093 attack Sub's YU-6 torps ran underneath the Bulk and Dry cargo ships, but hit this Elnya tanker, presumably because it had a deeper draught..:)

I found out how to launch torps, you have to hit "Enter" to lock the target, then left mouse click to launch them.

(I gave the Elnya zero speed in the editor so it was a sitting duck (too easy) so in future games I'll give it some speed to give it a sporting chance of getting away)








The Lock and Fire procedure is the same for the subs Anti-ship missiles, here's one about to finish off the Elnya-





PS- The YU-6 torps seem to be oldfashioned "dumb" types that don't have an active acoustic seeker head, and they can't be steered either, we just have to fire them and hope they hit.

I noticed in my tests that in the last mile or so of their run they begin running in an S-shaped path sweeping from side to side which increases their chance of hitting.

However I'm still working on how to move the sub and make it change its depth etc,

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In this next test I targeted a small zero-speed FSG Molniya to see if the torps would run under it, but they didn't.


Pic 1- I launch my torps but the Molniya must have spotted my periscope and begins hammering the sub with its gun as i crash dive and try to get the hell out-






Pic 2- Good golly miss Molniya!

The ship gets payback bigtime as my torps slam into it..:)




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Has more submarine Stuff into DCS.

- One submarine has missing:

A Type VII-С/41 German sub from WWII assets pack, that was use by ED to add all initial torpedo funtionality to DCS core, carring G7A-T1 Torpedo. Add them the Ju-88A-4 Torp with LtIm F5b 450mm Air launcher torpedores. That have the funtionality use by Deka to implement your Type 093 submarine, Yu-6 torpedoes and others associate weapons. ED has enable sub weapons launch and that can use on moding, to build torpedo boats, armed with torpedoes.

- Missing actually a Sonar engine to build active / pasive Sonnar and realistic ASW/ASuW acoustic active/pasive torpedoes. In fact, has some torpedoe weapons schemes into DCS: 1 a Unguided torpedoe, on two version, one straigh runing and the gyroscope launched. 2. a "guided" (I think not implement) "wire" torpedoe. Other point, has none magnetic / influence fuze (that need coming on F/A-18C destructor mines) and I think has only a contact fuze implemented.

- Type VII and Type 093 has torpedo connectors on torpedo tubes to launching weapons and associate weapons definitions (similarly to SAM, SSM launchers on ships). Other submarines as 877, 636 (improved kilo) and 641 Tango (Song) has none connectors and has none implemented as Torpedo tubes and associate weapons on LUAs.

- ED have from some years ago sub launched Krub-S cruise missiles 3D models into EDM directory, but actually has none implemented and not have propper LUAs. The same situations has been with the Sa-18 retractable turret on the 877 aft sail, with can deploy and fire igla-s missiles vs air targets on inmersion.

The actual Sub funtionality has a "early release" and surelly ED can implement them in a future.

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Yeah, submarines and submerged weapons are in their absolute infancy at the moment, there's tonnes of work to do, I could go on for ages about what's missing. Putting it simply we're a very long way off.

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OP, thanks for the thread, interesting stuff.

As suggested above, clearly early days, but could be a lot of fun.

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Just thought I'd throw this basic tutorial together for any fresh-faced wide-eyed innocent noobs who wander into this thread seeking spiritual enlightenment..


1- In the editor create a simple mission by placing a Type 093 Attack Sub and an enemy Elnya tanker on the map a couple of miles apart without any orders-





2- Start the mission (after saving it if you like) and hit key F9 to see your sub and the tanker-





3- within a few seconds the sub has dived to periscope depth on its own initiative-




4- hit Rt- Alt-Jto go to periscope view. Note the readout at bottom right telling you you've got 6 x YU-6 torpedoes in the tubes-


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5- pan around to the Tanker and hit = to zoom in.

Then hit Ent to lock the ship, and when the lock bars turn red click the left mouse button twice to fire a torpedo, or keep clicking to fire more-





6- hit F6 to follow the torpedo, you'll have to use the mouse wheel to zoom out a bit to see it better-



...or you can hit F10 to see the YU-6 torp on the map-






7- Accelerate time by hitting L-Ctrl-Z a few times if you like (and L-Sh-Z to return to normal time) and you can pause with the pause key anytime (it's key PB on my keyboard).

Here the torp is about to strike home (see the bubble trail)-





7- That's a bingo !





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PIC 1- They seem to work okay as long as we remember the target has to be BEHIND the sub like this (no don't ask me why, I dunno)-





PIC 2- the sub automatically dives to peri depth.

Hit R-Alt-J to get in, this is the periscope view.

Hit key Q to select the YJ-84 missiles (readout at bottom right confirms selection), then sweep the periscope around looking for a juicy target.

Note:minimum missile range is about 7nm, they won't lock onto anything nearer than that.

Their maximum range is about 30nm, any ships further than that won't lock.





PIC 3- hit = to zoom, then Ent to lock up a ship like this.

Note- it might take several seconds before the yellow lock brackets turn red, a countdown clock will appear in bottom left corner-






PIC 4- when the lock brackets turn red, click the left mouse button to fire the missile, then go to external view with F9 to enjoy the show if you like.

F6 will give you a missile ride if you're up for it.

Key F1 will get you back to peri view.


Note the sub doesn't have to surface to launch-





PIC 5- the missile then begins a u-turn like this to home in on whatever ship you've locked behind the sub-





PIC 5- People are on the pitch, they think it's all over !

Inset- it is now !..:)


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