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15 January 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,   :pilotfly: 

 

We hope that the year has started well and that you have taken full advantage of the free to fly period. Thank you.

 

With the enormous changes in technology and the broad improvements we are planning, please be aware that Windows 7 will no longer be supported as of the release of DCS World 2.7 which we hope to be releasing in the coming months. We will of course be informing you well in advance when a firm date is finalised.

 

This week, we would like to take the opportunity of sharing development progress on DCS: The Channel. We are working on the final touches to Biggin Hill and Eastchurch airfields as well as Headcorn and High Halden Advance Landing Grounds. In addition to the existing 120 World War II missions we are working on a wide variety of new and exciting missions and campaigns which should be released in the coming weeks. These high quality missions should provide you with excellent immersion and will test your skills.

 

Thank you for your passion and support.

 

Yours sincerely, 

 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

Support

Windows 7

 

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We will no longer be supporting Windows 7. Users who do not want not to change their operating system can still enjoy DCS World 2.5.6. However, new updates will not be available. In order to attend to your needs more diligently, please download the latest version. 

 

 

 

The Channel

Development Progress

 

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The latest addition to the Channel map will be the fighter base that protected South East England from Luftwaffe bombers during the Battle of Britain. Over the course of the war, fighters based at Biggin Hill claimed thousands of enemy aircraft, at the cost of hundreds of aircrew lives. 

 

Please note that DCS: The Channel will soon be moving to Release state. Don’t miss the opportunity of enjoying the 20% Early Access discount while it lasts. Check out the In Development Screenshots.

 

New Unique Objects England: 

  • Leeds Castle
  • The Parish Church of All Saints Birchington
  • St Augustine's Abbey, Ramsgate
  • Holy Trinity Church, Broadstairs
  • St Laurence's Church, Ramsgate
  • Deal Castle 
  • St Mary The Virgin Church, Ashford
  • South Foreland Lighthouse
  • St Mary's Church, Dover
  • Dover Town Hall
  • St Mary and St Eanswythe's Church, Folkestone
  • St Leonard's Church, Hythe
  • Hastings Pier St Leonards Church, Deal 

 

New Unique Objects France: 

  • Château de Boulogne-sur-Mer 
  • Belfry Of Dunkirk
  • Church of Saint-Éloi, Dunkirk
  • Hôtel de ville de Dunkerque
  • Column of the Grande Armée 
  • Fort d'Ambleteuse
  • Église Saint-Pierre, Calais
  • Town Hall, Calais
  • Lighthouse, Calais
  • Eglise Notre-Dame de Calais
  • Saint-Omer Cathedral
  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de Boulogne

 

We are making fine edits to building and terrain textures and final testing is now progress.

 

 

 

WWII

Missions

 

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We have now introduced a difficulty selector option used in conjunction with the F10 Comms Menu. Options "EASY" "MEDIUM" or "HARD" will allow you to revisit missions and test your improved skill set. Singleplayer and campaign missions include new briefings.

 

Mission sets are wide and varied and will include:

  • Bomber Escort
  • Flight/Section Scrambles
  • Anti-Shipping Strikes
  • Photographic Reconnaissance
  • Airfield Strikes
  • Train Strafing
  • Close Air Support
  • Bomber/Fighter Intercepts

 

In some Single Player missions we have introduced FWAF (Fly With A Friend). It allows you to upload the mission to your own server and fly it with a friend or virtual squadron. Ideal for training and for those not quite ready to venture into multiplayer just yet. This is a great way to share the experience with those of you who are just getting started in DCS World. 

 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

 

Yours Sincerely, 

 

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22 January 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

 

As the world navigates an ever-changing new norm of virtual learning, delivery and drive-by birthday celebrations, our customers have relied on us to stay informed, connected and entertained. Now, more than ever before, our customers around the world have found inspiration and value in the breadth and quality of our products, which impacts their lives in big and small ways everyday.

 

We would like to share a development report on our DCS: F/A-18C Hornet. We are currently working towards an impressive update, new features will include Ground Moving Target (GMT) and SEA radar modes. This update will also include new defense systems and the Transmit Designate (TXDSG) option on the Situational Awareness display, as well as greatly expanded defensive systems like countermeasure programs and electronic warfare capabilities. 

 

Our third party partners are working on new and exciting campaigns that we plan to release in the coming weeks. They will provide you with excellent immersion and will test your skills. 

 

 

Thank you for your passion and support.


 

Yours sincerely, 

 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

F/A-18C

Hornet

 

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An issue where RWR Contacts displayed on the wrong azimuth has now been resolved. We fixed an issue where moving the TDC caused the radar beam to stick. We also fixed a JSOW A/C manoeuvre error that caused a miss. 

 

Fuel Low BIT has been added, as well as auto-lase for the GBU-24 Paveway III. We are planning for these features and many more to be released in the next update to DCS World Open Beta 2.5.6. 

 

Check out the In Development Screenshots.

 

 

 

F/A-18C Hornet

Development Progress

 

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Ground Moving Target (GMT) Radar Mode

Locating ground targets can be a difficult task, an important tool that can assist you is the Ground Moving Target (GMT) Air-to-Ground (A-G) radar mode. When enabled, this mode detects moving ground units and allows you to designate them for tracking. Note that GMT will not detect stationary targets. 

 

Instruction Video: Ground Moving Target (GMT) Radar Mode

 

When paired with the AGM-65F Maverick and laser-guided bombs, GMT can be a useful tool for detecting, tracking, and engaging mobile targets.

 

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SEA Radar Mode

Whilst the general MAP Air-to-Ground radar mode has been 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 using the AGM-84D Harpoon anti-ship missiles with specific range and bearing targeting. SEA mode can also be interleaved to display MAP ground returns.

 

Instruction Video: SEA Radar Mode

 

When a target has been designated in SEA mode, the targeting pod can also be slaved to the target.

 

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Defensive Systems Update

We are pleased to announce several new defensive features planned for the next update. 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.

 

Instruction Video: Defensive Systems Update

 

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Transmit Designate

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

 

Instruction Video: Target Designation (TXDSG)

 

 

 

Additions

Highlights

 

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As well as the substantial push to complete the Hornet’s new features, we would like to mention a notable addition:

 

Handy Wind Bulk Carrier

A new civilian ship equipped with a functioning helipad for:

  • DCS: UH-1H Huey
  • DCS: SA342 Gazelle
  • DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark 2

 

F-5E Tiger II

The headwind and tailwind anomalies have now been fixed. 

 

Mission Editor

AI escort aircraft not engaging targets correctly issues have been resolved.  

 

DCS World

We have added more realistic cockpit sounds when using weapons. The F-10 Ruler in VR and multi monitor mode has now been fixed. The SA-2 Guidance has received a necessary accuracy improvement. Also, user created ground units now shows in white in F10 view. 

 

You can expect these minor fixes and many more additions to be included in the next Open Beta 2.5.6 update planned for next week. We are incredibly optimistic about where we’re heading, and we believe that the opportunities for developers and the creative community are endless, as are all the positive and meaningful benefits to our customers. 

 

We thank you again for your passion and support,  

 

Yours sincerely, 

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29 January 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, partners and friends,:pilotfly: 

 

This week we released DCS World Open Beta 2.5.6.60645. As you know, this update includes new features for the Hornet and the Viper and will be our last update for 2.5.6. In addition we are pleased to introduce six new fantastic campaigns which are available for purchase and download.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to share our development progress on DCS: Mi-24P Hind. We are currently working on the internal and external sounds as well as the weapon control systems.

 

We do recognise the importance of welcoming new users with little or no experience and introducing them to DCS World. With this in mind, we would like to remind you that seven entry-level jets are available in a single download with Flaming Cliffs 3. 

 

Thank you for your passion and support.


 

Yours sincerely, 

 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

DCS World

Open Beta 2.5.6

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Some of the new features and changes to look out for include;

 

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet

The target designation (TXDSG) functionality has now been added. It allows you to see ground designation points and Launch & Steering (L&S) targets for flight members and friendly aircraft on the same Link-16 network. If you have not already seen Matt’s video on this, please check out DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | Transmit Designate (TXDSG).

 

New Features

  • The ASPJ (Jammer) functionality
  • GMT A/G radar mode 
  • SEA A/G radar mode
  • Added BDU-45 and BDU-45B Practice bombs 
  • Fixes
  • Hat symbol added to RWR for aerial transmitters  
  • Error in offset function logic of RWR 
  • Countermeasure programs can now be created with weight on wheels (WoW)
  • Radar sweeps stuck under high G load
  • Radar contacts no longer in the Angle on Track (AOT) zone, only jammig contacts

 

DCS: F-16C Viper 

  • New features
  • Improved shutdown sounds 
  • Fixes
  • Radar sweep that sometimes became stuck has now been fixed
  • With no waypoints set, TGP would not slew in CCRP
  • AIM-54 showing as ‘U; in RWR

 

DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer 

Additions

  • HOTAS CMS functionality updated to reflect real aircraft 
  • Implemented jammer auto OFF function in AUTO when threat is no longer valid 

 

DCS: UH-1 Huey 

When using a head tracking or VR devices, the gunner view and gun direction are automatically uncoupled. The gun can also be assigned to axis controlling devices. 

               

DCS World 

Some of the most notable highlights and bug fixes from the recent Open update 2.5.6 include:  

  • M45 Quad-mount armour has been improved 
  • Corrections to Auto-loft for Aim-120
  • A desert livery for the BTR-82 has been added
  • NS-430 brightness controls added
  • Revised Multiplayer Redout/Blackout Pilot behaviour
  • The ‘Handy Wind’ bulk carrier ship with functioning helipad is now available

 

Campaigns

We have been working closely with our third party partners to bring you exciting Campaigns that will test your skills:

 

F/A-18C

Campaign

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The Rising Squall campaign is driven by an intricate storyline and represents an intense conflict. With a smooth learning curve for beginners and missions that progressively become more difficult, the campaign includes professional voice-actors.

 

Check out the DCS: F/A-18C Rising Squall Campaign trailer. 

 

 

 

Mi-24P Hind

Development Report

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Our current focus is tuning Multi-Crew compatibility and AI co-pilot and pilot features that we plan to deliver with the Early Access release. We are also testing and connecting the sounds from the engines, systems and rotors. 
 

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The unguided weapon systems for the cannon and rockets are already operational in automatic mode. We are currently developing the operators ability to direct guided missiles using the mouse, keyboard and joystick.
 

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We are also working on improvements to the 3D cockpit, as well as an English set of labels.

 

Check out the In Development Screenshots

 

We trust this finds you well and firing on all cylinders. Thank you again for your passion and support, 

 

Yours sincerely, 

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03 February 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,

 

Our third-party campaign developers have been working tirelessly to bring you innovative and advanced missions with original and engaging storelines. We encourage you to review the new offerings below, there are a variety of challenging campaigns for the modern classics. These are now available in Open Beta 2.5.6. 

 

If you are interested in becoming a third-party campaign developer for DCS World, we look forward to hearing from you, check out the forum for more details. 

 

Yours sincerely, 


 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

Zone 5

Reflected Simulations

 

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This campaign is a cooperation between Reflected Simulations and Tomcat radar intercept officer Dave 'Bio' Baranek. ‘Bio’ entered the US Navy in 1979, and he boasts a 20-year long career. Barnek has over 2,500 F-14 Tomcat flight hours with 688 carrier landings. His logbook also records 450 instruction flight hours in the F-5F Tiger II. This campaign gives a taste of 1980s air combat training, it is a fun and challenging campaign for virtual Tomcat pilots. 

 

Key Features:

  • 13 campaign missions
  • Realistic challenges of increasing difficulty based on real life training
  • Over a thousand specially recorded voice-overs, featuring the voice of Jester AI
  • Custom squadron paint schemes
  • Briefings and debriefings written and read by Bio himself
  • Unique kneeboard graphics
  • Detailed briefings and briefing cards, including separate PDFs for each mission
  • Checklists, and in-flight guides available in game as well as in PDF format
  • 3 instant action practice scenarios

 

DCS: F-14 Zone 5 Campaign by Reflected Simulations

https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/campaigns/f-14a_zone_5_campaign/

 

 

 

Sky Warrior

Eagle86

 

 

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In this Harrier campaign, you are assigned the role of a US marine corps pilot, in which you fly the famous AV-8B NA Harrier attack aircraft. You will participate in the liberation of Georgia. 

 

Key features:

  • 11 exciting missions with the use of a wide range of weapons
  • Briefings, kneeboards, maps, photos of objects from UAVs and from the ground
  • Musical accompaniment in each mission
  • Interact with the wingman, UAV and other characters by the F10 radio menu
  • View completed and current tasks

 

DCS: AV-8B Sky Warrior Campaign by Eagle86

https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/campaigns/av-8b_sky_warrior_campaign/

 

 

 

Operation Pontus

Baltic Dragon

 

 

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Operation Pontus is a story driven campaign for the F/A-18C Hornet. As the Commanding Officer, you will plan, design, and execute demanding missions for your squadron. This campaign has day and night missions with different weather conditions against an intelligent and adaptive enemy.

 

"Operation Pontus” main campaign features:

Up to 30 missions (total number is based on your success rate)

Dynamic Briefings and SITREPs

Decision making and planning

Over 1000 voiceovers creating a dynamic environment

Full use of DCS: Supercarrier

 

"Every decision counts... Start' em Up!”

 

DCS: F/A-18C Operation Pontus campaign by 373vFS_Greg, 373vFS_Petritis, Baltic Dragon

https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/campaigns/fa-18c_operation_pontus_campaign/

 

 

 

Black Sea Resolve ‘79

SorelRo

 

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Black Sea Resolve is a fictional, story-based campaign that will test your A/A and A/G skills. Set March 1979, you will fly as part of an F-5E Tiger II squadron and support the independence of the former Soviet Union provinces.

 

Campaign Features:

  • 25 story-driven missions
  • Over 300 voiceovers
  • Late 1970's units set
  • Full-scale conflict that will progress throughout the campaign
  • A large variety of missions; CAP, CAS, RES-CAP, Iron Hand
  • Detailed briefings, kneeboard files, and supporting documentation

 

DCS: F-5E Black Sea Resolve '79 Сampaign by SorelRo

https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/campaigns/f-5e_black_sea_resolve_79_campaign/

 

 

 

Red Flag 21-1

Bunyap

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Take-off from Nellis AFB, Nevada in F-16C Viper and fly against adversaries in a realistic Red Flag campaign.

 

Key features:

  • 10 missions based on the actual Red Flag exercises with optional air start
  • Detailed PDF mission briefings adapted from USAF standards
  • 20-page Campaign Guide and 50-page Standard Operating Procedures document
  • Hundreds of authentic voice overs

 

DCS: F-16C Red Flag 21-1 Campaign by Bunyap

https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/campaigns/f-16c_red_flag_21-1_campaign/

 

 

 

Rising Squall

F/A-18C Campaign

 

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The Rising Squall campaign is driven by an intricate storyline and represents an intense fantasy conflict. This campaign has a smooth learning curve for beginners with missions that progressively become more difficult. It also includes professional voice-actors.

 

Key Features:

  • No SPACEBAR pressing or F10 menu for dialogue
  • Artistic briefing pictures with comic-style drawings
  • Complementary visual novels before each mission (English subtitled)
  • Mission checkpoints and checkpoint autoloading after a crash
  • Objective display bar, no more getting lost
  • Pre-recorded intro and controls for a cinematic experience
  • Dozens of unique liveries
  • Professional voice-actors
  • Original soundtrack by Keiki Kobayashi

 

Check out the DCS: F/A-18C Rising Squall Campaign trailer. 

 

Check out the campaign

https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/campaigns/fa-18c_rising_squall_campaign/

 

We hope that these third-party campaigns will provide you with engaging entertainment over the coming weeks, and we trust that you are keeping safe and warm. 

 

Thank you for your passion and support, 

 

Yours sincerely, 

 

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05 February 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,

 

Welcome to our 2021 Lunar Sale, which starts today on our eshop and will run until the 15th of February at 15:00GMT. In addition and for the whole period of the sale, please enjoy all we have to offer for free. Discover something new and don’t miss the opportunity of picking up something for a great price.

 

This week we also announce the P-47D Thunderbolt Livery Competition. Try your hand at being selected as one of the ten winning works of art. If your submission is selected, your name will be added to the credits, and your work will be included as an official skin with the module. You will also receive a free copy of DCS: Mosquito FB. Mk. VI when it releases to Early Access.

 

Our third party campaign developers have prepared a joint letter to the community. It’s worth taking a look at the upcoming campaigns for DCS World, they will be sure to keep you airborne for hours and hours. 

 

Thank you for your passion and support.


 

Yours sincerely, 

 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

Lunar 

Sale


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Our Lunar Sale 2021 has started and will run until the 15th of February 15:00GMT. We will also take part in the Steam Lunar New Year sale which starts on the 11th of February. Most modules are offered with a 50% discount.

Modules with a 30% discount:

  • P-47D Thunderbolt
  • The Channel
  • F/A-18C Hornet
  • F-16C Viper
  • A-10C II Tank Killer
  • Supercarrier


Exceptions:

  • F-14A/B Tomcat will have a 15% discount
  • JF-17 Thunder will be only $59.99
  • New Campaigns are not on sale
  • DCS: Syria


The Free to Play event will commence shortly and will give you free access to all we have to offer for the next ten days. We have put together a trailer showcasing what’s in store for 2021, please check out our 2021 Lunar Sale trailer.
 

 

 

P-47D Thunderbolt

Livery Competition


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Using the official template found here, we are holding a Thunderbolt livery contest. Only the top ten submissions will be chosen and included with the module. Your name will also be included in the official manual. 

Here are some of the requirements and details:

The skin must be created using this template.

The skin can be historically accurate or fictional. However, the skin must be associated with one of the countries currently present in DCS World.


Here are instructions for saving textures with MIP levels using NVIDIA Texture Tools for Adobe Photoshop.

After submitting your file to User Files, please enter the P-47D Thunderbolt Skin Competition forum topic with a screenshot and link to your file.

The contest will run until the 5th of March. All ten winners will also receive a free copy of DCS: Mosquito FB. Mk. VI when it releases to Early Access.
 

 

 

Third Party

Campaign Developers


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DCS World continues to offer new opportunities for our third-party campaign makers to produce world-class content. Please take a look at the joint letter below. It is written by all the campaign makers and gives you a good idea for what they are trying to achieve as a community. Great stuff!

“Dear virtual pilots,

This is a joint letter from all 3rd party campaign developers to the entire DCS World community. You know, we do not look at each other as competitors. We’re more like a virtual team of mission building enthusiasts. Although we work on our projects separately, we constantly help and support each other. 

The most essential part of our success is you, the community. We’re forever grateful for the support and enthusiasm.”

- Gregely Gal
Third-party campaign developer


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Very soon you can expect the release of the Ka-50 Pandemic campaign for the Persian Gulf. Another campaign for the Mi-8 helicopter in Syria is in progress.

Armen Murazyan



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F/A-18C Rise of the Persian Lion campaign comprises 15 story-driven missions.

BADGER633


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We are working on the release of A-10C Iron Flag campaign taking place in Nevada Test & Training Range. 

We’re also working with “Rain” Waters, former F-16 demo pilot and host of the afterburn podcast on F-16C The Gamblers campaign, recreating his experience during deployment in Syria, 2014. Kevin Miller and ‘Jell-O’ Aiello from Fighter Pilot Podcast are preparing the next Raven One campaign, taking place in Syria.

There will also be goodies for the Harrier in the Ottoman Courier campaign. 

https://baltic-dragon.net

Baltic Dragon


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A-10C Operation Persian Freedom campaign is in the making and will carry on the events of Persian Freedom into the Syrian theatre. This campaign will be for the Hornet and following 6 months of research and story writing aims to be an incredibly detailed scenario. 

Ground Pounder Simulations


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Our first project, Rising Squall, launched as the bridge between arcade and realism. We hope that Rising Squall will help to bring new players from other combat fighter genres. Experiencing the realistic flying characteristics of the jets while having a cinematic blast. 

We are working on a tutorial campaign for DCS: F/A-18C. A series of detailed training missions that focuses on practicality and replayability, the idea is very similar to Laobi’s “1-minute DCS” series. It will be FREE for those who own Rising Squall. 

rising-squall.com

INVERTED

 



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A second campaign for the UH-1H on the Caucasus map will be released. 

In 2021 we will also start work on a campaign for the SA-342 Gazelle. However, completion is planned for the end of 2022. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the helpers from the community.

LOW-LEVEL HEAVEN



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We plan to release the A-10C II versions of our Basic Flight Training (BFT), Advanced Aircraft Training (AAT) and Tactical Training Qualification (TTQ) campaigns.  

We also expect to complete the following: F-15C Basic Flight Training Qualification, F-15C Aggressors Air Combat Maneuvering, F-5E Aggressors Red Flag and FA-18C Aggressors Air Combat Maneuvering campaigns.  

MAPLE FLAG MISSIONS



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The F/A-18C Operation Pontus campaign in cooperation with Baltic Dragon offers a new story-driven concept. 

Currently, we are working on an F-16C Campaign project, which we plan to finalise soon. The campaign takes place in Persian Gulf and is supported by extensive research of HAF/ NATO Operations. Later this year, we plan to finalise the sequel of UH-1H Argo campaign which will take part in Syria. 

373vFS Phoenix (Greg - Petritis)



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The community response from the F-14A Zone 5 campaign has been motivating. 

P-47D Wolfpack campaign is based on real-life combat reports of the 56th fighter group. Another F-14 project is nearing completion after over a year’s work.

https://facebook.com/reflectedsimulations

Reflected Simulations



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A thirteen mission campaign for F/A-18C set in the Persian Gulf and featuring SuperCarrier. In the midst of a geopolitical scenario, each mission will test your ability to fly and fight in a true to life modern battlespace.

SELDO

 



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Black Sea Resolve ‘79 is a 25 mission campaign set in 1979. UN forces are supporting the newly formed Eastern European countries fighting for independence. Download now.

SorelRa 



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Part 2 of the Crew campaign. A series of campaigns for the Persian Gulf map are in development for the UH-1H Huey, Ka-50 Black Shark 2, Mi-24P Hind, and AH-64D Apache modules. The beginning of 2022 is exciting for helicopter enthusiasts in DCS World.

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These very dedicated third-party campaign providers are really throttling up and delivering exceptional content. We are very grateful to them all and wish them great success. We hope you will take the opportunity of purchasing and are confident that you will enjoy them.

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

Yours sincerely, 

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12 February 2021

 

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

 

The Free to Play event has proven to bring together our global community of developers and aviators. We hope you take the opportunity to discover something new and special. Please note that we are also participating in the Steam Lunar Sale 2021, however Free to Play is only in DCS World standalone edition. 

 

This week we would like to share progress on DCS: Mariana Islands. Currently, we are populating the cities with assets and updating the seabed and shoreline textures. Check out the Tinian Island In Development Screenshots.

 

Our Lunar Sale is in full swing and will be ending on the 15th of February at 15:00GMT. This is the time to grab a deal and take your mind off things for a while, with the opportunity of purchasing at 50% less than the normal price on all our most popular modules.

 

Thank you for your passion and support.

 

Yours sincerely, 

 

 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

Free to Play

Trials

 

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We are truly excited to be offering the Free to Play period where you are welcome to try any of our most popular fighters including F-16C, F/A-18C and A-10C II. Free to Play provides an opportunity to showcase skills, gain expertise and gives us a chance to learn as we work closer with the community to build a better flight combat experience.  

 

If you have not already seen DCS: Reach for the Skies, check it out. 

 

 

 

Tinian Island

Introduction 

 

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Tinian is located approximately 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometres) from mainland Japan, and was chosen as the suitable staging base for continuous heavy bomber attacks on the Japanese Islands. Immediately after the island's seizure by the US in the summer of 1944, construction began on the largest air base in the Pacific region, covering almost the entire island.

 

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The four runways at North Field were lettered "A", "B", "C" and "D" from north to south and were said to resemble the deck of a busy aircraft carrier.   

 

The North Field airbase was the first loading and launching point for the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. At the end of WWII the base was placed in a standby status and officially closed in March, 1947.

 

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Tinian International Airport is a public airport originally constructed by the Japanese during WWII with two parallel runways. It was subsequently repaired by the Americans, and then called West Field. Tinian airport now covers an area of 1,416 acres (573 ha) with one of the runways measuring 8,600 x 150 ft (2,621 x 46 m). 

 

In May 2012, the United States Marine Corps VMFA-121 operated its F/A-18D Hornets from the airport using M-31 aircraft carrier arresting gear systems.This airport is now owned by Commonwealth Ports Authority.

 

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Another big installation on the island - Robert E Kamosa Transmitting Station. The antenna curtain array along the central west coast of the island is a class of large multi element wire radio transmitting antennas, used in the shortwave radio bands. Suspended by supporting wires and strung between pairs of steel towers up to 300 ft (90 m) tall. These antennas are used by international shortwave radio stations to broadcast at transcontinental distances.

 

 

 

Flaming Cliffs 3

Sale

 

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Flaming Cliffs 3 provides an easier learning curve for new players and focuses on a broad range of fighters rather than a single detailed aircraft. Get the F-15C, A-10A, Su-27, Su-33, MiG-29A & S and Su-25A & T all in one single download. 

 

FC3 is a great way to get friends and family involved in DCS at a reasonable cost and with a reasonable learning curve.

 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

 

Yours sincerely, 

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19 February 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners, and Friends, :pilotfly: 

 

We are grateful for the overwhelming customer response from the community during the Free to Play period and thank you for all your exciting feedback. We are working hard to address your reported bugs, requested adjustments, and future enhancements.

 

The F/A-18C development team is working towards bringing the Hornet a step closer to Release State. We are pleased to inform you of new features such as ATFLIR, WIDE acquisition mode, and PB mode for HARM, which are all currently in development. 

 

Check out some of the great progress being made on the Viper and please take a look at the amazing new Campaign by Baltic Dragon, Operation Pontus.

 

Once again, thank you for your passion and support.


 

Yours sincerely, 


 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

F/A-18C Hornet

Update

 

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For the next, big Open Beta update, we plan to include several new Hornet features that include:

 

  • Pre-Briefed (PB) mode for the HARM to include both HRM and A/C sub-modes
  • Self-Protect Pullback (PBLK) mode for the HARM / HRM OVRD
  • Improved HARM TOO handoff for two emitters at once
  • Adjusted AGM-88C HARM flight and seeker dynamics
  • ATFLIR targeting pod
  • Complete remaining Litening targeting pod tasks
  • TDC slew Wide Acquisition (WACQ) ACM mode
  • RAID Single Target Track (STT) mode
  • SPOT radar mode
  • Saving PRF to SET options
  • BRA indication with L&S
  • New elevation tracking model to resolve JHMCS designation drift

 

F-16C Viper

Updates

 

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Our team of dedicated engineers assigned full-time to the Viper is currently working on:

 

  • Updated flight model dynamics for constant G and drag index for CAT I.
  • Addition of IAM weapons that include JDAM, JSOW, and WCMD.
  • Pre-Briefed (PB) mode for the AGM-88C HARM.

 

Important development items remaining include:

  • Air-to-Ground radar
  • CRUS page
  • JHMCS Air-to-Ground mode
  • HARM Targeting System (HTS)
  • Electronic Countermeasures
  • And more

 

Operation Pontus

Baltic Dragon

 

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Operation Pontus is a story driven campaign for the F/A-18C Hornet. As the Commanding Officer, you will plan, design, and execute demanding missions for your squadron. This campaign has day and night missions with different weather conditions against an intelligent and adaptive enemy.

 

"Operation Pontus” main campaign features:

Up to 30 missions (total number is based on your success rate)

Dynamic Briefings and SITREPs

Decision making and planning

Over 1000 voiceovers creating a dynamic environment

Full use of DCS: Supercarrier

 

"Every decision counts... Start' em Up!”

 

DCS: F/A-18C Operation Pontus campaign by 373vFS_Greg, 373vFS_Petritis, Baltic Dragon

 

 

Over the next coming weeks, a massive push is ongoing to prepare for the launch of DCS World 2.7. We are hoping to get there by the end of March and we are full burners on the job.

 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

 

Yours Sincerely, 


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26 February 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly:

 

In the lead-up to the release of DCS World 2.7, we have also been busy bug fixing with our internal and external beta-testers. Progress is good and we are confident that the 2.7 release will go smoothly.

 

Cloud presets are nearing completion and the interface for ease of selection is being finalised. 

 

Development on DCS: AH-64D is progressing steadily. In parallel with completing the external model and cockpits, we are engaged in armament, navigation, fuel, defensive systems, communications and other subsystem tasks. 

 

The AH-64D is a particularly complex aircraft, but the team is making rapid progress. We would like to kindly inform you that the AH-64D pre-order is planned for the beginning of May 2021. 

 

Thank you for your passion and support.


 

Yours sincerely, 


 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

DCS World 

The Clouds

 

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We will be rolling out the new Volumetric Clouds with a wide array of preset weather conditions that vary in number of layers, coverage, density, elevations, thickness, precipitation and more. 

 

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Following the initial release, the Mission Editor weather tool will be enhanced to allow you to create your own weather presets. We are also pleased to confirm that the new clouds are synchronised for network play.

 

 

 

DCS: AH-64D 

Development Report

 

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Here are some of the features that we are currently working on for Early Access. We look forward to giving you an exact date when pre-orders will begin. We expect it to be in the first week of May 2021.

 

Aircraft Systems

  • Powerplants and related systems
  • Fuel system
  • Hydraulic and pressurised air systems
  • Electrical system
  • Lighting
  • Flight Instruments
  • Auxiliary Power Unit (APU)
  • Autopilot modes
  • Multipurpose display
  • MPD pages (ENG, FUEL, etc.)
  • Keyboard Unit
  • Enhanced Up Front Display
  • Fire suppression system

 

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The AH-64D is equipped with advanced sensors capable of target detection and engagement at long ranges. Here are some of the Early Access features; 

 

Avionics

  • Navigation Subsystem
  • Embedded Global Positioning
  • Inertial Navigation system
  • Doppler radar velocity sensor
  • Air Data system
  • Radar Altimeter
  • Automatic Direction Finder (ADF)
  • MPD Tactical Situation Display (TSD)
  • Communication systems

 

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The AH-64D is capable of adapting to several roles within the context of close air support tasking. In addition to the 30 mm M230 single-barrel chain-driven autocannon, it can carry external stores and weapons on its stub-wing pylons. Equipment we are planning to release includes;

 

Mission Equipment 

Sighting Subsystem

  • Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System (IHADSS)
  • Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensor (MPNVS)
  • Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight (MTADS)
  • Night Vision Goggles (NVG)

 

Armament Systems

  • Area Weapons System (M230E1 Automatic Gun)
  • Rocket Management Subsystem (2.75 Inch Aerial Rocket)
  • Hellfire Modular Missile System (Semi-Active Laser)
  • Weapons page

 

Defensive Systems

  • One chaff and two flare dispensers
  • Airborne Survivability Equipment (ASE) page
  • Common Missile Warning System (CMWS)
  • Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)

 

Dedicated designers are also working on photo-realistic cockpit details and labels. In parallel, work continues on the external model textures. 

 

The flight model and flight control system are highly complex and demanding. We are confident that the fidelity will be very high at Early Access. Much more information on the development of this sophisticated attack helicopter will be coming soon.

 

Thank you again for all your passion and support, 

 

Yours Sincerely, 

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5 March 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

 

We are confident and believe we have a solid 2021 Roadmap in place that will see the addition of some very exciting new modules and core development improvements. Currently, we have begun testing the new clouds with our internal testers and look forward to receiving more feedback as we expand our testing program. Check out the In Development screenshots.

 

We would like to share further work on the island of Rota, Mariana. We are currently working on anomalies in the road networks as well as the ground objects and their paint textures. We are also working on the shoreline rock composition details. 

 

We encourage you to review the F-5E Tiger II Black Sea Resolve campaign below. More details on how to get involved in mission creation can be found on the forum.

 

 

Thank you for your passion and support.


 

Yours sincerely, 


 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

Stable

Highlights

 

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Over the past few weeks we pushed multiple minor campaign fixes out so you could continue enjoying these missions to the fullest. We would like to inform you of a longer than usual update cycle commencing now in the lead up to 2.7.

 

A few highlights that we would like to point out, which are also now available in Stable; 

 

DCS World 

  • Cockpit Missile Launch sound update.
  • Added bulk cargo vessel Handy Wind with helipad

 

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet

  • Added GMT/GMTT radar modes
  • Added SEA Mode for radar
  • Added functionality for ASPJ (jammer)

 

Singleplayer campaigns now in Stable

  • DCS: F/A-18C Operation Pontus
  • DCS: F-14A/B Zone 5
  • DCS: F-5E Tiger II Black Sea Resolve ‘79
  • DCS: AV-8B Sky Warrior Campaign
  • DCS: F-16C Red Flag 21-1
  • DCS: F/A-18C Rising Squall

 

Other notable improvements have moved to Stable, read the full changelog.

 

 

 

Rota Island

Introduction

 

 

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Rota Island is the smallest of the populated islands and the second southernmost island of the Marianas archipelago. Despite the fact that the island had a small Japanese garrison of more than 2000 men during WWII, American troops never invaded it.  It was however bombed occasionally by the U.S Navy in attempts to silence Japanese warning transmissions about B-29 Superfortress bomber attacks. 

 

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Sinapalo village is the biggest settlement in the island and features Rota International Airport. The single runway was built and manned by the Japanese until the U.S Navy bombed it into disuse at the end of WWII. In September of 1945, the airfield was renovated and extended an impressive 5,000ft to serve as an emergency landing strip.

 

 

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The Songsong village on the island of Rota is located along the southwestern part of the island. The village has a population of less than 1,000 inhabitants and boasts a recognisable landmark known as Wedding Cake mountain, Mt. Tinubal. The layered rock and capes have been recreated in detail to include the natural dips of volcanic rock structures and the gentle sloping forms of the limestone plateau in the North part of the island.

 

 

 

Black Sea Resolve ‘79

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Black Sea Resolve is a fictional, story-based campaign that will test your A/A and A/G skills. Set March 1979, you will fly as part of an F-5E Tiger II squadron and support the independence of the former Soviet Union provinces.

 

Campaign Features:

25 story-driven missions

Over 300 voiceovers

Late 1970's units set

Full-scale conflict that will progress throughout the campaign

A large variety of missions; CAP, CAS, RES-CAP, Iron Hand

Detailed briefings, kneeboard files, and supporting documentation

 

 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

 

Yours Sincerely, 

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12 March 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

 

We have selected the ten winners of the P-47D Thunderbolt Livery competition. They will all receive the DCS: Mosquito FB Mk.VI for their inspired and talented efforts. Please see below. Their work will form part of the standard offering and the names of the artists will be added to the credits. Thank you to all participants for the excellent work.

 

We are hard at work with DCS World 2.7 and in addition to the new clouds you can expect to see substantial new Hornet and Viper features, updates to The Channel and Syria maps, improved fire effects, enhanced structural damage modelling for the WWII aircraft, updated sound effects, new World War II propeller disk animation, and more. 

 

The DCS World 2.7 Open Beta will also bring DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and The Channel Map out of Early Access and into Release State. 

 

Thank you for your passion and support.

 

Yours sincerely, 


 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

P-47D Livery

Winners

 

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We would like to extend a special thanks to all the participants in the P-47D Thunderbolt Livery Competition. Our ten winners are listed below, with MateusOV having two liveries included.

 

Mike Busutil: WarChief

MateusOV: Commemorative Livery & Big Bird II

Sydy: 1st Brazilian Ftr Sq-Jambock A1 

danperin: 61st FS 8th AF HV-Z

Waynos: RAF Thunderbolt

Giskvoosk: Chief Ski-U-Mah

EL_LEJI: 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron

BoNidle: The Trojan Warhorse

Latart: Lend-Lease

Flanker: P-47 USSR Air Force ( gray - blue )


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All winners will receive a copy of DCS: Mosquito FB Mk.VI once Early Access is released.

 

 

 

Clouds

Development Progress

 

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In order to simplify mission creation and weather selection, we have designed a large number of cloud presets which are convenient to select from the Mission Editor. Here are a few thumbnails to give you an idea of what will be available. 

 

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P-47D Thunderbolt

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Thunderbolt pilots often claimed that they could fly the P-47 through a brick wall and live. The P-47 Thunderbolt, nicknamed the Jug, served the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in both the European and Pacific theaters. In total, 15,636 were built between 1941 and 1945. Many countries including France, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, Mexico, and Brazil also operated Thunderbolt to great success.

 

The P-47D excelled in the role of fighter-bomber due to its heavy armament, rugged construction and Pratt & Whitney R2800 Double Wasp radial engine that was extremely reliable and capable of absorbing serious enemy fire. In addition to the impressive eight .50-caliber machine guns with 425 rounds per gun, the Jug was armed with bombs and rockets in the ground attack role. The P-47 saw action from 1943 in the bomber escort role before being replaced by the P-51 Mustang, which had longer range and higher performance as a fighter.

 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

 

Your sincerely, 

 

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19 March 2021


Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, :pilotfly: 

 

Today, we are pleased to announce the Early Access features for DCS: Mosquito FB Mk.VI. The Mosquito will be optimised for multi-crew and will be the first two manned, twin-engined WWII aircraft in DCS World. Please have a look at the In Development Screenshots.

 

The main weapon control system features for DCS: Mi-24P Hind have now been completed. We have also connected and finalised the interior and exterior sounds from the engines, systems and rotors. Pre-orders will soon be commencing and we would like to share our on-going tasks.

 

Check out the cooperation between Reflected Simulations and Tomcat officer, 'Bio' Baranek in the DCS: F-14 Zone 5 Campaign by Reflected Simulations. If you are interested in becoming a campaign creator for DCS World, check out our forum for more details.

 

Thank you for your passion and support.

 

Yours sincerely, 

 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

Mossie

Early Access

 

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All systems and components have been modelled in excruciating detail and include the recent cooling system updates that were made to DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt. 

 

Early Access Features;

  • High-quality external 3D model 
  • 6 Degree of Freedom fully clickable cockpit with latest visual effects
  • Flight Dynamics based on official reports, our own CFD research and pilot feedback
  • Full Fuel system and optional external tanks
  • Full electrical system
  • Full hydraulic and pneumatic system
  • Propeller feathering

 

Early Access Armament:

  • 4 British Browning .303 machine guns 
  • 4 Hispano 20mm guns
  • 250lbs and 500lbs bombs in the bomb bay and under each wing

 

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The damage model for the Mossie considers the internal wood structure of the airplane and uses each internal element of the aircraft - oil, air, hydraulic and cooling systems, engine, throttle, trim, and the airframes main strength spars and stringers to calculate the visual damage. 

 

We are now able to consider all these factors, which in turn enables us to more accurately simulate damage to the airframe and the effects on the flight model. For example, damage to the wing skin will lead to a decrease in the lift and cause more drag, damage to the spar will cause strength reduction and potentially wing snap under certain strains. 

 

We look forward to sharing further progress, please check out In Development Screenshots. 

 

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When the Mossie becomes available in Early Access, we will be considering feedback from the community and working on the next stages of development.

 

Features coming after Early Access:

  • Rockets armament
  • Radio units T1154 (transmitter) & R1155 (receiver) 
  • The historical accurate navigation system for WWII aircraft
  • Controllable AI navigator and radio operator

 

 

 

Mi-24P Hind 

Development Report

 

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We are currently improving in cockpit reflections using our new pre-calculated ray tracing technique. This enhancement will be deployed to other modules in the near future.

 

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We are adjusting the sight line direction controls and missile guidance from the operator's seat. 

 

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The operator AI features are being tested and debugging is going smoothly.

 

 

 

Zone 5

Reflected Simulations

 

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‘Bio’ entered the US Navy in 1979, and he boasts a 20-year long career. Barnek has over 2,500 F-14 Tomcat flight hours with 688 carrier landings. His logbook also records 450 instruction flight hours in the F-5E Tiger II.

 

DCS: F-14 Zone 5 Campaign by Reflected Simulations

 

This campaign gives a taste of 1980s air combat training and is fun and challenging. We hope you will enjoy this update to the World War II era product range and look forward to your constructive feedback, which helps us deliver better products.

 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

 

Your sincerely, 

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2 April 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,  :pilotfly: 

 

We are pleased to announce two new multiplayer features for DCS: Supercarrier. These will be available in the coming update of DCS World 2.7.0 and will offer the ability for human LSOs to control the ‘cut lights’ and ‘wave off lights’ for network players on approach. All our main updates to DCS: Supercarrier are also being worked on and their release is planned for Q3 2021. These enhancements include the Air boss and his ops station, detailed briefing room and PLAT camera along with many other improvements.

 

This week we would like to show you some of the progress being made on Guam. As well as allround fine tuning, we are currently working on night lighting, in particular along the roads. The map has been in internal testing for a while and we are finalising verification of airfield functionality, checking for topographic anomalies and correcting graphic inconsistencies and glitches. We feel that we are getting very close. Please do take a look at some of the details below.

 

We recognise that you are champing at the bit for the release of 2.7 and in particular looking forward to enjoying the new clouds. We feel the same way but we want to take all necessary measures required to deliver this new build with a minimum number of issues and so we are working overtime to bring you the best we can. We sincerely apologise for the delay.

 

Thank you for patience, understanding and for your passion and support. Happy Easter!

 

Yours sincerely, 


 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

Supercarrier

Features for Q321

 

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The 3D Air Boss (PriFly) station will come with the possibility to control deck flood lights, the speed and direction of the carrier, and monitor the PLAT camera. In addition, we will implement launch and recovery operations from the Air Boss (PriFly) via 5MC messages.

 

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The 3D Briefing Room will offer interactive squadron meeting capability. This is particularly interesting for multiplayer action, pre-mission start and for after action review. Our Integrated Voice Chat will also allow real-time coms with your squadron. An interactive map, PLAT camera, Greenie and Kill boards will provide simultaneous online statistics during mission progression. Each pilot seat in the briefing room includes an interactive tablet that will allow you to control the fueling and arming of your aircraft.   

 

 

 

Red Flag 21-1

Third party Campaign

 

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Enjoy this very realistic campaign by one of our most respected 3rd party developers, Bunyap. Operate out of Nellis AFB, Nevada in F-16C Viper and fly against adversaries in an exceptionally well researched Red Flag campaign.

 

Key features:

  • 10 highly detailed missions based on the actual Red Flag exercises with optional air start
  • Precise and authentic PDF mission briefings adapted from USAF standards
  • 20-page Campaign Guide and 50-page Standard Operating Procedures document
  • Hundreds of authentic voice overs

 

DCS: F-16C Red Flag 21-1 Campaign by Bunyap

 

Steam Store: DCS: F-16C Viper Red Flag 21-1 Campaign on Steam (steampowered.com)

 

 

 

Introducing Guam

Development Progress

 

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With 540 km2, Guam is the largest and most populated island of the Marianas archipelago. It lies about 5,800 miles (9,300 km) west of San Francisco and 1,600 miles (2,600 km) east of Manila. 

 

The Chamoru people settled on the island approximately 3,500 years ago and were essentially disconnected from the rest of the world until the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan discovered the island on March 6, 1521. Guam was subsequently colonized by Spain more than a century later in 1668. During the Spanish–American War, the United States captured Guam on June 21, 1898.  On December 8, 1941, hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Guam was captured by the Japanese, who occupied the island for two and a half years.  American forces recaptured the island on July 21, 1944. Since the 1960s, Guam's economy has been supported primarily by tourism and the U.S. military, for which Guam is a major strategic asset.

 

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When arriving in Guam, one of the first things you will see is “Antonio B. Won Pat International”. Originally built by the Japanese during the occupation, it became a base for the USAAF B-24 “Liberator” bombers in 1944-45. In 1947, the USAAF turned over the airfield to the United States Navy, who operated it as Naval Air Station Agana until 1995. Civilian use of the airport began in 1967 when the International terminal was opened. From this time onwards, the airport has been reconstructed and upgraded many times in order to cope with the growing air traffic and passenger requirements.

 

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Guam is a multi-ethnic island with a current population of more than 160,000 people. The island is divided into 19 municipal villages and required the terrain team to develop a large number of new and adapted ground assets. With tourism being the most prominent component of the island's economy,  there are a lot of hotels and golf courses dotted along Tumon Bay.

 

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This is the Dandan solar plant that boasts over 120,000 solar voltaic panels capable of generating more than 25 megawatts of power.

 

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Guam is home to one of Trans World Radio’s major Pacific transmitter stations. This multinational evangelical Christian media organization goes out to more than 190 countries.


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Our upcoming work is to advance work on the many military assets that are so prominent on the islands. We will show you some details in a future newsletter.

 

Thank you for your passion and support,

 

Kind regards, 

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16 April 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

 

This week we launched DCS World 2.7 for Open Beta. We hope you will be satisfied with the substantial list of new features and improvements. This is one of our most important updates for DCS World and we thank you for your patience. Please take a look at DCS World 2.7 Trailer

 

A large number of fixes and enhancements have also been made to the Hornet and Viper. Our third party friends have done a sterling job and delivered a very large number of improvements and bug fixes. We are also pleased to inform you that the new Damage Model fire effects for WWII aircraft are now available, as well as our advanced WWII propeller technology.

 

The Mission Editor (ME) has also received a range of enhancements as we continue to improve the graphical user interface and experience. A nice improvement to engine sound has also been made and can be heard throughout most of our modules, check them out now for yourselves. Read the full changelog.

 

To celebrate the release of 2.7, the DCS World Spring Sale has started and will run on our eShop until the 2nd of May 2021. Enjoy up to -50% discount on most of our products. Check out what’s in store here.

 

Thank you for your patience, passion and support.

 

Yours sincerely, 


 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

EDGE 2.7

Is Here

 

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Notable Improvements

The ability to place player and client aircraft in any suitable location now allows you to create better road bases and FOBs in a variety of terrain types. The new customisations, with quadrangular areas, allow mission creators to craft corridors, boundaries and other new trigger zones. A new barrage fire option for AAA is also now available. 

 

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New 3D loadout visualiser in mission editor

All weapons and stores have been renamed and structured to provide more granularity and detail, allowing you to preview loadouts and liveries and get a much better understanding of your aircraft’s mission configuration.

 

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Weather System

Our new Clouds have been released and we are delighted with the encouraging feedback from the community so far. Despite being a work in progress, we are aware of some of the major issues and substantial enhancements will be coming soon.

 

Our priorities for Clouds include work on the wide range of sensors and weapons and how they interact with the new world and how AI behaves in varying conditions. This is particularly relevant for close air combat line-of-sight behaviour. The Clouds mark the start of a significant overhaul and upgrade to the entire weather system as we continue to recreate more realistic weather conditions. 

 

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Damage Model - Fire Effects 

We are pleased to announce that our Damage Model has been enhanced to more accurately consider projectile types and impact locations to subsequently portray the corresponding burning, smouldering and blazing effects. This is just the beginning of the general damage and effects overhaul that is in the works and we eagerly await your feedback. 

 

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New WWII AI Engagement logic

AI will now consider enemy ability and relative position to decide whether to engage or to disengage. We have also considered functions for a lower level AI to make incorrect decisions. This is the start of our long journey to make AI behave more rationally and naturally. 

 

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WWII Propeller Technology

A notable update coming to 2.7 is our unique and new technology that calculates the location of every propeller blade and then regenerates the image to reflect the human eye’s interpretation of the movement. This approach allows for smooth and realistic blade transitions from still, to idle, through to taxing and take off, as well as proper transparency from all viewing angles, aircraft speeds, power settings and blade pitch. This teaser video demonstrates New WWII Propeller Technology.

 

 

 

-50% Sale

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Our DCS World Sale 2021 has started and will run until the 2nd of May. 

 

All products at 50% with the following exceptions:

 

30%

  • DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt
  • DCS: The Channel Map
  • DCS: F/A-18C Hornet
  • DCS: F-16C Viper
  • DCS: A-10C II Warthog
  • DCS: Supercarrier

 

25%

DCS: Syria Map

 

20%

DCS: JF-17 Thunder

 

15%

DCS: F-14 Tomcat

 

No Discount

  • DCS: AV-8B Sky Warrior Campaign
  • DCS: F/A-18C Hornet Rising Squall Campaign
  • DCS: F-14A Zone 5 Campaign
  • DCS: F-16C Viper Red Flag 21-1 Campaign
  • DCS: F-5E Black Sea Resolve '79 Campaign
  • DCS: F/A-18C Operation Pontus Campaign
  • New campaigns released with 2.7.0
  • Mi-24P Hind

 

To read the full list of updates, please check out the full Changelog.

 

Thank you again for your patience, passion and support, 

 

Yours sincerely, 

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23 April 2021

 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, :pilotfly: 

 

The union flags have now returned to full height following the mourning period for his Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip trained as a pilot on the Chipmunk and progressed to the Harvard and Vampire. He was awarded his wings by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir William Dickson at a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 4 May 1953. He became a Marshal of the Royal Air Force and Commodore-in-Chief of the Air Training Corps. The Duke of Edinburgh was an experienced pilot and logged 5,986 hours on 59 types. In 1972 Prince Philip, even flew Concorde himself, he was a passionate and very competent airman indeed. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and the whole family. 

 

This week we would like to bring your attention to DCS: The Channel. An impressive list of updates has been released, including more than ten V1 launch sites and four new UK airfields. Buildings and structures of interest have also been added and we encourage you to check them out. 

 

By popular demand and in order to ensure that users aren't tempted to enhance the performance of missiles in game, we have locked the LUA parameters.  

Starting today and running to 26 April, a DCS Weekend Deal is running on Steam with up to 50% on most modules. 

We hope that 2.7 has been a successful update for you and would like to thank you all for your bug reports and solidarity in improving DCS World. 

 

Thank you for your passion and support.

 

Yours sincerely, 

 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

.LUA

Changes

 

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As our online community grows and grows, we recognise that ensuring a level playing field for all has become an important matter and therefore, on popular demand we have locked the LUA files relating to weapon systems. 

 

 

 

The Channel

Development Report

 

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East Church

RAF Eastchurch remained active between the wars and was home to No. 266 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. During the Second World War, Eastchurch was part of Coastal Command, a fighter and bomber outfit that protected Allied troops and supply chains from the U-boats and the Luftwaffe. By 1943, Coastal Command finally received sufficient long range B-24 Liberators, equipped with enough Wandering Annies to prove extremely effective.

 

The Command saw action from the first day of hostilities until the last day of the Second World War. It completed one million flying hours, 240,000 operations and destroyed 212 U-boats.

 

 

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Biggin Hill

Between the wars, the airfield was used by a number of experimental units, working on instrument design, ground-based anti-aircraft defences, and night flying. The base was closed between 1929 and 1932 whilst renovations and the construction of two new hangars took place.

 

 

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Headcorn

On the 6th of August 1943, 127 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force moved in 403 and 421 Squadrons equipped with Spitfires under the command of ‘Johnnie’ Johnson, the highest scoring wartime allied Ace in European theatre. 

 

On the 17th of April, 1944. The airfield was handed over to the 354th Fighter Group comprising the 353rd, 355th and 356th Fighter Squadrons who operated the North American P-51D Mustangs. There were 3000 ground crew supporting 70 aircraft. 

 

Today, as a private civil airfield and parachute centre, it also houses the Lashenden Air Cadets of 500 Squadron and Thurston Helicopters, a helicopter flying-school company.

 

 

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High Halden

RAF High Halden was a Royal Air Force base in Kent. Opened in 1944, it was a prototype for temporary Advanced Landing Ground airfields, which were required for the rapid growth of air operations to support the growing activities as Allied forces progressed east towards Berlin. 

 

We have been working on the airfield and the mixture of agricultural field textures, as well as finer details around the bunkers and recognisable remains.

 

 

 

3D Units

Ground Models

 

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LAZ-695 and Liaz 677 civilian buses

The LiAZ-677 is a Soviet and Russian city high-floor bus, the first prototype released in 1963. Mass-produced from 1967 to 1994, assembly lasted until 2002. These were some of the most popular city shuttle buses in the USSR. 

 

 

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SA-6 Gainful (NATO) 2K12 Kub

The 2K12 Kub-M1 Surface to Air Missile system was initially developed for the Soviet Army Air Defence to supplement the larger and longer ranging SA-4 Ganef. The M1 variant was initially deployed in 1973. The SA-6 is a highly mobile system, and is able to quickly switch firing positions.

 

 

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The 1S91 Search and Track radar system comprises a tracked chassis with a centrally mounted turret, featuring two independently rotating sections, the lower of which mounting the acquisition radar, and the upper tracking and CW illuminator radar. This allowed the system to search for targets with the acquisition radar, and then perform tracking and illumination with the second radar. This provided much greater flexibility compared to the SA-4 Ganef. 

 

The combat debut of the SA-6 / 2K12 was during the Yom Kippur war of 1973. The superior low altitude performance of the weapon, and the CW semi-active missile seeker resulted in a much higher success rate compared to the earlier S-75 / SA-2 Guideline and S-125 / SA-3 Goa systems.

The SA-6 has seen use in a variety of conflicts, including the 1982 Israeli invasion of Southern Lebanon. Desert Storm and the subsequent Northern/Southern Watch operations, and the 1999 Allied Force campaign.

 

 

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BTR-80 APC

The BTR-80 is a wheeled amphibious combat vehicle designed to carry infantry and marines to the battlefield, it provides supporting fire from inside the vehicle. The BTR-80 mounts a turreted 14.5-mm KPVT machine gun and a coaxial 7.62-mm PKT machine gun.

 

All of the features that we have highlighted in this week's letter are now available for you to use in DCS World 2.7 Open Beta. We are working diligently to fix existing bugs and will be providing an update in the nearest future. 

 

Thanks again to you and all the community for your passion and support,

 

Yours sincerely, 

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30 April 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, :pilotfly: 

 

DCS World 2.7 Open Beta is now running at full power and feedback is coming in fast from the community. Thank you all for helping us with bug reports and suggestions, it is highly appreciated. We are currently also working to improve clouds, water and wave issues and enhance certain terrain features before moving 2.7 to Stable.

 

When DCS: Mi-24P Hind delivers to Early Access with v1.0 of the ‘Petrovich’ AI, you will notice that it is designed as a human assist tool which requests specific sets of instructions via the onboard AI, whether from pilot to co-pilot or vice-versa. Please see below for more information.

 

We are also pleased to update you on the progress to Black Shark 3, including the revised cockpit, new external model, new avionics and weapons. This new version of the highly successful Ka-50 simulation should be available this summer and will be offered to existing owners of Black Shark II with a substantial discount.

 

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to check out the Spring Sale 2021, please be aware that it will finish on the 2nd of May. Hurry over to our Eshop and take a look and the important discounts available. 

 

Thank you again for your passion and support.

 

Yours sincerely, 


 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

Petrovich

HIND Multicrew

 

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Petrovich Al's overall philosophy is based on the 'Functionality First' principle. The flight commands interface for Pilot-Operator to Pilot-Commander will be via a virtual HSI offering specific commands and sub-modes. This interface is controllable simply by use of the 4-way hat or 4 buttons (for keyboard ops) in addition to the use of the modern HOTAS practices of long and short presses. 

 

We also aim to use the Pilot-Commander's line of sight for target spotting and designation functions with transmission to the Pilot-Operator for further target recognition and engagement. A 'human' delay in response times is simulated and is measured from tester multi-crew interaction data and military practice guidelines for target spotting, identification and selection as well as the correct 'click to weapon activation' cycle times of the real platform. 

 

In addition, we are planning to prepare a special mode for Multiplayer slots, where Petrovich can be assigned limited abilities. These can be toggled per slot and chosen by the mission designer at will. As for the Al voices, we are planning to use two different Russian voices for each seat in the helicopter. Both gentlemen are former operational military pilots and will deliver English and Russian versions. More details will be made available in future Newsletters.

 

 

 

Black Shark 3

Development Progress

 

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We are progressing well with the development of DCS: Black Shark 3 which will give the well-known Ka-50 attack helicopter a brand new external 3D model, enhanced cockpit and new features that expand gameplay, these include.

 

Helicopter missile warning system (MWS) implementation

Air-to-Air Igla missile implementation

 

The sensors of the MWS will be integrated into the onboard defense system with the ability to display detected missile threats on the ABRIS.

 

Igla missiles are similar to those used in MANPADS and can hit subsonic aircraft at ranges up to 6 km. To cater for these new missiles, two new pylons are added to the wingtips bringing the total number of hardpoints to six. These missiles are operated in a similar mode to the Boresight mode which is used on many Russian aircraft. Once power to the missile is on and the seeker axis directed to the target, the seeker can lock on to its heat signature. As the target enters the launch envelope of the weapon, the pilot can be ‘fire and forget’.

 

Existing owners of the Blackshark 2 are free to continue flying the legacy Ka-50 or to upgrade to the new Blackshark 3 for a very reasonable price. Newcomers will be able to buy the full retail version as usual.

 

 

 

Pandemic

Campaign

 

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In August 2020, terrorist gangs took advantage of the unstable political situation in Iran and invaded part of the country. The Iranian government has requested military assistance from the Russian Federation. You will take part as a pilot of a Ka-50 attack helicopter in an anti-terrorist operation, with a limited contingent Russian armed forces.

 

Key features:

  • 12 story missions.
  • Highly detailed briefings with pictures.
  • Hundreds of specially recorded voice-over messages and radio broadcasts.
  • Performing tasks, day and night in different weather conditions.
  • A wide range of tasks, including patrolling, escorting convoys with weapons and transport helicopters, supporting ground forces and tasks to destroy enemy groups.

 

Requirements:

 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

 

Yours sincerely, 

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7 May 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, :pilotfly: 

 

This week we released the second update to DCS World Open Beta 2.7 to take care of some pressing issues. We are aware of some clouds jittering with certain VR hardware devices and settings, and we are working to eliminate this and continue to optimise frame rates. 

 

We would like to share our progress on the free DCS: Mariana Islands map. We are getting close to an Open Beta release, and we encourage you to check out the progress report below. Our internal team is testing airfield functionality, and external beta testing will commence shortly. We are working on topographic anomalies, shoreline and cliff textures, and resolve remaining graphic glitches.

 

Thank you for your passion and support.

 

Yours sincerely, 


 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

2.7

Open Beta

 

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We are pleased to inform you that an update for DCS World Open Beta 2.7 was released this week. Highlights include:

  • MiG-21 crash in avionics.dll (caused crash on airstart) - Fixed
  • F-14A/B crash when pulling map marker using JESTER - Fixed
  • AJS-37 map marker crash - Fixed
  • Warehouses on airfields in old missions were corrupted after game update - Fixed
  • JF-17 collision model (solve FPS issue on the ground in Syria map) - Updated
  • MP. Storm of War MP server stability issues - Possible fix
  • F-16C wingtip AIM-120s caused damage when launched - Fixed

 

For more information, check out the full changelog.

 

 

 

Mariana Islands

The Pacific Supermarket

 

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We are continuing to work on Air Traffic Control (ATC) for the new Mariana Islands airfields that will later take advantage of the new ATC system currently in development.

 

Internal testing of this map is going well, and we are working to further improve the ground textures and address road network anomalies. Work on improving the ports and shorelines also continues. Our goal is to create the best looking DCS map yet by using our latest terrain development kit tools.

 

 

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US Naval Base, Guam 

The US naval base on Guam holds a massive amount of post-war resources and war material. In the late 1940s, the Seabees construction brigade extensively developed the land and it became the primary docking and storage facility for the Guam-based US Navy fleet. It remained under construction for the next 25 years. 

 

 

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Ordnance Annex

The Naval Magazine for the US Naval base is situated in the south-central section of the island. It occupies 8,800 acres, and it includes an entirely man-made reservoir. It is also the central heating and water distribution plant for the US Naval base.

 

 

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Northwest Field

Northwest Field became a fighter base in October 1946, and it was home to the reactivated “Flying Tigers” fighter squadron. Equipped with P-47 Thunderbolts, it was assigned the responsibility of defending the Mariana Islands. Weapon stores and bunkers were built between Northwest Field and North Field. These facilities were used to support the long range and intense strategic bombing campaign against the Japanese.

 

 

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Andersen Air Force Base  AAFB

On the 7th of October 1949, North Field was renamed after Brigadier General James Roy Andersen, and it remains one of the largest and most important US air bases in the Pacific. It had a direct supply line from the United States and was considered ideal for B-52 Stratofortress operations. Andersen AFB now supports operations in the Indo-Pacific theater.

 

 

 

P-47D

Thunderbolt

 

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During 1944, the 318th was equipped with Republic P-47D Thunderbolts for the Marianas campaign. Working closely with Marine Corps ground forces, the ‘Bolts pioneered close air support and were the first to use napalm. P-47 pilots frequently carried two 500 lb bombs and used skip-bombing against railroad tunnels to destroy hidden enemy trains and stores. 

 

We hope this broad insight into Guam will be interesting to you and we look towards sharing more information on the WWII version of DCS: Mariana Islands in the near future.

 

Thank you again for you passion and support, 

 

Your sincerely, 

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14 May 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, :pilotfly: 

 

We have returned to work following our May Day and Victory in Europe (VE) Day holidays. We are back at full power on all fronts, and bug fixing is in full swing in the run up to delivering a Stable DCS World 2.7. We are also expanding our dedicated avionics division, tasked with accelerating our capabilities and speed of avionics development.

 

A huge update for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet is in the works that should be released later in May. This will include new features such as the AGM-84H SLAM-ER, RAID Single Target Track (STT) Mode and 1Look RAID Mode, new smaller flares, Offset Aim Points (OAP), and updated HOTAS functions. We have fixed Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground radar issues as well. The ATFLIR and Litening Targeting Pod bugs have also been fixed, as well as a bug in Couple Autopilot mode.

 

We are pleased to report that DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark 3 is progressing well, and the exterior model is close to final and ready for texturing. We are currently working on improvements to the gun model and Igla implementation, as well as the advanced onboard defense system that includes the ability to display missile threats on the ABRIS.

 

We are thrilled to announce a new range of helicopter hardware from Virpil Controls. Check them out below as they prepare to release the long awaited Collective Controller lineup. 

 

Thank you for your passion and support.

 

Yours sincerely, 


 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

Mariana Islands

Open Beta release coming soon

 

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It is with great excitement to inform you that DCS: Mariana Islands is getting close to an Open Beta release. 

 

 

 

Ka-50 Black Shark 3

Development Report

 

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We would like to share our progress on DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark 3. As you can see the 2A42 30mm cannon model is undergoing a substantial update and when completed will boast a new algorithm, soundscape, and enhanced animations. We look forward to sharing more information with you soon.

 

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Two new pylons for Air-To-Air missiles that have been added to the wingtips. This brings the total number of hardpoints to six. 

 

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The ABRIS 

We are currently finalising development of the Abris Missile Warning System, and as seen in the above image in which two missiles are detected. The closer threat is considered the dangerous one, and it is marked with a flashing circle.

 

 

 

Virpil Controls

New hardware coming

 

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“Helicopter pilots both new and old can rejoice as the VPC Rotor TCS Base, VPC Rotor TCS Plus Base and VPC SharKa-50 Grip are now waiting to get into VPCockpits around the world and start a new era of helicopter sim piloting. Happy Flying!” - VIRPIL Controls Team

 

VPC Rotor TCS and Rotor TCS Plus Collective Base

At the core of the collective controller lineup is the VPC Rotor TCS and Rotor TCS Plus collective bases. These bases feature a metal cam-based mechanism with adjustable clutch. Included are 3 swappable cams to limit the travel of the collective, and a clutch system which can be adjusted on the fly to suit any pilot!

 

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The VPC Rotor TCS Plus adds an additional twist throttle axis which features an idle detent stop, engine idle bypass button and idle restrictor switch. 

 

VPC SharKa-50 Collective Grip

The first collective grip in the lineup is the VPC SharKa-50. This grip is inspired by the collective controls found on the venerable Ka-50 “Black Shark” helicopter. With this, the aim is to mimic the feeling of a real collective grip in your hands!

 

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Featuring a metal handle with rubberised grip, you can immediately feel this means business! The grip is equipped with a wide range of inputs to satisfy any helicopter pilot:

  • 2 x 8-way Hats (+ Push)
  • 1 x 2-way Switch (+ Push)
  • 3 x 3-way Toggles (ON-OFF-ON)
  • 3 x Push Buttons

 

VPC Collective Chair Mount Adapter

Collective controls pose an interesting challenge as due to their unique nature it can prove difficult to conveniently mount them in a number of setups. The design team has worked to create an accessible controller setup for anyone wishing to jump into the exciting world of helicopter piloting. 

 

With the Collective Chair Mount Adapter, you can mount the VPC Rotor TCS Bases to a range of standard office chair setups.

 

Keep your eyes on the VIRPIL Controls official channels for full details on release and pre-ordering information later this week.

 

https://forum.virpil.com/index.php?/forum/17-news-announcements/

 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

 

Yours sincerely, 

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21 May 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, :pilotfly: 

 

We are pleased to announce an update to Open Beta 2.7.1.6430, which includes the AGM-84H SLAM-ER for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet. We also fixed A/A and A/G radar bugs as well as issues with the Litening pod, ATFLIR and Coupled Auto-pilot mode. Please read the full changelog. 

 

The Clouds jitter effects in VR are being worked on and will be fixed soon, we are not there yet but we feel confident in early tests that good progress has been made. Work on the fog is very promising and this is the next step in enhancing our dynamic weather engine. Check out the screenshots below.  

 

Six new 3D models are now in Open Beta. For those of you who may be interested in learning more about our detailed modelling process, we have prepared this white paper document on 3D Unit Modelling.

 

Combined Arms players can take on roles such as artillery commanders, tank commanders, pilots and JTACS with the ability to switch seats during the battle. It is worth noting that the Leopard 2 A4, Leopard 2A4TRS, VAB Mephisto and the BM-21 Grad will soon become available to control in DCS: Combined Arms. 

 

Thank you for your passion and support.

 

Yours sincerely, 


 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

The Clouds

Fog

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We will be constantly improving our dynamic weather system and would like to share our current progress on the integration of fog. The simulation of atmospheric flows is a very complex task and we are confident with our steady progress. We look forward to sharing more information with you soon. 

 

 

 

3D Models

New Units in 2.7.1 

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EDGE 2.7 offers better lighting and reflection technology for all objects and surfaces. This is particularly appreciated in our aircraft and ground objects. We encourage you to take a look at our In Development Screenshots. 

 

For those of you interested in learning more about our modelling process, we have prepared a document, which outlines the stages of 3D Unit Modelling. 

 

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La Combattante II

A fast attack craft that was originally designed for the German Navy, and later in their lives passed to the Hellenic Navy. Armed with 4 Harpoon missiles, a 76mm main gun, and a 40mm bofors gun, the La Combattante II packs a powerful punch. Variants of this class were supplied to Iran between 1977 and 1981, and were involved in clashes during Operation Praying Mantis in 1988, which saw the Iraninan La Combattante II class ship Joshan sunk by Standard missiles fired from the Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate USS Simpson. 

 

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Seawise Giant 

Formerly Happy Giant, Jahre Viking and Knock Nevis, Seawise Giant was one of the largest self powered ships ever made. At 1504ft long, with a loaded displacement of 646,642 long tons when fully laden, the Seawise Giant was capable of holding 4.1 million barrels of oil. With a draft 81ft she was unable to transit the English Channel, Suez or Panama Canal. 

On the 14th of May 1988, whilst carrying a cargo of Iranian crude oil she was attacked by the Iraqi Air Force and sunk using parachute bombs. After the Iran-Iraq war ended, she was repaired and continued to serve a number of owners until she was sold for scrap in 2010.

 

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Leopard 2A5

First produced in 1979, the Leopard 2 saw various upgrades before entering service as the Leopard 2A5 in 1995.  Powered by a 1479hp diesel engine, and capable of 68km/h over rough terrain, the Leopard 2 is a formidable main battle tank. The Leopard 2A5 can be differentiated  from earlier versions by the wedge shaped applique armour on the front of the turret for additional protection. Armament consists of a Rheinmetall 120mm smooth bore L/44 main gun and 2 machine guns. 

 

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Leopard 2A6M

In March 2001 the Leopard 2A6 entered service with the German Army. The 2A6M is a variant of this, with upgraded mine projection for the hull. It can visually be distinguished from the Leo 2A5 by its longer L/55 120mm smoothbore main gun.  Leopard 2’s have seen service with many countries, including Germany, Turkey, Greece and The Netherlands In 2007 Canada deployed 20 Leopard 2A6M to Afghanistan, taking advantage of the upgraded mine protection. The Leopard 2 line continues to be upgraded and developed today.
 

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Chieftain Mk3

Developed from the Centurion, the Chieftain was the primary main battle tank of the United Kingdom from the 1960’s to the 1980’s, when it was replaced by the Challenger 1. The Heavily sloped frontal armour on the turret increased the effective armour thickness from 120mm to 388mm. The main gun was a 120mm L11A5 rifled gun, with the then unique feature of having the gun round separate from the charge, which was encased in a combustible fabric bag - this removed the need to store or eject spent shell casings.  

 

The Chieftain saw considerable action in the Iran - Iraq war, with 894 of all variants being delivered to Iran prior to the revolution. Unfortunately, it proved somewhat unreliable and prone to failure during battle, and by the end of the war only 200 remained in service.

 

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BM-21 Grad

Developed in the 1960’s, the BM-21 Grad is a Russian multiple launch rocket system that saw it’s combat debut in March 1969 during the Sino-Soviet border conflict. The English translation of Grad is Hail, and containing 40 122mm rockets that are able to all be fired in as little as 20 seconds, it certainly lives up to its name. The Grad is currently in service with many nations around the world, including Syria, Iran, Iraq and of course  Russia. 

 

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Also included in the latest Open Beta, is the PT-76 Soviet light tank, the VAB Mephisto ATGM, the Leopard 2 A4 and 2A4TRS, the T-155 Firtina,  the AA-7 Airfield fire truck, the ATZ-5 Ural based fuel truck and the 5I57A airfield generator.

 

Combined Arms

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To better support both single player and multiplayer gameplay, we are pleased to inform you that the new models of the Leopard 2 A4, Leopard 2A4TRS, VAB Mephisto and BM-21 Grad are now available in Open Beta. These models will be integrated into DCS: Combined Arms as player controllable units. Download now to ensure you will be the first to access these new models as soon as they become available.

 

We are confident that the ongoing work to perfect The Clouds visuals and the new 3D models will help immerse you in the battlefield. 

 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

 

Yours sincerely, 

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28 May 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends, :pilotfly: 

 

Saipan, the third island included in DCS: Mariana Islands, is currently undergoing closed beta testing. We will initially release a modern version of this free map - please see the screenshots below.

 

DCS: Mi-24P Hind is progressing steadily, and the HSI tool and Petrovich are being actively tuned. The SPO-10 RWR and ASP-17 sight are being finalised as we move closer to the Early Access launch. The Introduction and Simple Quick Start videos for DCS: Mi-24P Hind tutorial series are now available. We encourage you to check them out, and get ready to hit the ground running. 

 

A further six ground units are now available in Open Beta: the T-155 Firtina; VAB Mephisto, PT-79 light tank, Leopard 2A4 main battle tank, ATZ-5 Ural Fuel Bowser, and AA-7 Firefighting Truck. These all take advantage of EDGE 2.7 graphic enhancements and offer revised reflections and lighting. In Development Screenshots. 

 

Thank you for your passion and support.

 

Yours sincerely, 


 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

Saipan

Introduction

 

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Saipan

Saipan is the current capital of the United States Commonwealth islands and it was part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. The island continues to be of strategic importance and is heavily supported by the United States military.

 

 

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Saipan International Airport

In June, 1944, the Seabees of the 3rd Battalion 20th Marines repaired and expanded the airfield to become the Naval Advance Base Saipan, and it supported the first P-47s of the 19th Fighter Squadron. It covers an area of 734 acres and boasts two paved runways. The main runway currently measures 8,700 x 200 ft, and the second is 7001 x 100 ft. This airfield was the primary launch site for B-29 Superfortress missions that led to the massive destruction of Japanese industrial targets. 

 

 

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Port of Puerto Rico on Saipan

The Port encompasses 2,600 linear feet of berthing space and a 22-acre container yard. It has water and underground fuel lines protected by concrete vaults as well as a sewage removal system. Dockside lights run the length of the quay for night time operations.

 

The channel, turning basin, and berthing areas have been widened and deepened to a uniform -40 feet in order to comfortably welcome medium- to deep-draft vessels. Two fuel storage facilities are also present at Saipan seaport to manage re-fuelling.  Future improvements are the paving of the access road leading to the main port, upgrading of the security communication system, and water rescue equipment. 

 

Finally, improved navigational aids and repositioned harbor buoys mark the safest route into port with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard. 

 

 

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Urban areas of the West coast

The western side of the island is lined with sandy beaches and an offshore coral reef that creates a large lagoon. Saipan's flora is predominantly limestone forest. All shoreline and cliff textures, as well as the seabed and beaches, are being hand drawn for optimum accuracy. The buildings, houses, and large number of ground assets are all new additions to DCS World.

 

 

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Lao Lao bay Golf and Resort

Since the 1970s, tourists from the United States and Japan have been traveling to the island to enjoy the natural beauty and other attractions. The tourist resorts have been recreated in detail, and they comprise special ground textures for the golf course. The eastern shore is composed primarily of rugged, rocky cliffs and a narrow underwater bank leading to the Marpi Reef, which lies 28 miles to the north. 

 

 

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Farallon de Medinilla

Situated about 45 nautical miles north of Saipan is the Farallon de Medinilla island. For years, the U.S.Navy has used it for military weapon testing and bombing exercises. Farallon de Medinilla has a length of 1.7 miles, a width of 490 ft in the south, expanding to 1,740 ft in the north, with an area of 0.326 square miles. At its narrowest, the island is only 66 ft wide.

 

The shore is dotted with cliffs containing caves, and its table top surface has some shrubbery and savanna grass. The island also has three X-shaped figures and one Y-shaped figure that are built out of metal shipping containers. These arrangements have been left by the U.S. Navy for bomb targeting practice.

 

 

 

Mi-24P Hind

Development Progress

 

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Introduction

In a previous update to DCS: Mi-24P Hind, we shared a preview of the Petrovich AI interface.

 

The first video in the DCS: Mi-24P Hind series of tutorials is now available. We encourage you to take a look at DCS: Mi-24P HIND | Introduction for an overview of this beast.

 

 

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Quick Start

Once you have learnt the basics, it is time to learn a simplified start up. Check out the DCS: Mi-24P Hind Quick Start guide to help you hit the ground running. 

 

 

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Petrovich

We have finished work on the hover flight mode for the Petrovich command and lateral and vertical movements using this system. The latency in command reception by Petrovich is in progress, and it will mimic the real life crew  lag when communicating and processing information. In the next update, we will share details on Petrovich flight modes and how to use it in combat.

 

 

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SPO-10 RWR

The SPO-10 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) now recognizes radar emitters, and it provides visual and audible feedback. Currently, we are tuning this system, and we aim for it to be available at Early Access launch.

 

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ASP-17 Sight

The ASP-17 weapons aiming sight is operational. It will be possible to manually adjust it and use its Continuously Computed Impact Point (CCIP) function. This is a highly accurate system when used over level terrain, and it is similar to the Su-25A’s weapons sight.

 

 

 

Ground Units

New Models

 

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T-155 Firtina

This is a Turkish-produced, self propelled howitzer that is based on the ROK K9 Thunder. It entered Turkish service in 2004. Armed with a 155mm L/52 gun, the T-155 is capable of attacking targets up to 40km away, and it is able to quickly move firing position using its 66km/h maximum speed / 480km range. The T-155 has been involved in various Turkish operations along its border with Iraq and Syria, and it remains in active service with the Turkish Army today.


 

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VAB Mephisto

A development of the successful French VAB APC, it was first produced by Renault in 1979 with over 5000 delivered. A retractable turret containing four ready to launch HOT-2 missiles with 8 reloads gives the VAB a lethal anti-tank capability out to 4000m. The VAB is fully amphibious, and its propulsors can be seen on the rear sides of the hull. This, along with its rugged and proven 4x4 drivetrain, gives the VAB fantastic off road capabilities. The VAB Mephisto has seen service with many countries, and in 2018, the Lebanese Army took delivery of 10 Mephisto’s from France.

 

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PT-76

First produced in 1951, the PT-76 is a Soviet light tank that became the primary reconnaissance tank of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries with over 12,000 produced. Armed with a 76.2mm rifled main gun, with an effective range of 1,500m, the PT-76 is heavily armed for a vehicle of its size. With a primary reconnaissance role, amphibious capability was essential; and, its water-jet propulsion was innovative for the time it was designed. The PT-76 has seen service in a variety of theatres, including the Vietnam war, the Six-Day War, the Angolan Civil War, and the Balkans Wars. The PT-76 is notable for being the first combat victim of the BGM-71 TOW missile, fired by an experimental UH-1B near the Vietnamese city of Kontum in 1972.


 

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Leopard 2A4 and 2A4TRS

Produced between 1985 and 1992, the Leopard 2A4 is the most widespread version of the Leopard 2 line. Earlier German Leopard 2s were upgraded to 2A4 standard. The 2A4 was the first major upgrade to the Leopard 2 line, bringing an all new digital fire control system that was able to employ more varied ammunition types, an automated fire and explosion suppression system, and an improved turret with titanium/tungsten armour. The Leopard 2A4 was the last variant to have flat, frontal armour on the turret; subsequent variants would have wedge-shaped, spaced, frontal armour.


Turkey is a major operator of the Leopard 2 line, and it has upgraded many of them to the Leopard 2 A4TRS standard. This incorporates additional armour, upgraded optics, and a new fire control system.  Turkey’s Leopard 2’s have seen significant combat along the border with Syria, with the older Leopard 2A4’s flat, frontal armour turrets proving vulnerable to Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) fire.


 

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ATZ-5 Ural Fuel Bowser

Based on the proven 5T 6x6 Ural-375 chassis, the ATZ-5 fuel bowser was produced in large numbers, and it is an integral part of any mechanised formation.  

 

 

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AA-7 Firefighting Truck

Again based on the Ural-375 chassis, the AA-7 is an airfield firefighting vehicle equipped with a variety of equipment for extinguishing fires and performing search and rescue operations at airfields.

 

All of these models are now available in DCS World Open Beta. 

 

Thank you for your passion and support, 

 

Yours sincerely, 

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04 June 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

 

We are currently preparing the pre-order access for later this summer. Our work is focused on preparing the AH-64D Block II for Early Access release, based on a detailed design specification. These efforts are spread across all areas of module development, including art, systems, flight dynamics, AI, and more.

 

Thank you for your passion and support.

 

Yours sincerely, 


 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

DCS: AH-64D

Development Report

 

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The external model and cockpit are extraordinarily complex and time consuming. An enormous amount of research and work have gone into making these as detailed and accurate as possible. Special attention has been given to the pilot crew models and animations. 

 

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Much of the avionics work focuses on the navigation system and TSD pages. This is in parallel with the IHADSS / PNVS / TADS, the Area Weapons System / Rocket Management Subsystem, Longbow Hellfire Modular Missile System with the AGM-114K. 

 

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The Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) is also in development. This incorporated the Radar Signal Detecting Set and the Common Missile Warning System (CMWS). These will be available at launch and greatly increase mission survivability.

 

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The flight model is progressing nicely, and we are now developing the flight augmentation systems that include SCAS and HOLD modes. Modeling of the T700 GE 701C EDECU engine and related systems is underway.

 

Thank you again for your passion and support, 

 

Your sincerely,

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11 June 2021


 

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,:pilotfly: 

 

It is with great pleasure that we announce 2.7 has moved to DCS World Stable. We would like to thank you for your continued support and detailed bug reports. 

 

Today, we are also introducing a new Free to Play program that lets you evaluate all of our modules (aircraft and maps) for 14 days. You can play each module sequentially for 14 days or any number of them at a time. Once you have ‘consumed’ the 14 days, you will be given another 14 day free trial period for all modules six months later. Enjoy the offer and please tell your friends! Check out the video here.

 

DCS: F-16C Viper has been receiving some important attention. Recently, the GBU-31 and GBU-38 JDAM bombs have been added, and they are currently in internal testing. We are working at full power to iron out existing Air-to-Air Radar and Navigation System bugs, and these fixes should be released soon to an Open Beta. 

 

In April, we conducted preliminary CFD research of R-27 missiles family aerodynamics. The focus of this research was zero-lift drag correction and missile ballistic refinement. Please read our R-27 Missile Family Report.

 

Thank you for your passion and support.

 

Yours sincerely, 


 

Eagle Dynamics Team

 

 

 

Free Trials

14 Day Access

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Fly the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet for two weeks and then DCS: F-16C Viper for another two. You can download new terrains at the same time, whatever you fancy. Each module will give you 14 days to evaluate and enjoy them without any limitations or obligations. If you’ve tried a module and aren’t 100% certain about purchasing, you can re-evaluate six months later. Campaigns are excluded.

 

And for all newcomers to DCS, you can benefit from a 50% joining discount on your first purchase, whether you buy one module or the whole library! Spread the news.

 

We truly hope our new free to play system will give you the flexibility you need to enjoy each module and make informed purchase decisions. Thank you!


We apologize that this offer cannot also be made available on Steam.

 

Check out Free Trials

 

 

 

F-16C Viper

Development Roadmap

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In the next Open Beta, you will receive the GBU-31 and GBU-38 JDAM for the Viper! We are now working on fixing outstanding bugs related to the Air-to-Air Radar and Navigation Systems. Enhancements are also being made to the Flight Model in regards to available G and angle of attack modeling.

 

Once we have addressed the critical issues, we will focus our Viper efforts on completing important Air-to-Air Radar functions: DTT SAM mode, bullseye, intercept steering cue, ACM Slew, and more.  The Helmet Mounted Cueing System (HMCS) with the HARM Targeting System (HTS), Link 16, Air-to-Ground Mode, and IFF will also be integrated.  The AGM-154 JSOW and the ALQ-131 and ALQ-184 electronic countermeasure pods are also next in line to be added. 

 

 

Supercarrier Deck Crew

Development Report

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DCS: Supercarrier has received a number of notable updates to the deck crew that includes improved meshes and geometry tweaks:

 

  • Plane director “Shooter” model has been edited to include skinning and geometry corrections.
  • Improved mesh and skinning for the hands and gloves.
  • A completely new and anatomically correct skeleton for the hands.
  • The sailor head model has been replaced with a much more realistic one.
  • The airboss model has been improved with improved hands and removed beer belly.
  • Missing Level Of Details (LOD) have been added for all models.
  • All seated and standing poses have been corrected and improved.
  • Fixed excessive bending animation of the legs while walking.
  • Fixed sliding legs.
  • Fixed the intersection of arms and legs.
  • Several new idle animations have been added for a more natural look.
  • Mesh and skinning have been adjusted at the elbow area to reduce the effect of no mass.
  • All the models have been converted to a new version of the skeleton that will provide more natural movements.

 

 

 

R-27 Missile

Development Report

 

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In April of this year, we conducted preliminary Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) research of the R-27 family of missile aerodynamics. The objective was the correction of zero-lift drag and missile ballistics refinement. As a result of this research, the zero-lift drag coefficient was reduced for all R-27 missile types. Please read our R-27 Missile Family Report.

 

Thank you for your trust, passion and support.

 

You make our dreams come true.

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