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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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