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  1. DCS: JF-17 Thunder by Deka released! The DCS: JF-17 Thunder by Deka Ironworks is now available for download: DCS World e-Shop DCS Steam JF-17 is a single-seat, single-engine, multirole light fighter that jointly developed by AVIC Chengdu and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC). The design phase of JF-17 "Thunder" finished on May 31st, 2002, and the maiden flight was made on August 25th, 2003. The first plane delivered to PAF (Pakistan Air Force) in 2007. Currently, several different blocks of JF-17s are in service in Pakistan and Myanmar air forces. There are also several countries interested in purchasing this fighter jet. On February 27th, 2019, "Thunder" has withstood the test of actual combat and helped PAF win an appreciable victory. Trailer "Thunder" is a type of fighter that specifically tailored for PAF. The development plan of her predecessor can even be traced back to 1985. At first, PAF was only looking for a fighter that can replace Shenyang J-6 (Chinese version of Mig-19), but they were not satisfied with Chengdu’s J-7M. After more than 20 years of development, the final product "Thunder" becomes completely different from J-7M. "Thunder" has a bubble canopy of great view, pretty strake-wing layout and advanced avionics. KLJ-7 radar provides excellent air to ground capability. WMD-7 targeting pod can help "Thunder" searching for targets in combat. Although "Thunder" has small size, remember that: she is one of the most advanced fighter jets in the DCS World. Key features of the DCS: JF-17 "Thunder" include: Nonlinear industry-level high fidelity 6DOF rigid-body flight model with real-life aerodynamic coefficients Line-by-line recreated real-life full authority longitudinal fly-by-wire system and lateral/directional control augmentation system with various modes and control law reconstruction on malfunction Highly detailed aircraft exterior model: skin winkle, faded paint, oil residue and other details; even the position of each rivet is faithfully restored A highly-detailed 6DOF cockpit. Three massive MFCDs with advanced HOTAS interface help you master the plane, as well as the battlefield Accurately simulated sub-systems: communication and navigation systems, fire control systems, store management system, electro-mechanical management systems, air data system, DTC card, warning system, defense system, hydraulic system, pneumatic system, electrical system, environment conditioning system, oxygen system, external/cockpit light system, power plant control system, zeroizer system, eject seat system, and g-suit etc Detailed malfunction/failure simulation: the module has over 200 system malfunctions and more than 100 damage partitions covering near 100 onboard devices; mutual malfunction effects between systems are also simulated KLJ-7 radar can track 10 targets and attack 2 targets at the same time. KLJ-7 can also search/track surface (ground and sea) moving targets Advanced stand-off attack capability: including LS-6 and GB-6 glide bombs, C-802AK anti-ship missile and CM-802AKG Man-In-the-Loop (MITL) missile WMD-7 targeting pod can be used to search/track surface targets, identify air targets and provide guidance for laser-guided weapons Advanced electronic warfare system: including chaff/flare dispense systems (OESP), KG-600 self-protect jamming pod that can locate radiation source and missile approach warning system (MAWS) installed on the tail On-board datalink supports battlefield situation sharing between JF-17s and between AWACS Detailed radio command options for ground crew interactions Player-friendly configurations in Special Option Air to air refuelling capability (Plan to add later) Campaigns for JF-17 in the Caucasus theatre (TBD) DCS: JF-17 Thunder Tutorials If you have purchased, or are planning on purchasing the JF-17 and want to learn how to get her in the air, then check out some of these great tutorials. You can find a collection of them in our new Tutorial section here, or check out some of the content creators directly such as Jabbers and Redkite! DCS: Supercarrier Preview Video We are excited to share with you the first, extended look at the Supercarrier module coming to DCS World! Supercarrier includes an incredibly detailed Nimitz-class aircraft carrier with all the details you’d expect like realistic 3D objects, textures, lighting, and animations. This module also introduces new features to DCS World like an animated deck crew, interactive Landing Signal Officer (LSO) station, and CASE I, II, and III carrier landing radio communications. Stay tuned for more details as we approach its release. Thanksgiving Sale Ends Soon! You still have until December 8th to save up to 50% on most of the DCS World Library. Visit the E-shop now and get that module, terrain or campaign you have been wanting! You can see everything available here with the following exceptions: DCS: F/A-18 Hornet by ED – 25% off Persian Gulf Map by ED – 25% off DCS: F/A-18 Hornet + Persian Gulf Map bundle – 35% off DCS: Christen Eagle II by Magnitude 3 LLC – 25% off DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations – not on sale at this time DCS: F-16C Viper by ED – not on sale at this time DCS: UH-1H Huey - WORLDS APART Spring 2025 – 50% off DCS: F/A-18C: Aggressors BFM Campaign – 50% off DCS: JF-17 Thunder by Deka - not on sale at this time Open Beta Release This week we released a new Open Beta update with the following highlights: Early Access release of the DCS: JF-17 Thunder by Deka Ironworks Updated RWR sounds for the DCS: F-16C Updated P-51D Mustang Sounds (External, Internal, Distance, Startup/Shutdown) MP. Fix crash when a client is entering a server with JDAM in flight You can read the complete changelog here. Thrustmaster Special 10th anniversary Release There was an exciting announcement from Thrustmaster this week as they released a new HOTAS Magnetic Base and the F-16C Viper™ HOTAS Add-On Grip. Both of these coming to celebrate 10 years of the HOTAS Warthog™ Flight Stick and to celebrate the release of the eagerly-anticipated DCS: F-16C Viper module. HOTAS Magnetic Base Thrustmaster is now giving members of its flight sim community the opportunity to totally customize and build their own dream setup from the ground up, thanks to the launch of a standalone version of its beloved HOTAS Magnetic Base for the very first time ever. The ability to purchase the base on its own gives simmers a level of adaptability that they’ve only been able to dream about until now, allowing them to use any of their favorite Thrustmaster add-on flight sticks (sold separately) with the base — and ushering in a brand-new era of optimized, fully customizable flight experiences for each and every user. The HOTAS Magnetic Base also proudly sports an eye-catching logo paying homage to the HOTAS Warthog™ Flight Stick’s 10th anniversary, sure to appeal both to collectors and old-school simmers looking to give their flight setup a dramatic instant upgrade. HOTAS Magnetic Base key features: Detachable metal plate for desk or cockpit-style use, with special 10th-anniversary graphic The base features H.E.A.R.T Hall Effect AccuRate Technology, with 3D (Hall Effect) magnetic sensors for surgical precision that won’t decrease over time Super stable weighted base (weighs more than 4.4 lb / 2 kg without a flight stick grip installed) The base is compatible with all flight simulation games Compatible on PC with the following Thrustmaster flight stick grips: HOTAS Cougar™, HOTAS Warthog™, F-16C Viper™ and F/A-18C Hornet™ F-16C Viper™ HOTAS Add-On Grip The availability of the Thrustmaster F-16C Viper™ HOTAS Add-On Grip, a life-size (1:1 scale) namesake replica of the real F-16C Viper™ flight stick, coincides with the recent early-access launch of the F-16C Viper module in the legendary DCS combat flight simulation game. Inspired by the incredible success of the HOTAS Warthog™ Flight Stick (still the benchmark against which all other joysticks are judged), the grip integrates perfectly — and natively — with the DCS: F-16C Viper module, specially designed to replicate in minute detail the strike fighter aircraft whose outstanding versatility continues to make it a favorite of air forces around the globe. The real-world F-16C Viper™ is a supersonic multirole fighter jet in large-scale production, featuring renowned adaptability to meet the demands of a wide variety of different combat situations. This is certainly an exciting chance for members of Thrustmaster’s community to once again access the very best in terms of flight sim quality and feel currently available, in order to truly get the most out of the breathtaking gaming experience delivered by this new DCS module that simmers everywhere can’t stop raving about. F-16C Viper™ HOTAS Add-On Grip key features: Life-size (1:1 scale) replica of the real F-16C Viper™ flight stick 100% metal design incorporating durable, industrial-grade materials for an authentic feel and maximum product lifespan 19 action buttons in total, plus one 8-way “point of view” hat switch Native integration in the game DCS via the dedicated DCS: F-16C Viper module (core game free and module sold separately) Backward-compatible with the two key joystick bases in Thrustmaster’s revered flight simulation ecosystem: HOTAS Warthog™ and HOTAS Cougar™ (sold separately). Easily place the grip on your HOTAS Warthog™ or HOTAS Cougar™ base! Although the product is, of course, compatible with all of the most popular flight simulation games, the F-16C Viper™ HOTAS Add-On Grip above all represents a real extension of the DCS: F-16C Viper module, for which — and this bears repeating — it features native integration! The Development report will move to bi-weekly so we have less of a chance in repeating ourselves. Stay tuned for Development Report #8 next week! Many thanks to all our faithful community. Yours sincerely, The Eagle Dynamics Team
  2. The AI is cheating

    Most AI has workarounds for various reasons a lot of it so they can actually provide the player a fight. In DCS I can say with a fair amount of certainty that the ACE AI level does cheat......they simply give it a very high power and performance boost so if you are in the same platform little chance you can compete on the same kinetic level. It is a game feature I suppose in that it was a simple way to make it more challenging. If you can set up single missions then you could experiment with the different AI levels and find a better level. Failing that the DCS airquake servers will have humans with the same flight model (this may depend on server settings) at least and nothing to set up.
  3. London Bridge Attack

    Seems to be a video going around of them bringing the knife guy down - one guy had a fire extinguisher. May have to scroll down there are others: https://10daily.com.au/news/crime/a191130pinok/hero-citizens-used-narwhal-tusk-fire-extinguisher-to-stop-london-attack-20191130?taid=5de34c84ee0d2300017c783c&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter Better maybe
  4. Man in High Castle Season 4 ... ugh

    I enjoyed it overall myself.....a quality production that was thought provoking I guess.
  5. You could try different drivers however I doubt that Laptop and that chipset is able to run the game.
  6. Thanksgiving Sale 2019 Starts today! Get great savings on that module you have been waiting for! The Thanksgiving sale starts today, November 22nd, and runs until December 8th. Save up to 50% on most DCS World products, the only exceptions being: F/A-18 Hornet by ED - 25% off Persian Gulf Map by ED - 25% off F/A-18 Hornet + Persian Gulf Map bundle -35% off DCS: Christen Eagle II by Magnitude 3 LLC – 25% off DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations – not on sale at this time DCS: F-16C Viper by ED – not on sale at this time Note: the sale only applies to released, non-pre-order products. Open Beta Delay We planned and announced the release of our next Open Beta on the 20th of November 2019. However, due to substantial technical issues faced in the development of certain F-16C Viper features we were compelled to move the Open Beta release to the 27th of November 2019. As a small bonus for your patience we have prepared a Thanksgiving gift – our new VoIP in-game feature: DCS Voice Chat gives our players the possibility to talk within DCS multiplayer sessions without the need to use other applications. It's based on WebRTC technology and brings high-quality audio communication to the game right out of the box. For the initial release, DCS Voice Chat contains one common room and separate rooms for each coalition with free movement between common and chosen coalition rooms. Soon after the initial release, we'll add support of user-created rooms with the possibility to create a personal audio chat for you and your friends. Also, you can choose to use an open mic or Push-to-talk function. We have huge plans for further development of the feature including automatically created rooms for multi-crew, radio support with real radio visibility depending on the power of actual radio units and terrain, frequency-based coms etc. F/A-18C Aggressors BFM Campaign Released to Steam The F/A-18C Aggressors BFM Campaign is now available from Steam. The FA-18C Aggressors BFM campaign puts you in the cockpit of an FA-18C Hornet as a new Aggressor pilot with the VFC-12 the "Fighting Omars" on loan to the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base. Based on real-world procedures, you will fly as Red Air against Blue Air forces. Upon arrival you will fly a familiarization flight around the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) and then face a series of challenging Basic Fighter Maneuver (BFM) missions against similar and dissimilar aircraft. Your opponents include the F-4E, F-5E, F-14A, F-15C, F-15E, F-16C, F/A-18C, M-2000C, MiG-29G, CF-188, MiG-21 and Su-27. 12 single player practice missions with in-air starts to help you perfect your BFM tactics, techniques, and procedures. Over 1000 voice-overs and over 45 pages of briefing material that includes RED FLAG Spins, Red Forces In Flight Guide, Maps, Diagrams, Custom Knee-boards, and Mission Data cards. DCS World Tutorial & Training Range DCS World can be a bit daunting to new players, so this week we introduced a new forum section for those just getting started in DCS World, those still learning, and those that enjoy helping others. You can find it here. If you are a new user, this section is for you! We will be building a repository of the best DCS World tutorials and guides. You can also meet players that want to help you and squadrons looking for new members that want you to have fun and learn. If you are a video tutorial or guide creator for DCS World, this section is also for you. Here you can share all your great content and get feedback from your audience. Do you enjoy helping new DCS World pilots? A rewarding aspect of this hobby is working together to spread knowledge and give a helping hand to new pilots. The goal of this new section is to help flatten the DCS World learning curve, and we look forward to your participation and feedback on how we can further improve it. Development Report #6 Working with our partners at Deka Ironwork, we plan to release the DCS: JF-17 Thunder on December 4th, 2019. It will be available from both the DCS World e-Shop and Steam. Stay tuned for more details! The team has been cranking away on the F-16C Viper, but we needed a few more days to complete the announced features for the next Open Beta. Eagerly awaited features of the next F-16C update will be the Track While Scan (TWS) radar mode, initial data link, external lights, centerline fuel tank, and more. Following this Open Beta, our modern-day fixed-wing jet dev team will focus on the Hornet’s targeting pod, TWS and other radar modes, updates to weapons like the JDAM and JSOW, and more. Supercarrier work continues to revolve around the deck crew animations, improved lighting and visual effects as well as the LSO station. We are on track to release the Early Access of this module in the very near future. Both the A-10C and Ka-50 new cockpits are progressing well with a lot of work invested into realistic textures and effects. We will use these products to take cockpit night lighting to the next level. The Mi-24 cockpits are progressing well and we should be able to show you the first renders in the very near future. The P-47 is looking beautiful inside and out and our flight model engineers have been very busy tuning the flight dynamics to match the real aircraft based on excellent references and first-hand pilot experience. The visual effects of the new WWII damage model are now getting most of the focus because the internal damage effects and the physics are nearly complete. It’s just as important for the damage to look correct as the impact on systems and aircraft performance. The basics of the dynamic campaign simulation engine are working in the map view and we’ve been using this to test the RTS element of the system. To support this, we’ve been adding new icons to the map for items like factories, warehouses, logistic units, and more. Work is also underway on providing visual indications of ground force movements and emplacements in the map view. Thank you all for your passion and support. Sincerely, The Eagle Dynamics Team
  7. Master Server Infrastructure Maintenance We will have infrastructure maintenance works to be performed on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 04:00 to 06:00 UTC. All users will not be able to connect to the DCS Master server and all account sessions will be reset. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this short downtime. Stable Release updated After a relatively large number of Open Beta updates, we have released a substantial update to the Stable version of DCS World. Among the many highlights of the new Stable version, users will now be able to enjoy the Early Access version of the DCS: F-16C Viper. Other highlights include: AGM-62 Walleye II and AWW-13 Data Link Pod for the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet Many updates and fixes to 3rd Party modules such as the C-101 and M-2000C You can read the entire changelog here. Our next Open Beta is set for 20 November 2019 and is planned to include: F-16C Viper features Track While Scan (TWS) radar mode AUTO steerpoint sequence mode Corrected flight director (sherm) behavior Functional CMDS (countermeasures) DED page New stores drag implementation Initial data link (Link 16 / MIDS) External lights Centerline fuel tank Corrected lock hold when switching master mode Corrected radar lock-only RWR indication Corrected INS steerpoint change Corrected HMCS enable/disable HOTAS command F/A-18C Hornet features Aft Pod Antenna Option Following the 20 November 2019 Open Beta, we will heavily focus on the Hornet to include such items as Track While Scan (TWS) and AACQ radar modes, updates to the targeting pod, and updates to existing weapons systems and countermeasures. Development Report #5 Supercarrier - "Population" of our new aircraft carrier is not limited to the flight deck but also the sailors and pre-flight crew of the island. Following the early access release, it will later it will be possible to occupy the Air Boss and Landing Signal Officer (LSO) locations in both 2D and VR. All of this will be available in the new DCS: Supercarrier module. In the meantime, please enjoy these work-in-progress images. Spitfire Sound Updates - We have greatly improved all the Spitfire LF Mk.IX engine and propeller sounds. New sounds were recorded from an actual Spitfire Mk.IX and added to the game. Our sound engine factors in altitude, airspeed, engine RPM, manifold pressure, and many other elements. You can hear the dramatic difference from within the cockpit and outside the aircraft. The update is available in the current Open Beta and will be available in today’s Stable version! Enjoy this video highlighting the updated sounds DCS: M-2000C by RAZBAM Updates - Working closely with the French Air Force, RAZBAM brings you an all-new Mirage 2000C cockpit! This cockpit features all-new textures, radio panel, ECM, NVGs, and much more. The cockpit mesh has been extensively overhauled with new edge loops for better edging and a doubling of the polygons to improve both the on screen and VR experience. Using their relationship with the French Air Force 2/5 Squadron, RAZAM has created an M-2000C cockpit that is as close as you can get to the real thing. Using this opportunity, RAZBAM has fixed various inaccuracies by using our latest workflow and tools. New Features: New cockpit model New cockpit textures New cockpit lighting New radio panel New ECM panel New Seat Harness New INS Screen Added NVG’s with Mount Added under glare shield lighting assembly Added flashlight Cockpit Update Video The Virtual Festival of Aerobatic Teams 2019 The Virtual Festival of Aerobatic Teams or VFAT is a virtual, international airshow like RIAT or MAKS. The pilots simulate the displays of real aerobatic teams like the Patrouille Suisse, Thunderbirds, Blue Angels, Russian Knights and Blue Impulse; however, many teams also create their own spectacular displays. VFAT is currently the only virtual airshow where such a large group of teams gather to create an event of this size. Spectators can watch the event live using internet streaming technology. VFAT takes place once a year and offers the opportunity for virtual aerobatic teams and solo pilots to present their hard work for the enjoyment of the general public! Watch live Dec. 7th & 8th on Twitch. VFAT Video Yours sincerely, The Eagle Dynamics Team
  8. Midway 2019

    Got to see Midway yesterday at the cinema and was pleasantly surprised at the historical story and characters included. There were a few over the top action moments but overall really good considering some of the WWII films of recent years. This was more towards the Tora Tora Tora direction and certain critics seem to have got this film so wrong.
  9. Steam DCS sales are usually at different times.
  10. 2019 Autumn Sale starts today! We are happy to announce that the DCS World Autumn 2019 Sale is here with incredible savings on most DCS World products! Lasting until November 4th, save 50% on most DCS World modules! This applies to aircraft, maps, and campaigns. The only exceptions include: DCS: F/A-18 Hornet by ED - 25% off DCS: Persian Gulf Map - 25% off DCS: Christen Eagle II by Magnitude 3 LLC – 25% off DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations – not on sale at this time DCS: F-16C Viper by ED – not on sale at this time Get these deals starting today in the DCS E-shop. We will also be participating in the Steam Halloween Sale. Open Beta update We released a new Open Beta update this week. Much of the focus has been on the Viper and includes initial Basic IFF and fuel tank jettison. On the Hornet front, we are introducing the AGM-62 Walleye ER/DL with support from the AWW-13 Data Link Pod. Along with these highlights, many more fixes have been included and you check out the complete changelog here. Development Report #1 In order to provide greater transparency in our endeavours, we are happy to introduce a new series of Development Reports. These will shed light on some of the most requested features and their progress. New AI FM (GFM) - currently in progress Last week we introduced some new skills for our AI pilots, and we want to thank you for the feedback. We are happy to hear that it’s making a big difference! We are also working on what we term the GFM (General Flight Model), and this is the new FM for the AI that you may have heard us hint at earlier. This FM will support asymmetric payloads, and naturally crosswind landings. We think this will make the AI pilots fly in a more realistic and human fashion. The GFM will not only simulate kinematic movement, but also true stability and controllability characteristics of the plane and their natural behavior at takeoff and landing. The current effort is on building variations of mass and moments of mass in flight. In the future, we will develop the principal functionality to support supermaneuverability. UH-1H Multi-Crew Functionality - currently in internal testing This hugely anticipated feature is close to seeing the light of day. We have begun internal testing of multi-crew functionality for the Huey. The initial testing is progressing well, and it will allow two pilots to fly the Huey as a team. Pilots will be able to interact with each other’s panels, and it should be a beet fun addition to an already excellent module. Next week we will share some new information about Modern Air Combat (MAC) and the Supercarrier module. Thanks for your support. Yours sincerely, The Eagle Dynamics Team
  11. It is a cartoon narrated by someone who has done very little research and has next to zero understanding of how aircraft are developed - please find me a $38m F-15E today because apparently this Muppet doesn't understand such things as inflation. It is beyond laughable, talk about a dog looking at the screen with its tongue out. The aircraft and program is open to criticism like any other program but there were a lot of positives as well. If anyone saw this 3 parter on the RAF/FAA in one of them they have trouble starting it - nothing really out of the ordinary but the sort of thing included in clueless videos above as if the sky is falling in.
  12. Viper and Hornet Update With the early access release of the Viper, we are now focusing on the most pressing bugs and desired new features for the Hornet and Viper. We have been reading all your feedback, and this is the biggest factor in determining our priorities. While not a complete list, here are our priority items for the Hornet and Viper in our roadmap (please note that the items listed are not in any sequential order): F/A-18C Hornet Targeting Pod Slave to waypoint / target point Line of sight indication on the HUD Coordinate display Cursor Zero and Snowplow modes Radar Track While Scan (TWS) mode SPOT mode AACQ mode Weapons Release of the AGM-62 Walleye Dynamic launch zones for JDAM and JSOW Pre-Briefed (PB) mode for AGM-88 HARM Avionics Correct the ability to pull 30 G by disabling the G-limiter circuit breaker as a cheat Automatic Carrier Landing System (ACLS) mode Countermeasures Smaller flares option that can be up to 60 on the aircraft F-16C Viper External Art Complete external skin and provide a template to the public External lights Centerline fuel tank Add wing flex Additional skins Visual damage model Cockpit Art Add pilot body to cockpit view (VR) Systems EEGS Level-5 and Lead Computing Optical Sight (LCOS) gunsight when target is locked on radar Identify Friend or Foe (IFF) system Corrected AIM-120 Dynamic Launch Zone (DLZ) that correctly accounts for A (active) and T (time to impact) times Track While Scan (TWS) radar mode Air-to-Air Radar to include Control page (set PRF, contact fade, etc.) Targeting pod (target range indication, SP/CZ/TGT indications, azimuth indication angle indication [waterline with line], GRAY indication, north arrow, M mask indication) If AIM-9 and AIM-120 are loaded, selected aft on the dogfight switch should select AIM-9 and pressing forward should select AIM-120 Emergency jettison button Ability to create and modify steerpoints form the UFC Steerpoints must auto-sequence when option selected from STPTY DED page Toggle missile type select with missile step button for more than .8 seconds Lock indication on the RWR is missing. It should be a circle. At missile launch, then the circle should flash Complete CMDS manual mode programming When a contact is locked while in NAV mode, changing to AA mode should not remove the lock Only a long press aft on the DMS switch should turn the HMCS on and off. Currently, up, right, and left also have this function AI vs the New Damage Model As the new damage model is being implemented, tested and tuned for all our WWII modules we are making sure that all aspects of gameplay are checked and tuned as well. Is this case, with the new damage model we noticed that the AI can be very accurate, and many times testing vs the AI, they would land all shots center mass, any times scoring a pilot kill before anything else. To deal with this we have added a couple of new functions to the AI. First, we added error aiming offset, this will prevent the AI from shooting at the center of the model, and will be adjusted based on the skill set in the Mission Editor. This makes it more realistic when you manage to get some distance on the AI, but letting them in close will still be as deadly as expected. Secondly, there is also a function for tracers aiming correction, this means that when the AI is using tracer rounds, the AI will correct its aim only as the AI fires on a target. The time required for the AI to adjust its aim is based on skill level as well, so excellent level AI will adjust their aim much faster than lower-skilled AI. Now this is only the first phase of these changes, the next adjustments will focus on targeting of key components and areas of different aircraft, as we were told by Luftwaffe fighter pilot Erich Brunotte, they were instructed to fire on the inner left engine on B-17s as there were some critical systems that were not doubled located there. This will allow the AI to be more precise as far as targeting aircraft components going forward. Lastly, we have tuned how aggressive the AI is when firing on a disabled or already destroyed enemy plane, currently with new damage model testing, the AI would unload on you, and not let up until every part of you was a flaming hunk of wreckage, now, the AI should recognize when you are damaged enough, or dead and stop firing, hopefully this will allow the AI to maintain more ammo, and be more useful in large scale fights. These new AI features should be available in this week's Open Beta update, we ask you to share your experiences with the AI tweaks and give us feedback on your personal experience with it. DCS World Open Beta Update This Friday we are releasing a new Open Beta update with the following highlights: AI Combat Improvements R/BL mode for Harpoons on the Hornet A number of fixes for the DCS: F-16 Viper A number of fixes for the DCS C-101 by AvioDev You can read the complete changelog here. Many thanks to all our faithful community. Yours sincerely, The Eagle Dynamics Team
  13. DCS F-16C B50 Early Access release

    Looks stunning however I will clarify the state it is currently in which is Early Access in fact only the cockpit and external model are anywhere near complete. Even the external skin is a placeholder and I cant even jettison any weapons at the moment, also no gun sight symbology. It is probably about 5 - 10% complete at a push. It needs a few more major patches before you can really use it I would say.
  14. Why the F-16C The Viper was the next logical extension to the F/A-18C Hornet. They both have a similar multi-role mission and share many of the same underlying technologies and systems. As such, we can be much more efficient by leveraging core technologies and features for both aircraft. The Viper is also cool aircraft that has been produced in massive numbers, with an equal number of fans around the world. It was a no-brainer. Development Start Every aircraft starts from the engine and flight model and follows by 3D modelling and development of all the systems. We started to develop the heart of the Viper in October 2018 creating the needed design documents and collecting as much information available to us. The main production phase started in April 2019 with many placeholder objects up to what you see now this will continue until the module is considered feature completed and can be moved from Early Access to release. Development Speed We have never developed a product so fast. Not only is this a testament to our amazing development team, but it also showed the value of creating core technologies that can be applied to multiple aircraft. The development of projects that are similar in tech will always help the speed of creating new tech. You can even see this in our WWII aircraft with similar engine types, and new tech for those. Current Early Access Features As development starts, a plan is put into place on what the key features will be required to make an enjoyable product in an Early Access environment. Much thought is always put into what will allow the most gameplay with features still to come. Even development of the Hornet, and what was most popular as it developed, as an example, the targeting pod. Of course, this is all based on how the systems tie together in development, and sometimes that can push much-requested features further out, you can see this with IFF as an example. F-110-GE-129 turbofan engine AN/APG-68(V)5 multi-mode radar AN/ALR-56M Radar Warning Receiver CCIP (Common Configuration Implementation Program) update ALE-47 countermeasure system Color Multifunction Display (CMFD) symbology, Horizontal Situation Display (HSD) format, and Head-up Display (HUD) symbology Digitally TACAN and Electronic Horizontal Situation Indicator (EHSI) RWS, SAM, and ACM A/A radar modes RWS, SAM, and STT air-to-air radar modes BDU-33, GBU-10, GBU-12, Mk-82LDGP, Mk-82AIR, Mk-82SE, Mk-84LDGP, CBU-87 CEM, and CBU-97 SFW unguided bombs 2.75” rockets Helmet Mounted Cueing System (HMCS) AIM-9L/M/P/X Sidewinder AIM-120B/C AMRAAM M61A1 20mm cannon Litening targeting pod New developments for the Viper TWS and other A/A radar modes Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Link 16 Data Link Identify Friend or Foe (IFF) A/G radar modes AGM-65D/G/H/K Maverick AGM-88C HARM AN/ASQ-213 HARM Targeting System (HTS) GBU-24A/B laser-guided bombs BRU-57/A Smart Rack CBU-103 CEM and CBU-105 SFW Inertially Aided Munitions (IAM) GBU-31/A and GBU-38/B JDAM AGM-154A and AGM-154B JSOW Integration of the JHMCS with the HARM Targeting System (HTS), Link 16, and AIFF Night Vision Goggles (NVG) ALE-50 towed decoy What to wait for next? IFF TWS Programs for CMDS Autopilot (HDG SEL and STRG SEL modes) INS setup and DED page FM/FLCS/engine tuning AA and AG mode missing indication Current Known issues With this Early Access release, we have already identified and are tracking the number of issues that were not fixed for this build. If you see the issue listed here, there is no need for it to be reported in the 'Verified Bug' section for the Viper on the forums. All things Damage Model are currently WIP Pilot body WIP Wing Flex WIP DED symbols not affected by reflection Seat Shadows in the cockpit not complete LAU-3 firing issues after reload LERX vortexes only on-air start Some stores alignment issues remain Tanker can send 'transfer complete' in error OBOGS BIT Switch isn't clickable MPO check shows nothing Depressible Reticle Switch doesn't affect on HUD Some MP sync issues remain AoA bracket is bouncing around while taxiing under 60kts. No animation on the engine inlet fans Pilot shows still in the cockpit after ejection EQUIP HOT caution light doesn't illuminate after for AIR SOURCE selected OFF AWACS Declare not available ENG CONT switch doesn't affect nozzle position Trying to eject with seat unarmed causes ejection soon as the seat is armed HUD IAS delta is too big comparing with info bar In certain cases, Afterburner flame overlaps engine nozzle HUD velocity switch doesn't display Ground Speed AR floodlight and other lights on fuselage doesn't work ALT GEAR Handle isn't clickable HUD Brightness Control Switch not functioning EMER Jettison and GRND jettison not functioning Seat adjustment moves POV but not model PNEU label is not displayed Hook doesn't extend Infobar shows wrong flaps value Stores Drag WIP Active and Time to Intercept calculations for DLZ Q&A from community Q: The number of available skins? A: Default skin only. Q: Can I use bonuses to purchase? A: Yes. Q: Why is the DED not listed at all? Are there no plans to fully simulate the DED? A: DED is an important part of different systems. As functionality for these systems is added, corresponding pages on DED will be added. Q: Are there any plans to include a virtual pilot for the Viper? A: Of course. Q: How is the FBW-based PFM developed from publicly available data to something that is actually so close to reality that a Pilot/SME is able to validate it and sign off on? Q: The FLCS for the F-16 had to be constructed from the ground-up. How was that process? A: Building FLCS from scratch was a difficult task, requiring a lot of research and a lot of effort, due to complexity and a lack of information. F-15C and F/A-18C development experience came in handy. Q: When implementing something like the RWS radar mode into the F-16, how much of that code is able to be transferred straight from the F/A-18C into the F-16C, and how much has to be modified/rewritten completely? Q: How much common codebase do the Viper and Hornet have? Will developing systems and weapons for both be seamless and much easier as EA development continues? Can this common base also be applied to future fixed-wing products like the F-4E? A: Significant amount of code has been reused, which greatly simplified and accelerated development. In the future, this will help in the development of other modules. However, there are still many things we created from scratch. Q: In the future will there be other variants? Q: is there ever going to be DLC's for F-16 that simulate different F-16's? ( i.e Block 40 Night Falcon, Block 30 ) A: Perhaps, we will consider this option. Q: Is the Sniper pod still being considered further down the road? Q: Will the sniper pod make a return? A: Yes. Q: Will Hornet and Viper be feature-tied when it comes to development and update? So if one got AGM-65 (just an example), will the other be getting it at the same time? (or around the same time?) A: We will try to. It is in our interests too. Q: Was wondering if there are plans to implement the Viper's AGCAS to save pilots from GLOC death. A: Too modern for the modelled variant. Q: How will LGB's work starting online from a cold/dark empty plane on day1? I.e. where do you set the LGB code? Will this be a server setting that bombs will default to? A: Laser code is set in a mission in EA. Later we will add the ability to set the code on a runway, similar to F-5E-3. Q: Is there anything more you can share at this point regarding Ground Radar? Q: How far is the development regarding ground radar? A: Work in progress. Q: For us who don't have cool detents on our throttles, is there any plans to add a similar feature the hornet has (the finger lift to after burner) that'll prevent me from accidently hitting the burner when I'm trying to only go to full mil? A: It's already in EA. Q: Can HARM targeting system and Litening targeting pod be mixed in the future? A: Carried together - yes. Q: The F/A-18 already has HARM. Will we be seeing that available for the Viper in POS/HAS modes before the HTS pod is released, or will you be waiting to release them as a bundled upgrade? A: We will start from common modes and then proceed to HTS. Q: When can we expect TWS for the f-16? A: This is one of our priorities for the near future. Q: What are the deliverables expected of the F16 Viper before the developers move back onto completing the Hornet? A: Engineers will return to Hornet development in the near future. Q: Will there be a "Viper mission of the week (month? can't remember)" like you initially did with the Hornet? A: About once a month. Q: How do I turn on TACAN? A: Switch MIDS LVT knob to the ON position. Yours sincerely, The Eagle Dynamics Team
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