DCS World Steam Edition News & Announcements
Ka-50 Black Shark III
Development Progress



The Inertial Navigation System (INS) is based on dead reckoning by a double integration of aircraft accelerations that are measured by the accelerometers located on a gyro-stabilized platform. The fundamental property of the INS is the accumulation of coordinate measurement errors over time (platform alignment errors and accelerometer errors are also integrated twice). With the use of INS mathematical models, we have achieved a realistic error accumulation effect, as well as a physical alignment of the gyro-stabilized platform when the helicopter is started.

As a result, the INS-derived location can only be determined with limited accuracy. The error in the calculation of coordinates accumulates at the rate of several kilometers per hour and when starting the INS, it will be necessary that the helicopter remains stationary throughout the alignment procedure. Otherwise, a less accurate alignment will lead to an accelerated accumulation of errors. Three different alignment options will be available: “fast” allows you to take off rapidly but it provides low-accuracy during the flight; “normal” and “precise” provide better accuracy with greater alignment times.

When using INS for long flights, correction/fix taking points will be available. Prominent reference points on the ground with known coordinates make it possible to eliminate accumulated errors in two ways: by flying over the landmark, or by using “Shkval” tracking of the reference point located away from the route. Thus, navigation in Ka-50 will become more realistic with the simulation of INS errors that are present in real life.



BuddySpike
Competition



We are pleased to announce a new Buddy Spike competitive event that is sponsored by Eagle Dynamics. It will start on the 30th of May and run until the 12th of June 2022. You can compete in mixed PVE/PVP matches and fight to take control of the battlespace.

Although it is an individual competition, pilots can work together to achieve better results. There are four prize categories for best pilots: Air-Air, Air-Ground, Multirole, and Support Helicopter.

A prize pool of $5,000 USD with four Ace prizes of $700 USD each is available. Prize money or ED miles is available for the top ten pilots in each discipline. As the competition progresses, you can track your performance using the BuddySpike Gadget. Join the Buddyspike Discord now to start planning your tactics!

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,


Eagle Dynamics
Spring 2022
Flash Sale



https://youtu.be/DsDMHW5t184
It is with great pleasure that we bring you this exciting 2022 Spring Flash Sale. Take advantage of great savings across most of our module range. Some of your favorite modules are available with 30% discounts including; DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer, DCS: F-16C Viper, and DCS: F/A-18C Hornet. There is also a hefty 25% discount on DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations

https://store.steampowered.com/app/411893/DCS_F14AB_Tomcat/?curator_clanid=4471395


Friend or Foe
Development Progress



The friendly versus hostile unit identification system includes realistic limitations that real operators must contend with before pulling the trigger. This system will be applied to both the George AI for DCS: AH-64D and Petrovich AI for DCS: Mi-24P Hind.

This system will include customizable identification modes that mission creators can use. For the most simple mode, the AI will instantly know if the target is friendly or hostile. In the most sophisticated mode, identification will depend on distance, lighting, angular size, aspect, and the presence of the vehicles in a coalition. The system will also have default settings that are tuned according to the mission's F10 map and label settings.


S-3B Viking
Development Progress



Work continues on the production of the new S-3B Viking AI-only model. Textures are now underway and we have completed the main joints, rivets, technical inscriptions and identification markings. Check out the Development Screenshots.

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,


Eagle Dynamics
New Campaigns
Recently Added



If you have not already taken the opportunity to download the DCS: A-10C Agile Spear Campaign by Combat King, you are missing out on a great way to expand your DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer enjoyment. Another quality campaign, if you own the Tomcat, is the DCS: F-14B Operation Sandworm by Sandman Sims. This campaign utilizes the Persian Gulf Map and Supercarrier for a story-based DCS: F-14B Tomcat campaign that is gripping and highly detailed.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/411893/DCS_F14AB_Tomcat/


AH-64D Pilot & CP/G
Development Report



In the screenshots you can see the Pilot and Co-pilot Gunner models for the first person perspective. We have completed both Multicam and USP camouflages and we are currently working on gesture animations and fitting the modeles into the cockpit. The basic movements for the pilot and operator are complete but there are still more advanced gestures like transfer of control, idles, working with MPD, etc. left to do. Please check out the Development Screenshots.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1770580/DCS_AH64D/


EUROFIGHTER
Development Report



Considerable development time has been spent on reverse engineering and understanding the performance of the aircraft systems. Stay tuned for details.



The Heatblur team continues to use CFD as an integral tool to verify and validate flight models and flight control laws. This is a key part of ensuring that the DCS: Eurofighter meets the high bar of realism required for an authentic flying and combat experience.

Thank you for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,


Eagle Dynamics
F-16C Viper
Development Report



Additions to DCS: F-16C Viper include the Primary Data Link Track that increases your situational awareness on a selected datalink contact, improvements of Visual Initial and Reference Points, new delay fuze options, the addition of the TIME DED page, updated Cursor Zero options, more accurate Radar and HSD symbols, and corrected Maverick cursor enable functions. Please see the full change log for the complete and impressive list of improvements.

If you have not already done so, please check out the Destination and Offset Aimpoints video and other F-16C Viper April 2022 Updates
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM3PBAW-Cak
F/A-18C Hornet
Development Progress



Automatic Carrier Landing System for the Hornet
For night time and low visibility Case III recoveries in the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, we have added the Automatic Carrier Landing System (ACLS) that incorporates the Link-4 datalink (D/L) that allows two-way communication between the aircraft, the carrier and the aircraft beacon (BCN). When used with Supercarrier, this allows direction to the Marshal Stack and Carrier with realistic radio voice communications.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_-6ux7ZS8c
Watch Matt Wagner’s instructional video on F/A-18C Hornet and Supercarrier ACLS. Also please view the video of how to use the F/A-18C Hornet and the free CVN-74 John C. Stennis together
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6ACLJB9P8A
AH-64D
Bug Report



In the latest Open Beta update, DCS: AH-64D contains a number of autopilot features, Multi Crew synchronization solutions, and a welcomed list of fixes. For a full list of improvements, check out the full changelog.

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,

Eagle Dynamics
Supercarrier
Development Report



An important and challenging feature of DCS: Supercarrier has been the development of night operations. Over the past year, we have been working on several aspects that will soon be released to Open Beta. These include new deck crew animations that utilize the new skeletal animation system, new animations that are specific to night operations and the inclusion of light wands. This will make deck operations at night much easier and more realistic.

For the aircraft, deck crew and objects on the “roof” at night, we have improved lighting and shadows based on the deck and tower lights. We continue working on this feature to enhance performance and frame rates. Please note that deck shadows will be an option that you will need to switch on in the graphic options.

On final approach, you’ll now need to contend with the “burble” effect. This disturbed air flow coming off the back of the carrier results in a brief partial loss of lift as you close in. This can make things much more of a challenge if you are unprepared. We continue to tweak this effect and you can expect the first iteration shortly.

 

F-14 Tomcat
Development Report



Recently, DCS: F-14 Tomcat received an impressive update and overhaul to the autopilot and associated aircraft control systems. This has been a massive undertaking and will have a significant impact on your flying. Our aim is to provide you with the system as it would function “under the hood” in the real aircraft. This will generate the same effects that the real F-14 Autopilot would exhibit in varying flight conditions.

The Tomcat’s development continues with improvement of various systems and the addition of some final features currently missing from the module. This all means the Tomcat will more accurately reflect the functionality and limitations of the real aircraft. If you missed it, please read more here.

 

Operation Agile Spear
Campaign by Combat King Simulations



You will be Major “Took” Key, a Flight Lead and Instructor Pilot assigned to the 74th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB. Lead the military response against the invaders.

We truly hope you enjoyed this update and that you are staying safe. We are still working on these significant improvements which will be available soon.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1952280/DCS_A10C_Operation_Agile_Spear_Campaign_by_Combat_King_Simulations/?curator_clanid=4471395

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,
 

​Eagle Dynamics
Mi-24P Hind
Development Progress



One of the new features coming in the next Mi-24P update is the KM-2 magnetic declination adjustment system. With it, the Co-Pilot Gunner (CP/G) will have to dial magnetic variation into the KM-2 to get the true heading on the RMI. When the CP/G is Petrovich AI, he will automatically adjust it as soon as the course system "Greben" is switched on or if you start from a “hot” aircraft.

A number of new keybinds have been added for all radios and some conflicts have been resolved. Separate keybindings for the CP/G weapons selector were also added.

We have resolved several more frustrating bugs like the ATGM ‘SCHO’ selector panel between Multi Crew players desync and the rockets side selector bug. We addressed the Heading Autopilot channel bug that prevented the Heading AP channel from switching to idle and back to heading hold mode. We are currently refactoring the pedals trim system and pedals microswitches system.

In the next development report, we will bring you the completed implementation of the R-60 air-to-air missile for DCS: Mi-24P Hind

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1593360/DCS_Mi24P_HIND/


AH-64D
Livery Competition



Using the official texture template found here, we are holding an AH-64D livery contest. The top ten submissions will have their work featured as an official AH-64D livery and will receive an Eagle Dynamics module of your choice.

Here are some of the requirements and details:

  • The livery must be created using this template.
  • The livery must be based on current or historic schemes from any AH-64 variant.
  • The livery must be associated with one of the countries currently present in DCS.

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 AH-64D Livery Competition forum topic with a screenshot and link to your file.

The contest will run until the 29th of May. All ten winners will receive a free copy of DCS: AH-64D, or any other Eagle Dynamics module, that can be also given as a gift to any DCS account.


F-14B Operation Sandworm
Campaign by Sandman Simulations



The date is 1998 and tensions in the Persian Gulf are growing rapidly. Human rights violations, brutal military crackdowns on rallies and the executions of political prisoners has led to U.S and EU sanctions against Iran.

In response, Iran has been conducting regular violations of the airspace of neighboring countries and obstructing international shipping through the Strait. Despite attempts made to resolve the problems diplomatically, the world understands that the situation could get out of control at any moment.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1961240/DCS_F14B_Operation_Sandworm_Campaign_by_Sandman_Simulations/?curator_clanid=4471395

To prevent a direct military conflict, the 9th Aviation Wing of the U.S Navy is being sent to the region. Look out for DCS: F-14B Operation Sandworm Campaign by Sandman Simulations coming soon.

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,
 

​Eagle Dynamics
DCS WWII
Development Progress



We are currently working on visual improvements to the external models and cockpits of the Thunderbolt, Anton and Mosquito. The Mossie is also receiving an updated set of Level of Details (LODs) that will improve performance.

Bugs that were present in controls, rearm and refuel procedures, radio and intercom have now been crushed. You can expect these fixes in the next Open Beta update. The Freya and Würzburg radars have also received more realistic behavior. Please find the set up procedures video here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt71nMY8n1w&t=171

The Bedford and the Blitz trucks, which are both free with DCS can now be used in FARP setups. We are also currently fine tuning the new fuze system for WWII bombs and containers. Rest assured that more improvements to our warbirds and units will come in parallel with the continued development of DCS: Mosquito FB VI.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1724230/DCS_Mosquito_FB_VI/


UH-1H Paradise Lost
Campaign by Reflected Sims



Get your Huey out and serve in the 4th Aviation Battalion out of Andersen AFB. Fly resupplies, combat assaults, dustoffs, extractions, artillery spotting, escorts, and many other challenging missions. Put your skills to the test over the Marianas in this wonderful campaign based in 1968.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1855800/DCS_UH1H_Paradise_Lost_Campaign/


A-10C II Iron Flag Part I
Campaign by Baltic Dragon



This campaign will build on the knowledge you have acquired from DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer training missions. It is challenging and will teach you more in-depth tactics, systems usage, and weapon employment. Brrrrt on!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1853640/DCS_A10C_II_Iron_Flag_Part_1_Campaign/


Blue Flag 2.5
Multiplayer Server



Blue Flag 2.5 provides a team based PvP experience on the Persian Gulf, Syria, Caucasus and Normandy maps through various WWII, 60s, 80s and modern eras. This server features a live map for each scenario and extensive Statistics and Pilot Logbooks.

We encourage you to check out the BuddySpike Discord community and find support and information on BuddySpike Wiki.

Blue Flag 2.5 offers the first 24/7 persistent multiplayer PvP campaigns ever created in DCS. Focus on teamwork and cooperation to achieve victory through domination and capture of all objectives.

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,


Eagle Dynamics
Open Beta
Latest Patch Out Now



After the eagerly awaited launch of the DCS: AH-64D, we are pleased to provide you with a hotfix that resolves multi crew synchronisation errors and the ability to reset controls to trim-centre. A SCAS status indicator was also added and a substantial number of bugs have been crushed.

This hotfix has also been an opportunity for us to address outstanding bugs across many DCS modules. We kindly remind you that the new FLIR technology is still WIP, particularly for fixed wing aircraft like the A-10C. For details, please read the full changelog.


Operation Cerberus North
Campaign by Ground Pounders



Operation Cerberus North
Committed to protecting Syrian civilians, the NATO forces under the ‘Joint Syrian Task Force’ have launched Operation Cerberus North to establish a series of no fly zones across Syria. As the chain of events in this deadly conflict develops, the regional powers are put on a collision course towards all out war.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1941332/DCS_FA18C_Operation_Cerberus_North_by_Ground_Pounder_Sims/

MAD
Campaign by Stone Sky



Mutually Assured Destruction
This campaign centres on a gripping story about a PMC pilot named Anton Orlovskii that is based near the Strait of Hormuz. Recently, the USA has strengthened its forces in the region and intelligence suggesting Iran possesses nuclear warheads has thrown fuel on the fire. Engage in air-to-air helicopter combat and carry out tasks as the flight leader or wingman.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1941330/DCS_MAD_Campaign_by_Stone_Sky/


Hormuz Freedom
Campaign by SorelRo



Operation Hormuz Freedom
Test your skills in this DCS: AV-8B Night Attack story-based campaign that includes a variety of missions. You fly as a member of the VMA-513 “The Flying Nightmares” squadron that is stationed on the LHA-1 Tarawa. You are tasked with enforcing the Freedom of the High Seas Act by allowing naval traffic through the Strait of Hormuz whilst curbing aggression by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1941331/DCS_AV8B_Hormuz_Freedom_Campaign_by_SorelRo/


SimFest
2022 Sale



It is with great pleasure that we share our participation in the SimFest 2022 Sale on Steam. You can find the same great savings as on our Shop and the most popular modules available with up to 50% discount! This is your chance to make a gift and land something truly special. Hurry! Offer ends on Monday, the 14th of April at 15:00 GMT.

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,


Eagle Dynamics
SimFest
Flash Sale



The “SimFest” sale will start on the 28th of March and run until the 4th of April at 15:00 GMT. You will find fantastic savings of up to 50% across our entire module range, and who knows, you may find yourself a new aircraft, map or asset pack.

Modules with 30% discount

  • DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer
  • DCS: F-16C Viper
  • DCS: F/A-18C Hornet
  • DCS: JF-17 Thunder
  • DCS: Supercarrier
  • DCS: The Channel
  • DCS: Mi-24P Hind


Campaigns with 30% discount

  • DCS: F/A-18C Persian Lion Campaign
  • DCS: A-10C Iron Flag Part 1 Campaign
  • DCS: AV-8B Sky Warrior Campaign
  • DCS: F-14A Fear the Bones Campaign
  • DCS: F-14A Zone 5 Campaign
  • DCS: F-5E Black Sea Resolve '79 Campaign
  • DCS: F-86F Hunters over the Yalu Campaign
  • DCS: Mig-21bis Battle of Krasnodar Campaign
  • DCS: Fw 190 A-8 Horrido! Campaign
  • DCS: P-47D Wolfpack Campaign
  • DCS: Bf 109 K-4 Jagdflieger Campaign
  • DCS: P-51D The Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney Campaign
  • DCS: Spitfire IX The Big Show Campaign

 

AI Voice System
Development Progress



We are working on a voice system for our AI copilots: DCS: Mi-24P Hind - Petrovich and DCS: AH-64D - George. We expect this system to react to certain player commands while also automatically spotting and reporting targets. We also intend to have a variety of different “attitude states” for the virtual AI pilots with corresponding voice lines for the same events.

Please check out Matt Wagner’s tutorial on DCS: AH-64D | Crew AI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq529ZvfKFQ

 

Black Shark Den
Multiplayer Server



Black Shark Den is a group of DCS helicopter pilots that run a mix of Lift, Reconnaissance, and Attack missions that are cooperative, realistic and engaging. The server runs DCS Open Beta, and it supports three dedicated servers in both the US and EU time zones.

The SMEs on these servers are all former or active pilots of UH-60, AH-64, OH-58D, Huey, Wildcat and Sea King aircraft from the UK, the US Army and US Navy. Crew chiefs and civilian pilots from oil platform operations with the EC145 and other helicopters. It is a wealth of knowledge and fun.

New arrivals begin at the RL3 level and earn their ranks by an evaluation process based on real world military helicopter training. For those that wish to participate in more complex missions that include planning and flight leadership, you may go on to milsim level.

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,

​Eagle Dynamics
AH-64D Out Now
Early Access



The legendary AH-64D has flown into Early Access and we are already overwhelmed with the response from the community. Thank you to those of you who have made this dream come true and to all the pre-release sales we received. The trust you have bestowed on us is extraordinary and we recognise and admire all of you who supported us during these 6 months. We hope that you won’t be disappointed. Thank you!

The AH-64D is a revolutionary development in the history of war. The flying tank is designed to withstand massive impacts and inflict serious damage. It can operate during the day or night and even in all weather conditions. Please check out the launch trailer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgBNp5p2MpM

AH-64D Early Access
Development Report



At Early Access release, the AH-64D includes a rich feature set that will allow almost endless gameplay. This includes near-complete external and cockpit art and animations, including new pilot models. Most of the avionics systems are fully operational such as; the Tactical Situation Display (TSD), the Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System (IHADSS) and numerous Multi-Purpose Display (MPD) pages.

Early Access sensors and weapons include the Targeting Acquisition and Designation Sight (TADS), Pilot Night Vision Sensor (PNVS), night vision goggles, laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, Hydra 2.75” unguided rockets and the M230 Chain Gun.

Flying the AH-64D is made easy with its advanced flight control system. Online multi-crew is available at Early Access and single pilot or gunner operation is truly special thanks to our advanced ‘George’ AI. In the coming months following Early Access release, the Fire Control Radar (FCR), radar-guided Hellfire missiles, datalink between flight members, and more will be made available.

AH-64D Pricing
Early Access



DCS: AH-64D Pricing Policy
The AH-64D is available in Early Access and will soon be in Free to Play for you to enjoy for 14 days to test fly before you buy. Also, do not forget to take advantage of the Early Access 20% discount on DCS: AH-64D available now on our store. We will adjust Steam pricing as soon as possible. We are truly looking towards your initial comments.

We are excited to have released the DCS: AH-64D from Pre-Oder to Release in the DCS Word Steam Edition Open Beta version! We were able to do this earlier than originally hoped, and as such, the discount will be moved to 20%. While we had worst case scenario of 31 March, this was simply a place holder (as always) with a buffer.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1770580/DCS_AH64D/
Thank you again for your patience, passion and support,

Yours sincerely,

Eagle Dynamics Team
WWII Marianas
Development Progress



Except for the presence of a naval administration on the island, pre-war Guam was basically a land of farmers and fishermen living a simple and peaceful life. The US territory of Guam and the Northern Islands, which are part of the Japanese World War I mandate, will be included in the initial Early Access release.

A number of Japanese settlements and local Chamorros regions, as well as agricultural pastures, predominantly sugar cane fields, are visible in the Development Screenshots.

The task of creating this map to match the visual quality and accuracy of the modern Marianas map includes new texturing to most of the land masses and creating countless new objects. It is a large task that is making steady progress and we look towards your comments.


Syria
Development Report



In the coming Open Beta update, the DCS: Syria map size will increase eastward by 250 km to Deir ez-Zor airbase in Syria. A large section of the Euphrates River Valley in the eastern part of the map will be included, as well as parts of western Iraq to include H3, H3 Northwest, H3 Southwest and Ruwayshid airbases. You can also look forward to the Ataturk Dam and Şanlıurfa International Airport in Turkey.

Also be on the lookout for the abandoned dirt airfield east of Sayqal AirBase and Tal Siman military base located to the north of the city of Raqqa. The Kharab Ishk helicopter base, located on the territory of the Lafarge factory, At-Tanf military base on Syrian-Iraqi border, and the oil facilities in Deir ez-Zor area are also included.

The focus on the map update is to better support historic AH-64D missions during the war on ISIS.

This will be a free update

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1120300/DCS_Syria/


4YA
Training Servers



4YA Training Servers are hosting a wide range of PvP & PvE, Modern and Historic multiplayer missions. 4YA includes a community Discord group that is looking for more people to get involved, learn and grow together. Join the 4YA discord for events, missions, training lessons and fun!

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,


Eagle Dynamics Team
WinWing
Hardware



The Orion HOTAS is the most accurate F-16 throttle ever created for the entertainment market. It consists of a full metal design blended with generic use controls for a broad array of DCS aircraft.

The control stick replicates the real F-16 grip and includes an optional attachment for expanded inputs. The grip also has a haptic feedback module.


AH-64D
Guide Available



To give you a head start learning to fly and operate the AH-64D, we have released the Early Access manual. Please find the PDF document here.

Spanning pages 361, the guide provides a detailed accounting of all the history, sensors, weapons, systems and basic tactics of our AH-64D. The guide is a work-in-progress and as new systems are added to the module, the guide will be updated. We believe, more than anything else so far, that the guide illustrates the extreme amount of detail and care that has gone into this project. Enjoy.

Please check out Matt Wagner’s most recent videos from the AH-64D Tutorial Series
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E089V9d06aA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51VqktwYt4c

F-16C Viper
Development Progress



We have added BDU-50 training bombs, the Max Toss Anticipation cue to accompany the recently added Dive Toss bombing mode, the “Lock” voice message when you lock up a target in an Air Combat Maneuvering (ACM) radar mode, and changed the HMCS symbology for ACM Slew mode.

Improvements have also been made to the G-onset and Instantaneous Turn Rate and are undergoing tests. We hope and expect to have this to you shortly.


OH-58D Kiowa
Development Report



DCS: OH-58D Kiowa and ‘Barundus’
“The model is based on one of our main SME. Barundus will also speak voice commands for AI and in campaigns. We strongly believe this will benefit the virtual flying experience.
Barundus has over 5300 flight hours and was an instructor pilot in the Bell OH58D Kiowa Warrior. He has been deployed to numerous combat tours and this will also contribute to AI behaviour.

We have made the decision to present the whole timeline of the aircraft from 1984 till 2017 with some exceptions to avionics. This means the product will include the OH-58D Kiowa (no weapons pylons), the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior from 1992 till 2006 and the latest aircraft of 2017 all in one module”.

- Polychop Simulations

We look towards your comments on this promising introduction of DCS: OH-58D Kiowa.

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,


Eagle Dynamics Team
F/A-18C Hornet
Development Progress



We are progressing nicely on the new 3D model of the US Navy pilot for the first person view. In the Development Screenshot above, you can see the pilot's legs and boots, the model is rendered based off of accurately dated US uniforms and we genuinely appreciate your feedback at this early stage of development.


AH-64D
Development Progress



We are overwhelmed with the initial response from the Closed Beta Testing of DCS: AH-64D and it is with great pleasure that we reassure you of its imminent release. Thank you again to all of you from our Community for your trust and support in the pre-order phase and to all of those who have been working extremely long hours to make this dream a reality, you know who you are.

The initial Damage Model and Radio communications are now complete and we are currently working on Multi-Crew synchronization, improving frame rates and TADS functionality. If you have not already, please head over to Matt Wagner's AH-64D Tutorial Series and catch the latest DCS: AH-64D | Rockets Part II
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEe75H160mA


Naval Units
Development Report



We are pleased to inform you that the smoke emitted from exhausts and from impact damage is being improved. Roll and sway effects in windy conditions are also work in progress.

Next, we will be working on the collision model of certain ships to improve the impact zone accuracy of anti-radiation missiles such as the AGM-88C HARM. This work is part of broader enhancements to ship Damage Model.


Multiplayer Servers
Community



Whether you are just getting started or eager to learn new techniques and improve your current skills, we have listed some of the popular DCS communities and we encourage you to explore them all. These servers offer a way to enjoy DCS alongside fellow pilots across all eras and maps. Discord Servers.

If you are a DCS community and would like a chance at being featured, please send us a message on [email protected].

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,


Eagle Dynamics Team
Yak-52
Flight Dynamics



https://store.steampowered.com/app/917390/DCS_Yak52/

As a result of the Flight Model enhancements, the aircraft will have more realistic take-off behaviour and better performance in inverted aerobatic manoeuvres. We understand that some of you have been waiting for these improvements a while and we thank you for your patience. Going forward we will address other tasks that need to be completed before moving DCS: Yak-52 out of Early Access. We very much look forward to your feedback in the next Open Beta update.


WWII Engines
Development Progress



https://store.steampowered.com/app/250990/DCS_Fw_190_D9_Dora/

During the last few weeks, we have located and fixed a long standing and very tricky bug when the engine would suddenly stop after a long duration flight. As we can see the bug affected many warbirds but was mostly noticed on Fw 190D-9 Dora. We plan to include this fix in the next update.


Supercarrier
Development Progress



The work is essentially finished on the Greenie board that is connected to the actual LSO station data, which provides live updates during the mission.

We are currently working on the functionality of crew tablets where you will be able to see mission briefings as well as check and change loadouts. In addition, the briefing officer can control the projected picture that is visible on the main screen and choose what to show on the auxiliary TV screen located above his head.


AH-64D Flares
Development Progress



We are pleased to share our progress on the M206 IR Decoy Flares that provide protection against air-to-air and surface-to-air infrared weapon systems. The Advanced Infrared Countermeasure Munition (AIRCMM) consists of the M211 Flares and supplements the M206 Aircraft Countermeasure Flares. The M211 Flares are specifically designed for low flying, slow moving rotary aircraft.

To make sure you have not missed out, check Matt Wagner’s latest videos in the AH-64D Tutorial Series.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsDBqD7pcCo
For more information on the current Early Access release state, read the DCS: AH-64D Mini Update.

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,


Eagle Dynamics Team
VKB Sim
WWII Hardware



A matching throttle lever and grip based on authentic designs of certain WWII German aircraft. It complements the KG12 and offers an unprecedented immersive experience when flying piston warbirds with the tactile ergonomics of that era. The new throttle lever and grip will be mounted on VKB's highly popular THQ throttle quadrants, part of the Gladiator NXT modular flight control system. Available soon.

FLIR
Development Progress



Our new FLIR technology is progressing well. It takes into account how various terrain elements are rendered in the IR spectrum. This includes large masses of water, vegetation, asphalt and concrete that have high thermal retention capacities. These gradually heat up and cool down at different rates depending on the color and material. This leads to bodies of water and forests looking cooler during the day and at night time seeming warmer.

Houses, buildings, runways and many other man-made structures often look warmer at night as they have absorbed heat during the day and are clearly visible in the IR spectrum. In addition to the dynamic nature of all vehicles and changing heat signatures, which are dependent on their movement, we will continue to tune the terrains, associated map objects and vehicles to bring you these enhancements in time for the DCS: AH-64D Early Access launch. We are confident that the new FLIR technology will be available across all compatible sensors deployed in DCS.


S-3B Viking
Development Progress



The S-3B Viking is a carrier-based, subsonic, all-weather, long-range, multi-mission aircraft that carries automated weapon systems. It is also capable of extended missions with aerial refueling. The Viking was originally used by the U.S Navy for anti-submarine warfare, but it has also provided electronic warfare and surface surveillance for large battle groups.

The S-3B variant features upgraded avionics: the AN/APS-137 inverse synthetic aperture radar, Joint Tactical Information Distribution System, and AGM-84 Harpoon launch capabilities. The aircraft has two underwing hardpoints for fuel tanks, cluster bombs, missiles, rockets, and storage pods. It also has four internal bomb bay stations that can be used to carry general-purpose bombs and special stores.

We hope that this progress report was to your satisfaction and we patiently await your feedback.

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,

Eagle Dynamics Team
Lunar Sale
Last chance!



This is your last chance to home in on savings across our entire product range and the massive 50% discount on most of our modules on our Store. Exceptions are;

Modules with 30% discount

  • DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer
  • DCS: F-16C Viper
  • DCS: F/A-18C Hornet
  • DCS: JF-17 Thunder
  • DCS: Supercarrier
  • DCS: Channel
  • DCS: Mi-24P Hind

DCS: F-14A/B Tomcat at 25% discount

Campaigns with a 30% discount

  • DCS: A-10C Operation Persian Freedom Campaign
  • DCS: AV-8B Sky Warrior Campaign
  • DCS: F/A-18C Rising Squall Campaign
  • DCS: F/A-18C Persian Lion Campaign
  • DCS: Ka-50 2 Pandemic Campaign
  • DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Crew Part 1 Campaign



Mi-24P Hind
Development Progress



Because much of our Mi-24P team has been assisting with the AH-64D project, you may have noticed that updates have been slim recently. Nevertheless, we do have good progress in the weapons department. Work on the rear gunner cabin is finished, and we are working on the gunner model itself and AI behaviour. The rear cabin will contain a Kord 12.7 mm heavy machine gun that you may have tried in DCS: Mi-8MTV2.

Apart from rear gunner position, we are making good progress on integration of the R-60 air-to-air missile. The design of the cockpit panel and functionality aspects of this missile is almost feature complete. We are planning to make this missile available before remodeling IR-missile guidance in DCS.
In the avionics systems department, we have finished work on "Greben" course navigation system code refactoring. We have also worked on the magnetic adjustment capabilities of the KM-2 panel in the front cockpit.

B-1B Lancer
Development Progress



First envisioned in the 1960s as a platform to combine Mach 2 speeds with the payload of a B-52H Stratofortress, the B-1B has supported U.S. and NATO military forces in Afghanistan and Iraq since the early 1990s.

For the B-1B Lancer, a 3D model of The Lockheed Martin Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) AN/AAQ-33 was added. We have started animating the B-1B elements. You can see some elements in Development Screenshots.

We are also working on updating many other AI-aircraft models to 2022 DCS standards and look forward to sharing progress with you soon.

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,


Eagle Dynamics Team
DCS Open Beta
Development Report



In Open Beta 2.7.10, fixes and additions have been added to both DCS core and modules. A number of AI-related bugs and crashes have been fixed, and the Messages History log is a new feature that enables you to find all previous radio and trigger messages.

The DCS: F-16C now has Dive Toss (DTOS) bombing mode, and the long version ALQ-184 ECM pod has been added. Please watch the details in Matt Wagner’s Viper tutorial series: DCS: F-16C Viper | DTOS. The F-14A/B Tomcat’s AIM-54 Phoenix now boasts refined and corrected performance based on updated CFD data analysis.

Improvements have also been made to the DCS: M-2000C Mirage autopilot. Significant fixes and additions to DCS: JF-17 Thunder, DCS: AV-8B NightAttack, DCS: MiG-19P Farmer, and other aircraft have also been made. A number of additions are also included in our paid campaigns. Read the full changelog.


FLIR
Development Progress



For air, land, and sea units and terrain objects, we are developing special thermal textures with several channels that allow heat signatures to adjust based on the activity of the unit, time of day, ambient air temperature, and more. For example, when the engine is started, the engine compartment and exhaust system begin to heat up. After driving, the undercarriage, transmission, wheels and tracks also heat up. Guns and launchers also cool down smoothly with inactivity.

This will be implemented for modules that use modern FLIR sensors, such as the AH-64D, F-16C, A-10C, and F/A-18C.


Lunar Sale
Now on Steam



The Steam Lunar Sale will run until the 3rd of February at 18:00 GMT. It is with great pleasure that we bring you 50% savings across our entire range apart from the modules and campaign exceptions below which are at 30%. Please remember, our Shop sale will run until the 7th of February at 15:00 GMT.

Modules with 30% discount

  • DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer
  • DCS: F-16C Viper
  • DCS: F/A-18C Hornet
  • DCS: JF-17 Thunder
  • DCS: Supercarrier
  • DCS: Channel
  • DCS: Mi-24P Hind


  • DCS: F-14A/B Tomcat at 25% discount


Campaigns with a 30% discount

  • DCS: A-10C Operation Persian Freedom Campaign
  • DCS: AV-8B Sky Warrior Campaign
  • DCS: F/A-18C Rising Squall Campaign
  • DCS: F/A-18C Persian Lion Campaign
  • DCS: Ka-50 2 Pandemic Campaign
  • DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Crew Part 1 Campaign

This is your chance to land a great deal on a map, aircraft or both!

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,


Eagle Dynamics Team
AH-64D
Status



In order to polish the aforementioned outstanding items, we require more development time into the 1st quarter of the year. We fully appreciate how eager you are to jump into your AH-64D cockpits and we apologise for this added waiting time. We are committed to a quality product at release and kindly assure you it is worth the wait.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnn-UROuDbU

AH-64D Pilot
Development Progress



We have prepared In Development Screenshots of the recent improvements being made to the pilot model, helmet and gestures. Since the last progress update we have reviewed the overall shape based on a real service helmet - it is quite the piece of kit. We are also working on gesture animations for both the Pilot and Co-Pilot Gunner.

The combat uniform of the aircrew is nearing completion and we look forward to presenting you with two camouflage options. The first is a universal early period camouflage pattern, based on or around the 2005 spec. The pilots' equipment will include a bulletproof vest, an unloading vest, a pouch with a first aid kit, an M4 mag pouch, belts, and a radio. The texture of the helmet is made in such a way that you can draw your individual skins, stickers, attach patches and country flags.

Final work on the liveries are available here. We look forward to your feedback.


DCS World
Lunar Sale 2022



It is with great pleasure that we announce our DCS World 2022 Lunar Sale as well as our participation in the upcoming Steam Sale. Most modules are available with up to 50% savings. Check out the details

Modules with 30% discount

  • DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer
  • DCS: F-16C Viper
  • DCS: F/A-18C Hornet
  • DCS: JF-17 Thunder
  • DCS: Supercarrier
  • DCS: Channel
  • DCS: Mi-24P Hind


Campaigns with a 30% discount

  • DCS: A-10C Operation Persian Freedom Campaign
  • DCS: AV-8B Sky Warrior Campaign
  • DCS: F/A-18C Rising Squall Campaign
  • DCS: Ka-50 2 Pandemic Campaign
  • DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Crew Part 1 Campaign

We hope you will take advantage of this prolonged DCS Lunar Sale period which will last until the 7th of February at 15:00 GMT on our E-Store.

Thank you again for your passion, patience and support,

Yours sincerely,


Eagle Dynamics Team
MB-339A
Evaluation



The MB-339 also took part in the Falklands-Malvinas war with the Armada de la República Argentina (Argentina Navy) and was also used by the Eritrean Air Force in various roles, against rebels, smugglers, and even against the Ethiopian Air Force.

Today, the MB-339 is also used by “Al Fursan” (“The Knights”) UAE’s national aerobatic team and by the “Frecce Tricolori” Italian national aerobatic team. The MB-339 is the only jet aircraft capable of performing the famous Lomcovák manoeuvre.

The MB-339 for DCS aims to be the most realistic simulation of this aircraft ever made for PC, not only in terms of system functionality and performance but especially flight model. Currently, the aircraft is in it’s internal test phase and is continuously being improved as new features are being added.


F4U-1D Corsair
Development Report



Magnitude 3 is currently working on detailed cockpit illumination and warnings which should reflect which specific lights are turned on, their intensity and the phosphorus radium glow variability of each instrument.

The airframe’s damage model is in the early stage of development whereas the flight model and systems are mostly complete, and being fine-tuned to a high degree of realism.



The Essex Class Carrier is nearing completion and features working lifts, a detailed and functioning hangar and damage model. The final stage of development for implementation of the hydraulic catapults utilising the bridal cables is being worked on.


DCS World
3D Models



We are happy to provide you with progress on the new models for the B-1B Lancer, B-52H Stratofortress and S-3B Viking. These will be available free as part of DCS. In the above screenshot you may notice the open bomb bay stations used to carry general purpose bombs, torpedoes and other special stores. More screenshots here.

We hope this update will give you insight into some of the interesting new models coming soon.

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,


Eagle Dynamics Team
WWII Improvements
Development Progress



In the Latest Open Beta 2.7.9 Release, we added C-47 to the DCS: WWII Assets Pack. You may also notice the new RP-3 rockets on the Mosquito. A number of long awaited graphical issues are also included, especially for the FW 190 Dora and Anton. We look forward to your comments.


AH-64D
Development Progress



The Stability and Command Augmentation System (SCAS) systems are similar in some ways to those in DCS: Mi-8MTV2 and DCS: Mi-24P. These complex systems are currently in advanced development and one of our highest priorities for our AH-64D to perform and “feel” like the real thing.

In parallel, we are also implementing the initial damage model with its effect on systems: flight control, and damage and detachment of surfaces, tail boom, stub wings, and main landing gear.

A very useful page of the MFDs is the Tactical Situation display (TSD) for both navigation and points. To get started with this powerful tool, please check out the most recent videos in the DCS: AH-64D tutorial series by Matt Wagner in the DCS: AH-64D | TSD Points and DCS:AH-64D I TSD Navigation

Merch Drop
Winter Sale 2021



It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce our participation in the 2021 Steam Winter Sale. Most of our best selling products are available with up to 50% discount. We are thrilled to end a successful year with overwhelming enthusiasm from our community. To celebrate, please enjoy the launch of our Pilot’s Line of Merchandise.

We are excited for what will be in store next year, and we thank you for making our dreams come true. Remember, our DCS Store Winter Sale will be on-going until the 10th of January 2022 at 15:00 GMT.

Merry Christmas from our entire team, we wish you much health, love and happiness. See you in the New Year! 2022 & Beyond Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtmGCYeipas

Thank you for your passion and support,

Yours Sincerely,


Eagle Dynamics Team