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.
“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 the Grim Reapers 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.
DCS: Supercarrier Preview Video:
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
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- 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.