DCS World Weekend News – 4 May 2018

DCS World 2.5.1 Update

We are currently preparing and testing an update to the 2.5.1 Open Beta. This update should address a number of issues like the metashader error, VR audio device selection, A-10C and Ka-50 datalink errors, FLIR image quality, and others.

We would also like to thank those that took part in the DCS World 2.5 Open Beta. We can’t overstate our appreciation enough to those that have helped DCS World become even better. This amazing community is a large part of what makes DCS World such a unique and great product. Thank you!

As always, a full changelog will be available when the update is published.

ADM-141B TALD Coming to DCS World

One of the new munitions that will be coming with our DCS: F/A-18C Hornet is the ADM-141 Tactical Air Launched Decoy (TALD). The TALD mimics the radar cross section of a fighter-sized aircraft by use of Lungberg lenses, and it is capable of releasing chaff bundles. With a maximum glide range of 120 km, the TALD can be used to “bait” hostile radars to reveal their locations for follow-on Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) attack. The F/A-18C can carry up to six TALDs.

More WIP screenshots

Check out these TALD screenshots, and read more about this system on the www.designation-systems.net

Updated AI Su-34 3D Model Coming to DCS World

As DCS World continues to evolve and expand, we are also updating our older vehicle models. Our latest effort is the Su-34 “Fullback”. First entering service in 1994 with the Russian Air Force, the Su-34 is a supersonic, twin-engine, tactical bomber that features side-by-side seating of the pilot and weapon/navigation officer. The “Fullback” is a true multi-role aircraft that is capable of engaging air, land and sea targets.

More WIP screenshots

This will be a free update to DCS World that we believe will add an engaging and interesting facet to missions.

Persian Gulf Map for DCS World – Night Lighting

As we draw closer to the early access release of the Persian Gulf Map for DCS World, a key focus has been on improving the night lighting. Elements that we have improved or added include:

  • Dramatically increased the visibility range of lights
  • Added moon-projected shadows
  • Improved lighting of urban districts such that they appear more natural
  • Variable light colors (warm and cold)
  • Added better scaling of lights depending on view distance
  • Improved lighting of tall buildings
  • Variable illumination based on moon cycle
  • Completed airfield lighting, including approach and VASI lights

More DCS Persian Gulf screenshots

Combined, we think you’ll be pretty impressed with the progress. Once this effort is complete, we will move these changes to our other maps.

Pre-purchase the Persian Gulf Map for DCS World now and save $10!

Sincerely,
The Eagle Dynamics Team

DCS World Weekend News – 27 April 2018

DCS World 2.5.1 Open Beta Release
This week brings you the release of 2.5.1 Open Beta, and includes many fixes. Some of the key features are memory management and the New Offline mode.

  • The first version of the video memory manager is implemented. This function will purge the video memory when the budget allocated by Windows is reached. Resources that were not used in the last 10 seconds are the first to be purged.
  • The new OFFLINE mode is now implemented. Users can turn on the OFFLINE mode which permits the game to be used without internet identification and without a time limit. Note: users must turn off the OFFLINE mode on the same PC. OFFLINE mode cannot be turned off from another PC even with the same user login.

In addition to many important bug fixes, 2.5.1. also offers updated night lighting.

As always, we look forward to your feedback and suggestions.

You can find the full changelog in the special topic

Chinese Asset Pack for DCS World
China Asset Pack (CAP) is a free add-on for DCS World developed by Deka Ironwork Simulations. It contains several AI aircrafts, ground and navy units, as well as weapons that have served or are currently serving in China. Deka Ironwork will keep on expanding the asset pack and add more AI units in the future.

One of the most exciting features is the Shenyang J-11A (歼-11A) known to NATO as the Flanker B+ whose airframe is based on the Sukhoi Su-27. With 2.5.1, access to this flyable aircraft is available to those who own Flaming Cliffs 3 for DCS World and later on to those that own the Su-27 Standalone.

Key features that make the J-11A unique are:

  • 3D Model changes (New LODs, Pilot and other features)
  • Lighting (Nose gear, Landing Lights and more)
  • Windshield
  • Air-to-Air Weapons and Pods (RKL-609 ECM Pod & the R-77 Medium range missile)
  • Dual Rack for Rockets & Bombs

You can read more on these changes in our Forums.

F-15C Aggressors BFM Campaign
The F-15C Aggressors BFM campaign puts you in the cockpit of an F-15C Eagle, as a new Aggressor pilot with 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). Then you will face a series of challenging Basic Fighter Maneuver (BFM) missions against similar and dissimilar aircraft.

Your opponents include the F-4E, F-14A, F-15C, F-15E, F-16C, F/A-18C, M-2000C, MiG-29G, CF-188 and MiG-21.
Additionally there are 10 single player practice missions with in-air starts so you can perfect your BFM tactics, techniques and procedures.

There are over 1000 voiceovers and over 45 pages of briefing material including the F-15C Amplified Checklist, RED FLAG Spins, Red Forces In Flight Guide, Maps, Diagrams, Custom Kneeboards and Mission Data cards.

Purchase in the DCS e-shop

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet Update
Matt and Nick are currently in Minsk and Moscow where work on the Hornet and ancillary units is progressing well.

Work has started on the management of aircraft on the CVN-74 carrier deck. Departing aircraft will appear in certain parking and elevators positions and will taxi on to the catapults. Recovering aircraft will taxi to free parking spaces. Subsequent aircraft will go to the elevator and de-spawn. On the deck it will be possible to place static objects (aircraft, equipment, loads). For this purpose we’ll provide some new possibilities in the mission editor. A little later, we will show you pictures and videos of this in action.

Nick Grey answers your questions

Many of you submitted questions to Nick, and he was happy to answer them for us, from his favorite aircraft, to his thoughts on what is and what he would like to see in DCS World. You can see the answers and discuss them in the dedicated DCS forum topic.