DCS World Weekend News – 5 October 2018

Hornet, Persian Gulf Map, and Su-33 Bundle Pack Available Now!
Now available until October 21st, 2018, purchase the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, the Persian Gulf map, and the Su-33 together for just $89.99! This bundle has an almost $150.00 value.

Download now in the DCS e-shop

The Persian Gulf map was in large part chosen to act as the setting for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet combat operations. Operate from numerous, detailed airfields in the UAE and Oman or from the deck of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Conduct air-to-air and air-to-ground operations over a huge, detailed portion of southern Iran and many of the Persian Gulf islands. New additions coming to the map in time for the pack include the SA-2 and Rapier surface-to-air missile system, the HY-2 Silkworm anti-ship cruise missile, the Aldar Headquarters building, the Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque, and oil platforms. More map items like new airfields, unique buildings, and weapons will be added after the Pack. The Su-33 adds a great adversary aircraft for the Hornet.

This same Bundle Pack is also be available on Steam

We are also offering on Steam a bundle of just the Hornet and Persian Gulf Map for just $79!

Don’t miss out on this great savings, and experience these three great modules together! Read more about the Hornet, Persian Gulf map, and Su-33 here:

Hornet and Persian Gulf Map Discounts Reinstated!
Last week we offered a special deal in which you could get $20 USD off the Hornet if you already own the Persian Gulf Map, or $10 USD off the Persian Gulf Map if you own the Hornet. We are listening, and due to popular request, we are re-instating this deal until 21 October 2018!

For those that already own one of these two modules, we hope you’ll take this opportunity to try the other.
Unfortunately, Steam is unable to offer this same deal.
Have fun!

Free Weekend Results
This past weekend we ran our first Free Weekend, and we are ecstatic with the great reception! The Free Weekend was a great way for many of you to experience the great quality and value put into the Hornet, Persian Gulf Map, and Su-33, and we hope you’ll consider making a purchase.

Given the success of the Free Weekend, we certainly plan to do more of these. It’s a great opportunity for you to try before you buy.

Thanks for taking part!

DCS World Update
Due to both an Open Beta and Release version of DCS World being released last week to support the Free Weekend, there is no update for this week. However, on 10 October we will release the updated MiG-29 Fulcrum for Flaming Cliffs 3! This will include a Professional Flight Model (PFM), updated cockpit, and several new cockpit system functions. This will be a FREE update for Flaming Cliffs 3 owners! For those that do not own Flaming Cliffs 3, we will also make it available as a separate purchase.

Next week will also see new improvements to the Hornet, such as the air-to-air radar performance.

DCS: Fw 190 A-8 Coming to DCS World!
Our next warbird coming to DCS World will be the Focke-Wulf 190 A-8 Würger (Strike) of the German Luftwaffe. Designed by Kurt Tank in the 1930s, the Fw 190 was a single seat German fighter powered by a powerful BMW 801 radial engine. When first deployed, it provide largely superior to its main rival: the Spitfire Mk.V. This in turn led to the development of the Spitfire Mk.IX. We look forward to some great online dogfights between the Fw 190 A-8 and the Spitfire Mk.IX!

Capable of both aerial and ground attack missions, the A-8 model entered production in February 1944 and included thicker armor and improved engine design. We see the “Butcher Bird” as a great addition to the stable of DCS World War II aircraft and will be a perfect fit for the Normandy map!

In parallel, work on the P-47D is progressing well on both art and creating the flight model based on virtual wind tunnel data.

DCS World Weekend News – 28 September 2018

Hornet, Persian Gulf Map, and Su-33 Free Weekend!
Starting today and lasting until 1 October 2018, play DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, DCS: Persian Gulf Map, and the Su-33 for DCS World for free! The Hornet and Su-33 include all the missions and campaigns as the purchased versions, and they can be played in both single player and multiplayer modes. Enjoy!

If you do not already own one of these modules, we hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity and try out a new DCS World module and consider a purchase.

Download and try out from either our e-Shop or Steam.

For install any of those modules please see into Module Manager in the game.

DCS World e-Shop

DCS World Steam Edition

DCS World Open Beta Update
This week we updated the DCS World Open Beta to version 2.5.3.22176. Important additions and fixes to this week’s Open Beta include:

  • SA-2 SAM, Rapier SAM, HY-2 Silkworm anti-ship cruise missile and P-19 search radar added.
  • Persian Gulf Map updated with oil platforms, natural gas platforms, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and Aldar Headquarters building. More to come!
  • Includes new Hornet mini-campaign.
  • Hornet air-to-air radar improvements for retaining lock with hard maneuvering, and resolved locking target when at high roll angles. Note: work continues on oddities with b-sweep in some conditions.
  • Mk-82Y (high drag with ballute) added to the Hornet inventory.
  • R-77 / AA-12 air-to-air missile guidance improved.
  • Mk-20 and CBU-99 Mk-118 submunition effectiveness increased.
  • Several AJS-37 Viggen additions.

Please see the complete changelog on the DCS forum

DCS World Helicopter Autumn Sale Pack Final Days
Running just two more days, until September 30th, 2018, we are offering all four DCS World helicopters for just $69.99! Normally a $199.96 value; this is a 65% saving on each helicopter. DCS World offers some of the most realistic helicopter simulations available on the PC, and nothing compares to the helicopter combat environment that DCS World offers.

You can purchase from our e-Shop

We are also offering the same bundle sale from our DCS World Steam Edition page

Please see our sale video

Aircraft Flight with Folded Wings Explanation
With the release of DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, we’ve observed some confusion and false-assumptions regarding how an aircraft can fly, or even take off, with its wings folded up. The answer: physics.

For folded-wing aircraft’s flight characteristics, we conducted calculations for the wings and stabilators in XFLR5 software. The calculations were done using VLM (Vortex Lattice Method) with a non-viscous flow model. The program then determines the characteristics of the linear area of lifting force dependence based on the angle of attack. For horizontal flight, we have the following equation to calculate how the forces are balanced in the vertical plane:

ρv2/2 SСL= mg

The calculations show us that the folded wing configurations results in a 30% reduction in the coefficient of lift. To compensate for this reduction in horizontal flight lift, we need to either increase the angle of attack by 42% or increase the velocity 19%. Because the folded portion of the aircraft resides behind the center of gravity, a folded wing configuration results in reducing the negative pitching moment, which will also result in a reduced rotation speed at takeoff.

Initially, we didn’t take into account the fuselage, stabilators, and flaps lift capabilities, which all add to the total lifting force.

Unfolded wing

Folded wing

For an aircraft with non-folded wings and mass of 35,000 pounds and 8 degrees of angle of attack, the velocity to create the lifting force would be 186 knots without taking into account the fuselage, stabilators, and flaps. For an aircraft with folded wings and a mass of 35,000 pounds and 8 degrees of angle of attack, the estimated velocity for creating lift is 222 knots (i.e. 186 +19% = 221,34 knots). In our model, the velocity for a mass of 35,000 pounds and an angle of attack of 8 degrees is 205 knots due to the fuselage, stabilators, and flaps.