DCS: F/A-18C Hornet now available for pre-order

The big news coming from Eagle Dynamics today was the announcement that the long awaited DCS: F/A-18C Hornet is now available for pre-order. It’s another step towards getting this module into the virtual hangars of flight sim fans.

Price, release details

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We also now know the price of this module and it’s definitely on the more expensive side of things. Right now, during the pre-order period, the F/A-18C Hornet module is available for $59.99 USD which is a $20 discount from its expected launch price of $79.99.

Here’s the description and some key features:

The Hornet is a true multi-role fighter that can switch from attacking surface targets to engaging air targets with the press of a button. Equally at home on an aircraft carrier or airfield, the Hornet is equipped with a large suite of sensors that include radar, target pod, and a helmet mounted sight. In addition to its internal 20mm cannon, the Hornet can be armed with large assortment of unguided bombs and rockets, laser- and -GPS-guided bombs, air-to-surface missiles of all sorts, and both radar- and infrared-guided air-to-air missiles.

The Hornet is expected to launch “by the end of the Spring” is the official word from Eagle Dynamics. That gives them quite a bit of wiggle room and it puts the module further from early access than I was thinking it might be. Even moreso, when it does launch in early access it won’t be a complete module.

I’ve already written about the sensors and weapons available at launch but suffice to say that it will come as a complete aircraft with at least some of its capabilities present but others still under development. For example, the air-to-ground functionality of the radar system will not come in early access while the air-to-air will.

I wrote an update back in November on the early access roll-out so check that for details.

And with the launch of any good pre-order aircraft, Eagle Dynamics has released another one of Glowing Amraam’s spectacular videos.


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If you’re feeling like you need this module and you want to pre-order today then you certainly can. If you’re holding off for a while then you can do that too. Just remember that the nice $20 discount is only on until whenever the aircraft launches into early access.

Visit the Eagle Dynamics e-Store to pre-purchase or check out additional Hornet related details.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. PIxel Dust says:

    The F-18 is an interesting bird, being the evolutionary successor to the aircraft that lost the LWF competition to the F-16.


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Very interesting indeed. The Hornet is a really interesting aircraft for me. I’ve seen more Hornets perform at airshows than any other modern aircraft and it always puts on a fantastic show.

      Also, I honestly think that despite the price it offers a pretty good bang for the buck with both air superiority as well as ground attack and CAS options available. It does a lot and it can carry a lot.


      1. PIxel Dust says:

        As I recall, the USN rejected the F-16 because of its belt-and-suspenders approach to carrier aircraft requiring two engines; the F-16 history puts that fear to rest, as reliable as that bird turned out to be. The F-18 is a less capable aircraft, having lost the competition, but who can think like a Navy bureaucrat?

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      2. ShamrockOneFive says:

        Canada and Australia both went with the F/A-18 as well. I don’t know about the Australian decision but my understand is that the Canadian decision in part revolved around the more robust landing gear and dual engine reliability. Valuable while operating in the arctic circle.


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