Since mid-week we’ve had access to the newly revitalized DCS: MiG-29. The MiG-29 now has Eagle Dynamics’ top level flight model with all of the nuance and physical modeling that other aircraft like the F/A-18C Hornet, F-15C Eagle, Su-27 and Su-33 Flankers, and future models from Eagle Dynamics will have. This weekend’s DCS World Weekend News covers some of the details of the PFM upgrade and what is still to come.
Upgrades to the Fulcrum
For the first time, the MiG-29 is being sold as a separate module for DCS World through the Eagle Dynamics store. At $14.99 the MiG-29 comes in at a comparative discount compared to some of the more full featured modules. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a hell of a great performer and a dangerous air craft in the air combat arena.
I should also note right now, if you already own Flaming Cliffs 3 all of these changes to the MiG-29 are absolutely free.
Eagle Dynamics is now talking a little more about what the PFM means to the MiG-29 while also talking about key features:
- A professional level flight model provides unmatched flight physics that allow you to truly feel what it’s like to fly this amazing aircraft. Designed and tested by a former MiG-29 pilot!
- A true model of the MiG-29 flight control system that allows you to perform the “cobra” and other “out of the envelope” maneuvers.
- Highly detailed, six-degrees-of-freedom (6 DOF) cockpit.
- Accurate MiG-29 Fulcrum model, squadron markings, and weapons.
- Includes instant action, single missions, and a campaign.
- Battle the Hornet in head-to-head combat.
Of the list above, the most interesting parts are the ability to fly the MiG-29 at the edge or beyond the edge of the aircraft’s normal control envelope. No longer a scripted experience, the MiG-29 now has physical flight model processes that make it feel so much more alive.
In real life, the MiG-29 is a plane with natural positive stability without any g-load feedback (as Su-27, for example) with additional longitudinal stability augmentation system (LSAS) and dampers.
MiG-29 PFM carefully models real plane longitudinal stability and controllability characteristics of the plane itself as well as LSAS algorithms.
Lateral and directional stability and controllability were tuned as well.
Eagle Dynamics also mentions changes to the engine thrust at 70-80% and fine tuning of the aircraft’s directional stability.
This is a fairly extensive change to the MiG-29 under the hood of the simulation and just like previous upgrades, Eagle Dynamics seems to have really paid attention to the details before slapping the aircraft with a new flight model.
Note: The PFM upgrade is currently available to beta users and will be coming to the stable release later (most likely in the next update).
Don’t forget to…
…check out the new MiG-29 product trailer for DCS World produced by Alex “X-Stounds” Fyodorov.