A large DCS World update hit the open beta this week with fixes and new content across multiple modules. Here are some highlights from that update.
More Maverick’s for the Hornet
The Hornet only just got the AGM-65E (laser guided) Maverick a couple of weeks ago and now the AGM-65G is available. This infra-red imaging Maverick can be locked on and fired independent of any laser designating or tracking and instead uses its IR seeker to find targets and destroy them.
Matt Wagner from Eagle Dynamics has done an introductory video on them with a full fledged tutorial due soon.
The addition of the AGM-65 Maverick to the Hornet gives it it’s first precision strike capability on the ground. The laser guided versions offer up some great opportunities for buddy lasing (at this point) while the new IR version gives the aircraft more independence when it comes to striking targets. Once the Maverick variants are all added, Eagle Dynamics expects to move onto the AGM-88 HARM missile for anti-radiation suppression and destruction of enemy air defense missions.
A cool new feature for the AJS-37
The Viggen is partially reliant on pre-planned mission parameters that involve flying the designated waypoints and pop-up routes prior to a final attack on target and then a quick getaway. This is the MO for the AJS-37 and Viggen pilots have had to program these missions in during multiplayer matches in many cases.
Now, Heatblur has added a new capability using the F10 map to insert markpoints which, if appropriately named, can be used to then auto generate waypoints and feed them into the computer via data cartridge before you takeoff.
More on that here. Very cool though!
Persian Gulf map adds details
The developers have added new buildings and airbases to the Persian Gulf map with the addition of Kish Island airfield, Al Bateen airfield, Lavan Island airfield, Bandar-e-Jask airfield, Abu Dhabi International Airport, Sas Al Nakheel airfield, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, and the Yas Viceroy with Formula 1 racetrack.
The developers have also warned us that there are a few airports that are still a work in progress and are not fully working.
NOTE: Al-Ain, Sas Al Nakheel, Bandar-e-Jask airports still in the WIP and not working properly yet.
So this is a work in progress addition that adds some extra depth to the Persian Gulf map. With this many bases and details, it’s truly ready for some epic online wars criss-crossing the map and utilizing all of the small and large airbases and airfields.
There is a full list of updates, fixes, and added content available right here.