DCS community mod adds the A-4 Skyhawk

More than a few flight sim pilots are interested in taking out the A-4 Skyhawk, a Cold War staple, for a flight in DCS World and a group of unofficial modders has made that reality possible with the A-4 Skyhawk Community mod package. It’s available now, its absolutely free, and it looks like a brilliant module if you’re willing to forgive a few details.

The A-4 Skyhawk lives on in real life and in DCS World

Replacing the WWII era Skyraider, the A-4 Skyhawk was lightweight, simple, and an extremely flexible aircraft. Able to carry heavy bomb and rocket loadouts (9,900 lbs) the A-4 was also relatively quick, though limited to subsonic speeds, and agile as well as being small and difficult to see in close in combat. This last attribute has given it lasting success as an aggressor aircraft.

Used by the United States, Israel, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia and many more nations, the A-4 is still in use today as an aggressor aircraft with Draken International. It saw use in multiple conflict zones including Vietnam, the Yom Kippur War, the Falklands conflict and just about every other major and some minor military actions in the 1960s through to the 1980s.

Surprisingly full featured

For a free module developed unofficially, the A-4 comes with an awful lot of features:

  • Functional Air to Ground Radar
  • Shrike Anti-Radiation Missile
  • Carrier landing and faux Carrier Takeoff
  • ORIGINAL Menus Theme Music by Plusnine
  • New Weapons!
    • AN-Series WWII Surplus Munitions
      • M30, M57, M65, M66, M81, M88
    • MK 4 HIPEG 20 mm Gunpod
    • Mk 77 Napalm Canister
    • SUU-7 Bomblet Dispenser

There are some non-functioning systems as well:

  • Radio
  • In-flight refueling
  • Buddy-Refueling
  • Walleye Guided Missiles

Highly praised module, a few downsides

The starting price of free and the fact that its a community developed module put together in spare time using whatever resources the group could find helps lower expectations but it does seem like the A-4 Community Project is the darling of the community right now. Offering an interesting module like this and featuring an aircraft that apparently has such interest behind it has proven to be a success.

There are dozens of threads on Reddit and Facebook groups featuring the A-4 Hawk and people flying it. In short, its fun and free and people are having a great time with it.

There are a few downsides. First, the mod causes DCS World to fail integrity checks so if you are regularly playing on multiplayer, having the mod installed can cause issues. Second, there is no official update process so if there are changes you’ll need to re-download the mod and place it in the correct place to take advantage of new fixes. The flight model is also apparently using the SFM, something akin to the way the MiG-29 was until recently.

These aren’t huge downsides when all things are considered.

Tutorials are available

Oh, and if you need tutorials on how to get started, they have those too. For a non-development team they are surprisingly thorough!

Check it out!

If you’re interested in flying the A-4 Skyhawk in DCS World and are willing to overlook a few simplifications that help get this going I encourage you to check it out. This is a true labour of love that we’ve been hearing about on and off for a few years now and it has finally become a reality.

More information on the A-4 Community is available here.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. 1_Robert_ says:

    I’m not necessarily interested in flying the Hawk but I’m now excited that Jester and Viper will have an AI plane to battle me and my F14 🙂

    Does this mean we will be able to add AI A4s to mission builder?

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      At this point no. This is an unofficial addition to DCS World. That said, I’ve got a bit of hope that ED will make it an AI type at the very least. The team involved has done a magnificent job.

      I’m sure the team’s work hasn’t escaped notice!

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