DCS round-up: F-14, MiG-19 price, JF-17, AV-8B update, Hornet roadmap

One again, the news is flying fast and furious and I am here to try and keep you up-to-date with the very latest that’s going on right now. We’ve got two new DCS World modules in the pipeline heading for release while other modules are getting upgrades and development, in all areas, continues on. Let’s get to the latest!

More MiG-19 details, price

As I’ve already reported, the DCS: MiG-19 is heading towards release this Friday with an immediate jump straight from development to “final release.” This is going to be a content complete module according to RAZBAM (although a bonus MiG-19S is still planned) though that doesn’t mean we won’t expect to see some support post launch and additional tweaks are likely par for the course.

The price has now been confirmed by RAZBAM as being $49.99. Look for that on Friday!

DCS: F-14 awaiting a date for release

Two quotes are circulating through the DCS World community regarding the DCS: F-14 release date. We learned previously that the F-14, being developed by Heatblur, is in release candidate status. Cobra, one of Heatblur’s developers, reported that they are now awaiting a release date:

We’re (frustratingly) still without confirmation on our target date. I hope to share more soonest as I discuss with our partners at ED.

Thanks for the patience everyone.

Cobra847 on the DCS World forums

This set off discussions in the community on if Eagle Dynamics was intentionally holding the DCS: F-14 back so as not to take away from the launch of the DCS: MiG-19 module on Friday. Matt Wagner waded into the fray:

Our act is quite together thanks. As we explained to Heatblur, we need at least a week to evaluate the release canidate before we can commit to a release date. The Tomcat is a very complex product and we will not publish it until we are sure our customers will be happy with its release state.

The lack of an F-14 release date as zero to do with the MiG-19.

Matt Wagner on the DCS World Forums

I’ll leave it at that except to say that the DCS: F-14 Tomcat is just around the corner.

Deka Ironworks updates on JF-17

A couple of updates on the JF-17 that I haven’t previously covered. First, earlier in the year Deka showed off some of their work on the INS and NAV displays in the JF-17 cockpit. Everything is looking very clear and easy to read.

Deka Ironworks also released a new image showing off a weapon systems test with the caption “Splash one.” This comes a time when some real life events seem to be all too real. Meanwhile, focusing on the sim world, the latest image shows some refinement to the visuals inside the cockpit too. Development clearly is continuing and new details emerging slowly on Deka Ironwork’s Facebook page.

RAZBAM’s AV-8B upgrades continue

New images have just appeared on RAZBAM’s Facebook page showing off continued development on the AV-8B cockpit. These are mostly visual upgrades bringing the AV-8B’s cockpit, which was originally built for DCS World 1.5, up to a new detail standard.

These upgrades are, in my mind, looking great and I can’t wait to see the finished version. These are going on as RAZBAM continues to add new features to the aircraft in an effort to finish the AV-8B. It may be a slow process but I’m happy to see it move forward.

A mini-mini Hornet roadmap update

There’s been plenty of talk about the DSC: F/A-18C Hornet and what’s coming next on the roadmap. We’ve talked about the datalink and the HARM’s new modes but there’s also things like the targeting pods and Matt Wagner wanted to address that and what else was on the roadmap:

A little update of what to expect coming up:

After the datalink, SA page, and TOO mode for HARM this week, we then plan Latent Track While Scan (LTWS), JDAM, Aircraft/Mission Card, and some bugs fixes for the 13 March Open Beta. This is an estimate and not a promise.

As has been mentioned before, the engineer assigned to the HARM is also assigned to the targeting pod. So, once HARM is done (PB and pullback modes), he will work on the TGP. Also, in the very near future, we plan to revisit the Hornet flight model, the JDAM flight model (INS-GPS autopilot), and other weapon Launch Acceptable Region (LAR) profiles.

Matt Wagner on the DCS World Forums

The first TGP to come has been confirmed to be the Lightening II pod, already modeled in DCS World, and speeding up the process of getting an pod for the F/A-18C. The ATFLIR pod is coming later.

MagzTV puts the Bombcat to good use

Finally, we have a fun video from Magz putting the F-14B in “Bombcat” configuration to good use on a modified version of the F/A-18C “Red Flag: Iron hand” mission. The mission looks fun, the commentary by Magz is extremely enlightening, and the skin he used on the F-14 for the mission was spectacular. Check it out!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Blue 5 says:

    Rogoway’s stuff is usually very interesting, possibly the best free defence news / analysis at the moment. I am torn about the -19: in one sense I would like it (and the JF-17) but I do not have time for one DCS a/c let alone another 2 – 3 (pre-ordered F-14). Life is so difficult!

    Thanks again for your updates. Difficult to keep track of all that is happening, so your effort is invaluable.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Rogoway and David Cenciotti are my go-to’s for military aviation and defense related news. Definitely the best analysis that you can get for free! (Ad supported of course)

      I know what you mean. It’s tough to try and master multiple complex aircraft at once. I’m doing pretty good with the AV-8B and F/A-18C at once because there is similarity there but I’m worried I’ll forget things going over to some other types. Still, so long as you’re having fun with the hobby! 🙂


  2. Stephen Parker says:

    Heatblur just sent the email request to all us Tomcat pre-orders to pick our shirt design. I picked Fritz the Cat [of course, pre-war on another squadron and later on VF-31]. Does that mean the Tomcatters mount release is imminent?

    Liked by 1 person

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