One of RAZBAM’s teams is oriented towards building Eastern block aircraft. Their first project was the DCS: MiG-19P which was released today, however, their next project is now focused on the approved DCS: MiG-23 and today they showed off two more screenshots of the cockpit.
These images come after some earlier shots were released and it shows that RAZBAM’s “Red Wings” art team is already busy while their coders were finishing up the MiG-19.
The cockpit is of a MiG-23MLA variant that was significantly improved from earlier versions of the MiG-23. It was not the most advanced model (that goes to the MLD) but it certainly had a fair number of features including a fairly sophisticated HUD that included the radar contacts right on the display (I assume in a similar way to the Su-27 and MiG-29 in FC3).
Here are some of the earlier work in progress shots to refresh memories:
All part of the plan? MiG-19 to MiG-23 and everything in between
One of the things that RAZBAM gets accused of is spreading their attention too thin, announcing too many projects, and not having too much focus. This is a perception that has hurt them in the court of public opinion but I feel like its only half justified – and RAZBAM’s openness about talking about things that they are planning gives this perception even when other developers are likely having the same discussions too. Just that theirs are behind closed doors.
The MiG-23 is the follow-up product to the MiG-19 released today and its clear to me that the “Red Wings” team has learned a lot on this project that the future MiG-23 project will only benefit.
This also appears to be a project that is, in terms of artwork, already becoming advanced with detailed meshes and cockpit details being worked on diligently. Textures and other details will be filled in much later turning that all grey appearance into a sea of blue, black, and with the odd red switches.
A clickable cockpit Eastern jet
A completely separate concern in the DCS community is the lack of more advanced DCS World modules featuring clickable cockpits. While the Su-27 and MiG-29 have plenty of performance, the immersion level isn’t the same as something like the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet or the A-10C Warthog.
It falls to jets like the MiG-23 and JF-17 then to fill in the blanks with a more immersive experience for REDFOR.
You may also ask why not a clickable MiG-29 or Su-27? That’s actually an interesting story from what I’ve read and it involves a far more closed off information source for these jets than just a few years ago. Getting the necessary materials as well as the necessary sign-off from the authorities is apparently far different than it used to be.
So, for the near future, it appears that the MiG-23 and JF-17 will be the two that I’ll be looking towards to help fill out the ranks of immersive, clickable, DCS World modules on the REDFOR side.