There’s been a few DCS World updates this week but I’ve been so busy I haven’t been able to keep up. Here’s a small round-up of a few key updates with the Hornet, damage model updates, a revised Ural truck 3D model,
Hornet is getting its targeting pod a little sooner
Earlier this week we got an update from Matt Wagner on the latest details surrounding the F/A-18C Hornet for DCS World. One of the key changes was a change in priorities from completing the HARM PB mode to implementing the Lightening II pod instead.
The big items (in no particular order) that we are working on for the Hornet include:Matt Wagner on the DCS World forums
– Cleaning up the JDAM and adding new features to the JDAM
– Adding the JSOW (already in internal test)
– Add full simulation of GPS and INS alignment and navigation systems
– PRECISE waypoint input mode
– Correcting HARM guidance
– MIDS for LTWS and TWS
– Litening II targeting pod
Regarding PB mode for HARM, we decided to push this back for two reasons: 1- based on client feedback, the targeting pod is much more in demand, and 2- we first want to complete the new waypoint database system that will allow creating of PB points.
Also highlighted by the list are things like adding the JSOW for standoff target attack, a more complete implementation of the INS system, fixing HARM guidance (which is seriously off right now), and of course the targeting pod which I mentioned before. The Lightening II will be one of two pods that will ultimately be available on the Hornet.
DCS WWII damage model update
DCS World’s WWII simulation has had a serious achilles heel for quite some time now surrounding the simplified damage model versus what’s really necessary for a WWII simulation. Eagle Dynamics has been working on that for a while now and they are making progress.
Eagle Dynamics is now able to track internal damage in a more robust way. Systems will fail and bullet entry and exit points, when appropriate, are now calculated. This is being done for the Eagle Dynamics WWII aircraft but one can assume that it will spread to any other WWII models later on.
New Ural truck
The modern Russian military’s bread and butter is the Ural-375 truck. Available in multiple configurations, this model has been in DCS World for many years and was deserving of an update.
Multiple versions are coming to DCS World (including the curtain sided version above) and this will just add to the collection of recently upgraded models.
Of course, many are calling for other vehicles and objects and it sounds like Eagle Dynamics has established a pipeline for those when time is available to do them. A truck like this is, of course, far simpler and easier to schedule between projects than something like an aircraft. I’d like to see the C-17 and S-3 get serious upgrades before too long for example but those will take considerably longer.
Read more about this update and others on the DCS World Weekend News update.