New DCS: F-16C mini-update, academic series starts in August

Matt Wagner has dropped the second DCS: F-16C mini-update with some new details on the DCS World module being developed by Eagle Dynamics. There’s a few juicy details that I wanted to highlight so lets get into it!

Academic videos start in August

Matt Wagner’s “academic videos” detailing the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet are both useful from a training perspective as well as an insight into the efforts that the team is putting into operating the Hornet. These and other videos are ideal to help get people trained up and flying DCS World modules in all of their complexity. I wrote as much not too long ago.

For the DCS: F-16C that series will begin in August with a cockpit tour followed by navigation and then a takeoff/VFR pattern landing. I’ll be looking forward to those to get started on understanding how the F-16C Block 50 works for DCS World.

Current work being done

It’s always interesting to hear where the team is currently at and there are some core fundamentals that Matt Wagner is reporting that the team is working on.

Much of the work is centered on tuning the flight model and FLCS, programing the Stores Manager System (SMS), and initial weapons. “Viper Team” is making fast progress and it is coming together at the fastest rate I have ever seen a module develop. On the art side, most of the focus is now on the landing gear (animations and texturing), and after that he will overhaul the external textures (we have a placeholder currently).

Matt Wagner on the DCS World forums

There are some interesting nuggets here. External textures are apparently still placeholder – although they already look fantastic and some fairly basic stuff like landing gear is still being worked on.

There’s also systems work ongoing with the flight model, flight control system, stores manager, and the initial weapons load.

Regarding weapons we’ve seen some discussions back and forth in the community on just what the DCS: F-16C will launch with. Right now I’m sticking with my initial assessment that it will come with the following at launch:

  • Color Multifunction Display (CMFD) symbology, Horizontal Situation Display (HSD) format, and Head-up Display (HUD) symbology
  • Digitally TACAN and Electronic Horizontal Situation Indicator (EHSI)
  • RWS, SAM, TWS and ACM A/A radar modes
  • BDU-33, BDU-50LD/HD, Mk-82LDGP, Mk-82AIR, Mk-84LDGP, CBU-87 CEM, and CBU-97 SFW unguided bombs
  • 2.75” rockets LAU-68 and LAU-131
  • Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS)
  • AIM-9L/M/P/X Sidewinder
  • AIM-120B/C AMRAAM
  • M61A1 20mm cannon

I’ve heard some comments about targeting pods, Mavericks and other precision weapons available at launch but I’m skeptical if that will happen. If I learn more I will be sure to share.

A few other nuggets

Matt Wagner has been working with subject matter experts (SMEs as we call them in project management and elsewhere) or in more specific parlance: F-16C pilots. He’s also had a chance to check out a Block 42 simulator which is similar to the Block 50 that we’re going to be getting in DCS World.

A couple of interesting quotes I want to pull on this:

It is a very, very different bird than flying the Hornet, and it took me a bit to stop trying to fly it like a Hornet (particularly how you land it)

Matt Wagner

It is also an incredibly easy aircraft to get up and running. Assuming the ground crew set up the cockpit, it’s a much, much easier aircraft to cold start than the A-10C and Hornet.

Matt Wagner

I think both of these points are interesting. First, despite the inherent similarities of a FBW multi-role fourth gen jet, it’s interesting to note how different the DCS: F-16C might be to fly compared to the Hornet. I’m excited to try it out even more now and compare the differences.

Second, I find the A-10C to be a bit cumbersome to setup and the F/A-18C fairly straightforward. If the F-16C is easier than the Hornet I think that will make life very good for a lot of pilots and particularly people who are looking for their first full fidelity module.

If the F-16C is relatively easy to setup and get into, that will undoubtedly have an impact on sales in the long run. The F-16s international nature and the wide variety of nations that currently fly it will certainly also be a draw for this aircraft.

If you haven’t seen it already…

I’ll end this update with a link to Glowing Amraam’s trailer just in-case you haven’t seen it already. It’s a good one and it’s a good look at Eagle Dynamics new jet!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Michael Dwyer says:

    Interesting, do you recall the time between the start of the F\A-18 videos and when it was released. Just hoping to get an idea of the release date (I should stop analyzing this and just wait, but well, I want it now)

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  2. Michael Dwyer says:

    found the first F-18 video, July 5th, 2017

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Was that the teaser? I think Matt started doing academic videos about 2-3 months before the early access.

      My best guess is late October or November for DCS: F-16C.

      Is it on your list? 🙂

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  3. Michael Dwyer says:

    No, I bought it already, so chomping at the bit.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      I know the feeling! Lots of stuff coming this fall to flight sim fans!

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  4. William T Taylor says:

    While i agree with your accessment of the probable initial weapon options. The Mav being in the Teaser is making me hope that they can include it. I play almost 100% online so a mav is a must have for taking on at least short range sams.. also im excited as i saw the multi rack mav and im hoping they keep that option through to the release. Just like the tomcat i have had a soft spot for the F-16… while Completely unrealistic IRON EAGLE was a fun watch … epesialy at 12yrs/old. plus as the F-16s internal capacity is small for fuel i would like to have the mav multi rack for allowing for longer range ops … where guided ordinance is not the best option ;). and like Michael i also already own it so now i want to play with it … bring it quick ED lets merge some of the FALCON BMS guys with Our marry band of simmers and add their Enginuity to thet pot maybe they will be able to figure out Dynamic campaigns.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      I’d love the see at least one precision guided air to ground weapon release during early access. Matt’s comments on the speed of development certainly help suggest they are making great progress. I’m just doing my best to quash the hype train a bit – things get turned from speculation to fact. Suddenly Eagle Dynamics (and it happens to other devs too) is on the hook for a rumour they didn’t start.

      ED has confirmed that the multi-rack option will be staying. The debate around that has been that USAF F-16s are capable of but don’t use that configuration – but they might in an all-out war time scenario that DCS World frequently simulates. I’m glad its in!

      At launch if I can fly the F-16 in an air-to-air role with good IFF and radar with few bugs I’d be a happy camper. If the Maverick is added to the list prior to or soon after launch…well that’d be awesome too!

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  5. Blue 5 says:

    The 50 can carry conforms, has this been mentioned at all?

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      I asked about this and people with more expertise on the Bock 50 tell me that those are in a later upgrade than the base Block 50.

      If anyone else knows more I’m interested!

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