Wondering how the DCS: F-16 project is doing? ED has a short status update for us along with a reveal of a new UH-1 Huey campaign for DCS World complete with its own trailer. Check it out!
Viper making progress towards early access
According to recent comments from Eagle Dynamics, the DCS: F-16C is on track for an ‘autumn’ release into early access. Autumn is defined as being September 23 to December 21 so we have quite a wide window. Meanwhile, features are being worked on
Our viper is already dropping bombs in CCIP and CCRP modes and strafing targets, and the navigation systems, flight model, and art is quite far along. The current focus is on rockets, air-to-air weapons and radar, the landing gear and underside of the aircraft, and tuning the flight model.DCS World Weekend News update
As you can see from the update, the F-16C is slowly starting to take shape with the essential features required for early access. As a reminder, here’s what ED is promising for early access:
- 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
These combination of systems and features should give the F-16C a decent amount of capability right from day one which is a good thing. It will take some time before we see the module develop the rest of its feature set just as it has with the Hornet.
Hopefully these features will include a functional IFF system on initial release as that was something that plagued the F/A-18C initially.
To top off the update, ED has provided us with new images of the F-16 with working HUD modes showing strafing and CCIP bomb attacks.
New Huey campaign for helo pilot fans
If you’re a fan of the UH-1 and flying a helicopter in DCS World, this new campaign with 12 missions will apparently test your skills as a chopper pilot. Here are some of the features of ‘Worlds Apart.’
- 12 challenging missions
- More than 1400 voice-overs
- Voice actors with an American, German, and Russian accents
- And more than 170 pages detailed documentation
- Mission-specific information that is integrated into the kneeboard pages
Watch the trailer below and check out the new campaign in the DCS World e-Store.