A few new tidbits of information have come out about the DCS: JF-17 coming soon to DCS World by Deka Ironworks. This Pakistani-Chinese fighter jet has attracted a lot of attention in the DCS World community and we have a new image of the cockpit as well as information about forthcoming academic videos. This is the latest!
This new image came to my attention via a post on r/Hoggit with the image supposedly being sourced by one of Deka Ironwork’s developers on a Chinese social media site.
The image shows part of the HUD, control panel and the triple MFD design of the jet’s cockpit. This nearly all-glass arrangement is becoming typical for most modern aircraft, both military and civilian, and so in a lot of ways the cockpit looks rather spartan.
Opinion seems muted on the look of the cockpit and that may be because this is not yet the final product. There may also be a good reason for that word is that the team’s cockpit texture artist has taken sick and has not yet finished work on bringing the cockpit towards being finished. If that is true or not, I don’t know. It’s also possible that this cockpit image is more about showing off the work on the data on the screens and that the eye candy is yet to come.
As it is, this image seems to have been sourced via one of the developers rather than being an official release from Deka Ironwork’s Facebook page. So, take it with a pinch of salt as they say.
Academic videos begin soon?
According to a post by LJQCN101 on the DCS World forums, Deka Ironworks will begin releasing their academic video series in only a matter of days:
FYI the first academic video will come in several days.LJQCN101 on the DCS World forums
If this turns out to be the case, this video will be part of a number of firsts for Deka Ironworks with this being their first DCS World module, one that is supposedly close to being content complete on release, and this would be their very first academic video.
Deka Ironworks tends to work away on their projects and say only very little. So, when the academic video series begins it will be interesting to see what they say and what they are focused on for this module.
I am cautiously optimistic that Deka Ironworks has something of a hit here with a very unique aircraft – if they can deliver at the level expected by developers these days. We’ll see just what happens in the coming days!