The second academic video from Deka Ironworks is now out and it shows off the anti-ship oriented C-802AK and CM-802AKG. The AK variant of the missile uses sensors to attack ship targets while the AKG version has a ‘man-in-the-loop’ version with a TV sensor controllable from the firing aircraft. Let’s have a look!
Using sensors, waypoints, and TV cameras to guide missiles to target
This second academic video from Deka Ironworks covers the aircraft’s anti-ship weapons. The C-802 series is an export version of China’s YJ-83 missile. The export versions have slightly paired down capabilities, although, as you’ll see in the video, they have some impressive flexibility when it comes to systems and aircraft that we’ve seen in DCS World so far.
Both missiles have Mach 0.9 performance with a 190KG warhead and 190km range. The closest analog that you may be familiar with is the AGM-84 Harpoon. By comparison the Harpoon has a larger warhead (221 kg) but with a slower (Mach 0.71) speed and a longer range (280km).
The C-802AK uses inertial navigation and active radar homing to engage it’s target. The AKG also uses inertial navigation and has an automatic attack mode but has a ‘man-in-the-loop’ mode which transmits electro-optical TV signals back to the launch aircraft allowing the pilot to guide the missile in. This adds flexibility as the C-802AKG can be used to attack a variety of targets.
Second video improves quality
Deka Ironworks is learning quickly with their academic series. While the first video went quickly through many of the procedures and had quiet audio, this second video is much easier to follow and the audio quality is pretty good.
And for those who are wondering who the voice is behind the video… it’s apparently one of the developer’s wives doing the video.
Thank you guys so much again for support. Not only our developers throw themselves into the progress bullet train, their wives also helped a lot in video voice-over 😉 [CN and EN vers.]. Our leader always complains that he lost the opportunity to show his raspy voice and heavy accent in the videos. Would you mind giving him a chance in the following videos?Deka Ironworks on YouTube
Have a look at the 16-minute video to learn more about these systems.
We are still waiting to see what their upgraded texturing work will be able to produce but it looks like the vast majority of the systems behind this module are in a state of near completion.
The video does point out that some modes on these missiles do not work (jokingly telling us that it will, but only in our heads) but given the otherwise complete state of what we’ve seen so far, I think most of us are willing to give that a pass.
If the depth of the JF-17 by Deka Ironworks continues to pan out, it will be a potentially outstanding release for the relatively new developer to the DCS World scene.
Hype for the JF-17 seems to be building in the DCS World community. From an aircraft that was virtually an unknown to one that many in the community are waiting for with enthusiasm and interest. It’s going to be an interesting to see how this aircraft matures.