RAZBAM’s continued connections with the Armée de l’Air (AdA) has yielded some pretty big changes for the third party developer’s first module and with the updated cockpit for the M-2000C we’re seeing a lot of those changes coming in all at once. Let’s have a look!
Revised visuals, features
There are a lot of changes that have been made to the M-2000C in the updates that RAZBAM has been pouring into the module over the course of 2019. None are as large and consequential as the ones that have come out today for the DCS World 2.5 Open Beta release.
First, the cockpit itself has been given wholly new textures using revised visual techniques. This results in a more accurate but also a more detailed cockpit. While the effect isn’t, in my eyes, quite as good as what happened with the AV-8B, it’s still vaulting the M-2000C forward in a big way. It looks really good.
The colour scheme of the cockpit has changed reflecting that of a M-2000C in use by the AdA.
The VHF radio is of a new digital type instead of the analog type – again reflecting a M-2000C more typically used by the AdA.
Night Vision Goggles are now available for the jet along with the appropriate 3D models and stowage bags located in the cockpit. A new NVG switch is now present in the cockpit as well.
The flood lights are updated to reflect a more modern M-2000C jet as well. These are green rather than the all red approach of before.
It’s a substantial number of changes and it will mean a few more process changes for M-2000C users but it also means pushing a module towards new levels of accuracy thanks to the primary users of the jet. While learning some new changes to the module will obviously incur some retraining for all of us, it also means moving towards the most accurate rendition of the M-2000C we’ve seen yet. I think that’s great!
This is part of several major changes to the way the jet works and we’ve got word from one of the mission designers that often works with RAZBAM, Baltic Dragon, who has recently said on his Facebook page that updates for the M-2000C campaign and training missions are coming.
Hey guys! With the upcoming changes to the M-2000C, including the cockpit upgrade, some functionality changes etc., in the coming days I’ll be busy with making sure that both the campaigns work once the update is released (before you ask: I don’t have the exact date!). I will also be updating the manual and then the training missions, and to give you something to doo, I will also soon be releasing a free 3-mission mini-campaign based in the Persian Gulf, linked directly with the M-2000C Red Flag.Baltic Dragon on Facebook
Bonus points for adding a mini-campaign for the Persian Gulf map. Great!
RAZBAM update walkthrough
There’s a new video out from RAZBAM walking us through the differences in the new cockpit and as well as some information on how to use the NVG system and ECM pod. What’s really fun is that the NVG’s can be placed on a rack up at the front of the cockpit until needed.
Want a few more images of the new cockpit? I’ve got a dozen!