We’ve got a new academic video from Eagle Dynamics and Matt Wagner who walks us through some of the features and functionality of the Track While Scan (TWS) radar mode on the DCS: F-16C Block 50 Viper. Let’s have a look!
Track multiple targets simultaneously
TWS mode is intended to be a method of tracking multiple aerial targets at once and doing so with enough resolution to be able to provide a target lock for the attacking F-16. In theory, TWS mode will allow an F-16C to track, keep tabs on, and ultimately engage two or more aircraft at once.
It’s a helpful feature in tense aerial combat scenarios and one that fans of the DCS: F/A-18C have been hoping to see for a long time. Fortunately TWS mode on the F-16 will be very quickly followed up by TWS mode on the Hornet (let’s hope that’s a very short period of time).
Here’s the video!
Other Viper updates
Also spotted in the video are several updates to the F-16C. There are navigation lights visible and if you listen closely you can hear faintly the new RWR sounds which are a higher frequency than the ‘beeps’ and ‘boops’ currently being borrowed from the Hornet.
Matt Wagner also reports that various other features such as the radar mode that enables precise air to air gunnery is on the list and will be coming soon as well.
The F-16 has been a bit bare bones at the start but just like the F/A-18 is starting to gain features – albeit in a very different order than we saw with the F/A-18.