Eagle Dynamics teases ‘milestone’ aircraft for DCS World

This week’s DCS World Weekend news was largely focused on being a recap of the major features that the team is working on in 2020 listing much of the content that they are intending to deliver. Then… they dropped a teaser about a ‘milestone’ aircraft for DCS World and that sent the community into a wild frenzy of guesses. Let’s have a look at the options and try and make some guesses!

But first…

It’d be a shame to gloss over some truly important content that Eagle Dynamics is looking to deliver over the next 11 months. DCS World is likely to have yet another impressive year with a wide variety of additions to the series. That includes:

  • New modules: P-47 Thunderbolt, Mosquito, Mi-24P Hind
  • New features: Air-to-ground radar, FLIR sensors, enhanced missile dynamics and features
  • Continued development on F/A-18C Hornet, F-16C Viper
  • Arrival of DCS Supercarrier
  • New DCS: Marianas Islands map (free) and DCS: Channel map (paid)
  • Updates to A-10C and Ka-50 (including free cockpit update)
  • Core updates to performance, lighting, weather, detailed damage modeling, air traffic control, more life-like AI, new AI units, and dynamic campaign system

That’s all really impressive and it’s just what Eagle Dynamics is working on. Other confirmed projects include the DCS: F-15E Strike Eagle, DCS: MiG-23 Flogger, DCS: OH-58 Kiowa Warrior and DCS: Syria and DCS: South Atlantic maps.

This week’s update also includes new screenshots of the free Ka-50 cockpit update. This is a totally redone cockpit from scratch which should really improve the look and usability of the cockpit with modern texture methods. This update will be free for current Ka-50 owners.

What constitutes a ‘milestone’ aircraft?

This last line in the main update has really set the community spiraling towards trying to figure out just what Eagle Dynamics is planning for their next update.

Later this year, we are looking forward to announcing an eagerly awaited aircraft for DCS World. This will be a highly detailed and complex aircraft representing a huge milestone.

More, comments from the DCS World 2020 and Beyond video on YouTube included a reply from Community Manager NineLine who said this:

Yes, the announcement referenced here isn’t the F4, it’s on hold as noted, but what is planned will be a big thrill to most people I think.

NineLine/Norm

So, bearing all of this in mind, what could it possibly be? We know it’s not something that is currently being talked about which means that aircraft like the F-15E Strike Eagle from RAZBAM or any of the in-house models like the Mi-24, Mosquito, or P-47 are this new aircraft module.

Before I read the comment from NineLine, my best guess was going to be the F-4 Phantom. The F-4, is long awaited by many in the community and Belsimtek had even started on it before their team was rolled up back into Eagle Dynamics and set to work on the F/A-18 and F-16 teams. But that’s not it and that opens the door to so many different possibilities.

One of the ones that springs to mind would be a Su-27 Flanker of some kind. Eagle Dynamics got their start with the Flanker series in the 1990s and a full fidelity Su-27 would be very popular with many in the community. It would certainly be a ‘milestone’ for the series returning to it’s roots.

We have been told that Russian aircraft are largely off limits these days due to political changes since the time of the Ka-50 module’s release so it’s possible that the Flanker is still out of bounds – but it would be fairly mind blowing if it were to be announced as a future module.

Another option that the community has frequently asked for is a full fidelity Tornado module. The Tornado’s all weather strike capability and wide variety of weapons and sensors as well as its European rather than American heritage would be a significant milestone for the series as well. It’s two seat configuration would also be a significant, though no longer groundbreaking (Heatblur’s excellent F-14 did that), development for Eagle Dynamics.

Another popular suggestion has been the AH-64 Apache. Almost any version of the attack helicopter is strongly desired for DCS World. One user wrote that the Hornet and Viper represent the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force so why not something to represent the U.S. Army. Fair enough! The AH-64, even in earlier variations, has a ton of attack helicopter capability and would draw on the capabilities that are being developed for the Mi-24 with the dual seat arrangement.

And then I’ve heard others suggest the F-111, the B-17, a full fidelity F-15, C-130 (or AC-130), the A-6 Intruder (unlikely as Heatblur may end up making that a flyable in the future – depending on their plans), and innumerable other types.

Fourth generation aircraft such as the Hornet and Viper have been popular choices so another fourth gen could easily be part of their plan. But something tells me that it won’t “just be” another fourth gen type but rather something that really shows off everything that DCS World can be using the technology and development that has gone on over the last few years.

We’ll find out sooner or later! Let me know what you think it is in the comments!

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Jajp says:

    Euro fighter I hope

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Problem with the Eurofighter would be the level of classification and just how much information is public. It’s not likely – though surprises do happen.

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  2. Warlock says:

    They have been mentioning this “eagerly awaited module” for quite some time now… About several months I think. Can’t say I’m not curious. Wish they given at least a hint as to which territory it’s going to be in (Helo? Russian jet? Something else?). My guess about half a year ago would be F-15 or F-4, but it’s clearly not one of these two.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Yeah, their vague wordsmithing on this is expert level. Enough to generate some hype but give basically nothing away 😎

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      1. Warlock says:

        Any info on when the new update goes live? I wish to finally learn to fly the Blackshark properly…

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      2. ShamrockOneFive says:

        ED has said next week possibly. It’s a big point release though so it could be put off for longer.

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  3. Mischiew Rithe says:

    My first guess joins what you wrote, I would indeed find it a major step if ED was allowed to get access and create a simulation of a module in the Su-27 or the MiG-29 line.

    It would be awesome for several reasons, those were revolutionary designs and very potent planes, users would be thrilled to have the “real thing” instead of a simplified model. As you said, it would strengthen ED’s roots in Russia and open the road to many new possibilities. It would also be another important sign of recognition for ED. They may be seen as quite complex for their aerodynamic features.

    In second place, I was thinking about bombers like a B-17, an Avro Lancaster, or even an He-111 to start with. I’m not sure they would qualify as “complex” when compared to what’s already there, but they require a full crew which could be seen as complex if that has to be handled in AI for single-player, and as co-op in MP. It sounds less convincing, though.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      The introduction of a high fidelity and semi recent Russian type really would be a major moment for ED. Tough to guess!

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  4. SightFlimmer says:

    Microprose B-17? Their Bf 109 E would fit the Channel map too.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Wouldn’t that be interesting? I hadn’t considered that possibility.

      There’s also A2A that generated some minor buzz when they had a chat with Mr Wagner at FSExpo. (I was only a few feet away when they introduced themselves)

      Though it doesn’t sound like this is a partnership agreement. So hard to say.

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  5. CanadaOne says:

    The SR-71.But I’d be happy with the F-111.

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    1. Warlock says:

      Heh, if dreams came true…

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  6. Skycat says:

    My guess: the Me262 that was initially proposed when the Kickstarter launched. It literally was a ‘milestone’ aircraft because it was the first operational combat jet. Critics of the WWII line have argued it should be included before other modules like the Mosquito are started because of the old Kickstarter plan. And the Me262 theoretically would appeal to jet jocks and WWII Warbird drivers alike.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      That’s a really good theory! I like it.

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  7. Fighter Guy says:

    My guesses are F-104 Starfighter, P-38 Lightning, F-117 Nighthawk and the Su-17 “Fitter”

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  8. Michael Dwyer says:

    DCS already commented that they are waiting for more documentation for the 262, but it’s an interesting guess. Sadly, I don’t have any good guesses other than what I keep reading, Tornado and Apache seem to top the list.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Interesting about the 262 documentation. Tornado and Apache are list toppers and there have been lots in the community asking for those – possibly above and beyond any other suggestions.

      Should be interesting!

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  9. Huckle says:

    Apache or Tornado… at the level of hype they’ve generated now, going to have to be one of those.

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  10. Michael Dwyer says:

    “This will be a highly detailed and complex aircraft representing a huge milestone.” This is the part that has me wondering, considering the aircraft we have already, what would be complex? We already have multi-crew, and multi-engine, but not in a warbird. A “Huge Milestone” sounds like it’s going to be something that we don’t have already, so maybe a multi crew bomber, B-25 or F-111, something that will bring a new level of complexity to the game. I am hoping for something were we have a side by side seat with pilot and co-pilot were teamwork will really count.

    Another option is a nation or conflict we don’t have at present. Modern English or German. They are adding a Pacific map, and have shown off AI Ju-88 armed with torpedos, so maybe an Avenger.
    Probably I am 1,000 miles off.

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  11. Francesco Kasta says:

    As long as it is a milestone, I will take it.

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  12. Sam de Meyer says:

    Has anyone thought of an early version of the SH-60 being added?
    With ED now focussing a lot on naval warfare and the Supercarrier (plus escorts) being added this wouldn’t be too far off right?

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      That’d be very interesting as a module. I know the helicopter fans would love it and it would certainly help to “complete” the modern carrier air wing area of DCS World!

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