New details on Polychop’s DCS: Kiowa Warrior

There aren’t a huge number of helicopters in DCS World and few seem to have captured the attention of the community recently as the DCS: Mi-24P Hind that Eagle Dynamics is working on or the DCS: Kiowa Warrior based on the OH-58D scout helicopter. This week we’ve got some new updates and some screenshots too.

Latest development updates

There’s plenty in the development update this week but I wanted to highlight some of the key takeaways that I’m excited about. The biggest among them is that Polychop is working with some former pilots of the type which should at least partially help them out in creating a realistic and interesting simulation of the type.

The biggest complaint lobbed against Polychop’s past helicopter effort was their flight model issues on the Gazelle – it’s something they need to get right this time and hopefully get it right before launch (although tweaks after are by no means a bad thing). Bringing in some subject matter experts to help tweak and tune the experience suggests to me that they are aiming to do that.

Here are some other highlights:

  • Working on the flight model including altitude, speeds and temperature affects as well as flight characteristics when below effective translational lift
  • Integration of the moving map and performance pages into the avionics displays
  • Liveries are underway including 19 US Army liveries and 16 Croatian army liveries
  • Night vision will be added alongside a new feature ‘never before seen in DCS World helicopters’


Checkout these new official screenshots on the DCS World website.

More updates from Polychop

Today Poylchop updated their Facebook and Twitter accounts to mention the DCS: Kiowa Warrior’s progress and inclusion in the DCS World Weekend update but they also took the opportunity to mention that they had reached a point where they were going to begin weekly screenshot updates to show off the module as it comes along.

From now on we will post a weekly screenshot of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior on our usual social media channels (Facebook, discord and ED forums). Keep in mind that the module is very much a work in progress and the screenshots reflect accuratly where we are at when it comes to the graphical side of the development process.

Polychop Simulations on their Facebook page

Along with that, they posted an additional screenshot to look at. Looking good!

Check out this image and more on their Facebook page.

And check out the rest on the DCS World Weekend News.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. schurem says:

    Did the gazelle flight model ever get fixed to fly even remotely like the other choppers?

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      There were various fixes to it but I don’t know if it was ever fully resolved.

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    2. Warlock says:

      I’m still waiting for it to happen. I love everything about the Gazelle, except for the way it handles. It just feels wrong.

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  2. plants says:

    Turn off force feedback mode in the misc options and it flies great. Don’t use curves use saturation y. I don’t know why people expect a tiny recon heli to fly like a 7 ton mi8. No one expects the f16 to fly like the tomcat.


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