With the basic air-to-ground radar now in for DCS: F/A-18C it’s time for Eagle Dynamics to move to the rest of the modes and we’re on the cusp of having those features in as well as the Hornet moves another step towards completion.
Different radar modes to narrow down the target
The way that air-to-ground radar works in the Hornet is through a series of expand modes. The basic mode uses the radar to paint a picture of the ground ahead of you revealing only the most basic of details. Engage an expanded mode and you get a closer look at a smaller area of the ground. Engage it again and you can make out the details of an airbase or a complex ground formation.
Interestingly, I expected a bit more resolution from the radar and it looks like finding something like a tank may be exceedingly difficult except in the most obvious of circumstances. Still, the radar should be able to help narrow down the target area, providing you with the ability to mark a point and use the targeting pod to do the rest. It’s all part of using the totality of the sensors available on the jet to perform the mission.
I’ll let Matt Wagner explain the rest!
These updates will be coming in the next couple of patches for DCS World so stay tuned to be able to put these to full use.