The DCS: AV-8B is getting some updates in the next open beta (scheduled for today) that include a few standout features. The complete changelog has been published by RAZBAM on their Discord and on Twitter so let’s have a look!
Laser guided rockets
The APKWS laser guided rockets are a recent feature in DCS World having been added to DCS: A-10C II back in the fall. Now, it’s the AV-8B’s turn to get the feature and these weapons along with a series of other systems updates should add more polish to the third party jet.
Changelog DCS AV-8B N/A by RAZBAM Simulations:
- Added: Missing keybinding for seat height adjustment
- Added: JDAM Terminal Parameters are enabled.
- Added: AGR20 – APKWS II guided rockets.
- Updated: USS Tarawa: Changed the missiles from Sea Sparrows to RIM-116 RAMs
- Updated: Changed Course Knob to Course Switch functionality.
- Updated: Rocket options: FFAR rockets (Mighty Mouse) have been deleted.
- Updated: JDAM LAR representation on the EHSD.
- Updated: Added 1.5 sec delay for JDAM release. This is the time the AC computer takes to send the bomb the target coordinates and terminal parameters.
- Updated: High quantity bomb loadouts for consistency in weight and drag.
- Improvement: Engine sounds with the assistance of 112th_Rossi
- Improvement: MPCD converted to Stroke (SVG) symbology.
- Improvement: JDAM Data Block enabled in the EHSD.
- Fixed: Course line not appearing for targetpoints.
- Fixed: WYPT and WO/S position when map is North-UP and Magnetic Heading selected.
- Fixed: Map rotation when it is North-Up and Magnetic Heading selected.
- Fixed: TCN and TO/S position when map is North-Up and Magnetic Heading selected.
The source is Ron Zambrano, CEO of RAZBAM on his Twitter account. The same post was made to their Discord.
Seeing additional updates to the Harrier goes a ways towards assuaging fears provoked by the news last year that the AV-8B was coming out of early access and was going to be considered feature complete. More features like APKWS and updates coming to it seem like a good way to smooth that over. I’m looking forward to making use of them.