New DCS: AH-64D details, plus more clouds

Eagle Dynamics is talking a lot more about the DCS: AH-64D Apache Longbow that they are building for DCS World. We have new details on the types of equipment that will be coming in early access including various sensors and weapon systems. Also, there’s a tiny tidbit more about the new clouds system and what the plans are for it.

Apache equipment details

In addition to some great new screenshots of the AH-64D’s cockpit, we’re also learning the equipment that it will have in early access.


  • Powerplants and related systems
  • Fuel system
  • Hydraulic and pressurised air systems
  • Electrical system
  • Lighting
  • Flight Instruments
  • Auxiliary Power Unit (APU)
  • Autopilot modes
  • Multipurpose display
  • MPD pages (ENG, FUEL, etc.)
  • Keyboard Unit
  • Enhanced Up Front Display
  • Fire suppression system


  • Navigation Subsystem
  • Embedded Global Positioning
  • Inertial Navigation system
  • Doppler radar velocity sensor
  • Air Data system
  • Radar Altimeter
  • Automatic Direction Finder (ADF)
  • MPD Tactical Situation Display (TSD)
  • Communication systems

Mission equipment

Sighting Subsystem

  • Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System (IHADSS)
  • Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensor (MPNVS)
  • Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight (MTADS)
  • Night Vision Goggles (NVG)

Armament Systems

  • Area Weapons System (M230E1 Automatic Gun)
  • Rocket Management Subsystem (2.75 Inch Aerial Rocket)
  • Hellfire Modular Missile System (Semi-Active Laser)
  • Weapons page

Defensive Systems

  • One chaff and two flare dispensers
  • Airborne Survivability Equipment (ASE) page
  • Common Missile Warning System (CMWS)
  • Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)

As with any early access aircraft, the DCS: AH-64D won’t have the full complement of systems and equipment right from the start but it should have enough to make it a capable attack helicopter right from the start. No doubt, additional components will be built in as time goes on.

An exact date for a pre-order is not yet available, however, Eagle Dynamics are indicating that they will have it start sometime in the first week of May of this year. Release of the module to early access is still slated for Q3 2021 according to the roadmap released early in the year.

Clouds information

According to Eagle Dynamics, the new clouds will be released alongside several presets with different styles of cloud available to start the feature off. Later, the Mission Editor, will be enhanced with more features and the capability to create our own presets.

The update also officially confirms once again that the new cloud technology is networked. This is going to be important for all DCS players but especially DCS WWII online players where clouds and visibility are essential!

For all of this and more, visit the latest DCS World Weekend News.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. CanadaOne says:


    And the Apache looks good too.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Hard to see the Apache for all of the clouds in the way 😉


  2. Urgent Siesta says:

    The only downside in Apache finally coming to DCS is that most folks will miss out on what a great experience Black Shark remains…


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