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
- 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
- Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System (IHADSS)
- Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensor (MPNVS)
- Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight (MTADS)
- Night Vision Goggles (NVG)
- Area Weapons System (M230E1 Automatic Gun)
- Rocket Management Subsystem (2.75 Inch Aerial Rocket)
- Hellfire Modular Missile System (Semi-Active Laser)
- Weapons page
- 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.
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.