When it was clear that the AFLIR wouldn’t be ready for a while, Eagle Dynamics poured a lot of effort into the Litening II pod for DCS: F/A-18C. That’s given the Hornet a powerful system for coordinating pinpoint strikes on ground targets and conducting visual identification of air targets. Now the Hornet’s other pod, the one that the U.S. Navy typically uses, is coming to the jet as well and we have a new video detailing it’s operation.
The ATFLIR has been described as being roughly similar to the Litening II pod when it comes to capabilities. So, the addition of the ATFLIR is more of an effort to complete the Hornet and provide an accurate configuration for the jet. From a realism point of view, the F/A-18C is fitted with the Litening II pod with the USMC, Spain, Canada and other operators. The US Navy, however, have the ATFLIR and this is how it works as described by Matt Wagner.
The new pod is coming with the next major update for DCS World. It’s an update that looks to be packing in a lot of content and is also meant to mark the point where DCS: F/A-18C Hornet goes from early access to released status – though Eagle Dynamics still intend to add a few more features. More as it develops!