The island of Saipan in the Marianas Islands chain is the focus of today’s DCS World Weekend News update. Several new screenshots have been released of the island. Meanwhile we have some development news on the Mi-24, plus new ground vehicle profiles. This is the latest on DCS World!
The island of Saipan
Saipan is the largest of the northern Marianas Islands, is the capital of the United States Commonwealth Islands, and is home to urban areas, as well as Saipan International Airport. This airport was upgraded by the Seabee’s during WWII and was home to the 19th Fighter Squadron flying… you guessed it, P-47’s.
This week’s update focuses on the island showing off the airport, golf course, port and urban areas. Some have remarked on the civil aircraft parked on the ramp at the airport but these are currently available types and represent nothing new although I think we all hope that DCS World will eventually add a small collection of western civil aviation types that can be mixed in with military traffic.
Saipan, like the other islands shown off so far, are highly scenic with dense scenery details and lots of landmarks.
The last screenshot, featuring the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, is actually not Saipan but an island located 45 nautical miles north of Saipan. Farallon de Medinilla is used as a weapons testing location.
DCS: Marianas Islands has been spotted recently on a closed multiplayer server which has lead to speculation that release is close. Stay tuned for more on that!
Everyone is on pins and needles waiting for news that the DCS: Mi-24P Hind is coming to early access. This update mentions the Petrovich AI feature. The update seems to imply that Petrovich AI will be able to fly the Hind and you’ll be able to command it to make some small movements – presumably while you sit in the gunner seat and engage a target.
We’re set to learn more about the AI system in the next update.
Meanwhile, we’ve also seen screenshots of the SPO-10 RWR and ASP-17 Sight. Both of these will be familiar to Russian aircraft fans with the SPO-10 RWR being found in the DCS: MiG-21bis and the ASP-17 being very similar to the sight system used in the Su-25 from Flaming Cliffs 3 (full fidelity Su-25 when? Am I right?).
All of this sounds like the Hind is making great progress but it also has me doubting an imminent launch. It sounds like a lot of deep development is still needed before it becomes available. Still, all of this indicates strong progress towards release.
More new vehicles
We saw a lot of new vehicles released recently and this update is focused on some more new ones. New vehicles include T-155 Firtina, VAB Mephisto, PT-76, ATZ-5 Ural Fuel Bowser, AA-7 Firefighting Truck and Leopard 2A4 and 2A4TRS.
All of these are now available via the DCS World Open Beta.
One of the promo images coming this week features the DCS: F-16C complete with a loadout that includes 500lb GBU-38 JDAM bombs hanging off the wings. Its not the first picture we’ve seen of the DCS: F-16 recently with the new weapon but it would seem to me that this may be a tease for future updates on the jet. Those updates have been sparse recently and adding the GBU to the capabilities list would be a welcome thaw to development.
For all of this and more, visit DCS World Weekend News.