RAZBAM updates us on the fate of AGM-65F for DCS: AV-8B

Fans of using the AGM-65F can exhale now because RAZBAM is reversing course on their previous statement suggesting that they’d be removing the AGM-65F from the DCS: AV-8B. Here’s what was said in the new statement.

You make the call on which year of AV-8B you’re flying

RAZBAM developers have stated that they were laser focused on the accuracy of their aircraft and have been making use of SME’s to improve the initial product. Some of their developers have said on their Discord that they were always making a 2010+ AV-8B while earlier suggestions are that the DCS: AV-8B as it released in it’s first couple of years of early access was more of an early 2000’s AV-8B. Regardless of which it’s supposed to be, now you (or the mission designer) will give you the choice of being able to fit and fire the AGM-65F depending on the timeframe you want to be playing in.

But this decision, based on the facts stated before, overlooked the fact that some of our customers liked the idea or are fond of using said missile. For a number of factors and reasons, this time reality took over the personal choice of this product’s customers. It’s easy to get distracted in the constant search for accuracy vs the reality of the fun factor and user’s choice of having such fun when using our product. This is a choice you, as the customer, should have to some extent, while the real and hard trained individual that uses this aircraft doesn’t. But in the end, this is a simulator, and above anything else, it’s main purpose is to provide fun to the user, without sacrificing too much realism in the process.

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The AGM-65F will apparently be improved and use the bore sighting procedure as similar to the one found in the Eagle Dynamics F-16C. The AGM-65E will still be improved with the 65E and 65E-2 being added to the list with self lasing options available only on the latter variant.

Other improvements are coming to the Harrier as well according to the statement.

  • IFF configuration menus and allow them to be used by SRS.
  • Ability to make overlays from the data page for the moving map.
  • We will contact the Combat flight team to see how we can integrate the Harrier with this software.
  • Loft bombing profile.
  • Update to all training missions and addition of new ones.

Finally, an early extract of the updated manual by Baltic Dragon is underway and available for viewing here.

Read the whole statement from RAZBAM here on the DCS World forums.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Stewmanji says:

    Major props to RAZBAM for this decision. The ride was a little bumpy to get to here, but I think this is a win-win for everyone. It’s refreshing to see a developer defer to the player rather than chaining themselves to the altar of “realism.”

    Decisions likes this have me very, very excited for their F-15E that’s currently in development.

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  2. CanadaOne says:

    The drama was thick, but the point seems to have been made.

    Someone called it Maverick-gate.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      It was unnecessary but here we are at probably the best possible conclusion at least. Maverickgate… I love it! ☺️

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      1. CanadaOne says:

        At least the next time a dev wants to remove something for less than a very good reason, he’s going to consider Maverickgate and ask himself if he needs that kind stress in his life and bad PR for his company.

        It only lasted a few days I think, but there were hundreds of negative posts and about 10k views before RAZBAM deleted the entire thread and said the Maverick would stay. They obviously got the message loud and clear.

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