DCS: F-16C to get dual target track, plus weapon restriction options

Two mini-updates for the DCS: F-16C are introducing some new features including a new dual target track mode for the air-to-air radar. It’s also the catalyst for a new weapon restriction system that is being built into the mission editor for the first time.

Dual target track

A new video from Matt Wagner details a new radar mode for the DCS: F-16C. The dual target track system uses the pre-existing CRM mode and enables the pilot to put a primary and secondary target track. Matt’s description in the video says it best so be sure to watch it to see how this system works.

New weapon restriction options

The DCS: F-16C was the subject of some criticism when Eagle Dynamics removed the ability for two of the F-16’s weapon stations to arm and launch AGM-88 HARM missiles. Subsequent discussions including subject matter experts who seem to have some disagreement on what the actual wiring on the jet is.

The solution seems clear that options are needed and Eagle Dynamics is going to give server operators and mission makers the choice. The new loadout options in the mission maker will enable the creators to determine which setup will be used. This is probably the best way to approach the problem.

Also on display, hidden in plain sight, is the AN/ASQ-213 HARM Targeting System on the port side cheek station. Possibly an indication that the pod and the programming behind it are in testing and moving towards implementation.

Read about both of these updates on the Eagle Dynamics DCS World forums.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. splash says:

    Excellent solution in my opinion, let the mission designer the choice. The sample applies to F-16’s TER for Mavericks.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Yep, absolutely. Far more people will be happy under this scenario than they way it was previously. Best of both worlds!

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  2. CanadaOne says:

    So we can have 4x HARMs?

    More kaboom is good kaboom!

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      So long as the mission builder/server operator has deemed the configuration ok, yes! More kaboom!

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  3. Blue 5 says:

    Why do F-16s have that light-grey front section? Never seen a good explanation. The IDF ones look badass by comparison.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      It’s a disruptive camouflage scheme meant to trick the eye and making it harder to see or establish what orientation the aircraft is pointed in.

      It was the standard for quite some time although F-16’s are now receiving the HAVE GLASS V scheme which is an all overall dark grey not too different from the F-35 and possessing radar absorbent coatings which reduce the F-16’s signature slightly.

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      1. Blue 5 says:

        Sure, but is virtually unique to the Viper. Cannot think of many other types that use it.

        HAVE GLASS is also an interesting development regarding how the service views the aircraft.

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      2. ShamrockOneFive says:

        Yeah fair enough. I’ve not seen anything quite like it elsewhere either and can’t think of any other examples.

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  4. Blue 5 says:

    The (slightly-unfortunately titled) Taiwanese FCK-1 has something similar.

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