The last two updates from Matt Wagner came just yesterday. Going over new Markpoint and GMT (ground moving target) modes, both of those seemed like a pretty good update for the DCS: F-16C for the forthcoming new patch. Today, we learned that the HARM Targeting System and the HTS Pod are also coming to the F-16. This is a big feature.
Defense to offense
HARM Targeting System is a specialty of the Block 50/52 series F-16C Vipers employed by the USAF. The pod sits on the left cheek station and it gives the Viper an impressive SEAD capability. While I would describe systems available on the Hornet and Viper to-date as more defensive capabilities, HTS enables you to actively go hunting for SAM sites, ID and lock them, set a markpoint, and proceed to destroy them with AGM-88 HARM missiles and other weapons.
Yes, you could do that previously but this provides for a much increased level of information on the emitter’s location with overlays that give you a much better sense of the engagement range.
That’s exactly what Matt Wagner lays out in a 12-minute training video released earlier today. Check it out!