Two updates coming out over the last 24-48 hours from Eagle Dynamics on two key aircraft that are currently being developed. We have an F-16C mini-update giving us the latest insights into feature development underway and an AH-64D mini-update talking about the latest closed testing efforts. Let’s have a look!
Matt Wagner has some updates for us on the F-16 and most of it has to do with what he provided an update on previously. The team has been working on Link16 and specifically on sub features of the datalink that include the ability for multiple F-16’s to share that their HTS/HAD emitter detectors are picking up. Two or more F-16’s can now share emitter data leading to even more precise positioning of enemy SAM networks as well as the ability to designate and share emitter locations. Nice!
Also being updated are SPI (sensor point of interest) sharing and accurate display of said sharing on the F-16’s HSD.
Also mentioned are further tweaks to the flight model. G-onset and ITR (I’m not sure I know this reference, help anyone?) are both being tweaked as the flight model continues to improve.
All of this should, if it goes well, come in the next open beta update. Matt also reports that they will be aiming to finish up work on the datalink portion of the aircraft’s systems and move to working on other features such as the CRUS DED page, more flight model updates, DEST DED page, MAN bombing mode, and LADD bombing mode.
AH-64D goes into closed testing
Four new screenshots accompany a new update on the AH-64D with news that the module has gone into a small closed beta testing team. Reportedly this group was out testing the aircraft to help identify bugs – particularly in the multi-crew multiplayer environment. Screenshots look to be from the testing environment where a large number of AH-64’s were flying together.
Here’s what Matt had to say:
DCS: AH-64D has entered Closed Beta Testing, and this is a significant milestone. Our Closed Beta Test team consists of many community members that assist us in testing new modules near the tail-end of development as an addition quality control step. This has proved valuable for us to help identify bugs in highly complex modules that requires many eyes to ensure thorough testing.Matt Wagner
This makes sense and I’m very hopeful that this will be a smooth early access launch of an aircraft that has been thoroughly tested already. The early access open beta doesn’t mean that the AH-64 will be complete on launch but its core system should be running well with some hope.
Matt reports that the team is still aiming for a late March 2022 early access launch.