We have a new mini-update on the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet. Although much of the module is complete, work is still being done on it to fill out some systems not yet tackled. The new update from Matt Wagner gives us a roadmap to work that’s being done on the module. Let’s have a look!
There are still several areas of the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet that are still being worked on and in this new mini-update we’ve learned what Eagle Dynamics are tackling next. Here’s the list:
- Addition of the Automatic Carrier Landing System, ACLS.
- Addition of the Link 4 datalink for carrier-to-aircraft communications.
- Addition of ACLS On/Off and Beacon On/Off to carrier Mission Editor advanced waypoint actions.
- Corrected the Auto-Throttle Control (ATC) Approach mode such that it no longer moves the throttles to idle.
- Addition of donor datalink tracks to the AZ/EL page.
- Corrected MIDS track ID on SA display.
- Changed the Electronic Countermeasures, ECM, such that when in XMIT it will use radar in priority rather than jammer in priority. This will allow the radar to operate with ECM transmitting, but at a lower radar detection capability.
- Adjusted the radar look-down capability that factors in radar sidelobes.
- Corrected radar slant range.
- Ground units are now more visible on A-G radar.
- Corrected “ghost” contacts when using TWS.
- Corrected AGR message flashing error.
- Corrected SLAM-ER / DL13 unlimited munitions error.
- Corrected some HUD symbol overlap errors.
- Corrected TOO coordinate saving when stepping targets.
Of the list, it seems to me that the ACLS and the addition of donor datalink tracks to the AZ/EL page should offer some very useful new capabilities to the jet. So should the adjustments to the Hornet’s radar system which continues to occasionally be unintuitively challenging to use in some specific circumstances. With luck these updates should help!