Another venerable DCS World module has taken a leap forward today. DCS: Black Shark 3, a detailed simulation of the Ka-50 attack helicopter, is now out and ready for you to fly on your PC. There’s also a new patch out today with a ton of updates. Let’s have a look at it all!
Priced for an easy upgrade
The first release of the Black Shark is from the very beginning of the DCS World era and was one of the first instances of a combat flight sim using clickable cockpits to manipulate a far deeper systems set than most of us had seen up until that point.
Black Shark 2 helped bring the module into the DCS era and now Black Shark 3 takes things a step further bringing it up to the most modern simulation standards. Eagle Dynamics lists several key new features with the Black Shark 3 including a more realistic INS simulation, new missile warning sensors, new IGLA air-to-air missiles on new pylons, and an all new exterior model made to modern visual standards.
According to Eagle Dynamics, current owners of Black Shark 3 are eligible to upgrade to Black Shark 3 for $9.99 USD until mid March 2023. After that the upgrade price goes to $19.99 USD. New owners can purchase Black Shark 3 for $69.99 USD.
Note: For clarity sake I have amended the opening paragraph to state that the original Black Shark release was at the beginning of DCS World rather than immediately before it.
DCS World updates
The latest DCS World Open Beta patch is out and this one has a very extensive patch list.
Recent features talked about for the DCS: F-16C and DCS: AH-64D are all in, new features have been added to the DCS: Mi-24 (including engine surge effect when firing rockets), a list of fixes for both DCS: M-2000C and AV-8B, and very long list for the DCS: MB-339 including the addition of a whole bunch of new key-binds. Even DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark 2 gets a crash bug fixed.
DCS: Persian Gulf and DCS: South Atlantic both get updates too. Persian Gulf picks up the recent lighting updates that Eagle Dynamics have been testing out while South Atlantic gets new details in several different sections of the map.
Heatblur too have provided a few updates and fixes to the F-14 and AJS-37 although the recently discussed Viggen updates
don’t appear to be in this update. Update: The patch notes have been updated to reflect a series of updates for the AJS-37 including the planned updates. Nice!